Salt Water in the Blood

As if it were yesterday we remember seeing five big Bluefin tuna being hoisted off a boat in Sète harbour in the South of France – we were speechless! Two days later we were out at sea catching mackerel and white tuna weighing up to 6 kg. To be honest, in those days we were really fresh-water fishermen and our dream destinations were in North America…

Things turned out differently; magazines and books had to be ordered from the States and it was then a question of learning by doing things the hard way - which is more or less what most beginners experienced in the 70s. Although learning the ropes is no longer such a difficult job nowadays, anyone wishing to look deeper into the world of sea angling will still have to plough through literature and magazines from the USA and pore over (angling) dictionaries.

In order to fill this gap (a little) and at the urging of many friends and acquaintances we started writing smaller articles and reports towards the end of 1999. We never contemplated writing a book in those days – initially it was just a pleasant pastime for the intervals between our sea-fishing trips. But there was no holding it back – our experiences did eventually end up as a book.

Just writing about billfish, large tuna and sharks – so-called Big Game Fishing – wasn’t enough for us. For good reason our second main topic is “bread and butter” fishing, i.e. by-catches and angling close to reefs. We have as yet only scratched the surface of fishing with streamers and fly-rods but hope we have made it easier for those interested to get acquainted with this difficult angling variation.

Just writing about billfish, large tuna and sharks – so-called Big Game Fishing – wasn’t enough for us. For good reason our second main topic is “bread and butter” fishing, i.e. by-catches and angling close to reefs. We have as yet only scratched the surface of fishing with streamers and fly-rods but hope we have made it easier for those interested to get acquainted with this difficult angling variation.

It goes without saying that we felt it was worth dedicating a chapter to fishing in the Mediterranean; after all it’s right on our doorstep and Germans’ favourite holiday spot!
After leafing through it, many a beginner is likely to ask “Do I really have to know so much, to learn all those knots and rigging methods?… I just want to put to sea and catch the fish of my lifetime”.

Dear Reader, just imagine another fisherman turning up at your favourite fishing spot back home, setting up all your tackle, casting out the bait, taking the strike and only then handing the rod over to you!

Have fun reading.

Tight Lines!

 

Stephan Kreupl, born on 20.11.63,
a deep-sea angling addict since 1979.
Robert Rein, born on 15.11.56,
a sea-angler since 1972.