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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA WHAT A 24-THREAD LINE IN 24 YEARS DID NOT DO. JUDGE FOR YOURSELVES By George C. Farnsworth After reading some of the many ar- ticles written on Fish, Fishing and Tackle, and just what should or should not be used, it depends largely on just who was doing the writing. It seems to be a human trait to speak of what we accomplish and not what we fail to do. Therefore, the public and most of the anglers are ignorant as to just what hasn't been done. From the facts sets forth in this ar- ticle, I trust it will give them a chance to see both sides and be better able to strike an average. As the "Twenty-Four"-thread line dates back many years before the light tackle or "Nine"-thread line, I shall confine this article to the above men- tioned line. And I think at this time it will be well to impress on your mind a fact that is not generally known. Run your brand new "Twenty-Four"- thread line out from the stern of your boat nine hundred feet, making it fast to something which will not cut the line, and then speed up to seven miles per hour, and watch it--BREAK[ A Tuna Club regulation "Twenty- Four"-thread line will not stand its own weight at that speed. Now, figure out just how long your line will last hooked to a tuna traveling forty miles per hour straight away. That is about their speed during their first rush after being hooked. And now, may the reader pardon my onfitting several names during these early dates, as most, if not all, of these men who lost these wonderful fish have passed away. But, as I proceed down the years of time, we will pick up the names of men who are still with us, who may wish to co-operate their losses. On July 7th, 1899, two men fishing from the same boat lost 32 hooks, landing one tuna. On July 8th, 11 hooks were lost, including four new nine hundred-foot lines. August 12th, one man lost seven 900-foot lines, as fast as they could be put on. We con- sider a line being lost when there are only two or three hundred feet of line left on the reel when it breaks. And in many cases there is not any left. I colald go on writing page after page of hundreds of tuna which were lost during these early years, but do not think it necessary, as, before 1900, there were only five or six launches in the tuna fishing business, and noth- ing but a stiff handle and a leather thumb brake was used. Therefore, I will only give a few of the most im- portant losses up until July llth, 1904. On the second day of June, 1900, two boats lost all the lines they had. I have not the number of lines or hooks lost, but they generally carried plenty. On August 10th, one angler lost four 900-foot lines, the other boat losing four 900-foot lines and six 600-foot ELEGIFIIGAL SUPPLIES ELECTRIC LIGHT GLOBES STAND LAMPS PORCH LIGHTS CEILING LIGHTS Motors for Sewing Machines We Are Agents for ROYAL ELECTRIC CLEANER THOR WASHING MACHINE ELECTRIC'VACUUM CLEANER J, M. FLANNIGAN NEW BUNGAL.ETTt:" BUILDING 60'7 eRE[SCENT AVE;NUE lines, one of the anglers also losing the end of his thumb. On March 13th, 1902, one boat lost seven hooks. On July 7th, 1904, one man lost seven lines. On July llth, one man lost one hook, landing one fish, that being the last tuna caught at C~talina until Steve Brode landed one on August 19th,1909. August 23rd, C. G. Conn lost four hooks, nine strikes landing three tuna. The man fishing with Mr. Conn on that day lost three lines, one being stripped from the reel. On September 10th, 1910, L. G. Murphy and F. Reed lost seven hooks, landing one tuna. On September 17th, Mr. Conn lost eigh- teen strikes, landing three fish. Sep- tember 18th, lost twenty-two strikes, landing four fish, losing seventeen hooks in the two days. On May 17th, 1911, Col. John E. Stearns last four hooks and one line. On the 18th, lost two hooks. On the 20th, lost five hooks, landing one fish. On May 27th, W. G. Wilder lost six hooks and one line. On May 31st, a Mr. Dreaper, ex-governor of Massa- chusetts lost part of two lines. On June 6th, with it raining hard, A. A. Carraher, who lived most of his life on Catalina, lost four lines and eleven hooks. No fish were landed or stopped from their first rush. On July 8th, every boat fishing lost from two to seven hooks, and many lines. On July 9th, W. C. Boschen of New York lost two hooks, landing two fish--his first tuna. In mentioning Mr. W. C. Boschen's name, I do it with the utmost respect. For it is to him that ] award the greatest honor of any man living or dead, for patience, endurance and cool- ness in the art of angling. It seems strange that A. A. Carra- her, who, lost four lines and eleven hooks on June 6, during a heavy rain, should lose four lines and seven hooks on July 16th, 1912, in almost the same place, during a heavy rain squall. On September 21st, 1913, Billie Har- old as boatman, lost one tuna; Claud Wickman as boatman, lost several; Enos Vera lost one. July 21st, Bosch- en lost two; August 8th, Ralph Cady, as boatman, lost one tuna after four hours fighting. ~ugust 10th, eleven .tuna were lost, one being landed by C. B. Stockton after sixteen hours and fifty-seven minutes, the longest ever fought and ending in victory. August 17th, Dr. Alden lost part of one line half way between Long Point and Point Vincent. We will now leave the tuna and take the marlin sword- fish. After looking over my records I do not deem it necessary to burden yon with dates of those which were lost. I will give you the date of the most im- portant fight which took place between 1900 and 1915, during the months of May and June, in which time not a single marlin was landed, until W. C. Boschen caught a 285-pound marlin, June 25th, 1915. Lip until this time many a battle raged for hours, always ending with the same tale "He broke nay line." The longest fight occured on May 11, 1911, by an angler fishing with boatman Clover, which, after a battle lasting ten and one-half hours was lost. They were known as the "black marlin" and were just too large. They disappeared froul these waters in 1914, and as yet have not returned. Let us now leave the marlin and tuna and throw a little light on the "flat or broadbill"-- the true sword- fish. Although my records show they were hooked as far back as 1908, we will start in 1912, a few being seen. 1913, thirty-seven were seen. The most in any one day was eight seen by Mr. James W. Jump, on July 24th. Dur- ing 1914 there were 77 seen; twelve were hooked, not counting strikes. June 1st, myself as boatman, fought one for four hours and thirty-three minutes; June 5th, five hours and thir- ty-five minutes; June 19th, six hours and five minutes (Walker boatman). September llth, a ten-hour and fifteen minute battle between W. C. Boschen and Mr. Broadbill, the latter ginning after traveling over a distance of eigh- teen nfiles in one direction. During 1915 thirty-six were sighted, three be- ing fought, not counting strikes. In 1916 there were 374 sighted, 66 hooked, the longest fight occured on August 5th, by W. C. Boschen, a seven-hour battle, the fish remaining on the sur- face only seven or eight minutes when hooked, after which time going straight to the bottom, remaining at that depth (600 feet) for a distance of twenty-one miles in a northwesterly direction, never slacking his speed of three nfiles per hour. On August 26th, Boatman MacKay's angler lost after four hours fight with another broadbill. August 26th, ang- lers of MacKay and Shorty each lost after a three-hour fight. August 29th, angler of Shorty, four hours and seven minutes. "SeI)tember 1st, angler of Shorty, three hours and forty-seven minutes. September 2nd, a three-hour and thirty-minute fight, no fish were landed. September 4th, angler of boatman Harold fought an all night losing fight. September 4th, W. C. Boschen fought a fifty-fiveminute fight on the rod, bringing the fish to gaff, which I could not hold. The line parted. Then Mr. Boschen and my- self fought the fish on the gaff for two hours and thirty-seven nfinutes, after which time the gaff tore out! When two men, after two hours and thirty-seven minutes on a half-inch four-strand yacht manilla rope cannot bring a fish to the boat, a twenty-four thread line looks rather small! Although my records show during the next five years one hundred and forty-nine broadbills were seen, thirty- one being hooked, I have no doubt there were several which I did not get. But during 1907, ninety-three were seen, thirteen being hooked." The longest fights were W. C. Boschen, three hours and five nfinutes; angler of Staples, boatman, four hours fight; July 25th, Walker, boatman, a six hour fight; July 25th, Edmundson, boatman, five hours and thirty minutes, and Halstead, boatman, five hours fight. In 1918, thirty-four were seen, four hook- ed; the longest fight five hours and forty-five minutes, Edmundson boat- man. In 1919, eighteen were seen, five hooked. The longest fight was from Zane Grey's boat, which lasted eleven hours. During 1918-1919, there were no broadbills landed. In 1920, fifteen were seen, four being hooked.The longest fight was by J. Coxe, four hours and thrity-three minutes. Dur- ing 1921, twenty-two being seen, seven were hooked; the longest fight, four hours, June 14th, by Newberry, boat- man. We will now leave the sword- fish and return to the true blue firr tuna. There is a very big difference in the fighting qualities of the blue fin and the yellow fin tuna--the blue fin being much the harder fighter. I shall not attempt to give you the number of tuna lost on a twenty-four-thread line, as it-would fill page after be very monotonous; therefore I only give you what W. C. lost in six years of fishing with certainly makes one sick to over these records, not because were lost, but because there a chance in the world of saving these hooks out of 634 lost on tuna, during those six years, lines being lost. Just for will give you a few of the loses : On August 2nd, 1918, lost two hooks, landed seven tuna. 3rd, lost seventeen hooks, landed tuna. August 5th, lost 14 ing eight tuna. August 6th, 10st teen hooks, landing nine tunz. doubt many of you will think very good average. So it would been had those hooks been lost same size fish as those caught. think it will be well to let you just what happened. Boschen and I would find tuna, and by that I mean a school not a single tuna in it under dred Pounds, and weighing as we could judge up to about eight dred pounds! It is not you to have any drags your reel to lose your hooks on fish. All you have to do is to the fish, let everything run free out any more drag on the reel necessary to keep it from ning. Place your thumb on the of the bell of the reel, that beillg only place you can put your without burning it. It will only essitate your keeping it there ten to fifteen seconds, the time ed for Mr. Tuna to take from si* eight hundred feet of line, when it break. That is just what Mr. and I would do, until we were We would then run out of the fish into schools of smaller fish, ever losing a hook, and landitlg many as we could before ti#e starting" home. I shall give my opinion on the line to be used, and why, in the article. Avalon Branch of the Los County Public Library, 201 avenue, open Monday, Wednesday~ Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5; Wednesday and Saturday from 7 to 9 o'clock. Visitors are" ways welcome. Cleanses month and teeth and aids digestlot,. Relieves that over- eaten feeling and mefd mouth. Its l-a-s-t-l-n-g fimv~ sathdies the erttvJng for sweets. WHgley's Is double value In the benefit and Ideasure It pl~)Vtde8.