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On the Water Natural Born Fisherman BY CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS I do not consider this a retrac- tion as much as a "clarification'. Regardless, I have a few words to chew on. In a previous column highlight- ing the Pacific Grand Slam aboard Scott Gorelczenko's Diversity, I suggested that Scott was not a natural- born fisherman. This week he went out and put my words into perspective by catching a record 44 pound halibut. Let me explain. The term natural-born fisherman refers to that kid that is on the pier fishing at every chance he can get. It is the 9 year-old kid that got up at 0-dark thirty and rode his bike to Alondra Park so he could try to catch a large-mouthed bass. It is the kid that was forgotten un- til after dark on the East shore of Lake Gregory, still fishing while the search crews were being as- sembled. A natural-born fisherman is Joey. He is one of a few kids in the family, and nobody knows how or why this happened, but he is a fish- ing nut. Maybe it was his Uncle Bill who took him fishing a couple times when he was a kid, maybe it was something he saw at an Out- door Travel Show. Regardless, he With Capt. John King is the only member of the family afflicted by this fishing itch. Joey grows up, and sometimes he forgets about this affliction. After all, there are girls in this new world and studies and cars, guitars and new love. Lots of dis- tractions. Then it happens. Maybe it was a boy's trip to the mountains; may- be it was a bachelor party in Cabo. The itch returns. Joey remembers his pas- sion and slowly it starts to consume John King him again. Columnist Joey cleans up the old skiff in Dad's back yard and starts doing some local fishing with his buddy Bob. They both decide they need a bet- ter rig for fishing the good spots, so they partner up and buy a boat. Joey gets married, has some kids and of course needs a bigger boat. You will recognize him in Avalon Harbor; he is the one teaching his son to fish bass with a trout rod. His boat is named 'Fish A Holic' or some such fishy name. Are natural-born fisher folk the only ones who can catch fish? No. They are just more likely to catch the prize since they have a lot of turns on the prop. I know many a great angler who started fishing later in life. Local legend Jerry Dunn is one of them. He took to fishing only a few years ago and he is on it like a mad man. So what does all of this have to do with Scott? Here is my retrac- tion, uh, clarification. Scott is not a natural-born fisherman, but he is a very game character and he is mo- tivated to learn. He is now part of Afishinados Charters. Why would I partner with a captain who is not a natural-born fisherman when so much of our business is fishing charters? I have my reasons. Many natural-born fisherman make terrible captains and are a pain to fish with. They are so focused and so intent on success that they frequently are very poor teachers. Their goal is to get that fish, and they will take that rod right out of your hands or they will go a little crazy when a good fish is lost. This puts undue pressure on guest anglers, this is not the type of charter business I wanted to build. Many of our charter custom- ers choose Afishinados because of our reputation for working with our guests and teaching them how to fish. One of our tag lines is that "We guarantee you will be a better angler after fishing with us." Scott has something that many natural-born fisherman do not have, patience. He has put in the time to learn techniques, set-ups, knots and presentations so that he can get our customers on fish, and teach them how to succeed in the sport. It must be working, Scott has been getting 5 stars on nearly all of his charters. People love him. He is a good dude, and now he is on the board with a record fish for Afishinados Charters. Congrats Scott, andwelcome to the team. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at or 888- 613-7770. 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! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 Some guys just fish for the halibut. Courtesy photo Maritime Museum will exhibit original Catalina wherrys BY JIM DITTMER AND TOM GIBBONS The Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard will display an exhibit titled "The Old Man and the Sea" from July 2, 2014 to June 27 through July I 0 Movie canceled on July 6 Top photo: Greg Bombard, co-founder of Catalina Express, is seen rowing his carbon fiber Catalina wherry in Cheo'y Cove. Above: Pard Mathewson's wooden Catalina wherry July 31, 2014. Featured as a major compo- nent of the exhibit will be the last remaining wooden Catalina wher- ry. This last remaining Catalina wherry was designed and built in Avalon and is the only wooden class boat designed and built in Catalina. This class boat is still used worldwide. There have been addition- al models of fiberglass wher- ries designed and built with the last model being a carbon fiber Catalina wherry built for Greg Bombard. Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG- 13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission For More lnfornation Call 310-510-0179 A4 i Friday, July 4, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER