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On the Water Yellow Fever, Blue Flu Fisherfolk can get a bit crazy when a bite develops, so much so that we have coined a few phrases to describe the condition. Be warned, the following infor- mation is very graphic and highly contagious. Read at your own risk! Yellow Fever This malady can strike at any time and nearly anywhere along our coast, al- though prime condi- tions seem to be in structure-laden (reefs, points, drop-offs, etc.) salt water above 60 degrees, particularly if there is an abun- dance of squid in the area. These conditions produce a highly concentrated, very active strain of Seriola Lalandia. One encounter can hook a fisherman for life. Blue Flu The Thunnus Thynnus strain is found in very different conditions, but it is as contagious or perhaps more so due to its nature. This malady is much less rare in our local waters. Prime conditions are found off- shore along deep canyons or near undersea banks where the water is purple-blue, unseasonably warm and the thermocline is holding an abundant source of nutrients. In contrast to the Seriola Lal- andia, which seems to return John King Columnist With Capt. John King year-after year, an encounter with Thunnus Thynnus might well be a once in a life time experience. Few anglers are able to handle the strain, as the Blue Flu tends to drag on for hours and hours, often causing wild mood swings. Common symptoms for both diseases include: Uncontrollable urge to buy new fish- ing gear, hooks, line, etc. Inability to sleep past 4 a.m. or to stay awake past 8 p.m. Obsession with hotbite and fishdope dot com web sites. Constant aware- ness of weather pat- terns and marine warnings. An incessant search for the right bait and technique. Swearing or yelping of- ten followed by extended sobbing. Although the symptoms for ei- ther disease look similar to the un- trained eye, there are some subtle differences which will help to ren-. der a more accurate diagnosis. Most notably, those afflicted with Yellow Fever are more prone to return home at the end of the day whereas the Blue Flu might persist much longer causing ex- tended absence. Yellow fever tends to attack groups of anglers, sometimes en- tire boats filled with fisherman are hollering and shouting. It is important to keep a good distance from such boats, as the Watch out on your next fishing trip, you might get hooked. Courtesy photo. victims have been known to hurl insults and sometimes much worse at any approaching vessel. It is believed that this behavior is a sort of auto-quarantine. Somehow, the victims of Yel- low Fever seem to instinctively know that they should not share the malady with any other vessel until it has run its full course, at which point there seems to be a triggering mechanism that forces public posting of pictures com- plete with bloody decks. In contrast, the Blue Flu may target a single angler while the rest aboard just watch and moan. It is not uncommon for a call- out to nearby boats, particularly upon discovering that the boat gaff is not big enough and some assis- tance will be needed to subdue the central character in this drama. Additionally, the Blue Flu Afishinados Charters Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! www.thevapedepot.com 2139 Bellflower Blvd; Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 THIS THING ON?I The Catalina Islander wants to hear your ocal stories, past and present. And if you want to express your opinion on a local issue, or have some information your wish to pass along to our readers, please step up to the mic. Email your stories, photos, opinions: 'editor@thecatalinaislander.com l[  4 Great Boats ~ Fish the Isle in *Happy Hours Cruise-Spin *Flying Fish Cruise- 7:30pm iCatalina.com AqROYO causes hallucinations that will manifest into wild and unbeliev- able stories of boiling oceans and ravaging bird schools. Unfortunately, there is often no real evidence to support such sto- ries. In contrast, those with Yellow Fever seem to indulge in a high in- cidence of sushi eating. You can no longer feign ig- norance, you have been warned. There is a high incidence of Yel- low Fever this season as well as an unusual number of cases of the Blue Flu. If you find yourself exhibit- ing any of the symptoms, do not panic. There are very few fatalities. In an emergency call this ho- tline number 888-613-7770 and book an Afishinados Charter. Your captain will know what to do. Captain John runs Afishina- dos Charters and can be reach at the hot Hne: 888-613-7770 ,00BLAIR 4 ! Friday, June 19, 20!5 THE CATALINA ISLANDER