Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Miami Metropolitan Fishing Tournament

One of the legendary fishing events of the middle portion of the twentieth century was the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament. Home to such famous anglers as Erl Roman (Miami outdoor writer and Miami University professor), Harold Lemaster (L&S Bait Co. owner), and Frank O'Brien (of Tycoon Tackle fame), the Metro was heavily advertised and very well attended. The Rod & Reel Club trophy was awarded to the heaviest sailfish. For many years, the legendary Joe Brooks was the director of the Miami Metropolitan Fishing Tournament, in addition to his duties as outdoor editor of the Miami Herald.

Here is a look at one way the Metro advertised their tournament. It's an envelope for the 1948 Metro sent on "Pisces Day" and featuring a lovely leaping billfish. Inside was the carded invitation to fish featuring a pin-up model and saltwater fishing rig.

It's a rather nice combo to find, and a neat piece of Florida and saltwater fishing history.

-- Dr. Todd


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