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Sometimes the Magic Works I have a pat answer when" asked; "When is the best date to go fishing?" My answer is always the same; " When you can!" After a brief chuckle, the question fades into the conversa- tion as folks generally understand that you can plan around the moon John King and stars, but weather Columnist is as weather does, and fish do as fish do. Case in point: I had a cus- tomer call months ago to charter a boat. Naturally he was look- ing to maximize his vacation plans by building in a fishing trip at the perfect moment for fishing. I gave him my stock answer, but he wanted more. With CapL John King and September is now here. I looked at the notes for this char- ter 'Customer wants trophy fish, off shore preferred', This is not an unusual mes- sage to find in the reservation notes. People want to fish for big fish. I get it. But I am pretty sure that almost none of them understand what it takes (see last week's column). We try to get a sense for the make-up of a group When we book charters. The really tricky ones are those that note 'family group of 5, one 3 year-old wants trophy fish for his 11 year-old.' What we really should put in these notes would be something more like; 'Expectations completely out of whack with reality.' I am a strong advocate of getting kids into fishing early in life. Many take to it readily. Some could not care less. But all are fascinated by such things as bait and netted fish. None are fascinated by hours "September" "September is around month for fishing Catalina Island. The crowds are gone, the weather is still great and, with luck the warm water fish will be close to the island." We set his charter to start at 7a.m. on September 6th, Once a charter is in the books I generally forget about it until the date rolls around and I have a chance to lo0k at the reserva- tion notes. Summer happened I said, of trolling on an open sea in a the best all-pitchingboat. Kids do not care what they catch. They want action. I always advise my family groups . to stay close to the island and allow us to target high probabil- 4 Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Jon Rerny Editor Jesus Ruiz Associate Editor Charles Kelly editor2@sunnews.Qrg Office Manager Kristy Throndson Legals Regina Martinez legals@localnewspa pey, oyg Multimedia Director France Te Group Publisher Steven Remery 635 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 Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5p.m. Monday Send to One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication 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 partf may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely On ~1 recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2017 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Resented. . . ity fish that will ~ive the kids a thrill. The kids will want to fish with Dad year after year and will soon enough be ready for trophy hunting. On the evening of September 5th I was checking my book- ing notes and I had to chuckle, remembering the conversation with this customerand thinking SINGING WATERS SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE iSLAND CATALINA AVE Lasik [tion ,intment at CIMC, O GE COAST Budding Anglers with locally caught yeilowfin tuna. Courtesy photo AUTO, COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE Where Everything is FiShy andNothing is Imported 888-613-7770 about how high his expectations would be having months-ago booked the perfect date for a fishing trip. The notes indicated that it would be just one customer. Now that is a profile that is suited to going off-shore and trophy hunting. We picked him up at 6:30 off the Green Pier. "What's our target, Captain?" he asked. "Tuna" I responded. "Cool." As we motored out of the har- bor he mentioned "I thought you said that the tuna rarely come close enough to the island for a half day trip?" "Yep, sounds like something I would say. But in the last couple days we have seen the fish come in and there is a good chance we can get into them today." I responded. Within 30 minutes of leaving Avalon Harbor we found the wind howling around the back side with a mixed swell that was going to make it difficult to fish. Still, I had slowed to a troll, had the jigs set up behind the boat and a new set of batteries in my gyros (binoculars). Although there are excep- tions, it seems that tuna fishing and bad weather go together like a cold beer and salty chips. I tried to stay positive as I struggled to steady my gyros in a heaving sea. Doing so is like the circus performer who balances on top of a bunch of teetering chairs. There is nothing quite so sat- isfying as seeing fish within seconds of raising the gyros to your eyes, "Breaking tuna!" I yelled to the crew, "Right on our bow, maybe half a mile." Exciting stuff to be sure. We approached the foaming mass and did not get a strike. Not one. Not a sniff. Still, we pressed on with our search. Soon we found another foaming mass of fish and nothing. Then again. Tuna can be finicky, but these fish were not" acting finicky. They were on the chew and we could not get them to sample our baits. When this happens it is time to improvise and consider all the tricks that have worked in the past. I went through the invento- ry of tactics and lures, 'Cedar plugs? Feathers? Plastics? Live bait?'. I called me deckhand to the bridge. I opened with a suggestion, "We have to start changing it up until we figure out what these fish want. Let's get a cedar plug long down the middle." As he was leaving to make the change the first rod sang out with its signature clicker being ripped at high speed "We are bit!" came the call from the cockpit. The second rod went off, "Double!", then the third and the fourth, "We have a quad!" Sometimes the magic works. The time to chase tuna is right now. Let's go get em. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - - 888- 613-7770. 4 =, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER