June 19, 2012

30 Second Book Review - Fishing, Ghosts, And My Mother's Gray Hair

On my recent family vacation, I had the pleasure of thumbing through a paperback copy of "Fishing, Ghosts, And My Mother's Gray Hair" by Mark Kautz.

Mark Kautz you might ask?  Yeah, you probably know him as Shoreman from Northern California Trout.

Being a follower & regular reader of Mark's blog, I ran to the front of the line when he mentioned he was taking pre-orders for his new book about two months ago.  Blog love extends beyond the digital space; it's all about supporting fellow bloggers in their various efforts - and good karma.

That said, when I actually read the book, I was surprised by a few things...(spoiler alert)

1) Although many of his posts today are about lake fishing - either spinning from shore or tooling around in the Float Tube Cumberland with fly rod - a lot of  his early fishing experience was in the salt. 
2)  While Mark is retired now, he evidently didn't work much when he worked.  All he wrote about was how his sales calls were good excuses to fish different water.
3) He writes a really fun fashion that is easily consumed, just like his blog.  I figured Mark might have had some editor "fancy it up" or something.  I consumed it cover to cover in probably 2 hours...and it was so enjoyable I even re-read portions a couple times.  Considering my generally short attention span, this is quite a feat.

So if you're looking for something light, that's also fishing-themed to read, you may want to check out this book.  Paperbacks are available over on his blog for $10.  Heck, you can even download it for Amazon Kindle...it doesn't get any easier than that!

And no, I'm not just writing this because Mark paid me to.

OK, despite the innuendo above, Mark did not pay me to write this.  Instead, I stole enough money out of Lilly's piggy bank to buy my own copy...which is proving to be a bad investment because Mark also decided to deface my copy and write stuff in pen on the inside cover.   As with all independent gear reviews at Troutrageous!, I try my best to keep my reviews honest and unbiased. If something is good, it deserves applause; if it sucks, I'll let you know that too. It ain't in my interest to steer you wrong, so why waste the time in doing so?


  1. Yay, for Mark! I need to order my copy today.
    .He has been a faithful commentor on my blog as well. And its fun to see some of us actually make it to paperback! Good stuff.

  2. It is an easy and enjoyable read. It hit home with me as Mark and I covered some of the same turf while growing up in California.

  3. Adding it to my summer reading list, thanks.

  4. Thanks Michael. Glad you enjoyed it. If necessary, I'll send the $10 back so you can put it back in Lilly's piggy bank. Can't have you pilfering her college money.


    1. Keep the money. She's got plenty from the grandparents. Plus keeping you stocked with rainbow powerbait and thinmints can't be cheap.

  5. Mark, will you send my money back to me? I need it for, ummm my dog's vasectomy. Yeah that's it, my dog's vasectomy. (He's a hound) As a long distance buddy of Mark's and someone who bought and paid for my own copy, it's a fun read.