Fish Taco Chronicles is a quarterly print magazine that has been publishing since 1995. Co-founders Shawn Arnold and Leonard Davenport started the little “rag” more or less as a hobby. A way to go fishing and tell their wives they were working.
Besides the traditional approach of telling readers how to catch a fish, their idea was to write about their own experiences…birds nest and all. If visiting a location Fish Taco Chronicles tells not only of the best fishing areas but perhaps the best place to find a cold one afterwards. Or the best ways to cook your fish after you have caught it.
Their plan was a good one for a while until something they never expected happened…the magazine kept growing and growing and became work. Not that there are any complaints about it.
Since the inception co-founder Davenport has passed away but Shawn Arnold had bought him out a few years earlier so the publication keeps on rolling.
With some of the lowest print ad rates in the industry, Fish Taco Chronicles future looks bright. The magazine was called “offbeat” by former Orange County Register outdoor columnist Dave Strege, the magazine does tend to march to a different drummer than most outdoor magazines. In fact, legendary outdoor writer Jed Welsh wrote in a 2004 column that Fish Taco Chronicles is his favorite fishing magazine.
About the Publisher/Editor
I grew up in Lakewood, California honing my fishing skills on bluegill at Heartwell Park and bonito off the Seal Beach Jetty. Though I loved to fish as a youngster, I was a baseball junkie and did not have the time to fish as much as I would have liked to.
In high school between games or leagues, I still found a way to get to Catalina about 10 times a year on an overnighter from one of our local landings. My hard work in baseball did pay off, as I received a baseball scholarship to Long Beach State. The time in college gave me the chance to hone my writing skills and prepare myself to work for my father who was in the publishing business.
My father ran a machine tool trade publication and wanted me to join him. Soon after I went to work for him, we started a second machine tool publication called CNC-West. Having a steady income provided me the chance to pursue my passion — fishing. The publications sent me travelling a lot which gave me the chance to do some fishing in areas I would not have tried otherwise.
My work travels enabled me to catch gar in Florida, pike in Michigan, walleye in Wisconsin, salmon in Oregon and Washington and brown trout in Argentina. This is in addition to all the local fresh and saltwater species that southern California has to offer.
In 1995, I took the publishing skills that I had learned and partnered up with a friend to start Fish Taco Chronicles. That gave me a chance to put my working knowledge into the activity I crave — fishing.
Fish Taco Chronicles is a quarterly magazine. The magazine has enabled me to fish and write about locations such as Costa Rica, East Cape Mexico, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Canada, Kenya and Alaska. I look forward to bringing readers of Fish Taco Chronicles in print and web my experiences and hope that you enjoy reading about them as much as I did writing about them.