Reviewed by Charlie Place
When Peter Kasminsky's book came across my desk, my
life had suddenly gotten all too hectic. I was busy
with family issues and I was traveling for work more
than usual, plus I had some short fishing trips scheduled.
So I read The Moon Pulled Up an Acre Of Bass
in hotel rooms, cars, hospital rooms and fishing cabins.
It was both comforting and thrilling to get lost in its
So what I'm saying is that this book got what you might
call a traveling review. While in Vermont on a four-day
fishing trip, I showed it to my friend Dick Heffernon.
After he read a few pages, I noticed that the book was
resting on Dick's lap and he was sort of staring at the
cabin walls. I asked him how he liked the book so far.
He looked at me and said, "He makes me feel like I'm
there . . .We got to go to Montauk."
There's a lot packed into a two hundred and forty-four
page book. Peter intermingles some history of Montauk
Point, stories of killer hurricanes and the tragedy of
sinking ships into an account of his six-week fishing
adventure on Montauk. There's also plenty of exciting
fishing for big stripers, big blues and the finicky,
false albacore. There's talk of some crazy, wet suit
fisherman and some narrow escapes, along with several
real life characters like Amanda, fishing guide and
andscaper. And good places to drink coffee like the
You should probably read The Moon Pulled Up An
Acre Of Bass twice. Once for the enjoyment of
it, and the second time for the fishing information that
it provides about Montauk. There are some first-class
tips on saltwater fishing, boating and casting mixed into
the stories too. And the prose, well, "We wait.
The bass come closer. I see the ocean darken. Then the
bass rise. It is as if a piece of the world has come
alive --- mysterious as sex, wet as a wound. In fairy
tales, trees speak, mountains roar, the skies reveal
spirits flying among the clouds. I don't believe in
magic, but if I did it would feel something like this."
Should you buy it? I've already bought one copy to give
as a birthday present to a fishing buddy. And now that
Christmas is coming fast I have another person in mind.
Sure, go ahead, pick up a copy and enjoy. ~ Charlie
The Moon Pulled Up An Acre Of Bass
6" x 8 1/2"
Hardcover $23.95 U.S.
Published by Hyperion, 77 W 66th Street,
New York, New York 10023-6298