Historical Florida Fishing Photos
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This collection of historical fishing photo's around Florida gives us a glimps into past fishing practices and the massive sized of fish caught.
Treasure hunter Art McKee wearing suit for tide diving - Moser Channel, Florida
Art McKee being suited for Moser Channel project 1942
Drawing of an Astrolabe, historic instrument for taking latitude, 1886.
Men loading turtles for shipment in 1898.
Amberjack caught at Palm Beach, Florida. In: "Sport Fishing in California and Florida," by Charles F. Holder
Goliath Grouper, caught on Anna Maria City Pier in the early 1940's by Fabio Gutierrez (pith helmet) & Babe Rodriguez
Using a Palmer Motor to propel this 17' boat, these anglers show their 3 hour catch. Visit this forum for some interesting information on motors used on boats in the late 1800's.
Circa 1950's, location is suspected to be Key West. This photo depicts how big Goliath Groupers were in the past, before the massive commercial extinction of the 1980s.
Catch of the day on a postcard from 1912
Charter boat Alabama captains' fish catch - Saint Andrews Bay 1950
Angler fishing the Hudson, Pasco County, 1920
Members of the Flying Fisherman Club with their catch in Marathon 1953.
Robert "Kelly" Worely gives fishing advice to two youngsters at Mayport 1957 - notice the bamboo fishing poles and the cars parked on the beach.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Freeman, winners of the Mysterious Island home on "The Price is Right" television show, fishing from a boat in Crescent City, 1961.
A womans catch for the day in Panacea 1940
Hammerhead Shark, Rod & Reel Pier 1973.
Miss Florida 1962, Gloria Brody, fishing in Key West
Young women fishing with cane poles from a jetty 1950?
Pat Johnson and Al McFayden reel in a fresh water fish in 1954
A good catch in 1896
Cheryl Lawrence reels in a fish at Lake Jackson in 1970
Fish catch of Kingfish on a postcard, Naples
Fish catch on a post card in Miami
Man scaling fish on a small dock as a small crowd watches in Fort Lauderdale in 1963
Very happy angler on a party boat shows off his catch.
Girl holding her Bream caught on Dead Lakes in 1960
Man and woman stringing fish on a party boat.
Man with his catch on a board on Daytona Beach around 1910.
African man shows off his catch on Aucilla River. Notice the trash on the waters edge.
A days catch on Sarasota Bay in the 1890's.
Zane Grey (left) and brother, R. C. Grey (right), with catch of three Amberjack and a Barracuda at Long Key fishing camp in 1916.
Gentleman fisherman in Leon County in the 1930's.
Howe Sadler shows off his Bass on Dead Lakes in 1947
Fishing boats in Panama City 1953. Notice how long they are with roofs.
The "Gertie T" fishing boat in the Florida Keys in 1954.
Fishing group poses for a photograph in the Florida Keys in 1957.
Ruth Martenhoff and Brian Eakin unhook a barracuda in the Florida Keys in 1957.
5 Marlins strung on side of sportsfishing boat in Pensacola in 1965.
Fishermen displaying their string of fish caught from Lake Jackson in Tallahassee 1969.
Angler with huge Snook, notice how chubby the fish is, in 1920's.
Men display their strung up catch on the back of a very old car.
Walter Stokes and a large catch of fish in Mohawk in 1893.
Crayfish (Spiny Lobster) caught off Old Rhodes Key in 1915.
Mullets smoking around a fire in 1969.
Nat Dobson's fish store displays Florida Mullet filets called "Truman Turkey" in Jacksonville in 1947.
Gentleman in a suit shows off his catch in Homosasso Springs in 1947.
Man & woman proudly displaying their string of Bass in Homosasso Springs in 1947.
Bill Wells lands a large garfish in Crystal River in 1952.
Man proudly displaying two large Barracudas in the Florida Keys in 1954.
Two freshly caught Marlin in Pensacola in 1965.
John Wilhelm and Clair Conley string their catch of snook in Marco Island in 1965.
Two men display their Tarpon catch in the 1950's.
Margaret Biven Haugdahl posing with Tarpon in 1925. Notice the chain holding the fish.
The date of this picture is unknown but probably the 1960's given the size of the Tarpon and type of boat.
Gentleman with his huge Tarpon fishing off Boca Grande.
Men pulling in a Beach Seine net on Naples Beach in 1949. Notice how big the fish are.
Commercial fishermen hauling in their beach seine net full of fish in Naples in the 1940''s. Notice the huge Snook in the center
Atlantic Goliath Grouper caught in the Halifax River, Daytona Beach in 1920's
Fishermen in the 1920's with their huge Sawfish, Stingrays and a Tarpon.
Anglers admire their 1,200 pound Manta Ray caught in Naples 1938
Diving the Clearwater Wreck in 1954.