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Books: "Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing"

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Freezing temperatures late last week didn't deter avid angler Mike Seymour from heading out for muskies on the St. Lawrence River. Seymour has been a licensed fishing guide in the North Country for over 25 years, and is a prolific outdoor writer.

He's sharing some of his knowledge in a new book. The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing covers everything from fishing terms, to trolling to the best fishing times. Todd Moe spoke with Captain Mike about his new book, and love of fishing.

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Seymour enjoys fishing because it allows him to get outdoors, in the midst of nature. He releases about 90% of the fish he catches.

This time of the year Seymour fishes for muskies out of Morrisville, Ogdensburg and Massena. “We fish as long as we can get a boat in,” Seymour said. He didn’t catch a musky last week, but his son did.

The first part of Seymour's book teaches the reader about fishing, with sections for getting started; what gear to get, techniques, what baits to use (both artificial and live), where, how and when to find fish, how to release fish, how to handle fish, how to prepare fish to eat, ethics, rules and safety, and more.

Following that are sections on both fly fishing and ice fishing, along with an information section on the 50 most popular freshwater species in North America. “The book actually has a North American perspective. So that was a challenge for me—to present something in the book that people all over the United States and Canada might find useful for them,” Seymour explained.

“Fishing is just something everyone can do at some level, whether they’re just sitting on a dock, or for the guy who has the big boat. It's just something for everybody, and it gets everybody outdoors. No matter what your skill levels are, everyone can fish.”

Mike Seymour will sign copies of "The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing" at the Brewer Bookstore in Canton, from 1 - 3 pm on Saturday.

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