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August 27, 1924     The Catalina Islander
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PAGE TWO THE CATALINA C. ALMA BAKER, C. B. E. RETURNS TO MAINLAND Carrying with him nearly all of the much coveted buttons of the Tuna Club and the Catalina Light Tackle Club, Mr. C. Alma Baker, C. B. E., left for the mainland last Tuesday after spend- ing three months hunting the game fish of Catalina waters. Mr. Alma C. Baker expects to visit England before returning to his home in the Federated Malay States. During his stay on the Island Mr. Baker resided at the Tuna Club, of which he has been a member for several years. The fish that won for him a blue button in the Tuna Club was a tuna weighing 108 pounds. It was caught from Prexy Jump's cruiser Ranger, and was gaffed by Captain Robert Jump. The fish that won him the C. Alma Baker, C. B. E. much coveted red button (light tackle) weighed 112 pounds, and was taken .while fishing from the launch Fortuna, Captain Smith Warren. The majority of Mr. Baker's catches of tuna, alba- core, etc., taken on heavy, light and "three-six" outfits, were taken while fishing from the launch Sunbeam II, Captain Monte Foster. Mr. Alma Baker previously stated in these columns that he came to Cat- alina to learn from his old friend. James W. Jump, president of the Tuna Club, the 'different methods adopted by Catalina anglers when fighting the several varieties of big fish--from strike to gaff, and also the methods used for hooking the bait, the kite at- tachments to the fishing line, and the working of the bait with the kite and the boat, and last, but not least, the very skilled methods adopted by the Avalon boatmen in the handling of boats so as to outmaneuver the big fish in their defensive tactics. The success that has accompanied Mr. Ba- ker during his visit here, where he has run so close to our records this season, would indicate that he has had con- siderable angling experience before he reached Catalina Island. However, before leaving Tuesday he said: "I have gained a great deal of knowledge both from anglers and the Avalon boatmen. This knowledge will be of great value to me when visiting other fishing centers thousands of miles from here. "During my stay I have had an ex- cellent time. I have fished with the following expert anglers on their pri- vate yachts : President James W. Jump, Mr. Harry W. Adams, Dr. Zane Grey, Mr. Fleishmann, Mr. R. R. Thomas and Mr. W. A. Van Brunt, and with the following well known boatmen: Walker, Foster, Tad Gray and Smith Warren." In addition to his pleasure in fishing, Mr. Alma Baker is a great lover of horses. At his own home he has done considerable horse training. As the guest of Major Tom Mix, Mr. Baker visited Mixville, near Hollywood, sev- eral days ago, and was much interest- ed in the exhibitions of roping, buck- jumping, etc. Riding his famous horse "Tony," Mr. Baker said that Major Mix gave some most remarkable ex- hibitions of horsemanship. "Tony is the most intelligent horse I have ever seen," said the English visitor. "He must have the heart of a lion, with implicit confidence in his master, for without these great qualities what horse could do the things Tony has done, such as jumping with Tom Mix in the saddle over an open, rocky chasm twenty-three feet wide and sixty feet deep? And imagine for a moment the nerve and indomitable courage of a man to train a horse for such a feat where a nfistake of any kind would mean instant death!" Most of Mr. Ahna Baker's fishing at Catalina has been done with a spec- ial reel, designed by himself and man- ufactured by a friend in Australia. The reel has two gears, a one-to-one, and a multiple with a free spool, either of which, when desired, can be instantly engaged. It is understood that our local fishing tackle distributor, Mr. H. D. MacRae, will have some of the "Ahna Reels" on sale for the summer of 1925. During the months of July and Aug- ust Mr. Baker was in constant search for broadbill and marlin swordfish, but unfortunately these varieties have not yet arrived in Calmlina waters in great numbers. Could Mr. Baker have ex- tended his stay for two more weeks it is possible that he would have car- ried off the Tuna Club's white, gold and green buttons in addition to the ones he captured for landing the gamey tuna, on heavy, light and three- six outfits. It is al~o understood that our distinguished visitor and Dr. Zane Grey, the author, have planned for the near future a fishing and" deer stalking expedition to New Zealand. Dr. Grey, Mr. Alma Baker stated, expressed the desire to collect material for a book on the sporting and other attractions of New Zealand. "It will probably be four years be- fore I can come back to Avalon," the gentleman concluded. "However, I am hoping that on my next trip I shall be able to land both a broadbill and a marlin swordfish. And such an achievement is something to look for- ward to." The Catalina Islander every week, fifty-two times during the year, is boosting Catalina Island. The results of this continuous publicity are of ma- terial benefit to every merchant, busi- ness and professional man, as well as every worker, residing in Avalon. Mr. Business Man, how many weeks dur- ing the year do you return the comp- liment ? "Keep Avalon a Spotless Town." We pledge our help! 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