Santa Catalina Island:: Tuna Club Foundation, 2004, 2004. 4to. 210 pp. Illus. throughout (much in color). Navy cloth, opaque sleeve with printing of Sanata Catalina Island. Fine. Michael Farrior’s beautiful and significant book "The History Of The Tuna Club" is a fascinating history of the world’s first and foremost big-game fishing organization. Within the history of the Tuna Club is the history of sportfishing itself. Founded in the late 19th century by naturalist and author Charles Frederick Holder, the club was the first to adopt "sporting tackle," both as a means of higher recreation and to reduce the wanton and wasteful hand-lining of the day. Its early members were among the first saltwater angling enthusiasts, and they were anxious to pit themselves against new and worthy undersea adversaries. After countless early failures came grudging success: the first giant tuna ever captured on rod and reel, then the first marlin, and finally the first broadbill swordfish. RICH HISTORY - Anglers will want a copy of Michael Farrior’s fascinating history of fishing and The Tuna Club. Now, after more than 100 years, the Tuna Club has a rich and storied history: rife with celebrity anglers, epic battles with giant fish, and tales of the ones that got away. Its elegant Avalon clubhouse is a registered historic landmark and remains within a stone’s throw of the club’s original location on breathtaking Catalina Island. Its rules and regulations remain the most vigorous in the world, and virtually all standards of international angling have evolved from those set by the club’s founding members. For anglers, collectors, historians, and Catalina enthusiasts everywhere, this book is a must-read. About The Author: Michael Farrior is a past president of the Tuna Club and has served as its historian for more than 15 years. Long recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on vintage big-game fishing tackle, he has authored numerous articles on the subject and continues to add to his own unparalleled collection. Farrior also serves as trustee of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and is an accomplished saltwater angler himself. Book Highlights Five years in the writing, "The History of the Tuna Club" includes some 225 pages and hundreds of heretofore unpublished photos and illustrations. It begins with the arrival of Charles Frederick Holder in Catalina in 1889 and concludes with a review of the events surrounding the club’s 100th anniversary in 1998. An extensive introduction outlines both the origins of sportfishing and the history of Catalina Island. This deluxe first-edition printing is limited to 1,500 copies, only 1,000 of which will be available to non-members. The following topics are among the many covered in this remarkable work: -- the origins of sportfishing -- Catalina’s early history -- formation of the Tuna Club -- a look at its founding members -- evolution of Tuna Club rules and awards, -- design and advancement of saltwater fishing tackle -- legendary battles with giant fish -- the war years -- famous members and visitors -- early swordfish techniques and successes -- the Tuna Club clubhouse - then and now -- ongoing conservation efforts -- celebrating the first 100 -- a look toward the future.
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