Fish have some magic essence that resonates deeply in the hearts of fishermen. No one has captured that essence better than John Cole in his extraordinary book, Striper (269 pp.; 1978. Illustrated. Published by The Lyons Press. Softcover, $18.95). This is not a how-to-fish book; it's a why-to-fish book. Simple, powerful, and one of the best angling books ever written-even if you never lay eyes on a striped bass.