The Lure of Florida's Fishing History

By: Terry Tomalin


Florida has a long and storied history when it comes to recreational fishing. Anglers from all over the world have been coming to the state since the mid 1800s to catch largemouth bass and later a variety of saltwater species.

And soon, visitors to Tallahassee can take a trip back in time to that golden era of angling. The Florida Department of State’s Museum of Florida History will host a new exhibit, The Lure of Florida Fishing.

Opening with a reception on March 13 and running through Aug. 26, the exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, including photographs, fish mounts and tackle, which offer rare insight into Florida’s sportfishing history.

Among the more notable items on display will be two prestigious trophies, the Mrs. Henry Rea Silver Sailfish Derby trophy from the West Palm Beach Fishing Club, and the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament’s Henry H. Hyman Memorial trophy from the International Game Fish Association.

For more information on programs visit the Museum of Florida History website at or call (850) 245.6400.

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