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With Capt. John King ;uperstitions of the sea Superstitions grow out of the luman need to explain the unex- plainable; to provide answers to ~uestions that may have none. In qeu of an informational vacuum ~e make stuff up. It makes us ~eel better. For those .vho make heir living ~n the sea, ;uperstitions ~re numer- )us and can ange from ea monsters .o bananas, to John King "edheads and Columnist .vomen on ~oard, whis- ring to albatross and eating the ;eating heart of your first tuna. Sailors who had crossed the quator would pierce their ear ~,ith a gold hoop as a sign of ~ood luck. Tattdos, particularly ~f the North Star or some nasty ea creature were considered ~ood talismans. If a redhead was found to be ~board your ship it was consid- "~red important to speak before :hey did for fear of bringing bad 'uck to the voyage. Sailors even aid the sky had tells, "red sky at fight, sailors delight." Loch Ness has its very own qessy, sighted over the years by mndreds. Not to be outdone, we nave had our own San Clemente )ea Monster (reported as recent- y as 2003) ranging the oftem ,xeacherous channel between the gounde~ in 1913 by Ernest Winale Publisher .Ion Remy Editor Jesus Ruiz Associate Editor CHarles Kelly Office Manager Kristy Throndson officeOt Legals Regina Martinez legals@tocalnewspa Multimedia Director Franco Te Group Publisher Steven Remery ~35 CRESCENT AVE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 EcamuNTdl Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p,m. Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday Class~od Adverting: NOOn Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday Send to ma One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A PuMIcaUon of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4. 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publicatlen is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2017 and ~ Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Cat~ ReseTve A trio of Afishinado Charter customers show off their very first yellowtails they've ever caught. A superstition among sailors is that you must eat the beating heart of your first yellowtail.if you ever want to catch one again. Courtesy photo two islands. In the intere t of transpar- ency, I have crossed that body of water many times and have never seen this monster but I have seen monstrous seas that would outdo any monster's job without hesitation. Our need for closure is intense. When a loved one is lost at sea and there seems no plausi- ble explanation for the calamity, it seems comforting to some to have an explanation regardless of how outlandish that answer may seem such as "the White Whale did it!" The need for such closure is-illustrated countless times on TV news when we see a story of a hit and run. Inevitably, the grieving family will say that they just want the person who did this to come forward. I can- not imagine their pain, but truth- fully I do not understand how this helps. I may not have the genetic material that drives this need for closure. I have never been one to put much stock in superstitions. If I have to go under a ladder, I will. Black cats, there are a ton of them and I am not changing my side of the street to avoid having one cross in front of me. So, when a customer comes aboard an Afishinados charter with a banana, I do not panic although many boat captains do. Bananas are traditionally taboo on boats and particularly on fishing charters. I remember my first awareness bf this curse as a child on one of my first fishing trips aboard a huge party boat out of Davey's Locker. Before the boat left the slip, the captain announced over the intercom that he will not tolerate any bananas on board. I wondered if this might extend all the way to the banana- flavored chips in my Lucky Charms cereal. I decided to keep this possible infraction a secret, not wanting to miss out on my breakfast. I may have 301 and []t25 Creicent inivenue jinxed that trip. Old superstitions seem silly today. Can you imagine that at one point it was,consid- ered unlucky to have a woman onboard a sailing ship? Or that it could be unlucky to begin a long journey at sea on a Sunday? If you have ever wondered how pirates came to be such hirsute individuals, it's because it was considered bad luck on board to cut your hair or even your:fingernails. Thus, Johnny Depp's version of Capt. Jack Sparrow was pretty close to what he may have actually looked like. One superstition that we have had a lot of fun with this season is the old saw that suggests you must eat the beating heart of your first tuna for fear of never catching another. Somehow our local yellowtail (a Jack, not of the tuna family) has earned the mantle of this superstition. I may have lost count, but I think we have seen as many as 15 customers eat the heart of their first yellowtail in the last month. This superstition is less creepy now that we are all sushi lovers, but still, to watch a 12-year-old boy gobble the beat- ing heart of a freshly caught yel- lowtail is pretty funny. I remember watching Capt: Lance gagging down the apple- sized heart of a fairly large tuna he had caught on board the Catallac. He did it, but not without some effort and to the howling laughter of all the others on board. It makes me wonder how many of these traditions are born of the crew's devilry rather than of the heart-felt notion that the future will change by per- forming certain acts to ward off bad luck. We had a recent charter where all three anglers had caught their first yellowtail. Of course Taylor (deckhand) made them aware of the requirement that they must eat the heart if they wished to ever catch another. Once the first angler did the deed, the peer pressure took care of the other anglers and all will be guaran- teed to catch many a yellow in their futures, unless of course, they bring a banana onboard. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac tours - 888-613-7770 - john@afishina- 'Wrzere .verything is is@ a .W'o is ~. Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 TNE CATALINA