A look back — fishing in Newport Beach

Fishing used to be the most popular tourist attraction in Newport Beach, in the 1930s. Read for more information on fishing in this area in the 30’s, from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach:

Open Air Fish Market, Newport Beach, c. 1931

Open Air Fish Market, Newport Beach, c. 1931

The building in the background still stands, housing the Doryman’s Inn, an elegant bed and breakfast, and 21 Ocean Front, one of Newport’s finest restaurants.

Fishing, Newport Beach, c. 1930

Fishing, Newport Beach, c. 1930

In the early 1930s, fishing from the Newport pier was the city’s most popular tourist attraction.

Fishing from Newport Pier, c. 1939

Fishing from Newport Pier, c. 1939

Around 1939, it was estimated that 750,000 people per year dropped their lines from the deck of that structure.

Newport Pier, c. 1939

Newport Pier, c. 1939

A tropical storm in 1939 swept away 500 feet of the pier’s outer end. Today’s municipal pier was built the following year.

Read more about fishing in Newport in the 1930s on my next historical post–which will be posted to my blog and available here on October 30th. This information (text and photos) is from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.

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