The Lure of Florida Fishing highlights the history of sport fishing in Florida from the late nineteenth century to the present.
Fishing is one of the largest participant sports in the world and Florida offers many chances for locals and tourists to pursue this popular pastime. Home to one of the longest coastlines in the country as well as abundant lakes, rivers, and streams, Florida’s waters teem with more than 600 species of fish. The Lure of Florida Fishing explores the development of sport fishing in Florida and its continued popularity as a destination for both salt and freshwater anglers. The exhibit features an extensive timeline of fishing lures that documents a century of lure making in Florida. Other artifacts, photographs, and text panels help interpret the history and growth of sport fishing in the Sunshine State as a tourism draw and recreational activity for residents.