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.
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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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Oct 29, 1880 - May 4, 1961
Added Sep 28, 2014 by: Joye Chizek
Joye Chizek
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A photo of Albert E Ledbetter
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Jan 3, 1922 - May 24, 1997
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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1868 - 1946
Hupa man with spear, standing on bank gazing into stream.
This is a photo of Albert Stickle added by Miki Stickle on July 29, 2020.
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Aug 9, 1918 - February 1984
Added Jul 29 by: Miki Stickle
Miki Stickle
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This is a photo of Glenn Vann Trexler and Zebulon Baxter Trexler added by Melissa Trexler Kirchner on July 1, 2020.
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This is a photo of Fred Eberly added by Nicole Eberly on May 29, 2020.
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Oct 2, 1914 - Sep 10, 1993
Added May 29 by: Nicole Eberly
Nicole Eberly
2 favorites
A photo of William A Olah fishing
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Sep 25, 1916 - May 23, 1997
Added May 18, 2019 by: Julie Parsons
Julie Parsons
12 favorites
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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1906 - Unknown
A photo of June Carol Kenyon
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 11, 2019 by: June Bridenbeck
June Bridenbeck
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A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
Added Feb 21, 2019 by: Keith O
Keith O
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A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
Added Feb 21, 2019 by: Keith O
Keith O
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A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
Added Feb 21, 2019 by: Keith O
Keith O
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A photo of Graeme John Huxley (1941 - 2003) in his twenties enjoying a spot of fishing.
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February 1941 - May 2003
Added Feb 3, 2019 by: Julie-Anne Huxley
Julie-Anne Huxley
24 favorites
This photograph depicts a man and his son weighing fish at the Cherokee Lake Boat Dock in Hamblen County, Tennessee, 1946.
Added Feb 2, 2019 by: Gaye Thomas
Gaye Thomas
341 favorites
A photo of George Winston Rymer
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May 8, 1895 - Dec 29, 1946
Added Aug 28, 2018 by: Rheia Marino
Rheia Marino
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A photo of Samuel Chortkoff
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1882 - Unknown
Added Jul 4, 2018 by: Jessica Photos
Jessica Photos
31 favorites
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A photo of Darrell Wayne (Johnson ) Nelson
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Added Jul 1, 2018 by: Rhonda Nelsonparsneau
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A photo of Norvil Bernard Abelson
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May 25, 1915 - Nov 26, 2002
Added Mar 13, 2018 by: Patricia Walling
Patricia Walling
425 favorites
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A woman, her rod, and a poor fish: Mrs E. N. Dickerson of NYC with a 363 lb Black Sea Bass, 1901
Added Dec 13, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
23.0k+ favorites
A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Added Jan 12, 2017 by: Lowell Barnes Jr
Lowell Barnes Jr
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A photo of Lowell E Barnes
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Jun 1, 1924 - May 23, 1995
Added Jan 12, 2017 by: Lowell Barnes Jr
Lowell Barnes Jr
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A photo of C. Lowell Barnes
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 12, 2017 by: Lowell Barnes Jr
Lowell Barnes Jr
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A photo of Gene Jordan and his catch at Avalon, Catalina Island
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jul 27, 2016 by: Tom Poe
Tom Poe
93 favorites
A photo of two unknown men, found after my moms death.
Added Apr 16, 2016 by: Mike Hunter
Mike Hunter
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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.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jan 19, 2016 by: Kirsten Bullins
Kirsten Bullins
50 favorites
A photo of John Henry Martin, my grandfather. Worked as a fishing guide in Northern Michigan.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 4, 2015 by: Carolyn Jackson
Carolyn Jackson
22 favorites
Eulalia fishing in Boones Mill, VA (1969).
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Nov 19, 1899 - Aug 11, 1997
Added Dec 2, 2015 by: Len Clark
Len Clark
49 favorites
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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Jan 15, 1913 - Apr 10, 2015
Added Sep 24, 2015 by: Connie Tooley
Connie Tooley
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Roy Tindall and Edna Swyers-Tindall
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Jul 8, 1911 - Sep 2, 1990
Added Sep 19, 2015 by: Kristi Beal
Kristi Beal
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A photo of friends on a fishing trip: l-r unknown, Lynn Harrison, Olive Landrum, Robert Landrum, George Brancacio
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
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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May 22, 1909 - Jul 13, 2005
Added May 28, 2015 by: Leonard Chapman
Leonard Chapman
27 favorites
A photo of Hedley James Dalton (1907 - 1982)
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Jul 15, 1907 - Dec 13, 1982
Added Apr 1, 2015 by: Sandra Dalton
Sandra Dalton
16 favorites
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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Apr 28, 1905 - Sep 24, 1985
Added Mar 2, 2015 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
265 favorites
A photo of Eldon Frisch
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Apr 19, 1925 - June 1981
Added Feb 19, 2015 by: Sue Fellenzer
Sue Fellenzer
9 favorites
A photo of Charles D Jr Crispin
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Aug 6, 1923 - Nov 20, 1991
Added Feb 5, 2015 by: Linda Senear
Linda Senear
16 favorites
A photo of Elmer C Thomas (1928 - 1998) and family
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Jun 9, 1928 - Mar 6, 1998
Added Jan 13, 2015 by: Scott Thomas
Scott Thomas
11 favorites
A photo of Clarence Brinkman
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 11, 2014 by: Sarah Mills
Sarah Mills
17 favorites
A photo of Winston Parrott
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Nov 9, 2014 by: Gina Believes
Gina Believes
18 favorites
A photo of my Great grandfather: Otto .Smith, He was born in Des Moise Iowa. Gone fishing
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Sep 6, 2014 by: Ronda Hewett
Ronda Hewett
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Gene Jordan's marlin caught near Catalina
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 30, 2014 by: Tom Poe
Tom Poe
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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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Unknown - Unknown
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