Craziest Fishing Tale

The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou

Louisiana’s Pick ~ 2019 National Book Festival

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Guess WHAT? The most un-anticipated, funniest book you’ve never heard of was picked to represent Louisiana at the Library of Congress National Book Festival 2019. Illustrations by the talented Sarah Gramelspacher.  Published by Pelican Publishing.


“The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou” is an adventurous middle grade novel about family, fishing and overcoming adversity against the odds. Eleven-year-old Hatcher Hampton is competing in his first fishing rodeo with hopes to win $500 and bragging rights over his older brother forever. But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn’t what he has in mind. In the end, Hatcher must face a bayou beast and a one-armed pesky neighbor to win the greatest prize of all.

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Ages 8-12 • 96 pgs • ISBN: 978-1455623471 • Pelican Publishing Co.


“Alipio’s story truly IS the ‘Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou’ I’ve ever heard. It has embedded how fishing can impact family relationships, the process of growing up, goal setting and the value of persistence and hard work in the face of failure … if you want to revisit your early observations of fishing or just plain entertainment, cast your lure at this one!”
— Don Dubuc, WWL Outdoors Radio & TV Host, New Orleans, LA

“With a knack for humor and heart, Alipio likes to blur the lines between the scary and the silly.” –– Pelican Publishing Co.

“Author Gary Alipio’s funny fish tale is a great choice for young and old. As a wise old fisherman (a la Grampa Grump) once said, “that’s why they call it ‘fishing,’ not ‘catching.'” –– New Orleans Magazine

“Fabulous book for every kid but boys like it and that ain’t easy … Alipio has a knack for memorable dialog and characters. It’s quite a treat.” — Laura Roach Dragon, author of Hurricane Boy & Crystal Kite Award Winner

“Perfect read for any middle grader who likes fishing, the great outdoors, and humor … I’d recommend for any middle grader, including reluctant readers. Cheryl Mathis, co-regional advisor for SCBWI Louisiana/Mississippi & author in Bayou Bogeyman Presents: Hoodoo & Voodoo

“With dreams of big fish and fame during tough times, Hatcher Hampton sets off on a bayou adventure that comes to a conclusion much differently than he anticipates. Life lessons are learned, family bonds are reinforced, and the power to persist through all of the “thwacks” is realized. From the gruff Grandpa Grump to the scraggly bearded Lazarre, Alipio’s characters come to life with entertaining quirks and Southern dialogue throughout this coming-of-age fishing tale. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you’ll find ‘The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou’ to be a truly enjoyable and easy read. ” –– Debbie Hanson, fishing advocate

“The Craziest Fishing Tale from New Orleans” ––Uptown

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7 thoughts on “Craziest Fishing Tale

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  3. Hi Gary,
    Congratulations! Was your story picked up by Pelican or River Road Press? I look forward to seeing it in print.
    Take care,

  4. Hi Gary, I sent your name to Scott Campbell of the new River Road Publishing. I enjoy your stories you read aloud at SCBWI meetings… Thought you two should meet. Best wishes on all your projects!

    1. Thank you for passing my name to Scott, Julie. Always nice to hear feedback from readings, good or bad. I really appreciate the plug and hope we get to work on something together in the future. And congrats on Army Camels Crystal Kite award. Really nice stuff, I hope it brings new projects galore for you.


    2. Hi Julie,
      Guess what? Fishing Tale finally got hooked. Thank you for lovin’ the black coffee scene — lil surprises for people who like to be surprised. Thank you for believing it this tale.

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