This book describes Zane Grey’s hair-raising tales of fishing in shark-infested Pacific waters.
Tales of Tahitian Waters describes Grey’s fishing expeditions to the Tahitian Islands during 1928, 1929, and 1930, in which he claims to be the first big-game fisherman to fish these waters.
He came to this area after having passed nearby on his other fishing trips. Hearing accounts of there being marlin that were thirty feet long and sharks that measured fifty feet in length, he became determined to pursue these fish and add to his many fishing records. It was here where he describes catching a marlin weighing 1,040 pounds, and the catch was recorded as the first 1,000-pound fish ever caught.
In Tales of Tahitian Waters, Grey says that these were the most difficult waters he had ever fished. Yet he claims a special affection for these waters, and he visited them numerous times afterward.
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About the Author
Zane Grey® (1872–1939), born in Ohio, was practicing dentistry in New York when he and his wife published his first novel. Grey presented the West as a moral battleground in which his characters are destroyed because of their inability to change or are redeemed through a final confrontation with their past. The man whose name is synonymous with Westerns made his first trip west in 1907 at age thirty-five. More than 130 films have been based on his work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zane Grey's became very famous and very rich off of the books he wrote involving stories of the Old West. He used some of those riches to finance his many journeys around the world to explore untapped fisheries. His writings of this portion of his life offer readers many insights into the history of sportfishing. Zane was a true pioneer of the sport and I highly recommend these books to anyone who has a love of fishing and its rich history. This book focuses on Zane's multiple trips to Tahiti. Fishing focuses mostly on the offshore species... like striped marlin, black marlin, and sailfish. It's interesting to note how the ID of fish has changed since Zane's day... much thanks to his explorations no doubt. There's also a great section from his fishing/weather log on pp. 176 to 209.