When it comes to marlin, Ernest Hemingway knew what he was writing about

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When it comes to marlin, Ernest Hemingway knew what he was writing about

Ernest Hemingway is well known as one of the most-important American writers of the 20th century. Less well-known is his passion for fishing. He especially loved the challenge and the camaraderie associated with big game sport fishing – the kind of challenge you can find with our upcoming Blue Marlin fishing tournaments in May 2020. 

We may be biased, but we think Hemingway would have loved the Bahamas Blue Marlin Cup Fishing Tournament, which will be held on May 4, 2020, and the Bahamas Blue Marlin Open Fishing Tournament on May 16-19

Hemingway’s Inspired Writing

Writers are often given the advice “write what you know.” In other words, use your life experiences and the knowledge you have accumulated to infuse your writing with life and authenticity. Ernest Hemingway did just that. A passionate fisherman, when writing The Old Man and the Sea, he drew on the countless hours he had spent fishing for Marlin off Key West, Florida, Cuba and the islands of the Bahamas. 

According to the historians and experts on all things-Hemingway at the Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, a nonprofit organization that maintains the residence where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote for more than ten years, “Charles Thompson introduced Hemingway to the exciting world of big game sport fishing, and a long friendship was born.”

Hemingway, Thompson, Joe Russell), and Capt. Eddie “Bra” Saunders along with some of Hemingway’s friends from his days in Paris became known as “The Mob” in Key West. “The Mob would go fishing in the Dry Tortugas, Bimini, and Cuba for days and weeks at a time in pursuit of giant tuna and marlin,” the experts at the Hemingway House & Museum say.

Marlin wasn’t the only they came back with. They all picked up nicknames. Russell has been immortalized in Key West as “Sloppy Joe” and it was during his time with The Mob that Hemingway became known as “Papa.”

Hemingway drew on his experiences fishing for marlin amid the islands of the Bahamas when writing his winning novella The Old Man and the Sea, which would go on to win the Pulitzer-Prize and contribute to Hemingway earning the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

Think you might have a book in you? You’re bound to experience some page-turning excitement during the Bahamas Blue Marlin Fishing Tournaments in May 2020. 

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