Fishing Yesterday's Gulf Coast

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Texas A&M University Press, Jun 27, 2008 - Nature - 168 pages
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Renowned fishing guide Barney Farley worked the Texas coastal waters out of Port Aransas for more than half a century. In these stories and reflections, Farley imparts a lifetime of knowledge about fish_silver trout, sand trout, speckled trout, redfish, ling, catfish, jack, kingfish, you name it_and gives advice about how to fish, where to fish, and when to fish.

Perhaps no one could chronicle the changes in sport and commercial fishing along the Central Texas Coast more ably and more passionately than Farley. When he came to Texas in 1910, he reported that he could get in a rowboat and using only a push pole, make his way "to the fishing grounds and catch a hundred pounds or more of trout and redfish" in a few hours. A couple of years later, the shrimp trawlers arrived. As they plied the Gulf in increasing numbers, they depleted the shrimp populations in the bays, and Farley watched the fish move farther and farther offshore, following their ever more elusive food source.

From his perspective in the mid1960s, Farley was not satisfied simply to lament the disappearance of onceabundant species. He also strongly voiced his views on the need for conservation. Many of the problems he identified are still with us, and some of the solutions he prescribed have since been adopted.

This book is both an appealing reminiscence and a cautionary tale. Anyone who cares about fishing and the health of the Gulf's waters will find an authoritative and completely engaging voice in Barney Farley.
 

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Contents

Ch1 President Rooseveltas I Knew Him
3
Ch2 The Truth about FishingAND HOW WE CAN IMPROVE IT
13
Ch3 Laguna Madre
20
Ch4 Castles in the Sea
24
Ch5 Fly Rod Fishing
30
Ch6 Skipjacks on a Fly Rod
34
Ch7 Tarpon
40
Ch8 AWinter Fishing Story
48
Ch14 Redfish
83
Ch15 Trout and Reds along a Channel Shoreline
87
Ch16Drum
93
Jack Crevalle and Pompano
99
Jewfish and Sheepshead
106
Ch19 Males That Incubate
112
Ch20 Other Fish in the Sea
116
Ch21 Crab Fishing
122

Ch9 How to Own an Outboard Motorboat and still be popular
55
Ch10 Tackle
58
Ch11 Surf Fishing
63
Ch12 Kingfish
69
Ch13 Trout Fishing
74
Ch22SharksI HaveMet
125
Ch23 Big Shark Little Boat
132
Ch24 I Fished at the End of a Rainbow
137
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BARNEY FARLEY was a Port Aransas fishing guide whose memories and stories about fishing the Texas coast were originally written in the 1960s for his family and friends. Their posthumous publication is supported by the Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award Trust of Corpus Christi.

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