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Casting into the Light

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Casting into the Light by Janet Messineo
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Jul 02, 2019 | 320 Pages
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“Eloquent . . . a remarkable book by a remarkable Vineyard bass fisherman . . . Janet Messineo’s story is gripping; bright, funny, and illuminating. It has everything . . . more than a fish story, it’s the story of a very remarkable human being, a person who refused to be shoehorned into a category society felt comfortable with and set out instead to create something truly unique—herself.”
—Rob Conery, Cape Cod Times

 
“Tells it like it is . . . real . . . authentic . . . [Messineo is] a natural storyteller . . . She effortlessly conveys the tangible and intangible elements of surfcasting. Her descriptions of the relentless hope that renews with every cast and drives hard-core fishermen to stay out long after it’s stopped being fun are recognizable to anyone who has fished and enlightening to anyone who has not . . . Vulnerability is rarely on display in the male-dominated surfcasting community. How fitting that after having to prove she belongs despite being a woman, it’s perhaps because she is a woman that she was able to write a memoir that deserves a spot among the best books ever written about surfcasting.”
—Kevin Blinkoff, On the Water Magazine

 
“Uniquely excellent . . . Sure, it’s about fishing, but that’s just one element in a memoir about [Messineo’s] life inside and outside fishing . . . It’s also a book about overcoming fear. In the early days, Messineo fished alone, often at night, standing in roiling surf in waterlogged waders, all she could afford then. She knew the dangers of the sea and the lives lost to wind and water on the Island. She conveys that feeling of experiencing the power of nature . . . Her book is full of fishing yarns, stories, quirks and superstitions, her own and others’ . . . You can hear her voice on the page. If you don’t know her, you’ll want to . . . This is a great read if you fish, and an equally important book if you don’t.”
—Jack Shea, Martha’s Vineyard Times


“Terrific . . . affecting . . . categorizing this as a fishing book would be doing it a disservice. At its heart, this is a book about renewal. It will fill you with hope.”
Steve Donoghue, The Vineyard Gazette

“A must-read . . . inspirational.”
—Booklist (starred review)

“How Janet Messineo, through sheer grit, managed to acquire her skills and gain acceptance into the boys’ club of master fishermen on Martha’s Vineyard reads like a fairytale in which a callow youth overcomes endless obstacles to realize a seemingly impossible dream. But be warned: Once you start reading this gripping and instructive saga, it’s hard to put it down.”
—Lisa Alther

“Delightful . . . great insight into the existence of professional anglers and the insular culture of Martha’s Vineyard . . . Messineo’s captivating memoir brings a refreshing mix of vulnerability, accessibility, and joy to the fishing genre.” 
Publishers Weekly

“A tackle box full of fishing tips, memories, histories, taxidermy, and even recipes from an angler who found focus and purpose for her life among her fellow fishermen on Martha’s Vineyard . . . A chronicle of a life in fishing by an author who seems like good company.” 
Kirkus Reviews

Table Of Contents

 A Note from the Author ix

1. The Hook 3
2. My Beginning 9
3. The Journey Begins 25
4. Not a Clue and a Conger 32
5. Learning to Fish the North Shore 38
6. Solitude and Darkness 45
7. My Mentor 48
8. History and Controversy 67
9. Fishing Logs 79
10. So Many Changes 91
11. Fishing for Keeps 105
12. Derby Dames 115
13. Respect, Secrecy, and Fishing Ethics 127
14. Superstitions, Quirks, and Omens 140
15. Tangling with the Fly Rod 149
16. Delusions of Grandeur 156
17. PTFD (Post-Traumatic Fishing Disorder) 163
18. Bad Luck, Good Luck 174
19. The Grand Slam 179
20. The Dory Man: In Pursuit of Skilligalle 190
21. The Art of Taxidermy 208
22. The Squeaky Reel 220
23. Trash Fish to Gourmet Cuisine 223
24. Pass It On 230
25. Losing Another Fishing Buddy 236
26. How to Catch a Fish: Rules and Exceptions 243
27. A Glimpse of My Maker 251

Favorite Fish Recipes
259
Acknowledgments 289
Bibliography 293
Index 295

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