Among the big fish stories of the season is one relating to the exploit of J. Valentine Slevin, of the firm of Lynch & Slevin, hatters, Seventeenth and Market streets. Mr. Slevin returned from the shore yesterday looking as bronzed as an old-time pirate of the Spanish main. When questioned with respect to the rumors of his piscatorial achievements he said: "Well, I was angling off the pier at Applegate’s, and was about resigning in disgust at my bad luck, then suddenly I was nearly pulled overboard by a fearful tug at the line. I knew at once I had hooked something big, and played my fish accordlngly. After a series of maneuvers, which it would be tedious to relate, although exciting enough at the time, I succeeded in landing a magnificent blue bass. The fish turned the scale at sixteen pounds." Mr. Slevin’s catch has placed Atlantic City ahead of the seashore resorts this summer for big takes in angling. Mr. Slevin used an ordinary "dipsey" line, baited with clam.
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Inquirer, August 1, 1890.