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An angler's guide to smart baits : tips and tactics on fishing twenty-first century artificials / Angelo Peluso ; foreword by Mark Sosin.
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New York, NY : Skyhorse, [2018]

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xxi, 198 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Fish decoys and wooden plugs -- Rise of the smart baits -- The science of fishing...and catching -- Prime-time plastics -- Crossover baits -- The imposter quotient -- Flies and teasers -- What's that smell? -- It's all about those bass -- The perfect lure...well, almost -- Art of the retrieve -- What's your line -- Rods, reels, and smart baits -- Matching the bait -- How it all comes together -- The electronic edge and the digital world -- Selected tips, tactics, and techniques -- The smartest bait is you -- Arti-FISH-ial intelligence: where do we go from here?
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Fishing is one of the oldest continually practiced pastimes in history. But like almost everything else in our modern era, it too has been greatly influenced by ever-changing technology and scientific advances. With busy lives, it's often impossible for anglers to keep up with constantly evolving equipment. In An Angler's Guide to Smart Baits: Tips and Tactics on Fishing Twenty-First Century Artificials , veteran fisherman Angelo Peluso helps to navigate these often unsure waters of modern baits and how to fish them.
Peluso takes readers through all the essential elements. Among the topics he explains, in depth, are: the appeal and purpose of materials used in modern lure construction, including hi-tech, durable plastics, acrylics and other polymers, and new-age finishes that give impressions of life; the modern science of both hard and soft baits; the sensory appeal of modern baits; and how to maximize a bait?s appeal to yield the most strikes and increase an angler's catch ratios. Including advice and input from expert lure designers, scientists, and manufacturers, An Angler's Guide to Smart Baits is an essential read for every modern fisherman.

Author Notes

Angelo Peluso contributes to many regional and national magazines and writes a weekly outdoor column. His four most recent books, Saltwater Flies of the Northeast, Fly Fishing Long Island, Saltwater Files of the Southeast and Gulf Coast, and Fly Fishing the Surf, have received national acclaim. He is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and has written for Field Stream Fly Rod and Reel, and American Angler. He lives in Port Jefferson, New York.
Mark Sosin is a writer, lecturer, and tackle consultant. He is the author of Through The Fish's Eye and coauthor of Practical Fishing Knots (with Lefty Kreh), among many others. A member of the IGFA Fishing Half of Fame and Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Sosin lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

Table of Contents

Mark Sosin
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
1 Fish Decoys and Wooden Plugsp. 1
2 Rise of the Smart Baitsp. 11
3 The Science of Fishing ... and Catchingp. 25
4 Prime-Time Plasticsp. 35
5 Crossover Baitsp. 45
6 The Imposter Quotientp. 55
7 Flies and Teasersp. 65
8 What's That Smell?p. 79
9 It's All About Those Bassp. 87
10 The Perfect Lure ... Well, Almostp. 101
11 Art of the Retrievep. 115
12 What's Your Linep. 123
13 Rods, Reels, and Smart Baitsp. 133
14 Matching the Baitp. 141
15 How It All Comes Togetherp. 153
16 The Electronic Edge and the Digital Worldp. 161
17 Selected Tips, Tactics, and Techniquesp. 173
18 The Smartest Bait Is Youp. 179
19 Arti-Fish-ial Intelligence: Where Do We Go from Here?p. 187
Afterwordp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 197