Torea Frey

Editor, writer, photographer, observer on the street.

Catch o' the day

I was browsing old issues of Sunset Magazine on Google Books, and I happened upon a story about  fishing on Santa Catalina Island in the publication's January 1901 edition. In "Rod, Reel and Gaff in Southern California," Charles F. Holder writes: "If the adventures of the tuna fishermen could be told it would make a volume of thrilling incidents." Would that he had recounted some of these incidents, rather than discussing the merits of rod and reel versus a hand-line! Nonetheless, the pictures are fantastic; the lady and her large tuna are a particular favorite. (My family, it should be noted, would likely argue that the only good fishing is fly fishing, and that the best place to do it is on a quiet little stretch of the Tuolumne.)