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On the Water Pacific Inshore Grand Slam for Diversity CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS Something special happened on Sunday, June 15th. Yes, it was Father's Day, and yes, that is a spe- cial day, however that happens ev- ery year. I am talking about some- thing that has never ha ever. Something that has eluded Afishinados Charters since we began chartering in 2003. We have come close many times, but we have not ac- complished this feat until Sunday. Of course, there is a story to be told first. Afishinados Charters has taken over 10,000 visitors fishing over the span of 11 years. We started with a single boat, the Afishinado, and have added boats over the years to accommo- date our growing customer base. In 2006 we added Moj0, a 24' center console, and in 2012 we took a giant step and built Catal- 'lac, a 50' power catamaran. In 2013 we added Diversity, a 24' pocket cruiser. Diversity joined us along with its owner, Scott Gorelczenko. Scott is a very personable guy, but as I have t01d him, he is not a born fisherman. With Capt. John King John King Columnist Of course, Scott took offense to this. "Whaddoya mean?", I have caught many fish, I really like to fish." Born fisherfolk do not talk like this. Born fisherfolk say things like, "I couldn't sleep last night so I put on my boots and went fishing." Capt. Lance Lichtenhan IS a born fisherman. He is also a night There is nothing else in the world (save .maybe hunting) that could get Lance up before sun- rise. To Scott's cred- it, he started fishing with Lance to learn and hone his angling .skills and to add to his Catalina Island fishing knowledge. Unfortu- nately, Scott did not join Lance on Diver- sity on June 15th. Tom Gillott booked an Afishi- nado charter aboard Mojo with Capt, Lance for Friday, June 13th with an early morning departure to target trophy fish on the back side. Tom's goal was to catch his first Yellowtail. He was not successful in achiev- ing his goal, however he did hook a 281b halibut and an undersized White Sea Bass. Pretty good. Determined to get his first Yel- lowtail, Tom booked a second charter for Father's Day. Tom was m m m mm n m n n mm m m m JAMES 21 YEARS OF REVERSE m SMITH MORTGAGE EXCELLENCE successful on this trip, he captured his Yellowtail...AND a halibut, AND a White Sea Bass. This is known as a Pacific Inshore Grand Slam. We have had all three species captured during a charter before, but never by the same angler. I looked up the category on the International Game Fish Asso- ciation's web site to see who else had recorded such a catch...the answer, four anglers. Let me be more clear. Three anglers are listed as hav- ing accomplished a Pacific In- Shore Grand Slam, one guy did it twice in 2006, a good year, and another guy did it in 2012, how- ever, nobody had done it since. Pretty cool. Capt. Lance has been on fire this year. In the last two weeks he has put his customers on big fish nearly every charter. In that span he has helped four anglers score their personal best It's a "Grand Slam" for these happy fishermen. Courtesy photo Yellowtail, to 38 pounds, one angler score his first Halibut, one angler score his personal best Hal- ibut 26 pounds, one angler score his first Yellowtail and of course, one angler score our first Pacific In-Shore Grand Slam. Awesome! Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john @afishina- 'Stepping into Health' program takes shape term is due to expire in February, the epidemic of multiple chronic, BY JUDY HIBBS 2015, "the-outcomes in terms of extremely costly and potentially chronic disease prevention thus far fatal health conditions related to TracyMatthews, RN, BS, ND, have truly amazed our team,"she obesity and our culture's social _ Nurse Care Manager of CIMC'S continued, norm of unhealthy lifestyles. successful "Stepping Into Health" There have been a total of eight Due to the success of class- program took time to reflect on "Group LifestyleBa.lance Classes" es during the "weekly meeting the end of a busy spring and a new since the curriculum was obtained phase," it was unfortunate but beginning for so many of Avalon's last fall. Avalon boasts the first inevitable when classes transi- residents, and only Spanish-speaking group, tion to bi-weekly, then monthly, "The Stepping into Health pro- in the entire county, to have attendance drop. So there grams are succeeding far beyond The group for Latino mem- is a need to supplement, or offer our initial hopes" Matthews bets is assisted by teacher's aide/ a weekly "boost" to "Stepping shared in a recent interview. The .coordinator Martha Flores, which Into Health" participants to ensure program offers education, activi- meets on Monday nights at St that the positive lifestyle choices ties, and for some, individual Case Catherine,s Catholic Church. The continue. management at no cost by a doc- Classes have been providing pro- After researchlng various toral prepared nurse. As the grant gressive education and support options, the SIH team chose on the topics of nutrition, dis- to institute the program called ease prevention, physical activ- "TOPS" Club (Take Off Pounds ity and behavioral change. The Sensibly). The TOPS Club meet- grant program is in response to ings will begin on Thursday June 26 at 6 pm at the Medical Group Office (100 Falls Canyon Road), led by clinic manager, Maryrose CARLOTA'S OF AVALON Coughlin RN. Women's Clothing Matthews is also hoping to start a "summer youth" Group Lifestyle CATALINA GRAFTERS BalanCe class for participants ages Arts & Crafts Supply Store 13-21 that will involve eight weeks CATALINA REALTORS of interaction, support and educa- Real Estate tion. The "Stepping Into Health" CHET'S HARDWARE program will make children and A little bit ofeuerything you need Health, Page 5 CIVIL Catalina Island Vacation Rentals JEWELS OF INTEREST Artist Inspired Jewelry & Gifts MR. 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