Craziest Fishing Tale

The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou

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Guess WHAT? The most un-anticipated, funniest book you’ve never heard was released in March of 2018. Illustrations by the talented Sarah Gramelspacher. Her vision and world-building really captured the tone of Hatcher’s misadventures.

Read what NOLA Uptown Messenger had to say about the book launch:

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

Reviews of any kind are very kind indeed:
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Hatcher Hampton is turning twelve. Per family tradition, he’ll be entering his first fishing rodeo, hoping to prove he’s better than his older brother. First prize wins $500 –– money that could save his family from being evicted from their home –– and the winner gets his picture in the front page of the paper! But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and no extra underwear isn’t what he had in mind.

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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!

    • 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.


    • 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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