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Glory of the Silver King: The Golden Age of Tarpon Fishing (Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) Hardcover – April 7, 2011


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  • Series: Gulf Coast Books, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Book 19)
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603442677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603442671
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Steven L. Davis Reader 2010-10-01)

"...a love letter to Tarpon and Texas...an excellent writer with a sharp wit...it would have been a great tragedy indeed if this book had not been published at all...I can't recommend this book more highly. It is a must for anyone who loves classic outdoor writing...kudos to Shuler and Texas A&M for their hard work in bringing this to print"--Dr. Todd Larson, Fishing for History blog

(Dr. Todd Larson fishinghistory.blogspot.com 2011-09-01)

"On one level, the book is a jumbled tackle box of 'me and Joe'-sstyle fishing tales of tarpon and snook fishing from well down the Mexican coast all the way up to the Brazos River in Texas, it also chronicles how Stilwell learned to catch these often massive fish as well as offering occasional shiny spoons of wisdom and prophecy that anyone interested in Texas coastal fishing will enjoy."



"Tarpon are bony and not considered an edible game fish, but 'Glory of the Silver King' has plenty of meat."--Mike Cox, statesman.com

(Mike Cox Statesman.com 2011-10-29)

"This is a fun read. Stilwell's book is a valuable addition to a sometimes overlooked area of western literature about Texas: literary outdoor writing."--Maria O'Connell, Western American Literature

(Maria O'Connell Western American Literature 2012-07-12)

About the Author

HART STILWELL (1902--1975) was a Texas writer who wrote stories and articles for Esquire, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Sports Afield in the 1940s and 50s. A contemporary of J. Frank Dobie’s, he was a regular contributor to newspapers across Texas and also wrote three novels and two works of nonfiction. BRANDON SHULER is a professional fishing guide and freelance writer. A resident of Pharr, Texas, he is currently pursuing graduate studies in Lubbock.

 

 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel A Cox IV on May 4, 2011
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I have not finished this book but it has quickly satisfied my curiosity for what Tarpon fishing must have been like back in the glory days of silver kings on the Texas coast. My grand parents took me to clear water beach each summer. Old men cast out two long lines from the piers. One line was a sinker and sand anker, the other line was clipped to the first with a live mullet, or pin fish. These men sat patiently at the pier for hours waiting for a bite from a ling, king fish, Jack Cravelle, or a Red Fish. The most prized bite was certainly a Tarpon. I spent many hours listening to the old salts tell me about how they used to catch tarpon in the spring and early summer using similar rigs from the pier. At 12 years of age I could not afford all of the rods, reels, and terminal tackle required to fish this way - so I reserved myself to helping the old salts monitor their lines, check their baits, and refreshing their beverage requests.

In the mean time I pulled flounder, gaff tops, whiting, and redfish from below the pier. I was never idle; always attentive to my own rod, yet ever aware of the condition of the long lines and kite rigs the old salts had deployed from the end of the pier. Let their be no mistake, these men had staked their claim on the prime fishing spot on the pier - there was no doubt that a certain amount of distance was respected (local or not) - you got the message at the end of the pier.

Throughout the day I helped these men re-bait, un-tangle, and, chase off other unaware yankee fisherman, and shuttle soft drinks and a few beers (yes I was under age) from the pier store. At the end of the day I was one of the guys.

While we jumped no big tarpon we did manage to land 2-3 large red fish and a couple of black tip sharks that night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Garza on April 19, 2011
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Brandon Shuler has rescued this great fishing tale from the Davy Jones locker of special collections. It's more than just a long-missing chapter on fishing the gulf coast: it's an artful, folksy, nostalgic, and engaging book that restores Hart Stilwell to the center of Texas letters. As Shuler's introduction and notes to the text demonstrate, probably no one else could have put this book together with more knowledge of his subject and affinity for it. I expect the book to attract a large audience of fishing enthusiasts, environmentalists, and lovers of Texas literature. Any reader who just enjoys hearing the voice of oldtime storytelling (and Stilwell was a great storyteller) will also want to check it out. He's J. Frank Dobie with a fishing rod. Thanks Brandon and Texas A and M Press!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Van Hubbard on February 15, 2014
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Hart Stilwell was knowledgeable and concerned for the silver kings future, well put together after a lot of work by Brandon. one of my top choices and some serious fishing info mixed in here. Captain Van Hubbard
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