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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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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. My grandparents were petrified - why was there 12 year old grand son up until mid night fishing with an old bunch of salts at the local pier. The answer would come later - my father took me fishing in Key West for Tarpon in 1999 and I was hooked. As I built my professional career, I purchased a house in Port Aransas, TX - the former Tarpon fishing capital of the wold. My goal over the next 20 years has been :
1. introduce my sons to Tarpon fishing - in Key West and Port A
2. Work with local conservation authorities to improve the Tarpon population in South, TX
In summary - this book has reaffirmed many of my family and non professional goals. It's very refreshing to read from the mind set of an adolescent who has only a few choices. I think at time we invent to many choices in our personal and professional l lives; could we simplify our choices and focus more of our lives on guiding principles, philosophies, or faith? I know that's what I am doing.
3. Find a group of people interested in filming the story of the rise, crash, (and hopefully rebirth) of tarpon fishing on the Texas coast