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AN vILL CATALINA ISLANDER HEAVY TACKLE PREDOMINATE? By "'N~cI~" Boatman It raIher looks as though the advo- of heavy tackle will surely win the few who are not_vet willing admit that the 24-thread line is too weak to stand the hard ;train and the wear on the line which OCcur from running back and :orth through the agate or metal tip ? such experienced anglers as -lane Grey, Mr. Adams. Mr. Griswold, and others, and a number of the most :t boatmen, have come to the conclusion that the 24-thread line is sufficiently heavy to be even half SUre of it lasting through the ~ght, appears to me that it is time 1[ or us all to admit that it was or is, a mistake, and now is the time to rec- tify it. If nine out of ten boatmen would honestly admit and tell the truth, he Would tell you that when his angler s,vt~has a big fish hooked that his lnain |~ thought and worry is that the line will ,q~ ~break g, nd surely it often does, much - I to the disgust of both angler and boat- man. he boatman very often takes the m~shap much more seriously than he angler, because his reputation depends upon his making good to his angler and bringing in fish. Those that were hooked and broke the line do not get the boatman any- Where, and the angler s friends are in doubt as to whether he hooked or even saw one. You will always see a sneer on the faces about you when you tell about the one you hooked, but got away. YOUR MIND IN A MIRROR! While I am not boosting any parti- cular reel, I will say that there are several A1 reels on the market that are well adapted to this fishing, and an entire outfit bought for $150. But it would be wise to use a 27-or 30-thread line to make the outfit effi- cient, and to make this a standard line. I wish to star( lhat were we to dis, Continue the use of the drag, which in nine Cases out of ten is the cause of the breaking of so many lines, on ac- Count of it offering a greater resist- ance as the circumference of the coil AEK ALL THE ISLAND WHY THEY EAT AT What would it reveal? Edison learned a lot about it when he mirrored the minds of college applicants for jobs in his plant. "TEST YOURSELF," the inten- sely interesting new feature THE CATALINA ISLANDER has obtained, will give you facts about yourself and provide y,m a lot of fun at the same time. Look for "TEST YOURSELF" Today on Page Five You have got to produce the fish to 2nvinee your friends and the other a:men. If you were lucky enough " nook one and fight him for a while, and then the line broke that is no ~ault of yours. It proves that the line s not in comparison with the s~ze of fish you hooked. But your friends do not know this. Of course, it would be out of the question to suppose, for :a~e minute,, that the boatman who are - ~:mg to the public, could supply a reel boat, as is saves tightening up the b~ cost $1500, and a line to cost $30, drag tension so often. t*ecause there is not one person in a It may be necessary to state that by ,nOUsand that would pay for the tackle eliminating the drag handle and using - rest or broken which is sometimesthe thumb brake, the angler would the case, . have a much longer battle, and it "A Regular Place to Eat" GEORGE HOFFINGEF~ Bring Your Husband and Try Our Sunday Chicken Dinner Tables for Ladies 413 CRESCENT AVENUE "rill[ OCEAN IS OPPOSITE OUR PLACE of line diminishes, whereas, with a leather brake, the thmnb would weak- en and offer less resistance as the coil deminishes. Therefore, under these circumstan- ces, the 16-ounce rod. and 24-thread line wouhl be fairly good, because there wouhl be a more uniform pres- sure on the line, whether there was a hundred feet or ten hundred feet out. [n fact, the pressure would be less just at the time it should be. Conse- quently there would not be so many lines broken or so many fish lost. It is not necessary to use a leather brake such as we used to have (which caused a great amount of wear on the line), as there is now on the market a thumb drag which does not come in contact with the line at all, but bears on the outer edge of both sides of the bells, and which is very effective. By its use a uniform pressure can be made, whether the spool is full or if the line is most all run out. This de- vice is, I believe, a Pflueger patent, and is attached to a good many of their reels. I would be pleased to show this to any one so desiring. It is a handy device, men on a reel with a drag, as one may add a little more re- sistance when the fish is close to the would require one hundred percent more scientific handling of the rod and reel; but, if you are a sportsman, and not a commercial fisherman, what does time amount to? f have never heard of an angler given any special credit for landing a big fish in a short space Of time. In fact, fish !anded quicker than they should be are usually considered by the boatman as dead ones and nobody gets nmch credit for the capture. This late idea of hurrying a fish in by brute strength, to bring him to gaff as quick as possible, appears to me to be the wrong idea. An angler starts out to hook a large fish so he will have a big fight; then, by brute strength, he tries to land it in twenty minutes; this determination to get the fish up quickly masters his mind, and it's a hundred to one shot, when he has landed his fish, that he cannot tell you of a single movement the fish made (he probably would see a marlin jump). He knows he hooked it, and got it; but he did not enjoy one minute of the fight, from the fact that his whole mind was centered on get- ting this one, and some more, just to PAGE THREE beat the other fellow. As far as get- ting any real sport out of this way of fishing, he might as well have made fast to two or three logs and hurried them in, so far as any real sport was concerned. For a person to enjoy and obtain the real sport of fishing, he must keep his composure, watch every movement the fish makes, know when to take ad- vantage of it, and when to give way-- sometimes with the line and sometimes with the rod. No one gets much real enjoyment out of fishing when his aim is to get the one he has hooked as quickly as possible. There was a time when fishing was done in the most scientific manner, and for the great thrill and sport which it afforded, but today it seems to be the object to get the most fish. Of course, with the present methods, there is nothing for the angler to do but grasp the rod in both hands and lay back on it. If he gets any slack, he just turns the han- dle and it automatically catches where- ever he lets go of it. Consequently, there is nothing scientific about it, because you do not have to change from the brake to the handle, and vice versa, which required quick action, and some quick thinking, and it was really a scientific art. H. E. NICHOLS. SPORT NOTES By The Office Boy Fred Gunther, second-baseman, has signed up with (he "Angels." Bobby Wallace, pitcher, and Johnny Waiters are reported signed up by Los Angeles. "Wahoo Sam" Crawford has signed up to coach the University of Southern California baseball team. Clothes Do Not Make the Man but they do help him to make good impressions. There is satisfaction in al- ways appearing well dressed. Suits made at City Prices. MARTIN HALL Merchant Tailor Avalon California Write to the Catalina Light Tackle Club, P. O. Box 14, Avalon, California, for information about sea angling. James T. Burke, formerly manager of the St. Louis "Americans," has signed up as manager of the Toledo, Ohio, ball club for the 1924 season. Im,itations have been sent to the Universities of Oregon, Washington and Nevada, to Oregon Agriculture College and to California Colleges and Universities to enter their teams in the first California intercollegiate golf tournament, which will be held at Del -Monte February 22, 23 and 24. STATIONERY! 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