When we think of America’s first president, quarters, cherry trees, and false teeth often come to mind. But fishing? Washington was, by all accounts, an accomplished and enthusiastic fisherman throughout most of his life (go here to see one of his original tackle boxes). As president, he’d often set sail and enjoy an afternoon of deep-sea fishing as he traveled about the new nation and even convinced notorious cabinet rivals Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton to accompany him on one such trip to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. More than a mere hobbyist, however, Washington transformed part of his Mount Vernon home into a highly-profitable fishery.