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Setting Leaders: The Island Life of the Last East Coast Ocean Pound Trap Fishermen


Embark on a journey through time with Ron Schaper's memoir, Setting Leaders, and discover the beauty and challenges of a life lived on the water and what it meant to be the son of a fisherman.


Step back into a simpler time when families relied on the ocean for their livelihood, and the leaders they set were the difference between a good catch and a bad day. Follow the story of Schaper's father, uncles, and other seasoned fishermen as they teach the author about more than just fishing. Through their guidance, he learns about honesty, self-reliance, and the intricacies of the ocean.


Schaper's vivid descriptions transport readers to the water's edge, where the salt air fills your lungs, and the gentle rocking of the waves soothes your soul. Experience the back-breaking labor required to set up a pound trap, and the thrill of the catch.


Setting Leaders is more than a fishing memoir. It is a celebration of a way of life that has been passed down through generations, and the lessons learned from the sea. For those who appreciate American stories, the water, and the art of fishing, this book is a must read. Join Ron Schaper as he takes you on a voyage through the past, and reminds us all of the importance of family, hard work, and perseverance.



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