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iP. Catalina SeaFari CAPT. JOHN AFISHINADOS CHARTERS We had a private par- ty book Catallac for a company outing just be- fore the lobster hoop-net season closed this week. We know Catallac can manage a floating party, that is what she was built for, however, we were not as sure about her ability to hoop-net for lobsters, so this was a first. Most hoop-netting done around the island is from small boats. This allows the anglers to maneuver in close to shore and drop nets in and be- hind rocks and boulders that are just beneath the surface. I can tell John King Columnist you that I have had many late night close encounters with the port-hole punchers while trying to retrieve a net whose pick-up line was driven into trouble zones by wind or swell. Catallac is a 50' long, 22' wideboat. She is not nearly as agile as Mojo or Diversity, so I was a bit apprehensive about our prospects. I was pretty certain that the first drop would go well, since we are put- ting the nets out while we still have some day- light, but I was not so confident that we would be able to waltz back into a tight cove after dark to retrieve our nets. We did have a few things work- ing for us. First, we had a full net from the bottom of the ocean, they huge, they are very interesting Cap You never know what might be in to watch. Their movements are in With t. John King it. We had some huge eels in a net slow motion, but those giant claws in front of the 'Campus 6y the Sea' suggest that they are very capable moon. What a difference that can on one night, and we have pulled of defending themselves. make on an otherwise dark night, up octopus, sharks and rays on We had Jon Council on board We also had a full complement of some nights, on this night. Jon is very knowl- 10 underwater lights as well as a We were still able to snag a edgeable and he shared his info set of eight very bright spotlights few 'legals' for our guests on this with the guests, illustrating the that are mounted on the roof and last outing, but the big show came defense, feeding and reproductive controlled remotely. These lights up in the form of a couple of big anatomical features that each crit- were originally installed to light sheep crabs, ter has developed in their on-going up the water for our flying fish Sheep Crabs are also calledquest to survive a hostile environ- tours, they worked equally well for Spider Crabs and even California ment. hoop-netting. King Crabs. I have seen plenty of Jon had the crowd captivated; Another advantage is Catallac's these crabs. Sometimes we catch so much so that he and I have very shallow draft. Catamarans them on bait, sometimes we will agreed to test adding his expertise are known for their ability to oper- see'them in the shallows, but this to our Catalina SeaFari Eco Tour. ate in very skinny water. It is one was the first time we had them in Our intent is to bring our guests up of the qualities that make them our nets. close and personal with the crea- so popular as Caribbean cruisers, These critters are gnarly look- tures and their adaptations to life and it worked well for our needs ing and very difficult to eat due to in the coastal zone of an island. while hopping. We were able to their thick shell, but the big ones get into water that metered 7 feet are delicious. Capt. John runs Afishinados knowing that I had 3 feet to spare The crowd got very excited Charters and can be reached at under theprops, when these crabs skittered onto john@afishinados.com or 888- It is always exciting to pull up a Catallac's deck. Not only were 613-777 Catalina SeaFari Eco Cruise BOOK A PRIVAE CHAR--ER was not out From page 1 of the woods yet. Concession stand and an unex- He rec- pected $300,000 from redevelop- ommended ment funds, the council Harvey said the reduction was hold a finan- caused by "a lot of small things cial work- working together." shop in May However, Harvey said Avalon to discuss Ben Harvey TUESDAY, SATURDAY SUNDAY 12-2P, FISH ~ TOUR ~ PARTY~ CRUISE .lixci. om shoring up city funds that are Kennedy said one item Harvey underfunded, including the sewer missed was the sewer infrastruc- and salt water funds. He described ture. those funds as "problem children" Avalon is under a cease-and- that drain the city's reserves, desist order from the state to "For now, we're still in the pro- improve water quality in the bay. cess of eating away at that deficit," If state government-established Harvey said. water quality standards are not He also said there were two met' on schedule, Avalon could be projects looming for Avalon: the subject to fines. Mole and the fuel dock. "The sky is not falling, but Mayor Bob Kennedy said we still have a lot of work to do," Avalon has $500,000 set aside for Kennedy said. the Mole. Council Member Oley Olsen Contact Jim Simonds Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. Familiar places and familiar faces * No appointment needed * Scans available immediately on CD * Images sent electronically to your physician * Please call for more information. Island MedicalCenter Tracey Norton, DO (31o) 51o-o7oo 1oo Falls Canyon Road Laura Ulibarri, MD PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 Monte Mellon, MD www.ClMedicalCenter.org suggested a review of past system repairs to help plan for future repairs. Kennedy said Avalon wouldalways have to repair Oley Olin the salt water system. Council Member Ralph Morrow said the city started with $10 million in reserves. He said the city would now have an estimated $8.3 mil- lion in reserves. "We're making good progress," Morrow said. He said the FinanceDepartment did a good job. The council received and filed the report. Those last 10 Sticky pounds F a: Call me, Email me, Friend Me Laura Whitby 310 991 3771 flybikeswim@yahoo.com &B 4 i Friday, March 21, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER