100 Years of Sport Fishing in Port Aransas

Port Aransas start of the Tarpon Rodeo

Boats take off as tournament begins.

This exhibit highlighted a century of Sport Fishing and Hunting in Port Aransas. Some of the great artifacts from this exhibit are still on display at the museum, including:

  • Antique skin mount of a tarpon, the fish that brought recognition to the town.
  • Fishing gear from yesteryear including rods and reels from the turn of the century.
  • The stern of the Manny, a Farley boat salvaged, converted and placed inside the museum. Come sit in it for a feel of how the folks fished while you learn about these local craft and how they were built.
  • Newsreel of President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he fished the area in 1937 with local guides in a Farley boat.

Storyboards and Photos

Storyboards and photos that we produced to tell the history of the sports have been saved as PDFs, and can be downloaded below.