Stephen Sautner

Photo Credit: Jim Leedom Tagged and released striped bass. Block Island, Rhode Island
Fish on, Fish Off

Fish On, Fish Off

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"From Cape Breton to Cuba to New Jersey, these personal and resonant fishing tales will keep your mind on the water when your body can't be. Sautner has written a vivid and beautiful kind of memoir through fishing and you'll enjoy being his companion!" —James Prosek artist and author of Eels: An Exploration from New Zealand to the Sargasso of the World's Most Mysterious Fish
"These travels with a fishing rod reveal a whole new dimension to the world. And even when the underwater residents are not cooperating, there is always a tale to be reeled in." —Jeremy Wade host, River Monsters

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Upriver and Downstream
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Ever since he saw his older brother lose an enormous summer flounder off a dock at the New Jersey Shore when he was 12 years old, Stephen Sautner has been trying to catch fish. Any fish. This has led him to the Falkland Islands where he cast for sea trout next to an active mine field, to the Zambezi River where three-ton elephants guarded pools filled with tigerfish and Nile crocodiles. In 2007, he edited Upriver and Downstream, an anthology of fishing stories from the "Outdoors" column of The New York Times, and has been an active contributor to the column. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, Wildlife Conservation, and Underwater Naturalist. His second book, Fish On, Fish Off, was published by Lyons Press in October, 2016.
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