Angler (fisherman), writer, editor, and photographer. ESPN Outdoors Web site, fishing editor. Previously worked as a staff writer and fishing editor of Field & Stream; syndicated columnist for Gannett News Service, and host of the television series BassCenter, ESPN2. Has appeared on numerous shows on TNN, ESPN, ESPN2, CNBC, CourtTV, and The Weather Channel.
Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, 1998.
Bass Fishing Fundamentals, World Angling Services (Forestburgh, NY),1986, enlarged and revised 2nd edition, S. Greene Press (Lexington, MA), 1986.
(And photographer) The Art of Trolling, S. Greene Press (Lexington, MA), 1987, 2nd edition published as The Art of Trolling: A Complete Guide to Freshwater Methods and Tackle, Ragged Mountain Press (Camden, ME), 1996.
(And photographer, with Dan D. Gapen) The Complete Book of Freshwater Fishing, S. Greene Press/Pelham Books (Lexington, MA), 1989.
The World Atlas of Sport Fishing, Hamlyn (London, England), 1990, published as The World Atlas of Saltwater Fishing, Lyons Press, 2000
Successful Bass Fishing, Ragged Mountain Press (Camden, ME), 1996.
The Ultimate Book of Freshwater Fishing, Masters Press (Indianapolis, IN), 1997.
Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia: Worldwide Angling Guide, IDG Books Worldwide (Foster City, CA), 2000.
The World Atlas of Saltwater Fishing, Lyons Press (New York, NY), 2000.
(And photographer) North American Fishing, Carlton Books (Great Britain), 2001.
Ken Schultz's Field Guide to Freshwater Fish, Wiley (Hoboken, NJ), 2004.
Ken Schultz's Field Guide to Saltwater Fish, Wiley (Hoboken, NJ), 2004.
Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic, Wiley (Hoboken, NJ), 2006.
Contributor to periodicals, including the New York Times.
A world-renowned fisherman, Ken Schultz has also written extensively about fish and fishing. In Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia: Worldwide Angling Guide, the author provides information on both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Schultz discusses more than 500 different species of fish and the proper techniques for catching them, from the type of fishing rod and tackle to the proper boat to use. He also explores fish conservation throughout the world. Brian E. Coutts and John B. Richard, writing in the Library Journal, noted that the book "conveys the joy and excitement of fishing." The author focuses on one of the most popular fishing tournaments in the United States in his book Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic. Schultz looks at two consecutive tournaments: the 2005 tournament held in Pittsburgh and the 2006 contest held at Florida's Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. In addition to writing about the tournament, including its political infighting, the author also provides a modern history of competitive fishing. New York Times Book Review contributor Field Maloney called the book "an entertaining picaresque." David Pitt, writing in Booklist, commented that Bass Madness "should appeal to both pro-fishing fans and readers whose minds boggle at the whole idea."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, September 15, 2006, David Pitt, review of Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic, p. 15.
Library Journal, April 15, 2000, Brian E. Coutts and John B. Richard, review of Ken Schultz's Fishing Encyclopedia: Worldwide Angling Guide, p. 59.
New York Times Book Review, November 5, 2006, Field Maloney, review of Bass Madness.
Ken Schultz Home Page,http://www.kenschultz.com (January 28, 2007).