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PAGE TWO. ........ THE CATALINA "UNCLE JOHN" FIGHTS TUNA FOR NINE HOURS (Continued from Page 1, Column 4) the day. And a Dr. Day (home ad- dress not given) grabbed off a kinder- garten fish of 26 pounds with the in- scrutable Sam Goulding. Mr. Fleish- man (without whose products bread would be ain't) fshing from his Haida Papoose, also htmg on the outskirts of tuna school children, and snapped up two little chaps, of 25 and 27 pounds. On the 9th, Parker Pence grinned his familiar grin as he came in at evening with a fish of 109 po.unds, ta- "kenb~" a gentleman who gave his name as Bill Yule--nothin' more! The 10th was a blank day! Very high winds and heavy seas. On the llth the Producer of Yeast ambled off and got into himself a jew- fish of 272- pounds! (En passant : These phlegmatic ~ieces of fish flesh have about as much sport in them as would have a slightly-animate piano). "Yirruny Yump," with the Terrific R. Bandini twirling the hellum, negotiated a splendid fish of pounds. Ed- mundson found his angler, a Dr. Caps, a small one of 48 pounds. On the 12th, the Hen. Jump annexed the 103 pound tuna, on light tackle, And lo! the estimable president of the Tuna Club, R. I~ Thomas, did, by gosh, get a tuna. He was below the century mark, however, 94~ pounds. Mr. A. C. Brode, of the Ancient and Honorable Tuna Club, is one of these largely-builded gentlemen whose hearts are "as big as all out-of-doors," and whose one thought is to make it nice for t'other fellow! ("Ste~e" Brode is the chief muck-a-neck of the I, os An- geles Soap Company.) So ........ the Big hearted Steve permitted his guest, Mr. J. A. Forthman of I,os Angeles to kill the first tuna. The pair were fishing with Silent Sam (Goulding), and the Forthman fish weighed 107~ pounds. The 13th! I,ucky day for some, but most damnably unfortunate for others " as will be shown! On this day James Jump broke all light tackle records, with a fish of 113~/2 pounds, Mr. Wil- lard Webb, fishing with that Wizard Eaton, just hit the century mark. The Causer-of-bread-to-rise, His Excellen- cy, Fleishman, strode bravely into the limelight of fishery with two tuna, 100 and 113 pounds. A. C. Brode, having generously permitted his fishin' pal, Mr. Forthman, to take the first ttma, proceeded to show Mr. F. how to "do it," and neatly- dispatched a tuna of I10 pounds. Hurray, Steve. C. Alma Baker (the gentleman from India) did not score in the passed week until this day, when he utterly discomfited a tuna of 110 pounds. And Mr. Walter Kays of Los Angeles, fishing from the cruiser Ding, with Sunshine Harry Warner overseeing the job, got a comfy fish of 115 pounds. They had to use a row boat to finish the four hour job. The Pap- rica Polly is a suah-'nough hot stuff monaker for a boat! One would ex- pect at least a century fish caugbt from a vessel of that name! But the best that Mr. H. Willey, its owner, of Los Angeles, could do on this date were two leetle wans--45 and 55 lbs. And now we come to the saddest fish yarn ever spun: For weeks "Uncle John" I)aggett has been promising to come over and take a "whirl" at a tuna with me on the ~,Iabel F. On the 13th we sailed forth over a lovely, simmering sea, with just a nice kite wind and conditions per- feet! No luck in the morning. We saw Hen. Jump bring his record fish to gaff, and so happy was the Hen. Yimmie J~ that he signaled to us to come alongside. We did. And some- thing glistened in the sunlight that looked like a record breaker, that it was, our two crafts separated--each to take up its own fishing. "Listen, tuna! this is KHJ, the Times, Los Angeles, California, talking. Lay hold of that flyingfish, will you!" so spoke "Uncle John" Daggett, and the words had hardly been spoken when there was a terrific splash, the rod bent nearly double, and "Jawn" Daggett's tuna struggle had begun. Kindly note the time, 2:20 of a hot af- ternoon. For the first two hours the fish headed for San Diego. There was the usual, and nasty, afternoon sea lift- ing, and we three, Uncle John, the Mabel F. and I, bobbed and swayed and swung, Daggett fighting hard, every inch of the way, but gaining little on the fish. It is permissible to say that I saw that tuna when he struck, and to say that, in nay opinion my record fish of 172 pounds, taken on June Ist of this year, would have been a good bait for Daggett's fish. "How long have I had him?" queried Dag- gett. "Two hours and twelve minu- tes," I replied. This brought the hour to 4:40, and the sun was lowering fast. We were some twelve miles from the Island, and a big sea running. The fish showed not the least signs of tir- ing, and I was none too happy in my mind, for to gaff a big fish, such as this, from a heavily-rolling craft, en- tails a great risk. Time passed. And passed some more. "I can't do a thing with him !" Daggett muttered. And I knew that he could not. So, witb th6 giant fish some 250 feet almost straight down from the Mabel F., I began to tow that tuna the long twelve miles, or thereabouts, to the shelter of the Is- land, and out of the rough water. And Uncle John hung on grimly as the sun dropped out of sight, in a blaze of colors. Strangely enough, when I tow- ed it, the fish would co~ne along, but the moment that I eased up, it would tear off yards from the splendid Coxe reel, set with a heavy drag, too. And so, little by little, almost yard by yard, indeed, did John Daggett hang on with an ahnost inhuman cour- age, while I worked the Mabel F. in shore. Sometimes Daggett would whisper: "Please, give me some rest." And I'd let my little ship roll and tumble (Continued on Page 10, Column 4) SPALDING YACHT SAILS FOR TWO MONTHS CRUISE Accompanied by a party of friends, Mr. and Mrs. Kei'th Spalding of the palatial schooner yacht Goodwill left San Pedro Thursday for a two months cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. Mrs. Spalding, it was stated, will try to land one of the big swordfish if any of this variety of fish can be per- suaded to take an angling bait. The swordfish of the Hawaiian Islands are usually caught in the commercial fishermen's nets and, as far as is known, no attempt had yet been made to fight one of these big fish with a twenty-four-thread line. Roofs Repaired Phone 141-d C.C. W.B. 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