Stu Apte is one of the most recognized and storied figures in saltwater fishing – in all of fishing – and a larger-than-life legend in the sport. He has held, or still holds, over six dozen IGFA world records for various species, gear, line, and tippet. In My Life in Fishing, as only the most accomplished captain and guide can, he shares his tips and insights gleaned from this lifelong pursuit for any and every species, including especially giant tarpon. These are his favorite personal stories, about world records, and winds, and tides, and patterns, and flies, but also about the remarkable people who have fished their way through his life. There are stories and glimpses that you won't find in other history books – an amusing episode with Harry and Bess Truman on board Stu's skiff, an impromptu side-of-the-road meeting with baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams that led to a forty-year friendship, and an afternoon of drinking Cuban mojitos aboard Pilar with Earnest Hemingway that includes Hemingway's own mojito recipe. My Life in Fishing is more than a collection of engaging stories and fly fishing pointers; it is a glimpse of the development and evolution of the sport, and of saltwater fly fishing at its highest level, through the eyes and anecdotes of the only man who can tell the stories. My Life in Fishing is a seminal work to be treasured by everyone who shares his passion for the sport and the stories that surround it.
Press & Praise
"My Life in Fishing is a poignant reminder of what true legends are made of."
– Andy Mill, Olympian, five-time Gold Cup Champion, and author of A Passion for Tarpon
"I don't believe anyone has equaled his achievements as a tarpon fisherman: he caught world-record fish, he guided others to world records, and he established the ways it would always be done. Others have caught bigger tarpon in the years since, strictly as anglers, guided by others who found the fish. Apte mastered all parts of the puzzle, from exploration and boatmanship to the moment of landing. That stands alone." – Thomas McGuane, author of The Longest Silence, from the Foreword "Witty, instructive, and engaging, this master of rod and reel is an angler's angler, and My Life in Fishing is the equivalent of a day in the flats on a school of permit."
– Tom Brokaw, former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, host of "Buccaneers & Bones"
"If stories of angling challenges send your pulse into overdrive as they do mine, My Life in Fishing is a must read!"
– Sandy Moret, Founder, Florida Keys Fly Fishing School and Florida Keys Outfitters
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About the Author
Foreword by Thomas McGuane
Introduction by Lamar Underwood
Chapter 1 You Won't Believe It!
Chapter 2 How to Worry Your Mom
Chapter 3 Fishing's Flat-Out Best
Chapter 4 Record Tarpon: The Challenge and...
Chapter 5 Bonefish: Hang On and Hope!
Chapter 6 In Praise of Permit
Chapter 7 Pacific Sailfish on a Fly: The Start of...
Chapter 8 Gator Bass
Chapter 9 The Best Trout Streams I've Ever...
Chapter 10 Cajun Redfish and Cajun Quarterback
Chapter 11 Record Tarpon! Man Overboard!
Chapter 12 "Nice Cast, Mr. President"
Chapter 13 Barracuda: The Tiger That Swims
Chapter 14 Snook and the Slugger
Chapter 15 Papa Pours a Batch
Chapter 16 Irish Salmon—With an Audience
Chapter 17 Creatures of the Night "Down Under"
Chapter 18 Curt Gowdy: The American...
Chapter 19 Have Tackle, Will Travel
Chapter 20 Today’s Menu Special: Shrimp!
Chapter 21 Jazzin' It with Yaz
Chapter 22 Cobia: The Shark Impostor
Chapter 23 Viking Salmon
Chapter 24 2,000-Pound Acrobat—With a...
Chapter 25 Wandering for Linesides
Chapter 26 Wahoo Burning Rubber!
Chapter 27 When Terror Stalks the Flats
Chapter 28 Light Tackle, Big Fish—My Six Rules
Chapter 29 A Sailfish Spectacle
Chapter 30 Behaving Yourself on the Flats: A...
Chapter 31 Showtime! The Camera's on You!
Chapter 32 A Flats-Fishing Epic
Chapter 33 Lefty's Short Course on Giant Tarpon
Chapter 34 Stormin' Norman's Tarpon Campaign
Chapter 35 Taming the Triple
Chapter 36 Today's Catch, Tomorrow's Dreams
Chapter 37 The Birthday Fish
Chapter 38 Those Elusive "Good Old Days"