Dr. Todd Larson's site focuses on the history of fishing and fishing tackle. LINK
The August 1962 issue of Life magazine bore a picture of the actress on its cover and carried a history of her life — with the same magazine carrying an article titled “A Lure Fish Can’t Pass Up” showcasing Lauri Rapala’s original floating fishing lure. This edition broke all circulation records. Via: Reuters LINK
If running with the bulls is not quite your cup of tea......
.....how bout swimming with the tuna?
In Sicily they catch tuna in a traditional festival known as the mattanza. A trap leads the fish into a chamber, called la camera della morte, which has a net floor that can be raised. The fish are then brought to the surface and killed. The larger fish are killed with a shotgun, the remaining fish are killed by divers.
Moritz Sieberts mattanza Flickr slideshow. LINK
A few unemployed southern Irish anglers are taking on a scion of Britain's high nobility in the person of the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish, friend of the Prince of Wales and inheritor of fabulous wealth. And some prize salmon are at stake.
Via: The Independent LINK
This news is not of the fly variety, but once again the Chum is As Nasty as it Wants to Be (how could we pass up an opportunity to honor The 2 Live Crew ).
The original wood version, the Zaragossa, was made in the 1920s for fishing in Florida. After watching a prototype lure zigzag across the water in a test tank, a Heddon worker remarked that it wiggled its butt just like the hookers on Zaragoza Street in Panama City. VIA the Rutland Herald Link
Although most of us invision Hemingway walking the streets of Spain, hunting on the plains of Africa or fishing the waters of Cuba – he spent the first 20 years of his life in the Midwest.
There are 3 rivers that Hemingway fished often, the Sturgeon, Black and the Pigeon. They are in the north-central part of Michigan, southeast of Horton Bay. VIA Literary Traveler LINK
The Lewis and Clark Expedition was an angler’s dream trip. On some days, members caught bass, catfish, trout, or other species as fast as they could bait a hook. But fish meant more to the expedition than occasional amusement. Fish were important in the collection of scientific information. Lewis and Captain William Clark recorded 11 species of fish unknown to Americans at the time, and they mentioned more than 30 different species throughout the journey.