National Geographic : 1937 Aug
Photograph from Paul J.Nordman SPEAR POISED, A TAHITIAN FISHERMAN STANDS TENSE AS A BRONZE STATUE ON AGNARLED TREE PEDESTAL To scare up flying fish at night, spearmen carry flaming torches into shallow places like this reef, where the surf has deposited the dead tree trunk washed from some hurricane-swept island. In the lagoon that rings the island between shore and reef, natives know just where to look for certain species offish atdifferent times ofyear. Offshore, in launches, sportsmen seek big-game fish like the 1,040-pound marlin, more than 14 feet long, caught by the novelist Zane Grey off the south end ofTahiti. Natives tell of giant swordfish twice this size!