How to Catch Really Big Fish


64 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-88839-967-7





Reviewed by J.V. Rahilly

J.V. Rahilly was an engineering librarian in Ontario.


Here is a nifty young adult book, authored by an eleven-year-old girl for her colleagues. Her father and brothers are fishermen (fisherpeople?) and her father has been developing lures for her to try out. Her biggest fish thus caught was a 19-kilogram spring salmon. The hardest fish to catch is the salmon, and so most of this book deals with the salmon. Throughout there are tips, advice, and “war stories” about the West Coast fishing business. Tara discusses gear, trolling, mooching, jigging, jerking, and keeping a logbook. There are some line drawings that may be useful but they lack perspective. Still, all of the information here is enjoyable, useful, and practical.


Robinson, Tara, “How to Catch Really Big Fish,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed September 30, 2023,