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] SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's her, containing the local news of this wonderful Island publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1924 VOL. XI. NO. lg HARRY d. MALLEN LANDS alg-POUND TUNA ON 24-THR LIN While on Cruise in Mexican Waters '~hc most satisfactory way to land the big tuna By Ernest Windle texiean water i from sm 11 rowboat" said qarry s s a a , "Any twenty-four-thread line will act as a good ~. J. Mallen Sunday after his return from the ieees~t cruise to Lower' California, (luring which towline if the angler is careful in watching the 10wcUeceeded in bringing to gaff the largest yel- movements of his fish. I do not think it is nec- ll,_an tuna ever landed on a twenty-four thread essary, froln my experience at Catalina and in -,e. , . . Mexican waters, to use any line larger than a last--l'he big tuna weighed 319 pounds. The fight twenty-four-thread for tuna fishing. af ca three hours and ten minutes and a distance "We ~ore than twenty-five miles was covered by the were followed by the cruiser Harry, Jr., ~i;er and the fish before the battle was finished, and on board were Captain Wickman, Bill Wil- an h /~{r. Mallen was Mack Sennett of Hollywood, liams and Mack Sennett. Of course, Mack was very busy with the photographic equipment and more than 5000 feet of film was taken of these t~ anglers directing the operations of the larger boat, so that iia~ during the trip. In addition to land- I could have every opportunity to win the con- sethe big tuna, Mr. Mallen brought to gaff ~'.n marlin swordfish and six tuna, averaging test.The cruiser 'stood off' about 100 yeards. POUnds each. d~ We went on board the Harry, Jr., at Ensena- [ ] ~1~ said Mr. Mallen. "From that port we cruised qy ~h e to Cedros Island, where we had conslder- t , it !un with our light tackle outfit landing yel- [a~'tIt and a fish called cerros. I landed two ~v,g~.g'ant bass, or 'jewfish,' one morning while wereat,,_ Cedros Island. do.[One of our party went ashore and shot a al 'Which gave us sufficient fresh meat for sev- hays. see We cruised slowly to Turtle Bay, but did not 0 any tuna until we reached 12ape San Lueas. a~ffd this point our tarporeno baits were kept busy, loirewith thern we landed a nuniber of small vel- ,an tuna' ' c " r bad weighing, about 130 pounds each. V~e 13 a dozen baits that we had purchased from H. "\'[acRae " day . at Avalon, but the second or third s,.- of our fishing we had lost them all. Marlin ia;e;dfish and tuna 'fell' for the tarporeno immed- W~ , hit the water. The baits were lost because St;a;tied to bring the big fish to the cruiser in- '"~0 of fighting them from the rowboat. StarrY.hen all of our artificial baits were gone we ed to use the cerros for bait This fish very LARGEST TUNA OF SEASON 1923 Ueh ,,. resembles a large barracuda or Spanish Weight 1423,6 Pounds. Taken by Harry J. Mailen "~aekerel W ' naost ' e used some of thexn that were al- June Z2, 1923, on Regulation Heavy Tackle. tL.: three feet in length. We did not see any ~mgfish' "It was fifteen miles off-shore when the big "It tuna decided to quit the scrap. He milled right was about 10 a. m. on the morning of May 8th up to the rowboat, and when Clover gaffed him tWO.mat I was trolling a cerros weighing about it was a very great relief to me. . t~ ],~e Pounds from the rowboat. When that tuna "Both of us were wet to the skin. ~k the bait it made a splash like a geyser "about f2rotY feet from the rowboat.Then the battlet any more day. (lid not want to fish for that s ' on. Bill Clover m boatman handled the "The following day I went after the second klff v~ . Y , marlin swordfish, and landed a fine specimen ti~a .~ry skillfully. I think that without excep- weighing 241 pounds. fi~h^~llly is one of the best boatmen I have ever "This fish put np a spectacular fight, and I at t~Wlth' He seemed to do just the right thing think Mr. Sennett obtained an excellent moving -~ right time. picture of the entire battle. hi~'In fighting the fish froln a skiff the tuna tires "The next port was San Jose, in the Gulf of d,,_self out by pulling the skiff, and the angler California. Here we spent two clays visiting the -~s not fight" get fatigued like he would if he was sugar factories and pineapple fields. Our party ~ng from the deck of a larger boat. had all the bananas they could consume or carry l')Uring the first rush the big tuna tore off away. he Coxe reel about 300 yards of the twenty- "Crossing the gulf to Mazatlan took about line. Then it sounded, and milled thirty hours. We had sport catching what is t~d in big circles. Twice it came to the sur- known as the rooster fish, which gives a great and it looked to me to be almost as big asfight if taken on light tackle. This fish resembles rOWboat in which I sat. The J. A. Coxe reel the head of a rooster, and averages about forty wonder for durability and action, pounds in weight. "Arriving at Mazatlan we spent three days sight-seeing in that part of the country. We used the local trains and automobiles, and found everything very peaceful. The residents of the little villages we visited were very hospitable. Our trip took us just one month." "How does the Catalina tuna compare with the larger ones of the Lower California coast?" we asked Mr. Mallen. "My largest Catalina tuna weighed 142~ pounds, so I can answer that question better when I have landed a 300-pound tuna at Catalina," said Mr. Mallen, with a genial smile. "I think possibly that one or two of these schools of fish do conie as far north as San Miguel Island, but becausc the Catalina anglers fish fronl the large boats they are not able to hook and hold the big tuna." "When do you expect to bring the moving picture fihn to the Island ?" we asked. "It will probably be ready next week, and if any one is interested in seeing it you can have it shown at your local theatre. There is one part of the fihn which should show a number of large man-eating sharks. Captain Clover killed one of these sharks, and then passed his entire body through the open jaws after the head had been cut oft. "We had to exercise very great care while we were tuna fishing. Owing to ttTe number of man- eating sharks in the vicinity of Cape San Lucas, it would have been almost instant death if our little fourteen-foot skiff had been capsized." "Vv'e did not see anything of the yacht Good- will while we were making our trip, although 1 understood that they reached Cape San Lucas the day after we l~.ft. "1 would not be at all surprised if Mr. Spakting or Mr. Martin, who are on board the Goodwill, came back with a nmch larger fish than the one I landed. "On one of the commercial fishing boats I saw a yellowfin tuna that weighed more than 600 pounds. This fish was taken with many others in a large net. "One big tuna on twenty-four-thread line is enough to satisfy ahnost any angler for a day. With two men in a rowboat and a tuna weighing 319 pounds there is not very much space left to move about. The water was at least a thousand feet deep where we gaffed our fish. "Judging from the large quantities of all var- ieties of fish we saw south of Ensenada, the ang- ling season at Catalina during July, August and September should be very good. I utid6rstand from a number of old-time Avalon boatmen that many of these fish travel north, starting in June." "What did you do with the 319 pound tuna?" we asked Mr. Mallen. "We put the fish on board, one of the conuner- cial fishing boats and I expect it at San Pedro about Tuesday. It was packed in ice. As soon as it reaches that port I expect to send the fish over to Taxidermist C. B. Parker, so that he can mount it. I will then have an opportunity to study the two fish more closely."