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PAGE TEN, ' THE CATALINA A SHORT TALK ABOUT SEA BASS ANGLING By C. G. Conn When reading the interesting ex- periences of our present sea anglers, who use modern tackle for landing such game fish as tuna and swordfish, I often wonder if these anglers would have been as successful with the old reels, minus ball bearings and safety catches, such as were used several years ago. In those days the anglers had to depend entirely on the use of a thumb leather to stop the fish. There then were no fancy rods, and no expensive reels that could be manipu- lated to check the frantic rushes of the frightened fish, and oftimes the presgure of the thumb leather on the line caused it to be heated to sucl4 an extent that it would almost burn the thumb. The sea anglers of ten years ago frequently had that experience. My first black bass, or jewfish, was caught near Seal Rocks under the di- rection of Captain George Farnsworth, and I was green enough in those days to think that catching a hundred- pound fish was glory sufficient to en- title me to the freedom of Avalon, and the friendship and acclamation of its citizens. But I soon learned different- ly. Captain Farnsworth and I sailed into the harbor with the big fish prominently displayed on the stern of our boat, but not a single Avalonian took off his hat and bowed to me, nor did he show any indication of falling on his knees when I landed. At that time there was no zero to my pride over catching a big fish. There is one thing I have never forgotten. I used a reel then that had no patent thumb drag, and the use of the thumb leather in my efforts to stop the rushes of the jewfish put the big joint of my thumb out of commission. I can almost feel that soreness in my thumb now as I write this paragraph. It is probably understood that there are no real jewfish in either Southern or LoOter California waters, and what is known as jewfish are in reality black sea bass. The best angling I ever had for these big brutes was done at San. Bartolorne Bay, Lower Califor- nia, when on a eruise own the west shore of fLower" Cahforma. The black sea bass were so plentiful off Kelp Point at the entrance of the bay that Mr. Murphy and I landed .fifteen of them in less than a day. It was esti- mated at the time we hung the fish on the side of the yacht "Comfort" that they weighed nearly a ton. Therewas no difficulty in hooking a fish as soon " as our bait was cast into the water; hut there seemed to be some trouble in catching the bigger fish. The smaller black bass were the most nim- ble, and in order to prevent their get- ting hold of the bait we would first throw out a piece of fish for the smal- ler bass to grab while we east our bait out to the larger fish. Mr. Mur- phy and I fished in separate boats. Captain'Farnsworth handled the boat I was in, and one of the sailors from the "Comfort" did the same for Mr. Murphy. Think of it--nearly a ton of bass caught in one day by two anglers, and not a line was broken, nor a rod injured. Sea bass, like all other bass, are not good" staying fighters.They may make se~,eral frantic rushes after taking the hook, but when they feel themselves conquered they will turn on their sides and give up the battle. One morning I hooked a big black bass off from the deck of the "Nevada," while we lay at anchor in the bay at the east end of Clemente Island. After a short fight the fish surrendered, and just as it was turning on its side the Jap cook stuck his head out of the gangway of the boat and looked at the fish. "Huh," said he, "he look like a big horse !" It might be said that almost every- thing that swims could be caught in the gocx| old clays in San Clemente Is- land waters. One afternoon I hooked a seal there when we were trolling for yellowtail. The seal had been follow- ing my bait for some little time, and Captain Mathews had warned me that I would hook it if I was not careful. "Never mind, Billie," said l; "there will be some fun if it ever takes my bait." Sure enough, I did hook the seal, and then fun began. That seal threw more flip flaps out of the water for a few moments than were ever seen in a circus in the same length of time. Then it started up the coast in the direction we were going. BiIlie put our boat at full speed and I began to pay out my line to prevent losing it. Fortunately the seal sought refuge in a lilly-pad bed, and most of my line was saved. It seems a grevious shame that the wonderful sea angling to be found in Catalina and Clemente waters should be sacrificed to satisfy the greed of market fishermen. Airs. Clarence Bunnelle of Catalina avenue delightfully entertained the Esehschohzia Bridge Club Saturday afternoon. Those present were .Mrs. Robert V. Baker, Mrs. J. N. Obricht, Airs. W. V. Heiss, Mrs. Clara Lau- rance, Mrs. F. R. Bunnelle, Mrs. C. J. Dash, Mrs. Harry Pitts, Miss Dorothy Hahn and Miss Doris Bunnelle. Dainty refreshments were served. Mrs. F. R. Bunnelle of Pomona made high score, and her son, Baby Wesley Per- ry, carried off the honors. The club will meet at the home of Airs. Robert V. Baker, April 12th. THE MARY WILLIAMS CLUB The meeting of the Mary Williams Club on Thursday afternoon of last week was a very interesting one, with a good attendance of local members and the usual out-of-town guests to lend inspiration. Mrs. Edmundson and Mrs. Martin tried to show the ladies "That the immigration laws were (or i were not) unjust." Both papers were very good--so good that the argu- ments for and against the question un- der debate were voted a tie. BIRTHDAY SURPRISE PARTY On Monday evening, March 31, Mrs. Susie Cameron gave a surprise birth- day party at the White House apart- ments, in honor of Mrs. Dottle Brown and Mrs. Margaret Westbrook. The other guests present were Mrs. Seely, Mrs. Lefavor, Mrs. Sweet, Mr. and Mrs. Ashbridge, Mrs. Trout, Mrs. Kil- foil, Mr. C. G. Fairchild, Mr. M. J. Cameron, Mr. J. B. Cameron and the hostess' young daughter Thelma. The decorations were carried out in pink, with an Easter motif in the place cards. An elegant birthday cake, with several candles thereon, graced the center of the table. A very pleasant and jolly evening was spent by all present. Subscribe now---S2 per year. SPORT NOTES By the Office Boy In the first Pacific Coast Conference baseball game, held at Palo Alto March 24, between Stanford University and the University of Southern California, the Cards won, 6 to 5. University of Southern California won the second and third games, play- ed in Los Angeles, thus taking the series. The Midwick polo team won the Pa- cific Coast open polo championship on March 25, by defeating Riverside 15 to 4 in the final game on the Coro~nado Country Club field. On Tuesday of last week, in Los Angeles, the Kansas City Blues de- fetated the Vernon Tigers 3 to 1. On Thursday, in Los Angeles, Kan- sas City again defeated Vernon, 1 to 0. On Friday the Tigers beat the Blues 12 to 8, and on Sunday again walloped the visitors, 12 to 7. On Saturday the Tigers beat the Kansas City Blues 12 to 4, and Sunday the Vernonites did it again, 12 to 7. The California State women's golf championship is to be contested for over the Brentwood Country Club course, April 7 to 11. Cliff Argue of Occidental, has cover- ed the 100-yard dash twice recently in 9 and 4-5 seconds. It is expected that the semi-profes- sional baseball leagues will be ready to open their circuits by April 20th. There are over eighty clubs in the leagues. On Thursday evening, in the Los Angeles Athletic Club pool, Thelma Finn of Venice captured the 100-yard free style Southern Pacific swimming championship for girls. She swam the distance in 1 minute and 11 seconds. At Oakland, March 27, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Oakland team 8 to 2. On the 28th the Cubs blanked Oak- land, 5 to 0. On the 29th the score stood 4 to 1 in favor of the Chicago boys. On the 30th the Cubs were vic- tors in the morning game, 8 to 4, but in the afternoon the Oaks made a grand rally and won the game, 8 to 5. TRAINING TRIP CHICAGO CUBS Date April April April April April April April April April April April April April April Day Club 2--Wednesday--Cubs vs. Pitts- burg at Phoenix, Arizona. 3--Thursday--Cubs vs. Pitts- burg at Albuquerque, N. M. 4--Friday--Open. 5--Saturday---Wichita Falls. &-Sunday---Wichita Falls-Cubs. 7--Monday---Oklahoma City. 8--Tuesday--Tulsa-Cubs. 9--Wednesday--Kansas City. 10--Thursday--Kansas City. 11--Friday--Kansas City. 12--Saturday--Kansas City. 13--Sunday~Kansas City. 14--Monday---Open. 15--Tuesday--St. Louis (Open- ing Season). Somebody suggested that we boost to make Avalon a "two-decked affair," so that there would be more room for the visitors on the beach this coming summer. Ahnost daily a big barge load of crushed rock leaves Graham Brothers' quarry at Pebble Beach for the main- land. Two and three barge loads daily is said to be the capacity of the new machinery recently installed. GITCHE GUMEE CAMP The regular Friday evening of the Gitche Gumee Camp was held in the Kintergarten Mrs. Stone having returned trip east, led the meeting and, tained the girls with a descri Council Fire she attended Chicago, in which 700 girls ed. With their songs, and symbolic interpretations, etc., created an enthusiasm great reach the Camp Fire Girls at Reports were given and read. Elizabeth MacLean was mously chosen as official yell her only stipulation being that girls YELL, instead of lau when she fills the office. It was with regret that the Fire Girls received the final Mrs. Belcher's resignation. ing the founder of the Avalon, and her never-waning their behalf, endeared her to every one, and they will alwaYS she belongs to them. Plans of future events were discussed and committees start many bails rolling for in the near future. A book shelf of new, interesting helpful books for Camp Fire Girls planned, and it is hoped this see the beginning of a Camp brary. The girls are fortunate in ing Mrs. Wood to be one of number, and be an assistant to Stone in the work of the Some time was spent in practicing Camp Frie songs, to be used irt future. The girls are planning to their basket weaving again, as many more interesting things and hope all will try and keep Friday ings for Camp Fire. Camp Fire Girls from other and people interested in the worg l invited t~ be present at any 0~! meetings, held each Friday 7 o'clock in the Kintergarten roO# the Congregational Church. Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Obrecht of iroit, who have spent part of year in Avalon during the past teen years, have again taken the Bonita cottage at 347 Descanso They plan to be here until the of June, Mrs. N. N. Brown is guests Mrs, F. D. High and Mr, Mrs. L. G. Sainsbury of Los in her cottage at 327 Clarissa The hostess and her lady friends guests of the Mary Williams Chtb Thursday afternoon. ]n a field meet in Los Angeles ford defeated the University thern California 79 to 52. STATEMENT OF MANAGEMENT, ETC., as required by the act of Augtts 1912, of The Catalina Islander, lished weekly at Avalon, for April 1, 1924. 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