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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA RATHER AN UNPLEASANT FISHING EXPERIENCE By C. G. Conn It seems to be a general desire among many sea angles to use a 39- thread line when fishing for swordfish and tuna. That change, from the use of the time-honored 24-thread line, doubtless was caused by the loss of so many fish by the breakage of the line rather than by the pulling out of the hook by the excessive strain--a strain that could be avoided by fishing from lighter boats, that seat the angler near- er the surface of the water. It is a well known fact that during my later experiences in sea angling that I seldom lost a fish that had been properly hooked. That apparent suc- cess was not due to being a superior angler, but simply because I fished out of a skiff, that could be more easily handled and made to follow and check the frantic rushes of the fish, no mat- ter what course it pursued in attempt- ing to free itself from the hook. My seat was in the bow of the skiff, facing its stern, so that I could always see the line trolling in the rear of the skiff. Whenever there was a strike, the boatman would immediately swing the bow of the skiff in the direction the fish was running, and in that way the fight for the capture of the fish was greatly enhanced and simplified. Usually we fished entirely from the skiff, which was equipped with an en- gine, although it was towed back and forth to the fishing grounds by a launch. This method of fishing from a skiff was also pursued during my last cruise in Mexican waters. Angling for big fish out of a skiff may seem ridiculous to some people, but if they would give it a fair trial they would never again fish from a heavy launch. There would then not be so many broken lines and rods, nor so many long fights for big fish, and nearly every big fish that was cap- tured could be caught within from twenty to forty minutes. Sea angling would also be a much more satisfac- tory enjoyment. The expense of fish- ing from a skiff in the manner above described is but little more than in- curred from fishing from a launch. A boy with a little experience could handle the launch while the boatman was' in the skiff with the angler, and at any time when there was too nmch sea for the skiff it would be easy to climb into the launch. There was once a time in Mexican waters when fishing from a skiff, or any other boat was rather risky busi- ness. The yacht Comfort, with Cap- tain Billy Mathews in command, was moving down the Mexican coast south of Cape Corrientes when we came to a little bay, with Black Rock on its southern side, which looked like fishing waters as well as a sa}e anch- orage. The next morning after we had anchored in the bay Captain Mathews and I started out in the skiff for Blacl~ Rock point for a little sport. ELECTRICAL 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 BUNGALETTE BUILDING 607 CRESCENT AVENUE We soon were weary of catching bass, and after I had broken my best light rod, when landing a shark, we were wearied with that kind of fishing and headed the skiff for a trip around the bay. It was a beautiful day and the shores of the bay were picturesque and attractive beyond description. There were no houses or people to be seen except one little hut in which there seemed to be a Mexican woman and some children. Both Billy and I were charmed with the beauty of the scenery, so much so that we (lid not notice the tremendous waves caused by the roll of the ocean over the sandy point ahead of us. I was sitting with my back to the bow of the boat, and while I noticed that Billy was at- tempting to turn the boat I did not think there was any danger. Sudden- ly Billy yelled, "Look out, Mr. Corm," and as I looked over my shoulder I saw that we were about to be swamp- Capt. Geo. C. Farnsworth Marlin ed by a tremendous wave that seemed to me to be at least twenty feet high. Then, as the boat was being Ul,-endcd, I grabbed onto the gunwales and over we went in a deluge of water. "Keel, hold of the boat," cried Billy, as we came up to the surface, and while treading water we managed to propel the boat towards shore, where we could touch bottom with our feet. It was then that Billy demonstrated his courage and' almost superhuman strength by actually beaching the skiff, notwithstanding the tremendous un- dertow of the sea. Just about that time one of the young Mexicans from the hut came down to the beach to help us, and after we had made things safe Billy and I went with him up to the hut. It would be impossible for me to find language to describe the squalor of that little dwelling place, if it could be called that. But we were re- ceived with royal welcome by the Mexican lady equal to any ever ac- corded a prince. She could not un- derstand English and we could not speak Spanish, but signs, smiles, words and courtesies told the story of her joy at our coming. The hut was built of branches of trees and was covered by a roof of grass. In the front of the hut was a bough shelter in which were housed several pigs, and under this shelter was also the fire over which the lady did her cooking. After many motions I was induced to lie down on a bench for a rest, and to dry my clothing by the fire. After a short rest Billy and one of the boys started over the mountains tO bring the Comfort to my rescue. After Billy's departure the Mexican lady cooked a little piece of m~at for me which evidently had been buried for safe keeping. There were several little pigs rooting around under my feet, and while the lady was not look- ing I managed to feed the meat to the pigs. After an hour or two of rest I noticed that the lady and her ".:.q.,;., :. - : Swordfish Hon. C. G. Conn boy were anxiously looking up the beach at two horsemen who were coming toward us. More trouble thought I, but after the arrival of the horsemen the lady talked very ve- hemently to them, and after they had shaken their heads for some little time they mounted their horses and went on their way. Before night Billy brought the Comfort around to our side of the bay, and when we had done everything possible under the circumstances to remunerate the lady and her sons for their hospitality, we sailed away from the scene of this incident the next morning. A total of 10,047,665 pounds of fish were caught during the month of March and landed in the port of Los Angeles, according to the report to the Trade Extension Department of the Los Angeles Chamber of Com- merce by the California Fish and Game Commission. This catch ahnost equal- ed the monthly average of Boston, ),1ass., the largest fish port in the Uni- ted States. It is reported that re of the Oregon Agriculture take part in the fifteenth meet at Drake University, DeS es, Iowa, April 25th and 2Oth: Helen Wills of Oakland, woman tennis champion, is a trip to Europe next month, may have a bout in France witll Lenglen, European champion. AVALON CHURCHES Catholic Church serwces: Massds, 8 and 10 a. m. ing devotions, 7:30 p. m. Mass, 7:30 a. m. *** Christian Science Society their bungalow meeting Metropole avenue, Sunday at Sunday School at 9:30 a. m. day evening service at 8 p. m. Congregational Church Sunday School, 9:30 a. m.; and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Endeavor, 6:00 p. m.; Sermon, 7:00 p. in.; Mid-week 7:00 p. m., Wednesday. cordially invited to all services. Avalon Branch of the Los County Public Library, 201 M* avenue, open Monday, Saturday afternoons from 2 to Wednesday and Saturday from 7 to 9 o'clock. Visitors ways welcome. Subscribe now--S2 per HUBBARB AUTO SALES AUTHORIZED FORD AND MOTORS REBUILT And Returned in Three Ds# CLAUDE WALTON AVALON REPRESENTATIVI~- LADIES, YOUR Let Mrs. Wood do your SPRING DRES. Late Styles--City Prices--Good Apartment 22, Dorris Clemente Avenue dlfter even/ A pleasant and agreeable sweet and a l-a.s-t-l-n-g benellt as well. Makes the next ella1" taste better.