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With Capt. John King Sleep Walking It has been an odd year. The weather has been 'interesting' to say the least, but more than that, things are happening out there that defy the laws of nature. I am not sure whether any- thing that I have learned about fishing. appliesthis season. John King Traditional Columnist wisdom is not so wise this year. I cannot even answer a simple question such as "What's biting?" without qualifying my answer with a lot of 'usually', 'maybe' and 'probable' elements in my answer. It is common for callers to ask, "Which is better for fishing, morn- ing or afternoon?" I have always found this to be an easy question to answer. "Mornings. There is often a good bite early and if there is going to be wind, it will be in the afternoon." It's my stock answer. I should say "was" my stock answer. For at least the last 15 years I would venture to say that our fish- ing charter customers caught more fish, and better quality fish, when they opted to take an early morning charter. I cannot say this is true this season. We have run over a hundred early morning charters this year, and all have caught fish. Sometimes many, sometimes a few, but always there was something to catch. Afternoon charters have tradi- tionally been less predictable. As a result, fewer of my customers have chosen to book an afternoon trip. This year we have had a number of last minute callers looking to book a trip for the next day or even later the same day. As a result, we seem to be doing more afternoon trips and we have been scoring well on these. In just the last two weeks we have had eight charters leaving the harbor at noon, and four of those have come back with White Sea Bass." WHITE SEA BASS! Afternoon charters are more commonly casual affairs. Most are filled with novice anglers of fami- lies looking for a fish and tour trip. Calico Bass and maybe Bonito are the usual targets for such trips, not White Sea Bass. White Sea Bass are supposed to be nocturnal feeders. They bite in the wee hours of the morning and usually seem to shut off by sun up. In most years, we leave the harbor in the dark and head for the back side where we will usually find 150 other boats on the squid grounds in search of these fish. On my recent trip with a bunch of first time anglers I found myself alone at The Slide. Not another boat within a mile. The kids caught 41 Calico Bass and hooked 5 or 6 White Sea Bass, at 2:30 p.m not a.m A day or two later Capt. Charlie had a gent with his wife looking to have a little boat tour and maybe toss in a line. That line got bit and that customer caught his first White Sea Bass. A couple of days later I got a call from a potential customer looking to book a trip during his two-day Capt. Charlie is on fire, nabbing another nice set of White Sea Bass for an afternoon charter aboard Gustol Courtesy photo stay at the island. We were just too all caught within a one-hour span. As I am writing this, I just booked to fit him in to a morning Capt. Charlie is on fire! received a text from a regular cus- slot. It would have to be an after- For many local anglers these tomer looking to book a trip this noon trip or none at all. fish are known as the Gray ghosts, weekend. Our morning slots are He booked a trip for July 8th and they are haunted by the pros- filled, so I suggested a later time from noon to three pm. I told him pects of catching a big one. I have slot. He texted back, "Afternoon not to get his hopes up, and his friends who are regular fisherman fishing is poor, what is your price response was "Don't worry Capt. who have never caught a White Sea for that time slot?" John, this is a trip for my son. He Bass. I sent him a few pics and sug- has never caught anything of note, It is hard for our guests to under- gested we should be charging dou- but I am trying to get him out on stand what they have accomplished, ble. the water just for the fun of it It would be like shooting a hole-in- it doesn't matter if we even catch one on their first try at golf, or roll- Capt. John runs Afishinados a fish." ing a 300 game at their first game of Charters and Catallac Tours - They came back to the harbor bowling. Not impossible, but very john@afishinados.com- 888-613- with three nice White Sea Bass, unlikely. 7770. AVALON'S PREMIERE REAL ESTATE TEAM New Listing! 333 Marilla Stunning Classic Catalina 3 BR, 2 BA split-level 1,272 sq.ft, home located on a 3,707 sq.fl, fenced lot. Large back and side yards, garage, laundry room, fireplace, newly painted exterior. Acorn superglide stair-lifts can be used for access. $1,395,000 Hamilton Cove 6 Camino de Flores BR, 2 BA, 1,257 sq.ft. 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