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There are few easy ways of earning a living and fishing is certainly not one of them. Nature in the raw is seldom mild and the fisherman confronts nature in all its moods. Their work is hard, dangerous and success dependent on many unpredictable influences such as weather, seasons, water temperatures, boating mechanical problems and injuries. Plain luck also plays a large part, combined with the experience learned from years of mixed fortunes. In spite of all problems, fishing is enormously fascinating. It is such a gamble, long disappointing times can be suddenly compensated by the sudden bonanza of gigantic catches, big runs of fish, happy days. Most fishermen and their wives are characters, their children little characters. The whole way of life sets them wide apart from most things conventional. Like prospectors, they can spin wonderful yarns, describe adventures in language which is often picturesque.
In this book you will find a delightful assembly of the history, stories and people of Kalk Bay. You will make friends with them, get to know them, their Traditional Way of Life, courage and fortitude, and be understanding of their problems, patience, hardships, disappointments, exploitations, and share their feelings of triumph, happiness when times are good and the silver fish are just longing to be caught.
~ T. V. BULPIN