Lazy Living on a Lagoon Full of Gamefish

Jan. 08, 1962
Jan. 08, 1962

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Jan. 8, 1962

  • To some 40 million romantic TV viewers it was like Cedar Rapids of the Three I League beating the Yankees in the World Series. In the actual presence of 39,000 people—over half the entire population of Green Bay, Wis.—the Green Bay Packers demolished the New York Giants to become the National Football League champions. Paul Hornung, scoring at upper left as Dick Modzelewski hangs on to his ankles, and Ron Kramer, dragging Sam Huff (70) across the goal, were only two of a dozen Green Bay heroes in the popular triumph of Small Town, U.S.A., over Metropolis. Actually, the Packers are a big-time team and were expected to win; but few even in Green Bay expected such a big and shattering win

  • The scoring was high, the play hard, crisp and tense as flashy Texas just did manage to beat Mississippi, Alabama edged by Arkansas, and LSU, Penn State and Minnesota displayed a pro ability to get touchdowns

  • Luke is Ohio State's brilliant Jerry Lucas, and The Rat is OSU's harassing defense. Together they swept through a strong field in basketball's best holiday tournament

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Lazy Living on a Lagoon Full of Gamefish

No matter how much a man likes to fish, it is hard to get stirring when the sun is high and the rum is good. But this is the way it usually is at El Tarpon Tropical, a lazy fishing camp on the Yucatan Peninsula. So the guests are often satisfied just to pick up a few grouper and then relax "with their drinks. But more often they will succumb to the excitement of what may be the best tarpon water in America. When this happens, as the paintings on the following pages show, they climb into native boats to drift the tidal creeks or troll the big lagoon hoping for a record breaker. For more fishing and travel facts on Mexico's unique sportsman's vacation spot, turn to page 42

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At noon, Mayan guides unload two fish from the morning's catch before settling down for a two-hour siesta. Later, when the day's fishing is over, guests at the tarpon camp relax under a palm-thatch umbrella, sip sundown drinks and swap insults with the camp's gaudy and bilingual parrot, Lorenzo

Floating before a curtain of deep jungle green, two light-tackle fishermen quietly cast their lures into a shallow tidal creek

While the triumphant angler looks on, a guide gaffs a 60-pound tarpon hooked in the Laguna de Términos only two minutes from camp. Later the guide drags the fish up the beach to camp while, in the background, one of the guests joins a group of natives casting for snook in a tide rip