Harpswell woman writes about fishing life ‘with a full heart’

Harpswell woman writes about fishing life ‘with a full heart’

Sue Daigneault of Harpswell, shown here on one of her fishing trips, has written the book “A Whole Net: Fishing Stories from Maine and Beyond.” Contributed/Islandport Press

Sue Daignault has been fishing practically since birth, and her fishing adventures have taken her everywhere. I’ve chased bonefish in the Bahamas, redfish in Louisiana, and halibut in Alaska, not to mention fishing in Maine waters.

The Harpswell resident for 24 years documents her experiences in the new release “A Whole Net: Fishing Stories from Maine and Beyond.” She will celebrate the book’s launch Friday at an event at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Dino said in an interview that the book is not about showcasing her accomplishments, but rather about revisiting her hunting journey, from discovering her love for the sport to the many places and adventures it has taken her.

“A Full Net” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. Contributed/Islandport Press

It is not an educational book, but “It was really about sharing my passion and hoping people would see their passion, whatever it is,” Dino said. She added that she hopes to “encourage people to get out, meet people, and connect with nature.”“.

She said that while the book may appeal mostly to anglers, she hopes everyone with something they love can connect with its message. She hopes to inspire people to have new experiences and pursue whatever they find exciting.

She said that fishing for her is “Great method To connect with friends and family, this settles things for me.

“I got So much serenity, so many things happen when… You are on “There,” she said.

The title “Whole Network” is about “All the Great stuff That came my way during my time on this earth. that it So much gratitude for everything I have I may give. “A full net is a metaphor for a full heart,” she said.

The book’s publisher, Islandport Press in Yarmouth, said Denault’s work will appeal to a broader audience than just fishing enthusiasts.

“We always tell (writers) that in order to try to get people to read 200 pages or more, you have to give them something of yourself to connect with them in some way. She uses great stories to piece her life together,” said Dean Lunt, Islandport founder and editor.

“there a Imagine Fishing as Kind of a Stoic sports, and that it Much more exciting than the people “I think it might be so,” he said. “She’s excited to try things and get out there and Living life.”

Daignault, who served for 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, is a registered guide in Maine and a certified fly-throwing instructor. Whole Network is her first book and first major writing endeavour. I took up writing about it Seven years ago when she wrote an article on her father’s birthday. She said he encouraged her to continue writing, but she rejected him. Then she found herself returning to it.

She said that before the coronavirus, she was working as an independent safety consultant, but when the pandemic hit, she had a lot of free time on her hands, which she filled with fishing trips. She also began writing down some of her favorite and funniest fishing stories from over the years. “Before I knew it, I had about 25 short stories written from the past, from many places around the world,” she said.

“I’m actually working on a second (book) that wasn’t planned, but it just kind of came about,” she said. “I have more stories to share.”

Friday’s book launch will include a discussion with Denault and famed fly fisherman Macauley Lord. They will then take questions from the audience.


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