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August 13, 1924

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SANTA CATALINA ISLAND: IN ALL THE WORLD NO TRIP LIKE THIS! Weekly at Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California. Avalon's tper, containing the local news of this wonderful Island publication of the Light Tackle Club, an organization "angling 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. PIVE CENTS AVALON, SANTA CATALINA ISLAND. CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1924. VOL. XI. NO. 31 Harry J. Mallen Weight, 528 Pounds; Length, 12 Feet Nine Inches; Brought to Gaff in Forty-Eight Minutes By Ernest Windle br~arry J. Mallen is wearing the O.adbill swordfish crown! He won it rlday, when he brought to gaff the WOrld's record broadbill swordfish (Xiphias gladius) after a forty-eight ~oinurefight. Weight of fish,528 Unds; length, 12 feet, 9 inches. ~ "Vqhere did you get it, Harry?" Mr. ~Jalleu was asked, as the big fish was ,,~mg Weighed at the Tuna Club scales. ,. ~ght on the steamer course to San ~edro,', the angler replied. "Andy artin's out there now fighting anoth- er One" Saturday morning it was reported that the steamship Catalina was com- Pelled to make a detour from its regu- lar COUrse, because so many of the .nvalon fishing boats had anglers fish- lrl~ for broadbills on the steamer's re~'ular course. Friday two broadbills were caught. 2~Ir. Mallen landed his 528-pounder. find Andy Martin brotight to gaff a sh Weighing 390 pounds. , .Xlr. Martin former worhls cham- afi c sh weighing 474 ponnds. Now ;lies -~lallen with a 528-pounder. be two large fish caught Fridav ere sighted simultaneouslv. Mallcn k as closer to the big one. It took his fi~l.h--a barracuda. Mallen brought his to gaff first. It made two runs. With his slnaller fish Martin had a fifugh fight that lasted three hours and tY'fiVe minutes. "Mr. Mallen has WOrked hard to beat my record of Iast year," said the former champion, !and when be was leaving for Avalon Shouted my congratulations to him, r I saw that he had lamted a big [1,I' "Harry, how do you like sitting on the broadbill swordfish throne~" asked . we , Mr M allen'. 'Fine p," - ~. ne replied, with a broad ,~r~tl. "But I don't think I'll get to ~rch np there very long, because .~artin, Adams, Jump, Van Brtmt, ankowski and several other real live i~lartsmen are hot after a bigger fish an mine I hot)e they will get one toobe - - , cause t want to catch a bigger SWOrdfish yet, ~ _ ,r. Angling is not like prize nghting ~11e re are more fun and thrills in the angli th"Itngwagsannln;t luck, but perseverance at gave me the big fellow. I have -ee f n fishing every day for the past rty'five days If I had quit when s Worl bill Big Swordfish to Hang on Walls of the Tuna Club the swordfish made its second run, Andy Martin would still be the record holder with his 474-pounder taken in 1923. "Earlier tiffs season Zane Grey, the author, landed a fish weighing 413 pounds; but I understand a thirty-nine thread line was used, which disquali- fied his fish under the rules of the Ttma Club. "At no time during the fight did I feel that the twenty-four-thread line was insufficient to hold the big fish. I exercised the greatest care with the rod, but did not pay much attention to the line as it cut into the water. "The Ashaway line had been tested by Mr. MacRae when I purchased it. The breaking strain was 56 pounds. The rod was built by Mr. R. F. B. Shaver, and it stood the great strain and punishment to perfection. I didn't have a bit of trouble with the Coxe reel. The first run of the big sword- fish was about 120 yards. I never saw it after it grabbed the barracuda bait. The second run was about 150 yards, and for a few seconds I wasn't sure whether I could stop the 'get-away' or not. "Two months ago, when I landed several big tuna in Mexican waters, I thought 1 was having the time of my life, but I want to tell you that a big broadbill swordfish makes an angler do a lot of quick thinking. "After we had drawn the fish to the side of the boat, it took us fully fifteen minutes to handle it, so that we could lash it to the side of the boat to bring it back to Avalon. "No, I didn't want to go fishing Sat- urday morning. "However, before the summer sea- son is over I want to land a light tackle tuna and marlin swordfish, and then I will have all of the Tuna Club buttons and those of the Catalina Light Tackle Club. And what greater honors couhl any sea angler hope to attain ! "Oh, don't forget to mention dear old Tom Potter! Ite went fishing for barracuda last Ttmrsday, and I was using one of his barracuda that he gave lne Friday morning as a bait for the big swordfish." On Monday morning the writer made a special visit to Taxidermist Parker's workshop, in Pa~'ker Court, where Mrs. Parker is preparing the big sv~ordfish for monnting. When thoroughly cured and varnished the big broadbill will be presented to the Tuna Club, Mr. Mal- len said.