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SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's containing the local news of this wonderful Island of the Light Tackle Club, an organization sportsmen. Baseball training field for Chicago "Cubs." Avalon: Year-round mecca for tourists and travelers. Boating, bathing, golf, tennis, baseball, riding, fishing, walking, marine gardens. Unexcelled accommodations. CENTS AVALON. SANTA CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA,WEDNESDAY. JULY 1t5. 1924. VOL. Xl. No, Z7 'll KING IS CROWNED" "LONG LIVE THE KING" ~e question of claim to the title of the champion light tackle angler up on Sunday, July 13th, al~es W. Jump, when he found missing jewel to his crown by in a bluefin tuna weighing heaviest bluefin previous to this a fish taken by Mrs. Keith Spald- AUgust 18, 1922, weighing 105 ~tls, a truly wonderful achievement a lady angler, and Angler Jump, has always said: "Mrs. is the greatest lady angler I ever known." ' Jump took the first bluefin of 100 pounds ever taken on light July 13th, 1922, weight 10I~ By a strange coincidence, his of 113~ pounds comes on 3th. (Who can now say the 13th 7th, this season comes Robt. fellow club member of with a bluefin of 103~ on light tackle, beating the of 101~ by two pounds. July 12th, comes Jimmy with a Weighing 103 pounds. Jimmy "\Yell, I'nl knocking at the Then comes the fateful 13th fellow club member Ralph Ban- Winner of many hard fought at the wheel, on board the '.r, with Jimmy all primed. They club pier at 7 a.m. The well- Ranger .siren was heard at m. as she came towards the are pier with the jewel on board, soon proved to be the missing ;sistant Secretary West of the Club was on hand to check the in of the prize by Harry garthen, manager of the fish nmr- and the Ranger went on its way mooring, still blowing defiance siren, and with two of the ;t anglers aboard. good natured banter, mingled hearty congratulations, followed the day at the Tuna Club, now it will h keen competition the balance ofe the season to see Can knock another jewel off the owned by Jimmy Jump. o I'ady (kindl r~p~.p~;s boyy --Are you mamma's Yet'reddy--Thetmi judge hasn't decided n litigation. FISH OF CATALINA (Seriola dorsalis). (Thtmnus thynnus). (Thunnus macropterus). alalonga). Chiliensis). noblis). pelamys). oryphaenus hippurus). (Stereolepis gigas). ,rdfish ('I~etrapturus mitsukurii). (Xiphias gladius). Mr. Arthur W. A telegram was received in Avalon; Friday stating that. Mr. Arthur W: Hooper of Boston, Mass., had passed away. Mr. Hooper was 76 years of age, and for many years was a regular summer visitor to Avalon. In the early spring of this year it was an- nounced that Mr. Hooper would not be able to make his accustomed visit to Avalon. At the Tuna Club annual banquet last April a number of tele- grams were sent to Mr. Hooper, who was then confined to his bed in Boston. Captain Tad Gray of the launch Swastika, who for fifteen years was Mr. Hooper's boatman at Avalon, was very much grieved to learn of the death of his former employer. Captain Gray said : "Mr. Hooper was born in New Eng- land and spent the greater part of his early life in Boston. His uncle, Gen. Winchester, started the Winchester Arms Company at New Haven, Conn. In his early life, Mr. Hooper was a railroad superintendent, and later he worked for a time in the shoe and leather business before he became as- sociated with his uncle in the Win- chester Arms Co. "At the time of his retirement from active service in that company, Mr. Hopper was its second vice-president and treasurer. It was in 1906 that he made his first trip to the Island, and then for two years he fished at Ar- ansas Pass. In 1908 he returned to Avalon, and every season since that time he has spent front one to four months here as a member of the Tuna Club. "Mr. Hooper was a great lover of the out-doors, and has fished for dif- ferent varieties of fish for the past 40 years. He was fond of sahnon fishing in Canadian waters. Leaving Boston in the early spring he would meet Mr, L. G. Murphy at Aransas Pass, where they wouht fish for several weeks. Mr, Hooper was for some time president of the Aransas Pass Tarpon Club. Then they journeyed across the conti- nent to Catalina Island. "Mr. Hooper was much opposed to publicity, and was modest and reticent fin his way. He would start out at '8:30 each morning, aqd he used to say 'that so long as there was a bait in the i water there was a chance to catch fish. ,He loved to fish for the sport and i thrill he got from the battle. I have i turned many of his catches lose after he had brought them to the boat. "He was very particular to use the standard tackle of the Tuna Club, and Home would not fish with any other equip- ment. "The death of his sister, Mrs. Rob- ert Shailer, which occured on July 11, 1923, was a severe blow to Mr. Hoo- per." When asked for a statement regard- ing his lifelong friendship and associa- tion with the veteran sportsman, Mr. Harry W. Adams, who is daily fishing from the launch "Swastika," Mr. Hooper's chartered fishing launch for many years, said: "In the passing of Mr. A. W. Hoop- er the Tuna Club has sustained a loss that cannot be estimated. It is doubt- ful if the club would be in existence today had it not been for his influence and help. "During the past few years of his fishing at Catalina Island he caught twice as many tuna as any other mem- ber of the club, notwithstanding the fact that he was over seventy years of age. "Last season (I923), anti he was far from being a well man, his catch of eighty-six tuna, thirty-four weighing over one hundred pounds each, is phe- nomenal. "His record as a sea angler for fish taken on rod and reel should stand for all time: Tuna, 970; marlin swordfish, 57; broadbill swordfish, I; yellowtail, 274; tarpon, 463. "During all his years of fishing he never used a double line, nor any line over 900 feet in length. "He was a man who never had an evil thought or who knowingly did an unkind act. "We who knew him best loved him most, and will always cherish the memory of one who lived a clean life. This earth is a better place because a man like Arthur W. Hooper has lived." Mr. L. P. Streeter, who founded the Aransas Pass Tarpon Club in 1907, and who is now a guest at the St. Catherine Hotel, says that if it had not been for the untiring and devoted efforts by Mr. Hooper, who succeeded him as president, that the revolution brought about in the catching of tar- pon on light tackle would not now be a reality. Mr. L. G. Murphy of Converse, Ind., who for the past seventeen years had been Mr. Hooper's fishing partner, both at Aransas Pass and at Catalina, said of his friend: "Mr. Hooper was one of the squarest anglers I have ever known. I think his greatest ach- ievement was when he brought to gaff (Continued on Page 6, Column 2) :"UNCLE JOHN" FIGHTS TUNA FOR NINE HOURS By Major Lawrence Mott Usually I take much pli~asure in writing these weekly articles! Indeed, if my readers get as much "kick" from perusing them as I do in their set- ting down, I am satisfied. But, farther along in this week's tale-telling of fish you will read of a battle with the largest tuna that I have ever seen in six years experience in Catalina waters--a battle that was heroically fought to the bitterly-sad end by John Daggett of the Times-- beknown (and loved) by thousands as "Uncle John of KHJ." And this is about the saddest tale (fish!) that I ever wrote [ There has been a light tackle record set by the Hon. Jimmy Jump of the Ancient and Honorable Tuna Club, the likes o' which h'aint never been heard of. . . ~ , . We will now proceed with the score: On the 6th of July, Old-timer Eaton lmssyfooted his angler, J. E. Maddy, of Richmond, Md., up to a nice tuna of 98 pounds. And that was the only fish of the day. Very high winds and nasty sea running in the channel. On the 7th, Walter E. Seeley of Los Angeles, personally conducted by the Genial Danielson, brought in a 108-pound fish. And the Martin-Millsap team proved equal to my prophecy of last week, viz: that they would render a good account of themselves. On this date they brought in two nice fish, 97 and 113 pounds. The Adams-Gray team is the one that is running behind--now! On the same day they accounted for a tuna of 112 pounds. And a Mr. H. Millsey, place of origin unknown, suc- ceeded in getting one of 107 pounds. This was the great date far Mankowski --beside his l;ght tackle fish of 103~ pounds, he got two others---on heavy tackle---ll0 and 107 pounds, respective- ly. L'il Enos Vera, boatman for the tall Mankowski, was greatly elated! Mr. Wade Hampton, an Oklahoma City oil and investments heavyweight, hankered to get him a tuna with me, on the Mabel F. He did! Weighed 110 pounds, and the gentleman front Oklahoma wrangled his fish rather well, considering that he had never killed anything larger than small trout before. Mr. Maurice Seelig of San Francisco was found a fat tuna of 112 pounds by Parker Pence. On the 8th, Mr. Ben Williams of Los Angeles brought in an albacore of 21~ pounds. These fish have been as scarce as the proverbial "hen's teeth" of late! The Adams-Gray combina- tion had a tuna of 107 at the end of (Continued on Page 2, Column 1)