Thursday, February 3, 2011

At Our Fish Market

Our fish market is decorated with photographs that document the history of recreational and commercial fishing in the waters off our coast. That's the Tuna Club, above, on Catalina Island. Below, a lady poses in 1926 with the 165 pound tuna she landed after a two hour battle, also on Catalina Island.

Bing Crosby, well known crooner, was also a local fishing and horse racing enthusiast.

Commercial fishing used to be a big employer in this area, with major canning operations in San Diego and hundreds of boats that employed thousands of people.

When the sunfish below was caught in the early 1900s, it set the world record at 1,600 pounds.


Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Ahhh, yes, the good ol' days...I remember the giant sturgeon that used to come from the Mississippi, the huge catfish of many varieties, we used to fish it every weekend, but now the waters are so polluted from farm runoff and industrial waste(Monsanto),I won't even eat the fish caught here locally.

What kills me is the big hubbub they make about lead paint in your homes, when there is far more toxicity in the mercury content of the fish we eat...GEESH!

PS...I'm starting to sell soap on the etsy...LOVING IT!!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Do you think they really went fishing in those clothes, or did they go and change before they had their photographs taken?

steven said...

ha weaver! i was wondering the same thing - not to mention the sort of unladylike work that would go into hauling one of those behemoths aboard!!! steven