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Book Description

Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures presents twenty-six true stories which cover the spectrum from terrifying to comical to downright bizarre. In these pages everyday fishermen, pros, and journalists tell their stories of freak accidents, fishy attacks, pranks, idiotic decisions, eerie or unexplained incidents, and other jaw dropping, adrenalin-pumping calamities. The stories bring to life the strange possibilities that await us once we cast our lines into known and unknown waters.

Inside these pages you’ll meet:

  • A sport fisherman who gets taken on harrowing underwater ride by an angry white shark.

  • An adventure angler whose boat is over turned by a 200 lb Amazon-river catfish.

  • A group of ice fishermen who lose their cabin, gear and pride to a single pike.

  • A teenager who sabotages a fish farm and frees 300,000 salmon.

  • A charter boat operator who gets speared through the chest by a leaping marlin.

A stand out among fishing books

Book Details

Title: Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures
Genre: Nonfiction, Fishing books
Edited by: Tyler McMahon and Paul Diamond
Publisher: Casagrande Press, Inc
Publication Date: November 3, 2008
Paperback: 204 Pages
Size: 6” X 9”

ISBN: 0-9769516-4-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-9769516-4-3

Price: $15.95

Distributor: Wilderness Press (
Availability: bookstores, and fishing shops

Media Contacts

Julia Christman[email protected]

For a media review copy, send your name, publication name, organization name and address to [email protected], or call 206-266-6643

About the Editors

TYLER MCMAHON grew up in Virginia where his father raised race horses and forced him to break them in. For three years he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer building rural aqueducts in El Salvador. He taught writing at Boise State University and now teaches at Hawaii Pacific University on the island of Oahu.


PAUL DIAMOND grew up in Washington, D.C. where he had his own break dance crew, did an internship for then senate majority leader, Bob Dole, and then sang in a punk band (in that order). He worked as a photojournalist for United Press International in Pittsburgh and later taught writing at Ohio University and then at Tulane University. He now lives on the water in San Diego and works as a writer and editor for a CEO membership organization. He surfs and swims more than he fishes.



Collection of stories raises level among fishing books

Fishing’s most bizarre and gripping calamities compiled into a new fishing book
Fishing is great when it goes well, but it proves a much more interesting subject when it all goes wrong. Disastrous game fishing, unlikely catches, pranks on the water, devastating miscalculations, and unexpected fish attacks are just some of the themes of the nonfiction stories compiled here by Tyler McMahon and Paul Diamond. As fishing books go, this one is worthwhile.

The third title in the “Greatest Misadventures” series by Casagrande PressFishing’s Greatest Misadventures ($15.95) is the next best thing to a day on the water.

“I’ve done plenty of lake and ocean fishing” says Diamond. “But nothing that I’ve experienced compares to the calamities in this collection, except maybe that time my mother and I spent 8 hours puking our collective guts out on a charter trip in the Atlantic.”


In these curious but true stories you’ll meet:

  • A sport fisherman who gets pulled into the ocean and taken on a harrowing ride by an angry white shark.
    An angler whose boat is pulled under and sunk by a 200 lb Amazon-river catfish.
  • A group of ice fishermen who lose their lake cabin, all their gear, and pride to a single pike.
  • A charter boat operator who gets speared through the chest by a leaping marlin.
  • And many more bizarre predicaments.

Some of these stories might make you cringe or laugh, but most will make you shake your head with disbelief.

Culled from hundreds of submissions, Fishing’s Greatest Misadventures exposes the unexpected side of fishing. The editors have spent more than a year gathering stories from journalists, magazine editors and everyday fishermen. “I wanted a collection that would reflect the common threads of all the diverse fishing subcultures,” says McMahon. “While these stories show the times when it all goes wrong, they also embody the passion and adventure that keep fishermen hooked.”


Casagrande Press


Paul Diamond and Tyler McMahon are available for interviews. Review copies of the fishing book are also available.


Julia Christman, 206-226-6643, [email protected]