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Flying .fish return to Catalina BY JOHN KING Every year Avalon residents and visitors eagerly await the ret of the flying fish to the Island Just as many beachgoers await the ar- rival of the grunion, Island overs know that summer is just aound the comer when the flying fisa find the waters surrounding Catalina to their liking. Afishinado Charters run Fly- ing Fish Tours in season. Or May 14, Capt. John took some cuStom- ers on an exploratory trip. Usu- ally, Afishinado Charters offers a guarantee to their customers, see the fish or ride for free on their next try. But this early in the sea- son, that guarantee is not offered ... until now.' The trip was a rag- ing success. Afishinado left Avalon around 6:30 p.m. with the-idea that we could do an Island tour and search out the flyers. On the first leg of the tour we got lucky, the bald eagle was waiting for us at Rattle- snake Canyon, the leopard sharks were milling around the beach at Toyon, the dolphin were chasing prey off of Long Point ... andthe prey happened to be flying fish. Not in great numbers, but defi- nitely flying fish and showing well before sunset. "The tour continued along the coast searching the coves near Empire and the kelp off of Yellow- tail Point ... no more flyers were seen there, but again, it was still abit-light. We headed back East towardAvalon with no sightings. Well, maybe there was one or two, but not any confirmed sightings. We continued along the coast and when we hit the kelp off of Moon- stone we were inundated with fly- ers. They were everywhere and in great numbers, launching and skimming the waters to avoid 'our lights. It was a great show and a great start for the new season. Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, Afishinado Charters took a booking for a Flying Fish Charter again on Sunday night. Since we had seen so many flyers on Satur- day night, I went out on a limb and offered our famous guarantee for this trip, "If no qlying fish are seen, the next trip is free." No pressure. We left Avalon at 7:30 p.m. with a group of six.passenger s. We did the usual safety_ orientation on the boat and handed out the power- ful hand held beams that we use to spot the flyers. The wind was up so I warned the group that it would be more difficult to find the fish in the windy weather, but if we find them watch out, the wind can blow them right into the boat. A 2-pound flying fish hittin you in the face at 20 knots is not fun. However, on Afishinado Charters, if you do get hit by a flyer, we give you a free flying fish t-shirt from our stole. We "cruised up. the coast and again found the bald eagle on alert and the Great Blue Herons just set- fling into their nest for the night. There were no sign s of dolphin, which worried me a bit. As the night sky grew darker, the illumi- nation of a nearly full moon made the night magical. Still, I was a bit C ATAL I N A COUNTRY CLUB JOIN US FOR CATAI00iNA LIVE Don't miss our new entertainment series every Thursday and Friday night! Starting Thursday, May 26th, join us for Koffeehouse's Unplugged at the Country Club featuring Katelyn Ciampett, Sara Haze and shawn Hlookoff. Steamers Jazz presents Nancy Sanchez for the first Jazz Night:on Friday, May 27th. DOORS OPEN AT 5PM, SHOW STARTS AT 7PM - TICKETS ARE $10 PER PERSON concerned since I had not seen a flyer as of one hour ilato the one- and-a-half hour trip. We skimmed along with lights on and beams bouncing off the edge of the kelp beds onthe front side. Then all hell broke loose. Once we found them we had them all over the place. The wind was blowing them over the top of the boat, which is an un- usually high flight. We must have spotted well over a hundred flyers in a tight little.spot and then there were none. I turned the boat; and headed back to our most productive area. This time the boat was headed into the wind and the flyers were heading right at us. The hand held beams were flying in all directions as my customers were tracking the. flight patterns and then, "I'm hit, he hit me." I hear from the cock- pit. I turned around to discover that my customer not only got hit, but she was holding the flyer in the crook of her arm. She had caught the darn thing. Another crazy night, another free T-shirt. I never fire of watch- ing the flyers. They are amazing creatures and one of the more un- usual sights that we have to offer our visitors. Afishinado Charters will be on the water most nights tracking and observing one of nature's oddest adaptations. Cata- lina's flying fish, the largest in the world and one of the most beau- David Creigh and Jamie Fidler are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter Paige Creigh from the University of Southern California. Paige graduated cum laude, with a BA in International Relations and a minor 'n Cultural Anthropology. She was on the Dean's List and in two honor societies; National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Sigma Theta. Paige,rode for the USC Polo Team and the USC Equestrian Team. She was on the Board for URSC (University Residential Student Community) and a Co-Founder/ Chair for MESSA -(Middle East .Studies Student Association.) She spent a semester abroad studying in Cairo, Egypt and traveled in the Middle East. Paige works for Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit organiza- tion whose primary purpose is to facilitate artist-activists projects worldwide. In July Paige will leave to spend 6 months traveling and volunteering at some of CVF's projects in Africa. CONTACT THE ISLANDER (310) 510-0500 or dan@cinews.us tiful creatures on the pJanet, right here, right now. Hope it is a good season. Bring on the Flying Fish Festival, they are here. Contact Afishindo Charters at (310) 510- 2440 tol schedule a tour. John King is the captain of Af- ishinado Charters. KISL 88.7 presents "Ladies Night" every Thursday night from 6 - 8 p.m. with local hostess "Catalina Pinky" RoSie Taylor. Her focus is female artists during this two hour show with a wide range of venues such as country singer Reba McEntire, jazz artist Diana Krall and blues artist Billie Holiday. She also has a Motown show in the works. One of the shows weekly features is the Sing-a-long song. "1 invite everyone to sing along with the radio. We all do anyway, so why not make it a party?" Catalina Pinky sings along on air aswetl CATALINA COUPLES: LORENZO PARISI AND JESSICA HERZOG Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old. In special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to dan@cinews.us. wW\\;v.V >]i CATALt NA] 5 L-N D.COM 310,5 i0.7404 61 Friday, May 20, 2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER ii]nmiR!lrtiillminl|t|]ilil,llllll ]lii]J/i|]tIIl ,, il i ]1 i ][i i] 1 .... ilIlii',]il!]iWlli/" ............ =fa .............. q