Jim Chapralis has written "Fishing Passion,"
an extremely entertaining account of his personal angling life,
a tale that rolls off the page with a Hemingway like flair...His
resume includes stints exploring, developing and marketing fishing
destinations throughout the world at a time when U.S. anglers were
just waking to those outside opportunities.
Only a dedicated fly fisherman and a bachelor at the
time would turn down an invitation from a sexy fashion model to
visit Hugh Hefner's infamous Playboy Mansion because he might miss
an evening fly hatch with his fishing cronies in the Badger State.
"'Today, I sort of regret that decision,'" the author
admits, obviously still not quite sure his earlier priorities were
out of line.
"This is a man who vowed to marry the woman he was dating only
if he failed to land a tarpon during a week's stay, at one of the
world's most fabled tarpon waters ... and then failed, and, as a
result, is happily married.
"Few stunning adventures or economic maladies appear to have
He was swindled, suckered and experienced
the demise of companies but never allowed his angling dreams to
This book, however, is a celebration, not a dirge, of
a chosen lifestyle with all its rewards, pitfalls and intriguing
situations. Chapralis, an unbeatable storyteller with a ready supply
of tales, is the perfect author and subject for such a task.
It's a fast paced, enjoyable read for the entire family,
regardless of an individual's passion for fishing
By Jim Lee, Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers
wife hated this book. Whenever I was reading it she got no peace.
I was either laughing out loud, exclaiming about some incident or
demanding that she read a page. While fly fishermen will get an
extra kick out of the story, non anglers will also enjoy.
"Jim's abundance of stories come from his working in the sporting
travel business and then starting the first business that catered
to traveling fishermen
total delight guaranteed." -Barry
Serviente, Angler's Art
is the last time you read a book from cover to cover in one day?
I did . . . Fishing Passion is a 'must read'. . . ." -Marty
Malin, The Wildlife Report
favorite parts of this good read happen early and late in the book
and there are little gems of storytelling in between...Chapralis's
autobiography wends its way pleasantly through destinations and
unusual people and stops along the way to admire the likes of Charles
Ritz, Lee Wulff, and A. J. McClane and Winston Moore. It ends up,
probably as it should, at Le Shack, a Wisconsin hideaway where the
author continues to contemplate an angler's life and seek a giant
trout that eluded him one late summer's night..." -Tom Helgeson,
Editor/Publisher, MIDWEST FLY FISHING magazine
readers are transported through six decades. It is 1940, 1955, 1960,
1998 ... it flows seamlessly, like the stories, in a vibrant montage
of angling adventure.
"Jim Chapralis, an international fishing pioneer, a good-natured
hustler/entrepreneur, a tireless and legendary angler who has fished
in more than three dozen countries, proves he also is a giant of
an outdoor writer with this delightful 384-page compilation of snappy
yarns that give his readers the privilege of being his companion
through an accomplished and hard-driving life.
"Not that Chapralis needed to prove anything - he's been writing
in some fashion his entire career - but this work leaves us wondering
what he could have done had he made words, rather than business,
his primary focus.
"No doubt, the stories told would have been as exotic as the
places he frequently visited and as amazing as the large fish he
routinely caught. Few of us truly live our dreams, but Chapralis
did and he's happy to take us along for the ride." -Michael
A. Anastasi, DAILY NEWS OF LOS ANGELES
the attraction and act of fishing to the condition and experience
of romantic love, as well as deftly capturing the passions of the
sport in anecdotes, dreams, memorable personal experiences and communions
with nature, Fishing Passion was written by an angler, for anglers
everywhere, as it vividly communicates the true joy of a beloved
and lifelong pastime..." -THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
you can only buy or receive one book for Christmas this year, this
should be it. Every once in a long while a book comes along that
reaches far beyond the "been there, done that" genre of
so many autobiographical works, and this tome is one of those.
. . Fishing Passion is a work of love: a love of people, of fishing,
and of life. In its pages you will be entertained, informed, angered
and, above all, convinced the author's passionate affair with angling
is genuine, sincere and worth the telling." -King Montgomery,
lot of fishing and hunting books cross my desk. Some are good, a
few are exceptional, and some evoke yawns. 'Fishing Passion' (AnglingMatters
Press), is one of those books that is exceptional. 'Fishing Passion'
is not so much about the giant tarpon and marlin taken by Jim's
customers, but rather about the people Chapralis encountered during
his five decades of involvement with the sport. Like many who grew
up in Chicago's neighborhoods, Jim boarded the streetcars and buses
with his cane pole and bait to catch perch from various lakefront
spots. But it wasn't until he was in the US Army that he discovered
the untapped fishing resources in Europe.
"...I had intended to read the book on a recent trip to Alaska,
since the flight was over six hours in duration. The hard cover
edition sat there on my desk, beckoning me to lose myself in its
pages. I succumbed weeks before my departure...
"'Fishing Passion' is a must-read book if you're like me and
you have that lifelong love affair with angling. I believe you'll
finish it with a smile on your face and a desire to keep throwing
a line." -Mike Jackson, DAILY HERALD
[FISHING PASSION] is going to be a best selling fishing book. It
is not a book on fishing, it is a book about the life of fishing
. . . " -Charlie Potter, THE GREAT OUTDOORS,
WGN superstation, Dec. 29, 2001
angler who knows there is a great deal more to fishing than simply
catching fish will love FISHING PASSION. . ." -Bob Stearns,
Contributing Editor, FIELD & STREAM
. . . the Jim Chapralis odyssey takes you to fascinating places
and his experiences and the people you meet along the way will capture
your interest from beginning to end." -Stu Apte
by his passion for sportfishing, Jim has lived an extraordinary
life. These well-told stories let us live it, too." -Joan
has been both pond fisherman and adventurer and managed to live
the angler's fantasy of making fishing both his hobby and career."
-Lew Freedman, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
. . . I was so absorbed I read every line. I bet you will be, also!"
-Homer Circle, Angling Editor, SPORTS AFIELD
puts you in the front seat of his time capsule. . . FISHING PASSION
takes you on a whirlwind trip through the decades as he uncovers
many exotic fishing destinations in an endless series of adventures.
You'll meet many fascinating, unforgettable characters in this fast-paced
book." -Bill Cullerton, co-founder of FLY FISHERMAN
"FISHING PASSION produced gales of laughter, as in the international
jet set party at the Ritz episode, but also tears. . . as in the
sad, sensitive chapter, A LIFE FOR A SALMON. I was glad my
wife was away, as I wouldn't want her to see me crying like a kid
. . . " -Robert T. Miller [world record holder and
Dedication is a delight in itself -he lists all the major fish by
name and says, 'and all the other wonderful species of fish, for
the countless hours of pleasure (and frustration) they've provided
us, and if it were not for them, our wonderful world of angling
would not exist.'
"...There are plenty of adventures in Fishing Passion,
some nearly unbelievable - but they are true. Jim takes you to Angola
in search of giant tarpon (and the most unusually "outdoor
beer garden" found anywhere); to Panama where he and friends
are held at bay by a dozen guns; to Colombia where witch doctors
practice their medicine on injured anglers; and his favorite Wisconsin
streams only a few hours' drive from his home.
"Fishing Passion is a great read, well written, (without being
overly descriptive), each character and place come alive. It is
truly an exciting, passionate book about living ones dream."
- DLB, FLYANGLERSONLINE.COM
great addition to your library is Jim C. Chapralis' book, 'Fishing
Passion-a lifelong love affair with angling'...
"Chapralis ran the first international fishing [travel] service,
worked as a fishing guide, sold tackle, fished all over the world,
and could call famous angler, Charles Ritz, manager [owner] of the
Paris' Ritz Hotel a friend..."
"Read the dedication page to see how hooked (no pun intended)
Chapralis is on fishing. Chapralis notes the many species of fish
he's chased in a lifetime of fishing.
"Jim C. Chapralis has a winner with Fishing Passion."
-Roger Beukema, OAKLAND PRESS
"...There is an excellent book out that you should read. The
name of the book is Fishing Passion: A Lifelong Love Affair with
Angling. The author is Jim Chapralis...Take the time to read this
book..." -Bill Harden, LERNER NEWSPAPERS
love Fishing Passion by Jim Chapralis. . . It is a wonderful book.
. ." -Stephen Sloan, THE FISHING ZONE, (hour-long interview
on TALK AMERICA network radio.
"...Chapralis' book [Fishing Passion] chronicles 60 years of
fishing, starting with his early childhood in Greece, growing up
in Chicago, becoming a world-champion caster, founding a tackle
company, and eventually starting and operating two successful international
fishing travel agencies.
"Chapralis shares his adventures and misadventures, and introduces
the people he met on his fishing trips through the world..."
-Roger Phillips, THE IDAHO STATESMAN (full page story).
has spent an enviable lifetime fishing around the
globe for trout, tarpon, salmon, sailfish, peacock bass and just
about any other species you can thing of.
"In Fishing Passion he reminisces about the great waters he
explored and the anglers who shared his odyssey. It's a great read,
but sure to trigger an epidemic of wanderlust
Michael Kelly, Syracuse Post-Standard
recently found a new book on the market that impressed me. I wish
all outdoor authors presented their works as neatly as Jim Chapralis'
Fishing Passion: A Lifelong Love Affair With Angling. Remarkably,
this fine book is not about how to catch fish, or where to fish;
there are many books that cover these subjects nicely. It's Jim
Chapralis' 60-year journey pursuing his addictive love for fishing
Fishing Passion, you'll meet many one-of-a-kind characters from
the 'Pimp' (his boyhood fishing chum) to Charles Ritz, the world
famous French hotelier and superb angler
While humor threads
through many stories in Fishing Passion, there are numerous serious,
thought provoking chapters that underscore the dangers. In the Parismina
Mystery, Chapralis describes the disappearance of two men and their
boat. In the Shocking Adventure, a camp owner returns to Nicaragua
to reclaim his lodge after the Sandinista war, but instead is captured
by young boys armed with guns who are about to kill him. In his
Aging Stinks chapter, the author realizes that he simply can't do
the things he used to, but finds solace in accepting the aging process
and using an older friend as his role model
Keiser, The Examiner.
"Those with a yearning to travel should be sure to pick up
a copy of Fishing Passion by Jim Chapralis. That book is subtitled,
"A Lifelong Love Affair With Fishing," and that's a perfect
description of Chapralis, who became addicted to the sport as a
youngster and went on to travel the world
Fishing Passion includes
chapters about adventures in Costa Rica, Panama and other foreign
locales as well as about fishing with some of the greats of our
sport. Yet, Chapralis sums up the book best in the introduction:
'This is a book, or odyssey, about chasing wonderful dreams; some
that actually materialized, others that shattered into fractured
nightmares. But that's part of the territory. No regrets.'
-Al Ristori, The Star-Ledger