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First published by Struik/Winchester 1997
Published by GONZO FISH'N 2004 (ISBN 062 032 43 92)



Finalist 1998 ¡s Booksellers Choice¡¨ award


¡s ...his way with words exceeds even his renowned fly-fishing skills¡¨ - Ian Smith, The Citizen


¡s....a unique book by a unique character¡¨ - Charles Norman, Sunday Times Metro


¡s This book is a gem which no self-respecting trout fisherman should be without¡¨ - Mike Southwood, Natal Witness


¡s.... sharp vision enriched by deep reading has created a most readable book. It deserves to be read by all fly-fishermen for its incisive perspectives...¡¨ - Ron Anderson, The Star


¡s...ours is a rainbow nation, whose literature Avni has embellished¡¨ - Jim Jones, Business Day


¡s Wolf Avni¡¦s elegant turn of phrase, his delicious sarcasms and his obvious delight in the absurd make him a writer of Gift. Unsentimental and poetic, it is writing that is a thrill in itself¡¨ - Robert Kirby


¡s If you only ever gonna¡¦ buy one book, buy this one! - Wolf Avni

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The following comments are for "A Mean-Mouthed, Hooked-Jawed, Bad-News, Son-Of-A-Fish "

Do I hear one fin clapping? Leave it to Hemingway, and attack creatures more fitting, perhaps beavers- better yet, otters- they will outsmart you and leave you unbeleiving-"I can't believe they just did that!" as they tip your boat and toy with you in the water as if Barbies, full-sized but butt ugly.

Have fun in fun-filled Florida! Say hey to the gators. Be good bait- don't thrash too much; wait a minute, that's exactly what good bait does: wriggle like a fish, act like a seal on your surfboard. Nikki nikki hoi.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: February 7, 2009 )

Canst thou draw out Leviathan with a hook?
"Many men go fishing all their lives, never realising it is not fish they are after"
Henry Thoreau

( Posted by: SURLYGHILLIE [Member] On: February 7, 2009 )

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