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Failing to Exceed Exceptionally High Expectations CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS Last week I wrote a column about my good fortune in exceed- ing the very high expectations of a recent customer. I posited that Mother Ocean delivered on a day when we really needed her to come through. What I inferred was how easy it would have been to be the goat in the story and come home skunked. This week the story had a much less happy ending. As nearly everyone on the planet now knows, the water is very warm (El Nino?), the southern push was very strong and the tuna, Dorado and yellowtail are now at our door- step (comparatively speaking). What could be better? Everybody is limiting out. Sto- ries abound of wide open bites on Yellowfin Tuna. Even day boats are coming home with full bags. The bite is on! John King Columnist There are a few components that need to come together to make a long range fishing trip a raging success: Bite, Time, Weather, Bait 1. The bite must be on and within reach of fuel capacity - CHECK 2. The weather must be good enough to go long - CHECK 3. The schedule must be clear enough to leave very early and come home very late - CHECK 4. The bait tanks need to be full of baits and chum for a full day - No Go! I have had memo- rable days when all the factors were aligned. And I have skipped fishing when none of the factors were just right. I have braved the weather for an epic bite, but probably should not have. I have skipped work for a bite, but probably should not have. I may have even gone fishing without a known bite zone, but probably should not have. I have never gone without bait. Fishermen use the word 'Epic' are pulling out their hair. They Afishinados Charters is still go- With Capt. John King are getting bait, but not enough for ing strong, and we are still catch- everybody so they are saving it for ing really fun fish. their volume purchasers, the cattle The leopard sharks have been to tell of those great fishing days. boats, going strong on the beaches and It is interesting to note that the ac- Even when you can go over we occasionally snag a halibut in tual definition for EPIC is 'extend- town and buy bait, the bait is so tight. ing beyond the usual or ordinary new to the net that it will not sur- Yellowtail are still here and we especially in size or scope'. I have vive much more than a 24 hour pe- have been able to capture a few us- had a few epic days such as the riod, so it is not possible to buy it ing fresh dead squid and some fin one with 72 albacore, 14 yellowtail there and store bait here for busy bait. and three bluefin tuna after a long weekends such as the last. Calico bass will chew anything day of fiat calm seas. That was in It is perhaps the most frustrat- right now, and there are some 1998...16 years ago. ing feeling for a charter boat cap- barracuda and a lot of small bo- I cannot tell you the number of tain. One customer came over nito, but that will not be the fish times that I have had the time, the with his very own camera crew of dreams that our customers want bait and the bite, but the weather to capture the action. Every cus- right now. was too snotty. It is also not un- tomer visiting Catalina Island has Here is my prediction. We will usual to have the weather, the bait visions of big fish twirling in their get at least one more hurricane to and the time, but not the bite. The heads, and rightfully so...THE the south that will push and hold most frustrating is the scenario FISH ARE HERE! We just do not the pelagics in close to the South- where you have a bite going on, the have the bait to make the run. ern California bite. weather is good enough and the This will change, but not today. At some point the macs will schedule is clear enough, but there At some point, the bait fish will get show along our shoreline. We may is no bait to be found. Yikes! here. not have enough of them to make That is the exact scenario we I saw good evidence of it last tuna fishing, but we should get currently have. The tuna are on the night on our Sunset Cruise. The enough to target the dorado and chew and they are within distance birds were working bait balls, yellowtail on paddys, and maybe of a full day off-shore charter and There were small patches of "agua we will have an epic marlin fishing the weather is good enough, but nervioso." Many are still too small season that would surely surpass there is no bait to be found at the to catch, but some are starting to even the highest of expectations. island. None. show. In years past we were able More to come... The macs are not in the kelp be- to make our own bait, so we wait. cause the kelp got yanked out dur- Still, in order to sit on a bite you Capt. John of Afishinados ing the south swell event we had have to have chum power to bring Charters can be reached at 888- last week. the tuna up...that takes bait, a lot 613-7770 or john@afishinados. The over town bait businesses of it. corn 4-6 passengers up to 49 Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 lion to $4.8 million in damages Harvey said another thing the to Pebbly Beach Road, $17,000 council had to consider is the loss From page 1 to the Green Pier and $10,000 for of revenue. would take the California Coastal mooring repairs. The council voted 4-0 to Commission "out of the loop." The figures are considered pre- approve the resolution. Council Campbell said staff was trying liminary. Member Richard Hernandez to see what regulations could be Council Member Joe Sampson had an excused absence Tuesday waived as part of the restoration, asked if Avalon could add to the night. According to City Manager Ben list of damages thai had been over- On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Harvey Harvey, the city had to approv ..-looked during the assessment, said he didn't know how long Jt the State of Emergency resolution Harvey said yes. would take the governor or other to even be eligible for county, state Sampson said he was sure itagencies to review the Avalon and federal funds, would be hard to make a complete emergency declaration. Staff had prepared a prelimi- Itssessment. Harvey said he expected state nary assessment of the damages "We have 10 days to be in the inspectors to arrive on the Island caused by the storm. According window of allowed eligibility," in a few days. to the Initial Damage Assessment Harvey said. He said city staff was working Overview, the storm caused more Dennis Jaich, interim direc- with the county and state so busi- than $15.6 million in damages, tor of Public Works, said staff ness and the city may benefit from Those figures included $3.8 mil- provided rough estimates in the whatever financing is out there, assessment overview, including grants or low interest He said it appeared that the loans. Mole suffered additional damage He also said staff was working from the surge, with the city's insurance represen- Harbor Master Brian Bray tatives. said the Harbor Department had As for the storm's impact, been removing debris as boats Harvey said Avalon was getting call in reports. He said the Harbor back to work. "We were open for Department had gone out as far business immediately," he said: as 1 and 1/2 miles to collect the Harvey said it seemed as if debris, there were fewer visitors than nor- Some of the items Bray said the mal for the Labor Day Weekend, Harbor Department had picked but he had no numbers. However, included up pilings, and 2X4s. the Island still had "a number Mayor Anni Marshall said the of folks" in town. He said the city might get some relief from the Island was becoming a year-round city's insurance, resort. 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST c n er COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE HEALTH INSURANCE-BENEFITS Contact Jim Simonds for a quote Cell: 818.399.7897 4 i Friday, September 5, 2014 .... THE CATAUNA ISLANDER