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Tarpon Tales: Lost Stories and Research 1889-1939, White, Randy Wayne with Carlene F. Baum
1 White, Randy Wayne with Carlene F. BaumTarpon Tales: Lost Stories and Research 1889-1939
Sanibel, FL Lost Stories 1990 First Edition Softcover Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Stapled booklet with glossy pictorial wraps. Foreword by Randy Wayne White. 40 pages. Black & white illustrations. Fine, as new condition, clean, shiny. ~~ This small booklet contains reprints of three "long-lost" but interesting and historically significant stories about tarpon fishing in Southwest Florida. It is dedicated to W. H. Wood, who according to regional folklore, was the first to land a tarpon with rod and reel. In his Forward, White recounts the inconsistency of the written folklore and study of tarpon fishing, and states that the reason for publishing this book was "not only to preserve these pieces of sporting, scientific and historical literature, but also to underline Southwest Florida's important role in tarpon fishing. Because the sport was founded here, we feel those of us who enjoy the legacy also have an inherent duty to not only help protect and preserve the species, but also to protect and preserve its history." He also quotes from the original Fort Myers Press 1985 news article about R. H. Wood's catch. The first two pieces in this collection, "Tarpon Fishing in Florida," by Robert Grant (1889 ); and "A Winter's Sport in Florida," by O.A. Mygatt (1889), are illustrated with excellent lithographs. The third article, "On the Trail of the Tarpon," by Charles M. Breder, Jr. (1939), is about a tarpon research laboratory on Palmetto Key (now known as Cabbage Key). This wonderful piece of memorabilia for tarpon fishing lovers and Randy Wayne White fans is signed on the title page by White. Scarce. 
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