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Get Bugging It is that time of year when we start to see the days getting shorter and the nights cooler. The red hot fishing becomes a bit more tepid and the days less predictable. But soon, we will be enjoying the nights. It won't ...... ...... be because ~:. ~ ~' ..... we are out partying, we do our share of that over , :;~.~ the holidays y'~ .~,'P:! ~ :'~i~ and through f~' " ' ' January. ~~~.~ No, it will not be a party John King Columnist that gets our attention, but it will be bugs. As September rolls to a close we start thinking about bugs. In the afternoon we might think bugs if we see a good run of horse mack- erel or bonito biting around the island. As the sun sets we will be fore- casting bugs on the near horizon. Then at 6 a.m. on the. Saturday preceding the first Wednesday of October (ridiculous, I know) we stop thinking and starting fish- ing for the most delicious bug on the planet, the California Spiny Lobster. Fishing is a funny term when used in the pursuit of lobster. There are no hooks involved, no fishing line and no rods or reels, so it is a strange word to use to describe how we go about captur- ing this creature for the table. Lobsters tend to crawl at night. Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Jon Remy Editor Jesus Ruiz Associate Editor Charles Kelly Office Manager Kristy Throndson Legals Regina Martinez legals@localnews paper, org Multimedia Director F?anco 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 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 I~,m. 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Contents Copyright 2017 and ~I Title Registered, Catalina islander, Inc,, All Rights Reserved. With Capt. John King Karen King with a nice Catalina Island "bug." Courtesy photo They come out of their holes in Truthfully, this distinction is search of a meal that will sustain splitting hairs. them for another day. Yes, the lobster can escape from They do not hunt, they are scav- a hoop net. But, if an angler is engers so they are looking for veg- able to pull their nets with sus- gies (kelp) and, on a good night, tained force and no interruption, it something that has died and lies is pretty likely that a lobster that is rotting on the bottom, in the net will be pinned there until Their eating habits drive our it~'rives at the surface. fishing techniques We generally There is serious doubt among the head out in late afternoon looking angling community as to whether to catch a few oily fish to add to the this technique will be allowed in potpourris of frozen bait that we future years. It is simply too effec- will put into our hoop net. tive. Note that I did not call it a trap. In an effort to manage the lob- According to the Department of ster population, the CDFW has put Fish and Wildlife, a trap is a device tight limits on the number of bugs that has an entry and no exit. Such that you can keep (7) and their size are the devices that commercial (minimum 3.25" carapace). lobster fisherman use. For recre- Everybody has their own secret ational anglers to fish for lobster bait combination. Most believe (as they must use a device (hoop net) we do) that a combination of scent that allows for escape, and chew bait is the best. CORRECTION The photos from last week's front page story "Paddlers compete in the Catalina Crossing" were incorrectly attributed as "Courtesy photos." The photo credit should have gone to Laurel Sanchez. She took fantastic photos and the Islander staff regrets the error. Lobsters really do look like bugs. File photo A fisherman bands a lobster's claw. File photo A scent bait will dissipate into "That corner got too crowed so I the water quickly to draw the bugs found a new spot." out from their holes on the current. "Close?" A chew bait is much like a chew "Yea, hardly burned any fuel toy for your pet, it will keep the to get there. Gotta get these bugs lobster in the hoop busily gnawing chilled. Good luck!" away and hopefully unaware when Having fished for all kinds of the net starts lifting from the bot- critters, I can say with certainty tom while being pulled through the that hoop-netting is among the hands of an expectant angler, most fun. It is generally known that bugs There is nothing quite so thrill- like structure in the form of rocks, ing as pulling up a net in the dark ledges, and kelp as their daytime of night from the deep blue sea and hideouts, hearing the clacking sound of a net At night they are known to full of lobster. march across the sand, sometimes Hoop-netting is one of the_easi- in formation if they are migrating, est activities to enjoy as a .complete As a result, anglers match any novice. Success is never guaran- info they can get from their diving teed, but it is highly likely that you buddies with what they can find on will head home from your charter their sonar to locate high potential with lobster for all. Skip the pizza, lobster hangouts, show up with a lobster bisque or a Once found these secret spots lobster dip and you will be the talk are guarded jealously, of the party. It is part of the fun to discover Afishinados Charters will be such spots and then artfully answer running hoop net charters aboard questions from buddies who may GUSTO throughout the season. be struggling to find lobster: Get a few friends together for an "Looks like you found era?" exciting night on the water and let's "Yea, pretty good night, limited go get some bugs! out in the first set." "Wow. You fishing deep?" Capt. John runs Afishinados "No, pretty much the same asCharters and Catatlac Tours - last year." john@afishinados, corn - 888- 613- "Oh, you mean the east end?"7770. 301 ond 025 Crmcent llvenue 4 Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER