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Brian Irwin

Brian Irwin

Brian Irwin is a freelance writer and photographer based in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A family and travel physician, he has spent the last decade exploring the natural world and publishing his impressions. See more of Brian’s work at


Ansil Saunders points to the mangrove island, still visible today, where the all-tackle world-record bonefish was landed. Photo: Brian Irwin

When the Mountaintop Met the Mangroves

Mar 8, 2018 March 8, 2018

“It happened right there—just off that mangrove island,” Ansil Saunders points, recollecting the day in 1971 that his client, Jerry Lavenstein, a now-deceased sportsman from Virginia Beach, Virginia, caught a 16-pound bonefish on eight-pound test and a live shrimp. That fish was an all-tackle world record, one that still stands. Read More

Photo: Brian Irwin

Curacao’s Big Oil and Big Tarpon

Apr 18, 2016 April 18, 2016

“Fish, two o’clock,” shouted Norman Chumaceiro, my guide to tarpon on the idyllic island of Curacao, 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. “Now they’re at nine! And six. They’re everywhere!” he exclaimed. If anyone could help me come tight on a tarpon it’s Chumaceiro, who, along with his friend… Read More