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GERALD N. COUGHLAN

March 18, 1957
March 18, 1957

Table of Contents
March 18, 1957

Fred Haney's Fire
Events & Discoveries
Pancho The Great
Basketball
  • A year of exciting basketball culminates in the NCAA tournament, with the big question being whether form—which has held true all season—will also decide the national champion

Horse Racing
Outdoors
  • Edited by Thomas H. Lineaweaver

    In Washington, D.C. last week Congress and the North American Wildlife Conference gave all outdoorsmen CAUSE TO CHEER

Skiing
The Red Wings
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Acknowledgments
Pat On The Back
Departments

GERALD N. COUGHLAN

This picture of a man dwarfed by a fish is evidence of the extraordinary prowess of Jerry Coughlan, top man in the plug casting division of the Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament for the past eight years. As leading contender for the 1957 championship with this 137½-pound tarpon taken in 12 minutes on a 15-pound test line off Islamorada, Fla., Coughlan will probably get his ninth Outstanding Angling Achievement Award. His phenomenal record shows that this is his 38th tarpon weighing more than 100 pounds taken on regulation tackle under Miami tournament rules—in a division in which only three other anglers have ever caught tarpon exceeding that weight.

This is an article from the March 18, 1957 issue Original Layout

Fishing and excelling in sports come naturally to Coughlan. Born in Youghal, County Cork, Eire, he fished the Blackwater, famed for its great salmon and trout, as a boy. He was a talented half-miler and in 1928 set an Irish record for the distance (1:56.6) that stood for 27 years—until broken by Ron Delany. In 1932 he accompanied the Irish track team to Los Angeles for the Olympic Games, and on a post-Games visit in the East met an East Orange, N.J. girl, fell in love and decided to settle in the U.S.

Nowadays, with Mrs. Coughlan and their three children, he makes his home in Caldwell, N.J. and is president of his own manufacturing firm. When time allows, he's off to Florida's great tarpon fishing grounds to meet the challenge of trying to better his record catch.

PHOTOBURTON DAVIDSON