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On the Water WITH CAPT. JOHN KING Smart Fish: Dumb Fish Nearly everybody calling to book a charter with Afishinados Charters wants to catch a 'big' fish. There is a generally held be- lief, born from the days of abundance, that any- body can catch a big one. Truthfully, this is nearly a miracle, or at the very least, a major stroke of luck. Why? Because our fish have become too smart. That's right, we simply do not have enough dumb fish around Catalina Island. Ask any angler, and you will hear that the Yellowtail have gotten 'educated' or the hali- but here are 'finicky'. Take a look at advertising for lures, hooks, or line and you will see how impor- tant it is to fool these smart fish. John KJng ColumniSt Our line must be invisible, our hooks honed and our baits present- ed in the most natural way possible to hook up. Catalina Island fish must be the magna cum laude of the spe- cies. More likely, it is the math. Let's say that with any population of fish there are 10 percent of them dumb enough to bite whatever is on your hook; a very un- natural act among any species. If there are 6000 fish canvassing the island for a meal, you have a shot at 600 fish during your 4-hour trip. However, if there are only 600 fish on the prowl, your odds drop dramatically; more so if you add in the fact that fish are con- stantly on the move and they do not eat 24 hours a day. Here is the other side of the coin...20% of the anglers catch 80% of the fish. How does a visit- ing angler deal 'with such stagger- ing odds? Seems to me you have a few choices; stop fishing, start im- proving, or, simply enjoy fishing and take what the ocean delivers. You would be surprised at how of- ten the odds are beaten when you are just enjoying a good day on the water fishing. Bottom line, you have to be in the right place at the right time with the right bait and the angling skills to hook and land a big one. Capt. John King is the owner and founder of Afishinados Char- ter. Contact him at (310) 510-2440 History From page 4 Because of the turbulent eco- nomic times and other reasons, these early post-war airlines didn't last long. Even United Air Lirfes pulled out in 1953, citing low pas- senger counts. But that same year, 1953, saw a man by the name of Richard "Dick" Probert come on the scene Contact the Islander (310) 510'0500 or ed@cinews,us . 4 Birthdays r-ddav.Shmhr14 Su.Smamkr1 W,mSmmr Ryan mcKay Jo Laek Joaqum Ses Chdsn Roms mm/MachNo Roms i.SWmhr UMomn Desime T)4er Chad Ck K,Mhleen Amazx Sema Irno Pare Bray eadra Shemn SRk Smmhr IS Cay Glass ScWm IJa Dal mrkMlams Nex Virgin Noei TmUI SmlmmerW Tlmmmr mmlwm mc Sakhm Naecy Vahe Samant Pool Ryrm Roms Vam Meda OawJ Maxwen Rkmld 10eklman Kate Jolmson Oemk,c Robles Pacm Adam Neon es Moody Jordm Vmms Luis Bdm BombanJ P/uegm. Keun wwww Anniversaries Rnklw. Smmb 14 Mae& Jen Med Sab. Smt 15 Richad & Laude Hemmdez Tuesday. 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Beginning with only a single Grumman Goose, Probert even- tually added seven more Gooses, three DC3s and a pair of Sikorsky S-43s. But the flagship of his fleet was to be the enormous Sikorsky VS-44 Mother Goose, a nickname that was coined by Probert's em- ployees. Only three of these four-engine planes were ever built, and by 1957, when Probert acquired the plane, the Mother Goose was'the only survivor. Getting the plane to Catalina was in itself a tremendous under- taking. Probert traveled to the arid beaches of Peru and" found the plane badly in need of repairs. After several attempt to bring the plane home, which involved near- crashes and near-sinkings, as well as a run-in with Peruvian police, he and his flight crew made it back to Long Beach with the plane on June 6, 1957. The "Mother Goose" spent the next 10 years serving passengers between Long Beach and Avalon Bay, at times making up to six flights per day. The Long Beach terminal was where the Queen Mary is berthed today. Avalon Air Transport enjoyed a virtually competition-free en- vironment during the 1950s. But beginning in 1959, a former pilot of Probert's named Bob Han- ley started an airline of his own named Catalina Channel Airlines. Like most of the post-war airlines, Hanley flew Grumman Gooses. Over the coming years, a num- ber of new seaplane airlines began. thanks largely to Probert's success. The 1960s saw the establishment of such airlines as Catalina Sea- planes, Catalina-Vegas Airlines and Golden West Airlines, which also operated land-based airlines up at the airport. In 1967, Probert reached the age of 60 and under Federal Avia- tion Administration regulations at the time was required to give up his commercial pilot's license. He sold the Mother Goose to an avia- tor named Charles Blair who used the plane in his airline, Antilles Air Boats, in the Caribbean. For Catalina's air carriers, it was the end of an era. Dick Probert passed away in 2008 at the age of 101. But his be- loved Mother Goose has since been restored and is now on permanent display at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Con- necticut. NEXT WEEK: 1968-PRESENT Jim Watson is a regular columnist for the Catalina Islander and producerdirec- tor of the two-part docu- mentary, WINGS ACROSS THE CHANNEL: CATALINA ISLAND'S AVIATION HIS TORY. 8  Friday, September 14, 2012 THE ATAUNA ISLANDER