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Find the hot spots for Bay sportfish

No more hanging around bait shops or the docks trying to find tips to the hot spots. If you live in the Chesapeake Bay area, you now have access to a 300-plus-page tip sheet.

“Rudow’s Guide to Fishing the Chesapeake,” by Lenny Rudow (Cornell Maritime Press, July 2005, $14.50) features custom-marked charts with more than 550 boating hot spots, according to the publisher. The charts also highlight the 35 public shoreline fishing spots, and 33 “reliable” public boat ramps.

Rudow — who spent a decade as senior technical editor and fishing editor for Boating Magazine — looks at the most effective method of catching various Bay sportfish, adjusting his advice based on the phase of the season.

Rudow is also the author of “Boating Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Sportfishing,” in addition to hundreds of how-to articles for The Fisherman.

Contact: Cornell Maritime Press, (410) 758-1075.

Tips for first aid aboard

A boater who must deal with an on-board injury faces a much bigger task than someone administering first aid on land. In addition to being farther from outside help, supplies are likely limited, and there is the risk of drowning.

“Chapman Quick Reference First Aid Guide” (Sterling Publishing, June 2005, $14.95) gives at-a-glance instructions on dealing with situations from seasickness to drowning. The 20-page book has thick, water-resistant pages, succinct instructions and plenty of illustrations.

Situations the guide covers include: spinal injury, hypothermia, fishhooks and other punctures, bleeding, burns, dehydration, heart attacks, crushed fingers or severed limbs, head injuries, marine bites and stings, carbon monoxide poisoning and eye injuries.

Contact: Sterling Publishing Co., (212) 532-7160.

Cruising Guide: Florida and the Bahamas

“Florida Cruising Directory,” from Waterways Etcetera Inc. (2005, $16) offers much of what you’d expect to find in a cruising guide, plus a little something more.

The guide, which also covers the Bahamas, has sketch charts, bridge schedules, tide tables, boat ramps and pumpout stations. But there’s also a classified section, broken down by both category — builders, canvas products, clubs, marine stores, surveyors — and region. Plus you’ll find a Florida cruise planning chart and the Dockmaster Speaks section, which allows cruisers to find out the important bits from the people who know best.

There is also a monthly information update on the company’s Web site.

Contact: Waterways Etcetera Inc., (954) 462-8151.

Helping to earn your gold bars

So you want to become a charter boat captain. What do you do after you’ve earned your master’s license?

Captain Conrad Brown offers answers in “Gold Bars,” (Shipyard Press, 2005, $14.95). Brown has been a charter captain for 25 years, working in the Caribbean, the Midwest and Florida.

The book offers advice on such practical considerations as finding the right boat, creating a business plan and choosing insurance. He also looks at communications, expenses and safety.

But Brown doesn’t forget about the reason most boaters dream of becoming a charter captain: making a living doing something you love.

“Everything I know about making money and having fun is in this book, along with a sprinkling of true sailing charter stories,” Brown says in a release.

Contact: Shipyard Press, (239) 822-9964.

A Maine fisherman spins the yarn of his life

A good fisherman is also a good storyteller, and that’s how Wendell Seavey approaches his new book, “Working the Sea,” (North Atlantic Books, 2005, $15.95).

With his folksy narrative, this Maine lobsterman spins the tale of his “misadventures, ghost stories and life lessons.” He describes going from a two-room schoolhouse to the College of the Atlantic, and his time spent in boatyards, back alleys, on road trips and during a labor strike. His life both on the water and on shore bumps up against an eclectic group of people including other fishermen, psychiatrists, environmentalists and at least one “late-night woman.” Seavey also writes about what he calls his spiritual feeling and psychic sense, and his various encounters with the supernatural.

Contact: North Atlantic Books, (510) 559-8277.