Here, we’d like to add what people have said about the book, and perhaps even more importantly, if you’ve any suggestions for corrections or additions to the next version – let us know!

“If you’ve ever wondered exactly what you’ve just caught, this book is essential”

“Great publication, easy to use, all interesting stuff and laid out well. I would like to spread the word”.

“This is a great book for modern times where we need to identify species at point of capture and before release. An important tool for all Sports fishing charter skippers!”

“It is without doubt the best fish guide by a mile. Brilliant effort”.

“Just read the download on the Cod family; very informative”.

“I’ve been looking for this kind of book for years; always the fish of Western Europe, never strictly the UK”.

“… looks like an excellent resource for anyone interested in British fish and the marine environment”.

“All in all probably the best general resource available for identification of fish from this area”.

“The fish ID book is brilliant, the best I have ever used/seen … what a super approach to the topic”.

” probably the most comprehensive book of its kind available … if one has any interest in fishes at all, it is difficult to stop turning the pages once started”. 

“This is a major reference work for the modern day and will appeal to anglers, naturalists and professional fish biologists alike, as well as anyone with a general interest in our inshore marine world. My previous bibles have been Alwyne Wheeler’s superb books on fish ID, as well as many others, but this new work sits well alongside those fish ID icons, and will undoubtedly become a major classic in its own right”.

“Although a professional reference work, it is so written that it is easy to understand, even if you are new to targeting species, or simply want a more detailed ID book for the more difficult species you may need to identify. This is a quality work and an essential addition to any keen anglers library!”

Read a review of the book in the FSBI newsletter, Spring 2015.

4 thoughts on “Feedback”

  1. Looks like an interesting book,does it list/say which fish may be poisonous to handle,weaver I know is,I ve never had the pleasure of catching a bass,but I ve read to be wary of spines and gills,could I purchase it through whsmith,I don’t buy online.

    1. Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your query. As well as the weever, a number of other species have toxic spines, including the spurdog, the red scorpionfish and of course the sting ray; the book does mention their toxic properties. Other fish are just spiny – like the bass – handle with care!
      You can order a copy from WH Smith, just give them the title and the ISBN – 9781904690634, and they will submit the order to us. Alternatively, we can accept payment by cheque, or process a credit card payment by phone – please contact us directly (01590 674000) for details.

  2. Hi
    I have read the book and was well impressed .
    I have always thought alwyne wheeler,s book the fishes of the British isles and northern Europe the bible of fish identification.
    This book is up their with it .
    Good information line drawings and photographs all help to make this a great book on or two species I think we’re luck to be included.and a’ll so one was unlucky .
    Personally I would have included torsk brosme brosme
    I have caught these in ireland on rod and line in only 76 meters also in the Orkney s and Shetland they are common enough in their inshore waters.

    1. Hi Kenneth,
      Many thanks for your feedback, delighted you’ve found the book useful. Wheeler’s book was (and still is) a classic; some of the information is outdated now, taxonomy has altered, and the range of some species has changed, so we’ve tried to build on that, as well as taking advantage of the changes in printing technology that now allow us to produce a book filled with colour photos at a reasonable price. A couple of others have also pointed out the torsk, and the greater forkbeard, as worthy of inclusion, so we’ve pencilled them in for when (fingers crossed) we go for a second edition. Any other suggestions gratefully received.

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