The following selections are from my own shelf of fishing books. They're listed alphabetically by author; however, the last one, Surfcaster's Quest, is my choice for the best surf fishing book ever written.
book cover Fishing New England  -  A Cape Cod Shore Guide
by Gene Bourque
Here is a comprehensive guide to shore fishing locations along one of the most productive fishing destinations in the world, Cape Cod. From the Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown, Fishing New England, A Cape Cod Shore Guide profiles over 40 spots, including information on when and where to fish, detailed maps and directions, and sidebars on techniques and the rich history of sport fishing on the Cape.
book cover Fishing New England  -  A Rhode Island Shore Guide
by Gene Bourque
The book lists over fifty shore fishing locations for everyone from families with small children to the dedicated surfcaster. Where and when to fish each spot, along with detailed maps, driving directions and access information are included. Local experts provide additional background on techniques, history and fishing strategies.
book cover Surf Fishing the Atlantic Coast
by Eric B. Burnley
Surf Fishing the Atlantic Coast describes where and when to locate all the popular species. You'll learn how to cast for distance and accuracy and how to find and keep bait, including squid, worms, crabs, clams, mussels, shrimp, and baitfish. In-depth sections on rods, reels, lines, the best knots to use, and a chapter on rigging and driving a surf-fishing vehicle.
book cover Striper Hot Spots
The 100 Top Surfcasting Locations from Maine to New Jersey
by Frank Daignault
There is no place better to catch striped bass than along the Striper Coast, the shoreline extending from southern New Jersey to central Maine. Frank Daignault has compiled this, the definitive directory of the 100 top surfcasting hot spots scattered along this fabled coast.
book cover Striper Surf
by Frank Daignault
Striper Surf explains all you need to know about surfcasting for striped bass - how to find the fish, how to fish the tides, how to stay safe fishing at night, how to safely land big ones on slippery jetties, and how to introduce children to the sport. Daignault will tell you how to choose all the right equipment, regardless of fishing conditions. Learn how to use every type of live bait and lure.
book cover On the Run
by David DiBenedetto
A story of the road, rod, and reel, this book covers the author's fishing trip in 2001, which took him from Maine to North Carolina. DiBenedetto, an editor at Field & Stream magazine, creates an original debut about striped bass fishing. Following the fall migration, the author captures the fish's rich history, which has seen it go from being one of America's premiere game fish to near extinction, and its present state as the prime example of how a fish population can rebound.
book cover Fishing the Massachusetts Coast
by John Gribb
The coastal waters of Massachusetts and Cape cod offer some of the finest saltwater fishing in the United States, attracting legions of anglers in pursuit of striped bass, bluefish, fluke and other species. Here is a thorough, detailed guide to fishing these storied waters, with insider tips on where to fish and how to get there, plus techniques and seasonal strategies that help put fish on the line.
book cover The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass
A Flyrodder's Odyssey at Montauk Point
by Peter Kaminsky
New York Times sportswriter Kaminsky recounts how he lived an angler's dream: fishing every fishable day at the peak of striped-bass season at Montauk Point. When Kaminsky wasn't pursuing bass with fly tackle from a boat, he was indulging his passion for cooking and observing life in the Hamptons.
book cover Striper Chronicles
East Coast Surf Fishing Legends & Adventures
by Leo N. Orsi, Jr.
If you've ever fished Jamestown or Block Island, Rhode Island, you'll get a real kick out of this book. The author, Leo Orsi, Jr., writes a very honest memoir of his surf fishing experiences including amusing stories about his rookie mistakes and some of the interesting characters that he fishes with on Block Island. It's not great literature, but it's a fun read for experienced surf fisherman.
book cover The Compleat Surfcaster
by C. Boyd Pfeiffer
Everything the beginning surfcaster needs to know about tackle, techniques, and strategies. Includes a thorough review of tackle, rigs, baits, lures, and accessories. Also teaches better casting methods for distance and accuracy and "reading the surf" techniques for finding more fish.
book cover Reading the Water
Adventures in Surf Fishing on Martha's Vineyard
by Robert Post
The surf fishermen are the heroes of this collection. Brought together by a longtime Vineyard fisherman, these colorful men and women offer advice, insight, and the inevitable tall tales. They prowl the beaches, testing their wits and lures against the sea's bounty. There is also practical information about tide and current, the moon, wind direction and the best baits and lures.
book cover Fishing for Bluefish
by Al Ristori
A complete guide to catching Bluefish from boats and surf, plus tips on tackle, baits, lures and techniques. Al Ristori has spent the last 50 years fishing all over the world, and he has caught everything from tiny sunfish to giant tuna weighing over 1,000 pounds. The winner of several fishing competitions and tournaments, Ristori, writes a regular column on saltwater fishing for the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey.
book cover Surfcaster's Quest
Seeking Stripers, Blues, and Solitude at the Edge of the Surging Sea
by Roy Rowan
As this beautifully written book points out, angling enthusiasts have maintained for centuries that fishing is not simply a sport but a religion. "Therefore," writes Rowan, "surf casters with their own devout followers comprise a special sect. This is a lovely, charming book that captures the essence of surf fishing and the people who enjoy it so obsessively.
book cover Surfcasting Around the Block
A Collection of Memoirs and Short Stories about Block Island, Surfcasting and Striped Bass
by Dennis Zambrotta
Zambrotta tells amazing stories about cow stripers caught in the 1980's on Block Island. He interviews many of the legendary Block Island surfcasters and tells the stories in their words. He also gives a nice overview of fishing the many great spots around the island.