Angler’s book focuses on freshwater fish

news@lakewyliepilot.comJune 12, 2013 

Lake Norman angler and author Jake Bussolini has published a new book, titled “Jake’s Fishing Facts.” It is the fifth in what has turned out to be a series of books on how to catch freshwater fish.

“Jake’s Fishing Facts” puts freshwater fishing in the context of a family sport. It contains discussions on environmental issues with nature and wildlife considerations, including angler conservation requirements.

As in all his writings, Jake uses his background in electrical engineering to blend science with the sport of fishing.

Jake spent nearly his entire career at the Grumman Corp., where he rose to and retired as a senior vice president in 1995. He also is a pilot and aircraft owner, who has used his aircraft to fish in many areas of the United States and Canada, east of the Rockies.

The book describes the life cycle of fish, their habitat, how to find them, techniques for various weather conditions and much more.

The style is unique, in that it starts at the beginning of the fishing experience with discussions on how to select the right line, hooks, weights/sinkers, terminal tackle, knots, rods and reels for the particular fish being targeted.

The gamut of fish baits is thoroughly covered, including everything from live minnows to artificial lures. Instructions about the when, why and how each bait is used are also detailed. Fish finder techniques along with photographs of sonar images taken on area lakes help to describe how to locate fish using electronics.

“Jake’s Fishing Facts” contains more than 100 graphs, charts and photos that make reading it easy.

It will be available in local distribution sites soon. The book can be purchased online at

Tips from Capt. Gus

• Check the drag tension on your fishing reel before the first cast of the day. Drags have a tendency to tighten. A properly set drag is one adjusted to less than 50 percent of the line’s breaking strength.

• Crappie are hitting small minnows and jigs around submerged brush, bridge pilings and covered boat houses.

• Fishermen are using a variety of patterns to catch bass. Some are finding bedding bass in shallow water, while others are casting to bass chasing shad on the surface at dawn and dusk. Suspended fish are off shallow points throughout the day.

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