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Ernest Hemingway, Sharks, & Marlin

June 9, 2014 1:50 pm

Every Angler has something that they believe sets them apart in the fishing realm. While scanning the internet for some lunchtime entertainment, I came across something truly unique. Perhaps, the most insanely unique form of fishing.  I felt the need to share it with you.


” In 1934, Hemingway used an advance on a book of short stories to buy an 11.5-meter (38 ft) pleasure yacht that he named Pillar and customized extensively. It was at this point that Hemingway became an expert fisherman. During the summer of 1938 alone, he managed to catch an insane 52 marlins. In fact, Hemingway was such a legendary fisherman in Cuba that Castro held the Torneo Hemingway fishing contest in Hemingway’s honor in 1960.

However, some of Hemingway’s methods could be described as unorthodox. For example, in 1935, he caught a shark. That’s not unusual in itself, but while wrestling the shark onto the boat, he somehow managed to shoot himself in both legs with a Colt revolver. Later, in another event that influenced The Old Man And The Sea, he managed to catch the biggest fish on record. Hemingway and his friend Mike Strater hooked a marlin that was believed to have been over a gigantic 4 meters (13 ft) long and fought for hours to reel it in. When a group of sharks started circling, Hemingway fired a Thompson machine gun at them, but shooting the sharks simply bloodied the water and attracted more of them. By the time the fish was brought aboard, it had been torn almost in half, but what they had still weighed 227 kilograms (500 lb). ”    Credit: listverse.com


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