Big-City Fishing


|| |---| || |Photo: Courtesy of Passion River| Film explores the Big Apple's fishing subculture

In Gotham Fish Tales: Not Just Another Fish Story (Passion River; $17) director Robert Maass totes his camera around New York City's piers, bridges and marinas as a subculture of urban anglers lands stripers, blues and the rare "Coney Island whitefish" — a tasteful name for a used condom floating in the Gowanus Canal. The anglers are what make this film so enjoyable: The old guy who gripes about the "aristocratical" people across the river; the surf angler who fishes before work; and the cabbie who uses sparkplugs for sinkers. All great storytellers who would fish forever if they could. To buy the DVD, visit