“Fishermen who strive for world angling records are of a strange and singular breed: part athlete, part artist, part predator, part mad scientist—and totally obsessed. In this entertaining and exciting book, author Andrew Vietze tells the stories of over a dozen modern-day Ahabs for whom landing the largest specimen of a particular species—everything from piranhas to largemouth bass to hammerhead sharks—looms larger than Mount Everest or the Nobel Prize.”
—Paul Guernsey, author of Beyond Catch & Release: Exploring the Future of Fly Fishing, and former editor of Fly Rod & Reel
Award-winning author Andrew Vietze is a Registered Maine Guide and a seasonal ranger at Baxter State Park. His latest book, Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President, won a silver Independent Publisher's Book Award, was a finalist for a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award, spent weeks on the bestseller list (in Maine), and was honored by decree of the Maine State Legislature. He's written several other books, including the forthcoming tale of the harrowing events on Boon Island (Globe Pequot), and his work has appeared in a wide array of publications, among them Time Out New York, Big Sky Journal, AMC Outdoors, Explore, Crawdaddy!, the New York Times' LifeWire, and Weather.com's Forecast Earth. He's the former Managing Editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, has won two International Regional Magazine Awards for history writing, and spends as much time as he can in the woods.