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The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish

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Renowned for its pristine beaches and celebrity inhabitants, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most exclusive destinations in America. But each September, after the tourists clear out, thousands of fishermen take back the beaches to compete in the Vineyard’s annual fishing derby, a monthlong contest that pits plumbers against investment bankers, schoolkids against senior cit ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2009 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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David Ward
The Big One: An Island, An Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish by David Kinney (Grove Press 2009) (799.1) is a great tale about the annual "Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby" which is five weeks of nonstop fishing and fishing-induced madness. Islanders and visitors compete for prizes for the biggest striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, and Atlantic bonito in a number of different categories. It's a great fishing story. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 1/31/14.
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Jan 25, 2013 Hamza rated it really liked it
This book far exceeded my expectations. I've never been to Martha's Vineyard, but this offered a nice view of several locals and visitors who participate in the annual fishing tournament. Being that my good friend and former college roommate is from the Vineyard, I had some knowledge of the situations and even the families mentioned therein. All in all, a very solid read, and I'm not even a huge fan of fishing.
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[He] lives outside Philadelphia in Haddonfield, N.J., with [his] two children and [his] wife, Monica Yant Kinney, metro columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. This is [his] first book.

[He's] fished for tarpon in Islamorada and Atlantic salmon in Ireland, for rainbow trout in Montana and brown trout in central Pennsylvania, for striped bass on the Jersey Shore and freshwater bass in [his] hometo
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