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Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship

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When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishin When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishing and the great outdoors to last a lifetime. The story of an unlikely friendship, Joe and Me is a book for those who remember the mentor in their life, the one who changed the way they look at the world.


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When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishin When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishing and the great outdoors to last a lifetime. The story of an unlikely friendship, Joe and Me is a book for those who remember the mentor in their life, the one who changed the way they look at the world.

30 review for Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Nord

    “What a sweet book about two guys fishing. I don't even fish anymore and I thought this was so well written and while most guys wouldn't use sweet to describe anything about their days out fishing, I think it fits. The water colors and the binding make for a most attractive paper book. In these days of ebooks, this stands out as a reason to keep the physical product alive.” “What a sweet book about two guys fishing. I don't even fish anymore and I thought this was so well written and while most guys wouldn't use sweet to describe anything about their days out fishing, I think it fits. The water colors and the binding make for a most attractive paper book. In these days of ebooks, this stands out as a reason to keep the physical product alive.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    This was a really nice book, great story, great lessons. All the more appealing because it takes place locally and the places are well known to southern CT readers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I read this because a former student (wrestler and avid fisherman...AVID fisherman) brought it to school and gave it to me because he claimed it to be the best book he's ever read...the only book he had read cover to cover until we read Fallen Angels in class. He's a guys guy...has hated reading most of his life...but he found this book to be engaging. And to me, reading is reading. I read literature because I love it...my grandfather read dimestore Westerns because he loved them. Reading is rea I read this because a former student (wrestler and avid fisherman...AVID fisherman) brought it to school and gave it to me because he claimed it to be the best book he's ever read...the only book he had read cover to cover until we read Fallen Angels in class. He's a guys guy...has hated reading most of his life...but he found this book to be engaging. And to me, reading is reading. I read literature because I love it...my grandfather read dimestore Westerns because he loved them. Reading is reading. Now I have read this and will recommend it to any boy in my class who is that outdoorsman...or any girl who is the same. It is easy to read and gets into details about fishing that are interesting to the casual reader and very interesting to those who are AVID fishing fans. It's also about relationships with mentors. It was worth the time to read, if for no other reason than to honor the gift of shared reading my student gave to me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Payne

    "When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishing to change his life forever." This book was written in 1997 about an experience that happened many years before. This isn't "When James Prosek was just fifteen, a ranger named Joe Haines caught him fishing without a permit in a stream near Prosek's home in Connecticut. But instead of taking off with his fishing buddy, James put down his rod and surrendered. It was a move that would change his life forever. Expecting a small fine and a lecture, James instead received enough knowledge about fishing to change his life forever." This book was written in 1997 about an experience that happened many years before. This isn't a story that would be written in 2018 with the climate we have today with trusting of strangers. Those carefree days are gone, only to be told in tales like this!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob P

    (Ring ring) Dad: Hello? James: Heyyyyy, Dad! Just wanted you to know, I’m doing a bunch of Dad stuff with an old guy who’s not you. Be home late, ok? Bye! Dad: 😭😭😭

  6. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Mulrooney

    Nolan gushed over this book; "best book I ever read! My all time favorite book ever!!" (He has never gushed over a book!). And he was right, it's lovely! If you're a fisherman (or just love one), you'll be in love with these stories. Beautiful images and emotions created from uncomplicated, honest writing. Highly recommended for everyone to read! Nolan gushed over this book; "best book I ever read! My all time favorite book ever!!" (He has never gushed over a book!). And he was right, it's lovely! If you're a fisherman (or just love one), you'll be in love with these stories. Beautiful images and emotions created from uncomplicated, honest writing. Highly recommended for everyone to read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Dupuis

    Given to me by my son as a "thank you" for being his mentor in the outdoors. The stories reminded us both of times spent together where words were easily subjugated by actions and the world around us. If you've ever had a mentor, one who affected your life by living a message rather than preaching about it, this book is for you. Given to me by my son as a "thank you" for being his mentor in the outdoors. The stories reminded us both of times spent together where words were easily subjugated by actions and the world around us. If you've ever had a mentor, one who affected your life by living a message rather than preaching about it, this book is for you.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    A boy named James is caught poaching in the local revisor. The man who catches him becomes great friends with the boy. The man takes James on fishing trips with him and quickly becomes best of friends. They go fishing every weekend. He has a great fishing experience.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Burford

    This was my dad's book; I found it in his stash of old memoirs. Now it lives in my bookshelf. This was my dad's book; I found it in his stash of old memoirs. Now it lives in my bookshelf.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Foster

    A bit simplistic and repetitive compared to later Prosek, but given he was still pretty much a teenager when he wrote this it is impressive work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brian Love

    I'm a huge fishing nerd, so I loved how this book balanced great fishing stories with a wonderful spin on the surrogate father angle. I'm a huge fishing nerd, so I loved how this book balanced great fishing stories with a wonderful spin on the surrogate father angle.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ian Durham

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Peck

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Weaver

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gene

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brian Hagberg

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Carles

  20. 4 out of 5

    Randal White

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mike Stracco

  23. 5 out of 5

    Larry

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Walt

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Drzewianowski

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joel

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