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For the most fun you can have with a fishing book, try Crunch and Des: Classic Stories of Saltwater Fishing by Philip Wylie (320 pp.; 1990. Published by The Lyons Press. Hardcover, $24.95). Crunch and Des, a fictional, Miami-based charter skipper and first mate team, appeared as short stories, often in The Saturday Evening Post, during and after World War II. They are just plain wonderful, a kind of Norman Rockwell view of saltwater fishing-pure, delightful escape reading for any reader anywhere.