At 70 years old, Robert Roudybush has probably forgotten more about fishing than many anglers will ever know. Fortunately, he wrote it all down.
Roudybush, who retired in 1994 from the Department of the Navy Printing Service at Fort Leavenworth, put his knowledge of both fishing and the printing industry to use. After decades of journaling his fishing exploits, he compiled his expertise into his newly released book, “Fishing Secrets: Where & How to Catch ’Em.” He said his book contains information that can benefit anglers of any age and experience level.
“I think it’ll improve their fishing success,” said Roudybush, a Manhattan native who has lived in Topeka with his wife, Sherry, for the past 22 years. “You know, it’s not a magical thing, but the way I tried to write it was almost like we were sitting there having a conversation. What I did was, I have a lot of little stories about my fishing trips and there’s a lesson in each one, whether it be on a catfishing trip or a crappie trip or walleye trip.”
In the first few pages, he published photos of every lure he mentions throughout the book. He said this was to give inexperienced anglers a visual cue of what to look for when shopping for gear.
“Anybody that’s been to Cabela’s or Bass Pro lately, there’s a mountain of lures there if you don’t really know what you’re looking for,” said Roudybush. “You can buy a lot of stuff that you probably won’t be too successful with.”