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With Capt. John King Mystery Fish While waiting for Cummins to send me a new engine, I have been upgrading those who book Afishinado to Catallac. For those of you who know the boats, it is a major upgrade. Picture yourself checking into a nice hotel and being told that there was no room so the hotel was upgrading you to the Presidential Suite. It is '"~:'~ that kind of upgrade. It is ....... not that ! Afishinado . is a second- rate boat, she is a top notch sport- John. King fisher. But Columnist when you are standing at the dock waiting for a six-person boat and a 49 passenger boat pulls up for your charter; that is a big change. We have run a number of small group fishing charters this year on Catallac; but the charter on Friday was not one of these. we had a group of 30 on board... to go fishing! I do not like to fish more than 14 on Catallac because it just gets too crazy, and we do not have the bait carrying ability of a large party boat. So, when folks. call with large groups we offer Catallac with the caveat, you can have 49 on board, but we can only fish 14 at a time. The group on Friday was a Boy Scout Troop and their Dads. AFISHINADOS Charters GUSTO./ Founded in1913 by Etnes~ Wir,~e Publisher Jon Remy publ! Editor Dixie Redfearn Assistant Editor Charles Kelly editor2@su Office Manager Kristy Throndson Lepls Regina Martinez Graphic Designer Emily Ung Multimedia Director France Te 635 CRESCENT AVE, SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 m Caisndar= Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Disptay Advertising: 2 p,m. 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Contents Copyright (~ 2017 and Title I~egisterod Calalina islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. My first instinct was to turn down the charter. Thirty folks, all camping out at Little Harbor is a logistic nightmare, but the Scout Master was persuasive (turns out he is a Special Ops dude). We agreed to motor around from Avalon to Little Harbor and have the group kayak out to Catallac in twos until we got everybody off the beach and on board. We deck-loaded the last duo and their kayak. Quite a feat in itself, and not one many other operators would/could do. Little Harbor fs on the back side, the weather side, of the island and it was being true to its reputation. Wind and swell. I am not sure lean describe this sce- nario, but let me give it a whack. Picture Catallac, a 50-foot power Catamaran with a full complement of rods and reels, a tank full of live, ink-squirt- ing squid, a group of VERY ENERGETIC boy scouts and a group of fathers, none of who had ever really fished the ocean before. I motored out of Little Harbor and we dropped anchor in Shark Harbor. This is a run of about 400 yards. The charter mas- ter looked at me in disbelief, with that "I paid how much to fish within spitting distance of camp?" look. No pressure. I explained that the weather was bad, the group was novice and I had caught plenty of nice fish in this cove. Besides, after learning to fish with me, they could paddle right Do you know what kind offish this is? If you do, drop Capt. John King a line. Courtesy photo back to the spot and hook fish on their own. I assembled the group on the front deck and started asking questions. "Who knows how to tie a fishing knot? .... Has any- body ever caught anything other than a trout? .... .Who has never fished?'" By the end of my questions I had split the group into those that had zero experience and those that had seen a fishing rod. I instructed them all to team up with one person from each side of the boat, newbie and novice. I then went into my training regimen. "This is a rod, this is a reeL.etc. "Now, this is a live squid, they squirt black ink and will bite you if you do not hold them correctly." That always gets their attention. I bailed the ho6k and cast it out, illustrating the method. While showing the technique of 'walking the dog' I hooked and landed a Calico Bass...always impressive during a training ses- sion. It took a good hour, but soon the group was hooking fish. We had most of them on spinning gear with light line. Inevitably, a bigger fish came along and sure enough the group was yelling excitedly as one of the anglers was struggling to hold a fully bent rod. "Follow your line" we instructed. This means nothing to somebody in full-scale panic over the fighting strength of their first ocean fish. I grabbed the angler's shoulders and start- ed leading him around the boat to follow his fish. Over and under a myriad of lines, around the back of the boat, back up the side and then the fish showed as a nice Yellowtail, the angler jerked the rod, the fish dove under the boat, the line broke and our first really nice fish had escaped. Big bummer, but soon we had more Yellows biting around the boat and miraculously landed three of five, not bad. We also hooked and released 12 Calico, a barracuda, a halibut, a sea bass, 9 yellowfin croaker and an eel. But that was not the oddest catch. One of the anglers hooked and was fighting a fish that I could not recognize. We brought On the Water, Page 5 FISH OR TOUR THE ISLE IN STYLE Where Everything Fishy andNothing is Imported PUBLIC NOTICE The public is invited to review and comment on the City of Avalon proposed revision to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan (Action Plan) which identiFms projected use of funds for the Forty-First Fiscal Year (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) for submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This revision reports on substantial changes to the 2015-16 Action Plan. City of Avalon Beacon Hill Apartment Elevator Installation (601759-15) Funding Allocation: $144,710.00 The project scope is changed from an elevator installation to the installation of a chair lift and the project budget is reduced to $20,000 and the remaining funds will be moved into the new year proposed ADA Project. City of Avalon ADA Accessibility Project (601912-17). Funding Allocation: $34,790 A new FY2017-18 project will remove barriers and impediments of broken and uplifted -- sidewalks and install ud~ ramps to allow safe and unimpeded pedestrian travel throughout the City. Project costs will include design and the cost of construction. The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on August 15, 2017, to receive public comment regarding the projects. Anyone wishing to comment should submit written comments by August 14, 2017, to the Attention of Denise Redde, City Clerk. City Contact Information Audra McDonald Aud_. ~__.~C! P.O, Box 707 Avalon, CA 90704 Posted: June 9, 2017 Avalon City Hall !i ) 410 Avalon Canyon Road Avalon, CA Posted: June 9, 2017 at v,', Published: Catalina Islander June-16,23,30, July 7,14,21,28, August 4,11, 2017 4 Friday, June 16, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER