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ANO " - .dAiI- L ~-~t~ws-'pa~er'i~ ~Published weeklYcontaining tat Avalon, Santa Catalina Island California. Avalon's official r r d f r urists and travelers- . ~as',ca!.ton of the Light ball, riding, walking, ning field for the Chicago "Cubs" and Los Angeles "Angels." fishing, marine garffens._ Unexcelled acc0mmoffaffoa,_ Price, Five Cents WEDNESDAY. JANUARY "~6, 1924 VOL. XI No. 2 :17t SANT-A CATALINA ISLAND- IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! tl disregarded and scrapped. The Tuna Club was founded, has been built up, and has won world-wide fame and approval, on the basis of seeking always "A higher standard of sport." Has the time come to abandon that standard? Is there any real need for its abandonment ? All the records and l history and achievement of the Tuna Club blaze forth in indignant denial that such is the case. The mere sug- gestion is enough to make Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the honored founder of the Club, the originator and prime mover in giving our salt water fish a fair chance, turn over in his grave. Prior to 1898, the year the Tuna Club was founded, the game fish of Catalina waters were caught with handlines by the boatload, and tons upon tons were slaughtered and thrown away. Then, various rod, ~eel and line standards were adopted, and from tlaat day to this the trend and tendency has been in the direction of lighter tackle, with scarcely an exception. (The changes made in the breaking strength of the lines, operating against the fish, was, in the opinion of many, a step in the l wrong direction; and now it is pro-I Posed to "rub it in!") Do Not Lower Angling Standard Says Ideals of Sportsmanship Crushed By Charles V. Barton Los Angeles, January i7, 1924. i Grey, and looked across a hundred Zane Grey writer and angler in a nine-thread line six-ounce tip--is a re- Do you remember when you were a lmiles of jagged, silent mountains. I recent issue 'of the Islander makes a corded occurrence, little, little boy? Maybe it was many have felt the breath of the sage, and plea for the adoption of a stronger Mr Grey evidently wants something lyears ago, more, possibly, than you{have lain under the desert stars. I lift.e for taking broadbill swordfish andmat ....... wm nold" ........... the nsn, regarmess, so l.lcare to think about.. Do ".vu remem-Lhave. seen his seas, and sensed the ........... her sittingwide-eyed hstemng toI beauties and mysteries of Mother ulg" tuna. . to speaK,me tells Or me sense or se-~ ' fairy tales.Do you remember your'Ocean. I have sweated, strained and Mr. Grey makes a very strong argu- curtty and confidence conferred by the ...... I ment in favor of his side of the case-- use of $1500 reels and $30 lines But desperate ettorts to Keep awake t..nrtst-idespaired with him in his struggles , ~ ........ Imas eve in a vain endeavor to catch with game fish, and I have gloried always provided that the time-honored, now aoout the game nsn, nghtmg tort . ' ~ , a ghmpse of Santa Claus It was all generally approved motto of the Tuna its life against tremendous and ever- , : I with him when he conquered. Club, "More sport and fewer fish," be increasing odds ? Ivery real to you, wash t at ? I Through it all, outstanding and alone, The boats at Catalina are better than You no more doubted the actual ex- ~ a god among sportsmen, has stood-- they used to be; the boatmen are bet- istance of Puck, Queen Mab, Sinbad Zane Grey. And now, this article has ter informed and more skillful; better the Sailor, the Magic Carpet, Cinder- come, and right now I feel that I am tackle is used, and anglers are more ella, Santa Claus, and all the glittering through with the whole thing. There expert than in the bad old days of cohorts of the little people, than you/is no such .thing as sportsmanship left handlines and "two-by-four" rods-- praise be ! It is true, undoubtedly, that Mr. Grey will have to his credit more fish and less sport if he continues to use thir- ty-nine-thread lines and "$1500" reels. That is his privilege. If numbers and poundage is what he is after, and not sportsmanship, he is surely on the right track. But, because heavier tac- kle is used in Nova Scotia waters where the tuna run up to 1500 pounds or more, that is no reason why Cata- lina anglers should, under the more fa- vorable conditions prevailing here, low- er their own standards. I have never caught tuna or sword- fish; but have, all my life, been an angler, and interested in angling from the view point of sound sportsmanship. As a former member and director of the Tuna Club, and at present a mem- ber of the Pacific Coast Anglers' Porch Club in good standing, I earnestly pro- test against any move to lower the standards of the Tuna Club in favor i of "sure thing" angling. The feeling among sportsmen anglers has been for the use of lighter tackle, and establishing "a higher standard of SPort." Has angling stood still, or gone backward, because of this ? I It has not. Glance backward a little. t is but a few years since the taking of a 100-pound tuna on light tackle, or of a swordfish--broadbill or marlin-- on any tackle, was considered impos- stble. Did the Tuna Club anglers of that day confess themselves beaten and demand the adoption of heavier tackle ? Again, they did not. They went right ahead and fished aad fished--kept on trying. They were after quality, not quantity. Today, the taking of marlin and blue-fin tuna of 100 pounds or more on the regulation light tackle-- did your own existence. Why should in all this world. you doubt, hadn't your father and Mr. Editor, [ tell you the whole mother time and time again hekt you thing is wrong! Zane Grey eouldn t spell-bound at their knees while they!have written that article! It just told you, hours without end, those age-iwasn't in him to do it! old, blessed tales ? , I Surely if you did- n't believe your father and mother,, there was no one you could believe. I Then without warning came your first great tragedy. Down about your head crashed this beautiful world of make-believe. All the sparkling, tin- selled throng vanished like a puff of smoke, and the World was very d'rab and cheerless. Worst of all, who de- stroyed these castles in Spain? Your father and mother! The very persons whose lightest word was truth, and who had built up ttais wonderful struc- ture, were the ones who ruthlessly tore it down. The explanations given were lame, and unsatisfactory. Your faith: in human nature was gone. You could believe no one. For the time, merci- fully short due to childhood's efferves- cence, life wasn't worth living. I have just finished reading Zane "If this be treason, make the most Grey's article on heavy tackle, and my of itY world has come tumbling down about .... me. I don't seem to be able to believe A large Appetite that there is a sportsman left! The Porpoises live on fish, and from re- whole charmed game is commercial- cent examinations of the stomachs of ized. The days of fast transportation, stood for everything that was clean the porpoises it takes many fish to bodily comforts gasoline electricity and fine. He has stood by and watch- keep them from having that hollow and money, have driven out of exist- ed wild game and when a shot pre- feeling. A clue to the number of fish ence those old-time" hard-riding, hard- sented itself would rather let the on the dietary list of an active pot-- living, clean-hearted men of the out- animal live than to needlessly take its poise may be had from the number of-doors! life. At considerable risk, he has cut of otoliths or ear bones of fish found I have read, I believe all of Grey's big fighting fish loose, knowing that in the stomach of the Sea mammal, books. I have sat breathless as those they would soon recover their strength One porpoise has yielded enough of lean, browned men of the west went and maybe provide, some later day, these to account for the consumption I to battle and death. I have smelled another hour's thrill. Now that is all of 7596 fish, and since these otolithslthe acrid fumes of black powder, and ended, and it's bigger lines, heavier are thought to be dissolved in the have heard the nerve-racking crash reels, more boatmen and more fish~ stomach in a period of no grea.t length, I and roar of forty-fives in the smoking, Oh, the pity of it ! Vale, Zane Grey, the fish-eating proclivities of the per-[reeking barrooms of the Old West. I the ideal, "Rest in Peace." poise may be estimated. [have sat out in the open spaces withI A. WESTERNER. I Surely, you know, and Grey knows, that 229 tuna of over a hundred pounds were taken last year, and of those 229 fish Zane Grey caught seven and R. C. Grey took thirteen, at least, so the record books show. Didn't A. W. Hooper take thirty-three tuna of over a hundred pounds on ordinary "inferior" 24-thread lines ? Didn't Mr. Adams take 16? Two hundred and nine fish over one hundred pounds were taken on lines that Mr. Grey says are inadequate. Many were taken by absolutely in- experienced anglers. Several were taken by women--Mrs. Spalding, Mrs. Greenfield, Mrs. Kendall, Mrs. Teller, Mrs. Wilkes. Maybe, however, these ladies were all super anglers. I'm ,sure I don't know. Why didn't the Grey brothers, fishing every day, catch more fish than anybody, with the ad- vantage they had of high priced lines and expensive reels? For some un- accountable reason they didn't, how- ever, and that's that. For years Mr. Grey, in his tales, has II