Former Payson Writer Publishes New Book


Years ago, when the now-defunct Arizona Outdoor News was published by the Payson Roundup, one of the magazine's most popular writers was G.J. Sagi.

When the new owners of the Roundup made the decision to disband the struggling Outdoor News, Sagi was no longer published widely in the Rim country.

Because he is a native of Tucson, many of his articles now appear in southern Arizona publications.

The former Outdoor News writer recently released an updated edition of his popular Fishing Arizona. He calls the book a guide to the best fishing in the state.

The book details 100 fishing hot spots in Arizona as well as some urban and Mexican lakes.

In the book, Sagi supplies directions and mileage, lake reference maps and camping information.

He also describes some of the lures and techniques he has used in his more than 40 years of fishing the state's lakes.

Anglers also will finding listings of license and permit vendors, lodging and boat rentals, as will as big catch records. Also included are websites that would be of interest to anglers.

Sagi's angling and writing experience includes coordinating Tucson Inner City Kids Fishing Derby for five years. He also served as editor in chief of Safari Club International's Safari Times as well as Mule Deer magazine. He is a former president of the Society of Outdoor Magazine Editors and has served twice as president of the of Western Outdoor Writers' Association of America. His byline has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Cleveland Plains Dealer.

He is currently editor of the National Rifle Associations Insights, Shooting Sports USA and Shooting Illustrated magazines.

Fishing Arizona retails for $14.97 and is available at bookstores, specialty fishing shops and outdoor stores. It is published by Phoenix-based Golden West Publishers, (800) 657-5830.

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