Read more about fishing in Newport in the 1930s on my last historical post here: “A look back — fishing in Newport Beach | Part 1“.
On August 18, 1931, A.M. Hmman of Balboa caught this striped marlin swordfish, 13 feet, 5 inches in length, and weighing 692 pounds. At the time, it was the largest swordfish caught anywhere using standard tackle.
Pier, surf, and bay angling, and fishing from various charter boats and local ocean barges, brought thousands of people to Newport who would not have come otherwise.
These giant sea bass, caught at Newport Beach, weighed a total of 600 pounds. The card promoted Newport as the fishing spot “where the big ones don’t always get away.”
The commercial fishing industry in Newport was a major source of income. At one time, commercial and sport fishing combined accounted for nearly 90 percent of the gross income of the city.
This information (text and photos) is from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach. More information about Newport Beach’s local history is available by browsing my Local History category.