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Fishing

While fishing can be a commercial endeavor or practiced to feed a community, it is also a "sport" for millions of people - these are their photos. Read more >>

Fish have been around for over 450 million years - much longer than humans - and they have been a source of food for modern humans for at least the past 200,000 years. At first, and even now at times, fishing was just a means of survival. But it has also become a popular sport, often involving "catch and release", the practice of catching the fish without harming it and then releasing it back into the water. There are even television shows covering competitive fishing.

Fishing can also be a form of relaxation since, whether on a lake, a river, or the sea, the calming nature of waiting for the fish to bite forces one to unwind and patiently sit, surrounded by nature. So it could accurately be called an antidote to today's stressful world!

Consider these fun facts about the world of fishing:

  • April 21, 1959: Alfred Dean of Irymple, Victoria caught a 2,664-pound great white shark off the coast of Australia.
  • June 12, 1999: Tiney Mitchell of Port Isabel, Texas constructed the world’s largest fly fishing rod and reel. The rod was 71 feet, 4.5 inches long. The reel measured 4 feet in diameter and 10 inches in width.
  • Scientists determined that a 32-inch-long rougheye rockfish caught in Alaska was 205 years old!
  • Absolute luxury in fishing! A 12-inch marlin trolling lure was crafted with just over 3 pounds of gold and platinum and encrusted with 100 carats of diamonds and rubies. Cost? $1 million.
  • Fly fishing is the most popular style of fishing and is the most ancient of all the other styles too. It was invented around 200 A.D.
  • Fly fishing lines were often made of braided horsehair in the past.
  • The 4th most popular sport in the U.S. is fishing. About 40 million people are sports fisherman (or fisherwomen) - outnumbering all the country’s golf and tennis players combined. The most popular game fish is the large-mouth bass.
  • Scientists determined that a 32-inch-long rougheye rockfish caught in Alaska was 205 years old!
  • Illinois was the first state to recognize competitive bass fishing as a sanctioned high school sport - in 2009. In the first year, more than 800 students competed to represent 217 high schools at a statewide competition.

Enjoy these photos of people fishing over the past couple of centuries.
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A photo of Mary Goldschnikl Toth, 1279390, MN 1952
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Mary (Goldschnikl) Toth
Oct 29, 1880 - May 4, 1961
A photo of Albert E Ledbetter
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Albert E Ledbetter
Jan 3, 1922 - May 24, 1997
Fresno, CA
A photo of Senator Shortridge of California, fishing.
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A photo of an unknown man (lazily) fishing.
A photo of a morning's catch in the Adirondacks.
A photo of a day's fishing Palm Beach Florida
A photo of "The Old Fisherman" Cranberry Lake, N.J.
A photo of a Cape Ann fisherman mending his nets
A photo of Miles Poindexter, Senator from the state of Washington, fishing.
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Miles Poindexter
1868 - 1946
Hupa man with spear, standing on bank gazing into stream.
A photo of William A Olah fishing
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William A Olah
Sep 25, 1916 - May 23, 1997
Michigan, United States
A photo of Bernard Clark Gill at the age of five poses with two fish hanging from a tree. He wears matching linen shorts and shirt and a straw hat is on the ground at his side. Missouri -- Dent County - Good Fishing Date c1911
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A photo of June Carol Kenyon
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A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
A photo of Graeme John Huxley (1941 - 2003) in his twenties enjoying a spot of fishing.
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Graeme John Huxley
February 1941 - May 2003
This photograph depicts a man and his son weighing fish at the Cherokee Lake Boat Dock in Hamblen County, Tennessee, 1946.
A photo of George Winston Rymer
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George Winston Rymer
May 8, 1895 - Dec 29, 1946
A photo of Samuel Chortkoff
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Samuel Chortkoff
Born: 1882
A photo of Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson
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A photo of Norvil Bernard Abelson
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Norvil Bernard Abelson
May 25, 1915 - Nov 26, 2002
A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Lowell E Barnes
Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Hiram, ME
A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Lowell E Barnes
Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Hiram, ME
A photo of C. Lowell Barnes
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A photo of Gene Jordan and his catch at Avalon, Catalina Island
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A photo of two unknown men, found after my moms death.
A photo of Lucias Ellan Lucas (far right) and his fishing buddies. By the look of it they had a good day of fishing in Oregon ca. 1920.
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A photo of John Henry Martin, my grandfather. Worked as a fishing guide in Northern Michigan.
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Eulalia fishing in Boones Mill, VA (1969).
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Eulalia (Boone) Jamison
Nov 19, 1899 - Aug 11, 1997
Boones Mill, VA
A photo of Oles Jewel Haven. Oles is on the right, holding a Giant Fish. Oles loved to fish. Picture was taken in Cromwell, KY approx. 1935
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Oles Jewel Haven
Jan 15, 1913 - Apr 10, 2015
Cromwell, KY, United States
Roy Tindall and Edna Swyers-Tindall
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Theodore Roy "Roy" Tindall
Jul 8, 1911 - Sep 2, 1990
A photo of friends on a fishing trip: l-r unknown, Lynn Harrison, Olive Landrum, Robert Landrum, George Brancacio
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My dad, Leonard John Chapman, was a first rate, Fly Fisherman! Here he has a few fish, while visiting his sister in Idaho.
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Leonard John Chapman
May 22, 1909 - Jul 13, 2005
Anaheim, CA
A photo of Hedley James Dalton (1907 - 1982)
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Hedley James Dalton
Jul 15, 1907 - Dec 13, 1982
Park, Australia
A photo of Loubert S Steed & J B Cochran "Catch of the Day" Loubert & JB in parking lot of Simmons Mattress Co. 353 Jones Ave Atlanta GA with catfish caught in Dog River,
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Loubert Sylvester Steed
Apr 28, 1905 - September 1985
Chamblee, GA, USA
A photo of Eldon Frisch
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Eldon Frisch
Apr 19, 1925 - June 1981
Sumner, Iowa
A photo of Charles D Jr Crispin
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Charles D Crispin Jr
Aug 6, 1923 - Nov 20, 1991
aztec, nm, us
A photo of Elmer C Thomas (1928 - 1998) and family
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Elmer C Thomas
Jun 9, 1928 - Mar 6, 1998
Manteca, CA
A photo of my Great grandfather: Otto .Smith, He was born in Des Moise Iowa. Gone fishing
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Gene Jordan's marlin caught near Catalina
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Somethin Fishy: The woman on the viewers right...next to the boy holding a fishing rod is Alice (Klawinski) Konieczka...who married Leonard Konieczka.. looking closely at the 1942 license plate on vehicle in photo..people back then barely noted any photo, so the only clues are what items in photo could possibly be dated..background, car lic plates..etc.
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A photo of Charles J James fishing.
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Charles J James
Born: Aug 16
"Mamo" Mary LoEnstein Farus Davis. There was a write up in the local new paper about her fishing expertise!
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This is a photo of Tabitha Dorothy (Vining) Fullwood, doing what she loves to do. Catching fish. This photo is taken in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Don't know who the other people in the picture are.
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