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FISHING A Poem In Four Words WISHING FISHING SWISHING DISHING So begins the New Hanover Fishing Club’s 1929 Annual Prize List publication. The poem perfectly sums up the philosophy of the organization — it was all about the fishing. For the better part of the 20th century, the club encouraged and rewarded sportsmen who liked nothing better than to wrestle a big catch from the water. The club was founded in 1915 by several prominent Wilmington-area businessmen, including Theo G. Empie, Harry H. G. Latimer, George T. Clark, T. I. Watkins and George B. Canady. The club did a great deal to stimulate the fishing industry in the area as it attracted members drawn to its ideals of good fellowship, skillful angling and the sportsmanlike catching of fish. In later years, it helped secure legislation for the protection of game fish. The club quickly grew until membership was in the thou-sands, drawing from the entire area as well as internationally. The covers of its annual publi-cation proclaimed it to be the largest in America. In its day, some claimed it was the larg-est fishing club in the world. The club’s yearly pub-lication was sprinkled throughout with poems about fishing, as well as pictures of prize-winning catches. The 1974 annual included a photo of Kit Taylor’s record channel bass. 45 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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