This bestselling and distinguished author presents many of his angling essays in one volume. Across America, Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. His paeans to the angling experience set the standard in this subgenre, yet will amuse many who've never set foot in a tackle shop.
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
March 01, 2003
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Excerpt from The Fish's Eye by Ian Frazier
On the paved shores of the Harlem Meer (one of six ponds in the city's park system which the State Department of Environmental Conservation -- in cooperation with the New York City Parks Department, the New York City Department of the Aging, and the New York State Sea Grant -- stocked with bullhead catfish on June 27 as part of an urban fishing program designed to stimulate city dwellers' interest in fishing and the outdoors), on a weekday afternoon in July:
"Gregory, how much worm should I use "
"What you got there is enough, Andrew. Bet with your head, not over it."
Across the pond, a man standing under the trees started playing a three-note progression on the trumpet over and over again, holding each note a long time.
A boy pulled up a white tube sock with a yellow stripe and a blue stripe which had been dangling in the water, and something scuttled off it.
"Look, Gregory! Look at the lobster!"
"That ain't no lobster, fool, that's a crayfish. Throw him back. Throw him back to his mama."
An empty can of Sunkist orange (the new soft drink introduced a couple of months ago) came drifting by.
"Did you pass this year "
"Yeah, man, 'course I passed."
Across the pond, the man with the trumpet started playing each note in the three-note progression four times and in such a way as to hit it differently each time.
A plastic terrestrial globe came floating by, with just Antarctica above the waterline.
"We had a nice fish, but some people took it."
The arm of a Negro doll came floating by.
"Oh, man, my line's stuck. I have got to get it off. I have got to get it off."
"Pull on it, Derek."
"I don't get my line off, I can't get back in my house. I got my keys on there for a sinker."