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Top 5 Legendary Fishermen
Fishing is like most sports in that it has its share of icons and the tall tales that come with them. The major difference is that stories about legendary anglers, quite literally, come with tails and scales included. As I child I was fed a steady diet of such stories. With that said, here's a quick look at five of the world's most legendary fishermen:
1. Ernest Hemmingway
No list of famous fishermen would be complete without mentioning Ernest Hemmingway. Legend has it that Hemmingway caught his first fish when he was just three years old. But his love affair with fishing didn't end there. It was a passion that would remain with him well into his later years. He took up deep sea fishing in his 30s and spent many an hour fishing in the Florida Keys. Many of his writings mentioned fishing. His 1952 novel, The Old Man and the Sea, was one of the first fish stories to capture my imagination. It did the same for millions of others and earned Hemmingway a Nobel Prize.
2. Zane Grey
Zane Grey was both a prolific writer and a fisherman. Over the course of his life he held many deep sea fishing records. I think that one of the most impressive catches Grey ever made was in 1930. That year he snagged a 1,040 pound Pacific Blue Marlin while fishing in the waters around Vairao, Tahiti. In addition to catching giant fish, Grey also wrote about fishing in at least nine of his books and was a frequent contributor to Field and Stream magazine. He holds a special place in my heart because I've fished some of the same waters he did. When I was growing up, Grey's A Day on the Delaware (Tales of Freshwater Fishing) and his Lord of Lackawaxen Creek were required reading.
3. Al McClane
Al McClain is another one of fishing's greatest figures. The former Field and Stream editor not only taught millions of American's how to fish with his book McClane's New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia and International Angling Guide, he also taught them how to cook what they caught (Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery). His fishing books elicited a special reverence from my grandfather and earned a coveted spot on the family book shelf, right next to the Reader's Digest collection.
4. Gadabout Gaddis
Gadabout Gaddis, America's Flying Fisherman, was about as central to my childhood as Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans. His fishing show started before I was born but grandpa made sure Gadabout's legend lived on long after the show ended. Grandpa wasn't the only one enamored by Gadabout's fishing exploits either. The man's fishing films, shows, airplane trips and affable charm eventually earned him a spot in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum.
5. Ray Scott
Ray Scott, the founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, is another famous fisherman that deserves to be a part of any angler's top five list. In addition to the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, Scott gave us the joy of bass tournaments and the BASSMASTERS television show. Furthermore, Scott also worked on several pieces of fishing related legislation including the Sport Fish Restoration Act and the Boating Safety Reform Act.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family and has traveled extensively.
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