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In The Gray---by Capt. Mark Wisch
The completely revised and expanded 2nd edition!!!

A Private Boaters Guide to Fishing Island Waters.
You can now unravel seabass secrets & other mysteries of Catalina Island!

Capt. Mark Wisch will soon publish the long-awaited 2nd edition of his second book In the Gray Inside, Mark shares his 40 years of experience fishing Catalina Island with private boaters.  At nearly 500 pages and packed with local knowledge and detailed information about how to fish these challenging waters, this is the long-awaited follow-up to the first edition as well as to Wisch’s highly popular debut book Between Two and Twenty Fathoms. 

“If ever there was an angling destination that separates private boaters who ‘know’ from those who don’t, it’s Catalina,” said Wisch.  “The waters around this popular island are often loaded with calico bass, yellowtail, halibut and white seabass, but they’re nobody’s fools.  To find and catch them on a regular basis, it takes knowledge of their habits, understanding of their environments and the ability to read conditions. I’ve put most of what I’ve learned over four decades of fishing Catalina into the pages of this book, to give other private boaters a short cut to their ultimate success,” Wisch emphasized.

And now, 6 years after it first shocked the angling community with its raw insight into the closely held secrets of fishing Island waters, the 2nd edition digs even deeper into the mysteries of fishing and catching the white seabass. During these past seasons Capt Mark has spent countless hours on the water in pursuit of the quarry and in this new addition you’ll reap the benefits. There’s more on today’s tackle, more on the latest techniques and the newest information on seasonal migration patterns.

Each of the book’s sections focuses on a specific set of skills that provide the building blocks needed to master these enigmatic waters.   There is an important section  dedicated to teaching anglers about the island’s four primary target species, their habits and their habitats – with special attention paid to that “gray ghost” of Catalina, the white seabass.  Another section goes into great detail about the forces of nature – weather, wind, currents, tides and moon phase – and how they affect fishing.  This information will prove highly useful in deciding the “where” and “when” factors of fishing the island.

Many anglers forget how important the boat is to the success equation, so there is a section that covers anchoring techniques, boat positioning tips, drifting and more. Another is designed to help anglers improve their skills at catching live bait, keeping it alive throughout the day and using it to their full advantage. .

Undoubtedly, it’s the last section of In the Gray that will get private boaters most excited as this largest portion of the book details the structure spots around the Island.  Broken down by geographic regions, the entire coast of the island – including the Farnsworth Bank and various wrecks, rocks and hard bottom areas – is examined in close detail.  In the Gray provides information, descriptions and lat/lon numbers of nearly 500 fishing spots around Catalina – many of them never before shared with other fishermen.

         *** It is important to note the impending MLPA closures will affect some of the    spots listed so check the F&G regulations carefully.

“The guys who succeed consistently at Catalina are the ones who fish often, fish hard and really put in the time to learn the island,” said Wisch. “I’ve literally spent years writing this book, to create a tool that every angler can use to shorten the learning curve. And now in this new edition, with more pictures, stories and on-the-water insight, delivers so much more. Whether you’re a novice who wants to hit the island for the first time or a regular who wants to take their game up to the next level, this book is meant for you.”

Ron Ballanti
Strike Zone Communications


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