"A book that anyone with an interest in Florida's history, natural history, literary history, love of nature, love of fishing, sense of adventure, or interest in the 'real Florida' should purchase and read."--John Fitch, contributor to Southwest Florida's Wetland Wilderness
"An entertaining and illuminating tour through the halls of tarpon fishing history. Essential reading for anyone who considers themselves a tarpon nut or an informed flats angler."--David Conway, author of Fishing Key West and the Lower Keys
When William Halsey Wood landed the first big tarpon ever caught on rod and reel, news quickly spread. This 1885 event changed the face and fabric of sports fishing and helped make Southwest Florida a mecca for anglers from all parts of the world. Today, the silver king remains one of the most sought-after of all game fish.
Randy Wayne White's Ultimate Tarpon Book offers everything you could ever want to know about the origins of big game fishing, told in the words of those who were there. Zane Grey and Theodore Roosevelt fished for tarpon, so did Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Edison, Frederic Remington, and many others. The stories and narratives they wrote based on their experiences--along with those of more than 100 other contributors, including some of the best outdoor writers of our time--are presented here. The book includes information on the pioneer tarpon guides, the historic tarpon lodges, the innkeepers, the outfitters, the boat builders, and the scientists that made Fort Myers the greatest big game fishing resort in the country.
Randy Wayne White spent thirteen years as a professional tarpon guide, and Carlene Fredericka Brennen tournament fished for fifteen years for the silver king. For decades they have been collecting books, research papers, and popular literature on the tarpon. The best of their catch is presented here, complete with stories, commentary, and an introduction by White. The result is a book that no serious angler can be without!
With Contributions From:
Ernest Hemingway, Zane Grey, W. H. Wood, Randy Wayne White, Billy Pate, A. W. Dimock, Mark Sosin, Theodore Roosevelt, Ted Williams, Lefty Kreh, Thomas Edison, Joan Salvato Wulff , Jimmy Albright, Stu Apte, John N. Cole, Vic Dunaway, Chico Fernandez, Thomas McGuane , Carlene Fredericka Brennen, Van Campen Heilner, Flip Pallot, Nick Lyons, Joe Brooks, Bill Curtis, Louis L. Babcock, Lorian Hemingway, Byron Stout, Norm Zeigler, and more!