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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA THREE-SIX" DISCUSSES ALL KINDS OF TACKLE Editor Catalina Islander: For a number of years past I have done considerable trout fishing at vari- ous places• What has amazed me was the number of fishermen encountered everywhere, with a goodly sprinkling of the lady anglers also. The automo- bile of course has made it possible; but the longing to get out into the open, with its ever-changing scenes an.l anticipations of the pools and riffles always just ahead, accounts in a large measure towards the day's pleasure. The tackle used, t noticed, was ex- tremely light, and the most favored places were where the fish were of Ined!ul~l size. In numerous conversa- tions I found that many had fished at Catalina, but did not show much en- thusiasm for b'ig fish; in fact, big trout did not even appeal to them either; but the combination of light rod and medium fish actually furnished the highest degree of real pleasure to them I really think in the old days at the Island we had more real pleasure with the yellowtail, and they surely did fight that old heavy tackle strong. Person- alty~. I do think that the advent of the light, tackle., together with the annual awards of cups and medals, did create an addled enthusiasm and friendly ri- valry, and was a stimulant to the game--at least it put it upon a more sportsm~nl~e basis• But all this is now but a memory, so far as in-shore fishing goes. ~Of late, all my information has come wholly from the Catalina Islander,'from Which I gather that the heavy tackle is again trying to claim its own. I have no-figures at hand, but~, i~ qnemory serves, some. three years ago of 200 tuna gaken only seven or eight.)vere button fish.. Now, what does this me~n? simply, a golden 0f3.is0rtunity for .the light tackle anglers Was lost. a-l~o-:time wasted by the heavy tackle ~'exp-erts" housing 50 and 60-pounders. Each angler has 'this ques:tion to de- cide for~'him~el'f: Whether. he would father',hog twenty-five small ones to get, o~e ~tig one. or let the big ones slip off,~n~d,,g,e~ a lot of thrills out of the 'balance. . --t' "wish-s~ne kind friend would dig Ula ˘or the "Islander" a summary of all the tuna taken with heavy tackle for the past five or six years, and let us know how many button fish in the total. Surely, the I[~t::tac'kle should not be wholly discarded now, with this great opportunity awaiting it. Personally, I would say that the 24-thread line is pletrty, strong for ttma up to 200 lbs. at least, and they are not taking them any larger. I am not saying "anything about that freak 251-pounder, for it is there upon the wall. in person. Capt. Nichols advises not to hurry your fish with light tackle. I agree, for you are having your fun whiP. the tuna is playing. With a fish over 100 pounds, I would say get it within the hour, for a man is about all in by that time anyway, even if the fish is not. It is a terrible strain upon any angler, and the heavy tackle is punishment enough in itself, and I think many of these long fights are simply due to ex- treme exhaustion. These long fights, too, must endanger the line through the gradual absorption of moisture during the continual hard strain back and forth through the guides, which finally parts at some point, as so often happens. The 24-thread line is of course am- ple for marlin of whatever weight. Now, about the 39-thread line: The Tuna Club should neither recognize it nor object to it, at least for the pres- ent, and right here, perhaps, is a good place to say this: The writer feels tlattered that the editor has seen fit to print his numerous contributions, not from a spirit of "know it all" oa the writer's part, but from probably having detected a goo:l snggestion l~ow and then, an:l to pass it on for what it may be worth. With the 24-thread line .vou have reached, and I might almost say ex- ceeded, the linfits of sportsmanship. Fish that are too big for this line arc really out of the line of competition• In conslusion, I am for Zane (',rcy strong, and 1 am going to discuss it with you some dab'. THREE-SIX. (tSditor's Note--It will take some time to dig up records of the heavy tackle tuna catches for the past few years. We will do that after the base- ball writers have departed for the mainland. LOG LINE LANDS TUNA Our good friend Mr. I. Harris of San Francisco sends us the following story of a 162-pound tuna caught off the coast of Salvador. Mr. Harris asks: "Can you beat this ?" "A renmrkable story of deep sea fishing was brought to San Francisco • yeslerday by Captain John A. Solder- berg, Mate A. McAhnan and the crew of the steamer 'Albert Jeffress' of the Garland Steamship Corporation. "On the way from Panama, off the coast of Salvador, one of the sailors was passing his leisure in trolling in the wake of the shill He had a heavy hook baited with bright-colored rags. "The swishing-of the water attract- ed his attention to the line, but when he tried to pull it in .he was nnable to move the weight at the end. ~qth six or eight men to aid him he Was a~le to lift his catch clear 0[ the.wate'i-: It , , , ; J was a big tuna. . , "As sport.smen kn0w, the tuna .is a game fish, and ,was. a fighter. Before it could be pulled up to the deck it had,sn~fpped the line and drop- ped back into the water. "But here a strange coincidence re- newed the battle. The tuna in getting away became entangled in the log line, which was paid out well astern, hn- mediately all hands were called to the log line, and when they had it in they had landed a fish that was four feet and eight inches'in length, and.weigh- ed 162 pounds. "This is said to be the first instance on record of catching a fish with a log line." The fish catch for the month of Feb- ruary at Los Angeles Harbor broke all previous monthly records, both for the total tonnage of fish caught and the amount of sardines canned, according to C. S. Bauder, head of the Fish and Game Commission. The total catch for the month was 23,040,926 pounds. Of that amount, 21,863,233 pounds were sardines. The highest previous catch in one month was 9,887,508 pounds, and the largest sardine catch was 8,451,776 pounds. The Catalina Islander will welcome correspondence on problems of a psy- chological nature. (Sunshine Psychology Service) SAYS: "What makes human beings so in- teresting ? Who can touch the eternal chord of sympathy ? What makes most adults charitable to the zr~stakcs of youth and inexperience ? What makes human energy so restless ? So tragic, that the human nfind is thwart- ed by the limitation of its own powers ? Why do we feel 'wounded' by the folly and the cruelty of life ?" "Why do we continually search to know truth ? To find humor and the uncanny knowledge of life's little acts ? Those acts of kindness, love, passion, brutality and hate ? Why do we like to be entertained with books of mys- terious tales ? Why do we gossip over the back fence and in quiet corners ? Consciously or unconsciously, are we seeking the other fellows motives?" "What" is will power? We say 'The Power of an Attorney.' The 'power or force of electricity,' but a man signs his last WILL and testament so that his executors may carry out his in- tentions and the desires of his life." "What is applied psychology ? Psy- chology is human behavior.' How do we apply metaphysical forces? We apply for a position, and put on porous plasters for physical pains." "Who WILLS to live or wills to die ? A man desires to live, or he de- sires to die. When a child rebels against the wishes and commands of its parents we call that contrariness, rebellion against parental discipline, and sometimes say it is 'stupidity.' But revolution, rebellion, mental cun- ning, is not will power. What is will power ?" "On reason why we have repeated the word l~ot{qe, or the intent with which we do things, so often in these columns, is because we desire to em- phasize the word MOTIVE. Our mo- tive is to find the 'bed-rock' in think- ing processes. We have nothing to sell, books, lectures, or systems of ap- plied psychology." $415 "Of our Silent Forces we seldom" speak. Words do not convey the thoughts. The solitude and granduer of the human metaphysical forces are more marvelous than all of the seven physical wonders of the world. Think this over before you say words to the contrary." I AVALON CHURCHES Catholic Church services: Masses, :8 and 10 a. m. ing devotions, 7:30 p. m. Mass, 7:30 a. m. Christian Science Society s their bungalow meeting house, Metropole avenue, Sunday at I1 Sunday School at 9:30 a. m. 'day evening service at 8 p. m. ~qt $ Congregational Church Sunday School, 9:30 a. m.; and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Endeavor, 6:00 p. m.; Worship Sermon, 7:00 p. m.; Mid-week 7:00 p. m, Wednesday. cordially invited to all services. Catalina will give you the rOl your 'life. Come to .Catalina. BOATMEN AND Bt Any of the following Catalina men will furnish amateur anl light tackle if they so desire: Boatmen Launch~ John Edmundson Adelaide S. J. Goulding Ruth Smith Warren Fortuna Hugh MacKay Manana Parker Pence Shorty "Yellowta~l John" Dragon Tad Grey Swastika Harry E. Nichols. Vera J. J. Bates Helen B. L. Mott Mable tt. M. Foster Sunbeam Enos Vera Carrie Fred Arce Ethel O. I. Danielson Letta D, A. E, Eaton Leona Capt. Nordquist Vampire O. W. Cole Myrtle F. Ashbridge Grace IL C. Wickman Maitland B. D. Halstead Barney John Wegmann Dixie Elmer E. Anderson Andy Alex Adargo Keywe COMFORTABLE HANDS THE "MABEL F" The fastest launch in Avalon, and t.he launch with a record BIG FISH. L. MOTT, Box 1042, Avalon. Booth on Plaasure Fig Should you mlu your steamer, or care to c*om to San Pedro by launch, hi me know. Plume. 61048 Main 1046 PRIVATE IvY H. OVERHOLZER FUNERAL DIRECTOR 958 South Hill St., {:or. Tenth Lady Attendant Los Angeles, CII,