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Inside knowledge from Florida’s greats

"A tribute to some of the most outstanding fishing personalities of our time. If you have a passion for fishing Florida’s waters, you will love this book."--Carlene Fredericka Brennen, champion angler and coeditor of Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book

"The famous characters of Florida fishing live again in these pages. Kelly’s is the best kind of writing about angling--the kind that you want to take your time to enjoy, that at the same time compels you to go out fishing immediately."--David Conway, managing editor, Florida Sportsman, and author of Fishing Key West and the Lower Keys

As one of the most lauded fishing destinations in the United States, boasting world records on varieties of fish, Florida has proven irresistible to the world’s top anglers for more than 100 years.

Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers systematically chronicles the exploits of the most influential men and women of the sport throughout the state. Chosen by Doug Kelly for their contributions to the techniques, equipment, and strategies of fishing--and often radiating colorful personalities--these "hall of fame" legends and pioneers have helped preserve the Sunshine State as a top fishing destination that currently draws nearly five million anglers to its bountiful waters each year.

Interviews with such current angling luminaries as Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Mark Sosin, Joan Salvato Wulff, Roland Martin, Guy Harvey, Al Pflueger Jr., and a number of other renowned figures are found throughout the book. Organized chronologically, this intelligent and captivating book provides readers a greater and more accurate perspective on how recreational fishing in Florida evolved over more than a century. It also features rare historical information and photographs from past decades.

Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers is for everyone, from novice to master, who loves fishing!

 

 

 

About the Author

Doug Kelly is a successful freelance writer and editor and producer of radio and television shows about the outdoors, who has also served on the editorial staffs of several state and national magazines.

 

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Product Details

  • Series: Wild Florida
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; First edition (April 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813035767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813035765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ross , ms on January 29, 2013
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Got this book after seeing an article about it in Tampa Bay Times. IF you are a Florida fisherman or history buff this is a fascinating look at a cast of characters over the years. Lots of legwork went into this book. The only drawback for me was the author ingratiated himself a bit too much, thought he was writting about others, not an autobiography. Excellent overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick P. Bartlett on June 25, 2012
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This is a creative book that contains interesting history on some of the captains and anglers that made Florida fishing what it is today. The book follows a chronological order, detailing important anglers that helped develop the modern fishery, chiefly of eastern Florida and the Bahamas.

The author did a great deal of research on some little known subjects, yet made two fundamental errors on one of the most well known fishermen, Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway spent his summers in Idaho, not Wyoming as the author states. In addition, Hemingway committed suicide with a Boss 12 gauge shotgun, not with a rifle as the author states. Small errors, but if these well documented facts are wrong, it makes this reader wonder what else is incorrect about lesser known anglers and captains.

All in all, an enjoyable book that relies heavily on the archives of the International Game Fish Association library in Dania, FL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vmk Creations, Inc. on October 28, 2011
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I love this book. Every chapter is a story unto itself and written in a very amusing and enjoyable style. I learned and laughed a lot.
Great book, great read and a must-have coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stingray on March 29, 2011
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When the book arrived I skimmed it and then got hooked and read it from page to page! Pleasantly surprised as most fishing books are yawners. Very well written and lots of interesting pictures.
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I work there now..it would have been GREAT to have been there in the 50's, as it was unspoiled and fairly wild still.
This book gives glimpses into that era.
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