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PAGE TWO PLAYING AND LANDING A BIG TUNA AT CATALINA By Robert C. Franks In "Outdoor Life" for February, 1924. There's den] of difference between taking speckled beauties and bringing to gaff a big, fighting tuna, but this angler performed like a veteran, land- ing one of sufficient size to make him eligible for membership in the well- known Tuna Club. Y' ever catch a leaping tuna? Then you ain't never been fishin'. Boy, I have---one, a beauty weighing 124~/~ pounds--and this is the story: On Saturday, August lath, in com- pany with George L. Colburn, the writer made the trip from Los Angeles (Outer harbor) to Avalon, Catalina Island, via Pacific Marine Airways seaplane, in the very nice time of twenty-one minutes for the twenty- six-mile hop, and the following morn- ing we chartered the motor launch "Sunbeam," skipper M. Foster, for a day's fishing. First let me say that while ] am an experienced trout angler, having lured the speckled beauties many years on the Gunnison River and other famous trout streams of Colorado, I had never seen a tuna, much less caught one, and what I did not (should I say "do not"?) know about tuna fishing was laughable. Verily, I think ] was the rankest dub that ever hoped tobecome eligible for membership in the world- famous Tuna Club, the personnel of which is largely made up of such lum- inaries and sterling sportsmen as Pus- tin Farnum, Charlie Chaplin, William Wrigley, Jr., and others almost equally well known. The first big requirement for the hopeful angler is that he shall bring to gaff with regulation rod and reel and line, and under prescribed conditions, a tuna weighing 100 pounds or moi:e when placed on the official scales at Avalon. Then you may apply for membership and the :right to sport the "Tuna" lapel button, and if your character is above reproach, and you have the $100 membership fee, you may in due course mingle with the chosen few. And "few" is the proper word, as the membership is not large, due to the fact that the 100-pound babies are, oh, very, very scarce. An- glers come to Catalina from all parts of the globe, and many go out season after season, year after year, before taking a "button" tuna and thereby gratifying their life's ambition, while others, like me, have been fortunate early in the game. Of some 500 tuna taken in Catalina waters this season, mine ranked in the first half do: