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PAGE TWO IS THIS SPORTSMANSHIP ? By "Nick," Boatman. In this article, (I being a boatman for about twenty-five years at Avalon, Catalina Island), I am especially put- ting great stress upon the few words which a great many sportsmen usually add to their articles published in our worthy little paper, The Catalina Is- lander, which are: "Less fish," "more sport," and "give the fish a chance." The following may be true sports- manship, but is it" right ? A sportsman goes hunting for deer, bear and other big game. He carries a 22-caliber rifle, which he should know is not large enough for such big game. He sights a deer, pumps him full of lead, or breaks his leg, and the animal-in his fright, runs as far as he can and then drops, to lay and suffer for days and perhaps weeks, and finally dies. Now, would it not have been far better to have used a rifle more in proportion to the size game he was seeking, dropped his deer on the spot, or within a hundred or two feet, bag- ged it, and proceed on his way home to share his achievement with his neighbors, who no doubt would make good use of it ? On the other hand, the deer suf- fers and dies, the sportsman has noth- ing to his credit, and the deer meat is left to the crows and Wild animals. Just so it is when going fishing with tackle which is not heavy enough to hold the fish. Light tackle, in my opinion, at its introduction, was the ruination of the small fishing at Catalina. During the introduction of light tackle five boats, two persons to a boat (I had one of the parties, so I know whereof I speak), went to the Isth- mus to try their skill. We left for the grounds at 7 o'clock and returned at 12 o'clock. Anglers and boatman all ate at the same table, and the result was discussed. Over one hundred fish hooked and lost, and one, a twenty- one-pounder, landed, (I am only giving this half day's experience, the other day and a half was about the same). My party came home in disgust, went away and never returned• Previous to this I had had them every year for a number of years• I will not give his remarks on leaving. Now, would it not have been better to have used a little heavier line and landed some of those fish, pleased the angler and the boatman, and made good use of the fish? Of course, as time has gone on we have mastered this tackle to quite an extent; but what has is cost us? It has cost us the loss of one of the gamest fish of its size that ever swam the waters of the Pacific. How did we lose them? Simply be- cause a great many that had been hooked and fought, almost to a finish, broke the line and became the prey of larger fish and sharks, and those that were not too far cxha.sted Carried away long pieeea of line, leader, lead and hook, and were followed out to sea by dozens of other of their species. This I have seen many times. In my opinion, it is a sad mistake When anglers have the idea that they are sportsmen because they fight a fish for twenty minutes, or three hours, and then the line breaks and the fish gets away; then they say: "We gave them a chance!" How absurd ! They only crippled and tired that fish to make it an easy prey to sharks and larger fish. Any small fish after having been /ought for one- half to one hour has little strength left to get away from the numerous larger fish and sharks which are wait- ing below, but which we do not always see. Most any person knows that when a fish's gills are injured, or the side of his mouth is torn so that they can- not control the amount of water and air which they wish to take in and blow out, are doomed to sharks or larger fish. The above refers to fish which have tender mouths--viz: Al- bacore, white sea bass, barracuda and tuna. Yellowtail have a much harder mouth, and when you lose one of them he usually takes with him from 50 to 100 feet of line, a leader, lead, swivel and hook. But he is not the only one that goes. He sometimes takes six or eight others with him out to sea. If he has not swallowed the hook he may survive; but I have only caught two yellowtail in all my years of fish- ing that had a hook in the jaw, the leader having rusted off; three had scars which looked as if the hook had worked out. But where are all the rest of these fish that got away? Well, in my opinion they went to sea and never did come back, and this is one of the reasons for the scarcity of the once famous and gamey fish of the Pacific• Now, would it not have been better to have used a little larger line, land- ed the fish, made good use of them, and kept the vast number of others from going out to sea ? The size of the line has no bearing in the sport of fishing. The whole thrill comes through the weight and flexibility of the rod, and by using a larger line you are not wasting valu- able sea food which is fast being de- pleted. There was a time when a few lost fish would make no difference, but as they are today we cannot afford to lose even one, owing to the fact that they are a healthy food, and the ang- ler must get all the fight there is in the fish for the money he spends. To prove to yourself that it is all in the rod, put 600 feet of 18 or 21- thread line on your light tackle reel and you will be convinced. My contention is, that neither the 9-9 tackle or the heavy tackle are evenly balanced. I take as a reason the fact that there are at least twenty lines broken to one rod, which (tak- ing new lines into consideration) con- vinces me that to properly balance the 9-9 tackle is should consist of a nine ounce rod and a twelve or fifteen- thread line; and for the standard heavy tackle, a sixteen ounce rod and a twenty-seven or thirty-thread line, which would be a more proper balance in this tackle. This ~s sufficiently strong to break most any rod, which would cause more scientific handling to protect it. It should be borne in mind by the sportsmen that, from the fact that al- most every swordfish is hooked down in the stomach, it is beyond all rea- sonable doubt to suppose that that fish is going to survive because he broke your line and got away. You must remember that the large, sharp hook, and a link or two of lea- der, is in his stomach, and that the hook probably punctured the stomach, under which conditions nothing could live very long, so he must become a prey to the monster sharks. Would it not be better to use a little larger line (since the line cuts no figure in-so-far as the sport is concerned), fight your fish to a finish, pull him aboard,• bring him to the scales, have your picture taken, and that evening have a delicious piece of swordfish for dinner ? Fifty others will be fed from the mighty fish that gave you the greatest thrill of your life, and in time to come you will speak of the great battle you had with a gamey monster of the deep at Catalina Island, the sportsman's paradise. To my knowledge, which dates back to the first rods and reels used here, there never were any lines used larger than 24-thread. Quoting a statement in last week's Islander as to going back to our early mistakes and using 6, 9 and 24 strands--a 24-strand line would mean a 72-thread line. Who ever used one on a rod and reel? ]f sportsmen are still of the opinion that fish should have a chance, then I would suggest that we return to the old and really scientific way of fishing: Take off the minature Michaelis' drag, attach a straight handle and leather brake, and you then will be competing for honors on an even basis with your fellow sportsmen who originated and organized the Tuna Club, and.the fish will be given a chance from the fact that none of our sportsmen will have any desire to try to conquer more than a couple of tuna or one swordfish per day. He will be very tired, and satis- fied for one day, and the fish will be given the much-talked-of chance, be- cause there will not be so many hook- ed, consequently not so many to break away and become the sure and easy prey of the monster sharks of the deep. H. E. NICHOLS. SOME SCHOOL REPORTS PERFECT ATTENDANCE In the Catalina Elementary School, Month ending January 11, 1924. GRADES ONE AND TWO Virginia Feltrop Moises Reyes Gladys Hobbs Mercedes Reyes Josephine ReyesMarion Johns.on" Agneeta Watson Robert Arnold Clyde Grant Fred Semple Cecil Hcndrickson Charles West John Reyes GRADE THREE Ralph Barba Junior Johnson Josephine Eldon Naomi La Rose Luis Garcia Jack Peterson Irma Garcia Catherine Marincovich Helen Sweeney GRADE FOUR Maxine Carson Billie Tregarthen Robert Dunkle Frank Willis Nicky Marincovich Ida Williams Roland Feltrop Vincent Marincovich GRADE FIVE Frank Burgess Elsie Clark lulian Garcia Ruth Edmundson Donald Lusk Mary Reyes Mike Reyes Isabell Scott ' • Eric Cliff GRADE SIX Fred Clark Salvador Reyes Jeffis Cowan Truxton Ross Francis Feltrop Ellis Todd Steve Gurasich Georgia Coleman Edgar Harrison Gloria Gurasich Glenn Hoover GRADE SEVEN Mirie Burgess Violet Watson Stephen Williams GRADE EIGHT Harland Gould Katheryn Dunkle Gordon Coleman. Helen McKelvey HONOR ROLL Elementary grades, Catalina School, Month ending January 11, 1924. GRADES ONE AND TWO Agness Conrad Ezmyrl Knopf Virginia Feltrop Charlotte Rosseau Gladys Hobbs Adela Machado Agneeta WatsonCharles West Clyde Gibson Robert Arnold Clyde Grant May Zecchini MaryHey GRADE THREE Ralph Barba Helen Hahn Josephine Eldon William Hibbets Luis Garcia Helen Sweeny Irma Garcia Glenn Watson GRADE FOUR Maxine CarsonClaude Pitts Robert DunkleHelene Rasseau Rolapd Feltrop Mildred Sprinkle Jchn Rowley Billie Tregarthen ldaWilliams GRADE FIVE Robert Woodson Lois Harrison Elsie Clark Margaret Daly Mary Reyes GRADE SIX Edgar Harrison Salvador Reyes Steve Gurasich GRADE SEVEN Violet Watson Mirie Burgess GRADE EIGHT Kathryn Dunkle Charles Cliff Have you a friend whom you would like to receive a sample copy of The Catalina Islander? Send us the name and address. Catalina will give you the rest of your life. 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