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WHY THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN

Baitcasting is the only truly original American angling method and my book, A History of Baitcasting in America, reveals its story. It is the first single volume history written on the sport and this website, Baitcastinghistory.com is the companion to the book.

During three years of intensive research I discovered of a quantity of historical information previously unaddressed by earlier writers. I believe that this new information helps improve the understanding of how baitcasting developed in America. The expectation for the reader is that together, the book and this associated website will become helpful and trusted go-to sources for baitcasting history.

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Emmett Babler

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emmett Babler is a lifelong angler and fishing tackle historian. A US Navy veteran, he holds two undergraduate degrees and a master of arts in human relations and organizational behavior. He is a retired Honeywell Aerospace director, a retired clergy member of the Episcopal Church, a multimedia artisan, writer, and an aspiring swing dancer. Emmett and his wife, Carmela, live in Arizona and have six grandchildren.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emmett Babler is a lifelong angler and fishing tackle historian. A US Navy veteran, he holds two undergraduate degrees and a master of arts in human relations and organizational behavior. He is a retired Honeywell Aerospace director, a retired clergy member of the Episcopal Church, a multimedia artisan, writer, and an aspiring swing dancer. Emmett and his wife, Carmela, live in Arizona and have six grandchildren.

THE BAITCASTING BLOG

Louise Woerner’s String of Fish

April 14th, 2018|General|

Much change has occurred in American life since the faceless photograph of young Louise Woerner and her string of fish was taken. Had Louise been born at the turn of the 21st century rather than the earlier part of the 20th, there is little doubt that the photo would have been entirely different: it would [...]

Desperately Seeking Lady Corduroy

October 29th, 2017|Baitcasting, General|

Are there any history investigators or detectives in the crowd? If so, I will be happy to give you credit for any discoveries you make leading to the identification of Lady Corduroy. Stories about early American (possibly Scottish) female baitcasters are few and their history deserves recording. One such angler was Lady Corduroy; I would [...]

The Dream Team

September 29th, 2017|Baitcasting, General|

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do”. — Sarah Ban Breathnach Lou, Harry and Julius Johnson, three brothers from Terre Haute, Indiana, were early 2oth-century gasoline engine experts and designers who eventually came to produce a well-known line of outboard boat motors. The eldest, [...]