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March 07, 2011

New book explores Florida fishing legends

New book explores Florida fishing legends

Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers is a new book that's drawing praise as a compendium of colorful characters who contributed to Florida's 100-year-plus recreational fishing boom. Rather than a tedious compilation of bios and stats, the book provides entertaining stories and interviews about the eclectic personalities.

Some of the book's better-known anglers include Ernest Hemingway, Ted Williams, Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh, Joan Wulff, Roland Martin and Guy Harvey. One of the more remarkable lesser-known characters is Jesse Linzy, an early 1900s black fishing guide from Ponce Inlet who stood six feet, eight inches tall - and so strong he was the only guide in the region who could row out of the inlet against the tide. Many of the book's images have never been published.

"This project, like the building of a matchstick house, began as a thousand scattered pieces and gradually evolved into an exciting ride for me through Florida's angling history and lore," said Doug Kelly, the Florida-based author. "I think you'll feel the same way after reading Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers."

The book is published by the University Press of Florida and contains 352 pages and 120 historical images. To learn more, visit www.FloridasFishingLegends.com.