Pescando en Puerto Rico: Frank O'Brien and the Origins of Big Game Fishing in Puerto Rico
Timothy P. O'Brien
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Hardcover with Dust Jacket - Limited Tournament Edition - Limited to 150 Signed and Numbered Copies - 9" x 12" - Full Color Throughout - 168 Pages
About the Book
Today, some of the most exciting and intense Blue Marlin fishing takes place off the island of Puerto Rico. Experienced and novice anglers from across the globe travel to the Island to get into the action because of this reputation. The abundance of marlin is made possible because of a natural geological trench located approximately one-and-a-half miles off the North coast of San Juan that drops to a mere 100 fathoms. This area has come to be known as “Blue Marlin Alley” because Blue Marlin have been taken there for decades, ranging from juveniles to the coveted “Granders,” including several world record catches.
This angling legacy began in 1950 when Frank O’Brien, the owner of fishing rod manufacturer Tycoon Tackle, Inc., opened a factory in Mayaguez and realized the potential the deep blue waters off of Puerto Rico represented to angling and tourism. Throughout the ensuing years he would lend his name as a world-renowned sportsman and to efforts to promote the sport in Puerto Rico. In July 1950, O’Brien began writing a weekly fishing column for the El Mundo newspaper in order to develop local interest and support for angling. These columns today provide a snapshot in time of the history of angling of Puerto Rico.
Timothy P. O’Brien, Ph.D., has used these columns to bring us the bilingual Pescando en Puerto Rico: Frank O’Brien and the Origins of Big Game Angling in Puerto Rico. The original manuscripts in English are included along with the exact wording as they appeared in Spanish in El Mundo. In addition, hundreds of photographs have been included in order to accurately tell the story of those early days. Jan Fogt, Senior Contributing Writer to Marlin Magazine, said, “Since the discovery of its blue marlin fishery in the early 1950s, Puerto Rico has embraced the sport as few nations have…The region’s fishing history is as rich as its blue marlin fishery. After reading Tim O’Brien’s definitive book on the subject of big game fishing in Puerto Rico, you’ll be online booking a trip to fish this fabulous destination where blue marlin fishing is not just a sport, it’s a passion.” Tim serves on the International Committee of Representatives of the International Game Fish Association and on the Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He is ever ready to swap stories or answer questions about fish, fishing, or anglers. His first book, The Tycoon Tackle Story, recounts the history and lessons of one of the most storied and beloved fishing tackle firms of all time.
The book will be released in September 2013 in San Juan at the Club Nautico de San Juan during the 60th Annual San Juan International Billfish Tournament (IBT). The tournament follows all IGFA conservation procedures, including the tag and release format, 50-pound Tournament Test Line, circle hooks, and other procedures. Three editions will be produced: a Tournament-edition volume, signed and numbered, and available on a pre-order basis; a Limited-edition volume; and later, a Trade-edition paperback. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the International Game Fish Association and The Billfish Foundation.
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"Since the discovery of its blue marlin fishery in the early 1950s, Puerto Rico has embraced the sport as few nations have, hosting one of the world’s first international blue marlin tournaments some 60 years ago. The Club Nautico de San Juan International Billfish Tournament is a premier event that remains as popular as ever thanks to the dedication of members of its sponsoring club. When it comes to furthering the sport, I can honestly say anglers in this country are second to none. They literally led the charge for billfish conservation by helping to found and more importantly – fund The Billfish Foundation. Local anglers also were among the first to institute minimum weights and the eventual partial release format in their blue marlin tournaments.
The region’s fishing history is as rich as its blue marlin fishery. After reading Tim O’Brien’s definitive book on the subject of big game fishing in Puerto Rico, you’ll be online booking a trip to fish this fabulous destination where blue marlin fishing is not just a sport, it’s a passion."
-- Jan Fogt, Senior Contributing Writer to Marlin Magazine.