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Images of Sport Fishing in Texas

July 21, 2014

With the abundance of salt and freshwater fish in Texas waters, recreational fishing has long been a popular leisure activity. People of all ages have enjoyed this tranquil sport out in nature, away from the distractions of everyday life.

Photographs of 19th century fishing excursions are uncommon. Before the Kodak camera, few people were willing to hire a professional photographer to venture out to water’s edge. Occasionally fishermen would visit a studio and pose with their catch in front of a painted backdrop. By the early 1900s, people were routinely taking their camera along to record their summer activities, including fishing.

These images are the work of both professional and amateur photographers. They record fishing trips and fishing trophies: some taken for family albums, others for newspaper features.

 

F. C. Tyson poses outside the San Antonio Light Building with a 48-pound catfish that he caught at the Medina River near Frio City Road, San Antonio, 1936. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359:  L-1163-H)

F. C. Tyson poses outside the San Antonio Light Building with a 48-pound catfish that he caught at the Medina River near Frio City Road, San Antonio, 1936. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-1163-H)

 

Children watch adults fish during an outing at the Nueces River, circa 1890.  Photograph by I. N. Hall, itinerant photographer based in Cotulla.   (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  088-0293)

Children watch adults fish during an outing at the Nueces River, circa 1890. Photograph by I. N. Hall, itinerant photographer based in Cotulla. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 088-0293)

 

Robert M. Ayres lands a fish in a rowboat near Port Aransas, circa 1910.  Photograph by his father, Atlee B. Ayres.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  084-0860)

Robert M. Ayres lands a fish in a rowboat near Port Aransas, circa 1910. Photograph by his father, Atlee B. Ayres. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 084-0860)

 

Dave Gallagher (right) with shark he caught near Port Aransas, circa 1908.  Photograph by Atlee B. Ayres.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  084-0870)

Dave Gallagher (right) with a shark he caught near Port Aransas, circa 1908. Photograph by Atlee B. Ayres. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 084-0870)

 

Group picnicking beside a fishing hole along the Salado Creek in southeastern Bexar County, circa 1905.  Photograph by unidentified professional photographer.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  087-0059)

Group picnicking beside a fishing hole along the Salado Creek in southeastern Bexar County, circa 1905. Photograph by unidentified professional photographer. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 087-0059)

 

Cornelia Marschall Smith (left) and Irene Marschall King fishing in the Brazos River near Waco, 1910s.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  098-0864)

Cornelia Marschall Smith (left) and Irene Marschall King fishing in the Brazos River near Waco, 1910s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 098-0864)

 

Nora Washington with catfish she caught in the Colorado River, Bastrop, 1950s.  Photograph by Bob Standifer.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  102-0218)

Nora Washington with catfish she caught in the Colorado River, Bastrop, 1950s. Photograph by Bob Standifer. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 102-0218)

 

Victoria residents fishing in the Garcitas Creek, 1921.  Photograph by J. D. Mitchell.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  080-0172)

Victoria residents fishing in the Garcitas Creek, 1921. Photograph by J. D. Mitchell. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 080-0172)

Joe Redwine poses with his catch, Comanche County, 1910s.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  098-0814)

Joe Redwine poses with his catch, Comanche County, 1910s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 098-0814)

Women cleaning fish, Danavang, 1910s.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  098-0564)

Women cleaning fish, Danevang, 1910s. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 098-0564)

Bobby Leslie demonstrates how he blows fish out of the water with his makeshift blowgun, a section of neon tubing with a glass mouthpiece, San Antonio, 1939.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359:  L-2198-B)

Bobby Leslie demonstrates how he blows fish out of the water with his makeshift blowgun, a section of neon tubing with a glass mouthpiece, San Antonio, 1939. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-2198-B)

Vice-President John Nance Garner (right), with Ross Brumfield, on a canoeing and fishing trip on the Leona River near Uvalde, 1939.  (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359:  L-2209-H)

Vice-President John Nance Garner (right), with Ross Brumfield, on a canoeing and fishing trip on the Leona River near Uvalde, 1939. (San Antonio Light Collection, MS 359: L-2209-H)

Raymond Ramirez with perch that he caught in the San Antonio River near River Road and Mulberry Avenue, San Antonio, 1984.  (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360:  E-0256-126-06)

Raymond Ramirez with perch that he caught in the San Antonio River near River Road and Mulberry Avenue, San Antonio, 1984. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0256-126-06)

Fishing hole in the Medina River near San Antonio, 1982.  (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360:  E-0092-021-09)

Fishing hole in the Medina River near San Antonio, 1982. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-0092-021-09)

Boys fishing in a pot hole at the corner of Carson and Willow Streets, San Antonio, 1984.  (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-207-028-37)

Boys fishing in a pot hole at the corner of Carson and Willow Streets, San Antonio, 1984. (San Antonio Express-News Collection, MS 360: E-207-028-37)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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