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I read David DiBenedetto's book "On The Run: An Angler's Journey Down the Striper Coast" this fall. Thoroughly enjoyable read - you can see my review here:And an e-store link here:One of the things that stood out to me while reading was that the author referenced a lot of different books, articles, websites and lures related to striper fishing and the history of fishing in these particular areas of the Atlantic coast. I had wanted to go back through and try to log them for future reference. Got the chance to do so and am putting the list in type below. The number in parentheses is the page from "On the Run" where it was referenced:
  • "Gut-hooked" - Charles Gaines (p7)
  • "Striper" - John N. Cole (p30)
  • "The Striped Bass Chronicles" - George Reiger (p57)
  • "The Sand County Almanac" - Aldo Leopold (p61)
  • "Blues" - John Hersey (p64)
  • Sports Illustrated - 1982 Article on Jack Gartside, fly-tier
  • Jack Gartside's Home Page: fly fishing articles, books, flies, and prints (p72)
  • "Cape Cod" - Henry David Thoreau (p85)
  • "The Outermost House" - Henry Beston (p85)
  • "Moby Dick" - Melville (p115)
  • "Fishes of Massachusetts" - Government Publication (p119)
  • "Striper Magic", "Stripers in Paradise", "Secrets of the Striper Pros" - DVDs by Mike Laptew (p124)
  • "No Sport for Sissies" - Saturday Evening Post, August 1949 (p134)
  • Gibbs Black Darter - lure (p145)
  • "Jaws" - Peter Benchley (p158)
  • "Heartbeats in the Muck" - John Waldman (p172)
  • uncited publication on the DelMarVa peninsula from 1876 - Robert Wilson (p209)
  • "Fishes of the Gulf of Maine" - Bigelow & Schroeder (p212)
  • "Striped Bass and Southern Solitude" - Ellington White (p221)
  • "Secrets of the Striped Bass" - Milt Rosko (p224)
Apologies for any that I might have missed in my re-skim and any typos I might have made, but I wanted to get the list down so I could find it again.

Feel free to comment, correct, add to, review or otherwise discuss the content of the list. Looks like a good fisherman's library to me!
 

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jeff: i've been trying to find a quotation i thought occurred in DiBenedetto's book -- something like: the problem with wildness/wildnerness (?) is that once you touch it, it's no longer wild.

but can't find it now, and beginning to think i may have encountered it somewhere else. ring a bell? google search didn't help.

good read -- thanks for the recommendation.

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jeff: i've been trying to find a quotation i thought occurred in DiBenedetto's book -- something like: the problem with wildness/wildnerness (?) is that once you touch it, it's no longer wild.

but can't find it now, and beginning to think i may have encountered it somewhere else. ring a bell?
It sounds like a couple of the authors he cited or talked to in the book, but I couldn't find it in a quick skim - sorry.
 

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Found it --

“But all conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wildness left to cherish.”
*‑Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Source: David DiBenedetto, On the Run: An Angler’s Journey Down the Striper Coast (HarperCollins, 2003), p 61.


Quotation in Context (unconfirmed -- found it on the net):

“Thus always does history, whether of marsh or market place, end in paradox. The ultimate value in these marshes is wildness, and the crane is wildness incarnate. But all conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish." (from "Marshland Elegy")



Link to Leopold's book (Amazon): Amazon.com: A Sand County Almanac: Books: Aldo Leopold
 
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perhaps there's another thread on recommended books?

but here's another book that's been recommended to me about fish & fishing:

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
by [ame="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/105-1460410-5247650?%5Fencoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Mark%20Kurlansky"]Mark Kurlansky[/ame]

Amazon.com: Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World: Books: Mark Kurlansky

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