Janet Messineo has lived on Martha's Vineyard since 1966, and has been fishing the shoreline of the island for more than 35 years. She has written for and been featured in books, magazines, and appeared on television shows. They include Reading the Water, On the Run, New England Stripers,The Big One, An Amazing Story of the Vineyards Derby, Offshore, On The Water, Vineyard Style, Martha's Vineyard and Edible Vineyard Magazines. She has been featured in articles in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and a DVD called Feeding the Water. Janet has been a professional taxidermist since graduating from the Pennsylvania Institute of Taxidermy in 1987. She has been the owner of Island Taxidermy and Wildlife Art Studio since that time. She specializes in saltwater fish. Her work has been shown in many art galleries on the Vineyard such as Louisa Gould's Gallery in Vineyard Haven and The Schrimshaw Gallery in Edgartown. Visit her Gallery on this site to see some of her work. You can purchase some of these beautiful pieces today. Janet would also like to share her years of surfcasting experience from the shores of Martha's Vineyard with you.
How did a 5"1" woman become a legendary striped bass fisherman? Discover how she overcame challenges from the days when men were men and women were not supposed to be on the beach alone in the middle of the night. Learn secrets from her personal logs during the 1970's when Martha's Vineyard was the mecca of striped bass fishing. Follow her career as a taxidermist. Discover how to survive Post Traumatic Fishing Disorder. Identify with superstitions, quirks and omens. Witness with her the changing attitudes of her fellow fishermen and the decline of the numbers of fish.
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