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With Capt. John King The Frith Element I have written before about planning the perfect fishing trip. The stars need to line up in just the right configuration to pull it off. At its core I had always preached that there are four basic ele- ments: Time, Weather, Bait and Bite. Time is simple, if you do not have it, you cannot go fishing. You can only go = fishing when you have the time. John King Columnist Weather is fickle. You may have the time, but if the weather window is not in your favor you should reconsider. Bait is not always available, particularly here on Catalina Island. I cannot tell you how many times we have had to go fishing without bait. We have learned tricks to make sure we have bait, like freezing some. But, fresh bait is a key element. Bite time is primetime. When the fish are near and they are on the chew, you gotta go. It will not last. Make the time, hope for good weather, have some bait in the receiver and go get bit. That always seemed to be the gist of it until this week. One of my captains taught me that there is a fifth element in the charter fishing business and it is the cus- tomer. I knew immediately that he was right, but the lesson came from a day when all the other pieces were in place. We had a booked charter, the bait tank was flowing with a load of sardines, the weather looked promising and the fish had been biting. The charter was a nine-hour off-shore trip aboard Afishinado. The plan was to head directly to the. Farnsworth Bank in the hopes of catching some of the larger yellowtail and then head offshore up the back side to the 499 to see about tuna. The part of the plan that involved yellowtail speaks vol- umes about the importance of the customer in my fishing equation. Had this not been a charter, we would have gone directly offshore. We know that customers have high expectations with big fish dancing in their heads the night before their charter date. We also know that going off- shore in the hunt for tuna can be a crap shoot. Some days they are jumping in the boat and many days you cannot get a Single bite. Although the slow days off- shore exceed the great days in number, those days that are great are epic and they burn bright in our memory, nearly wiping out the fact that we have had anything but. Having customers aboard means managing expectations. Going offshore for tuna and com- ing home with an empty bag is not fun. So, our plan was to get some fish in the bag and calm the expectations, then go off-shore for the long shot. On this day the magic looked to be working. Afishinado pulled up to the Farnsworth early and within 5 minutes the customer was begging for mercy as he fought a tough yellowtail. This is like hitting a silver mine before prospecting for gold. It can be good enough to sustain the effort of the more precious metal (fish in this case). So, things were looking good. "Let's get another, the fish are here and hungry," the captain called out. Then the fifth element reared its head, and it was looking green. Our customer was getting sea sick. Worse than that, he was asking if it was possible to bring him all the way back into Avalon (1.5 hours) and then let his friends continue the trip. Yikkes! This customer had chartered us at least five times this sum- mer and there was never any hint of sea sickness. However, on all previous occasions, he had fished with his family. On this outing he was with his fishing buddies. Maybe he had partied it up too much the night before. Maybe he just needed to get his sea legs. Rather than return to Avalon, the decision was made to Continue offshore in the hopes that a faster moving boat would help to clear his head. It did not work. This poor guy was sick and he could not shake it. Regardless of how well the stars had aligned, in spite of the fact that all the elements for a perfect fishing trip were at hand, there was no way to make this trip work. So now we have added another element to the equation when we get the call. Time, weather, bait and bite are not enough for that perfect offshore fishing trip bring some Dramamine! - Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - john@afishinados.com - 888- 613-7770. lille With Tina Kennedy Lobster Time Fall time means lobster time for those lovers of the California spiny lobsters found off our waters from Monterey Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. This year there is a new start Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Jon Remy publisher@thecatalinalslander.com Editor Jesus Ruiz editor@thecatalinalslander.com Associate Editor Charles Kelly editor2@sunnews.org Office Manager Kristy Throndson offlce@thecatalinalslander.com Legals Regina Martinez legals@localnewspa per.org Multimedia Director Franco Te Group Publisher Steven Remery publisher@localnewspaper.org 635 CRESCENT AVE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (slo) slo.osoo FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changesto The Catalina Islander R0. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 Calendar:. Noon Monday I News; 5 p.m. Monday DisplayAdvertisin~; 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertisin~ Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to managerOcinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (LISPS 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 publication is printed almost entirely on ~ recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2017 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Reserved. time on Sept. 30, 6 a.m. This has been changed for safety pur- poses. The season remains active until the first Wednesday after March 15, 2018 A few reminders must also be revised. I. Only seven lobsters may remain in one's possession. That means your freezer, your boat, your bag, no more than seven unless you have a special permit. All hoop nets must be marked for identification and enforce- ment. ,clinic at CIMC. O GE COAST center Five hoop nets per person, not to exceed 10 nets on a boat regardless of how many people aboard. From the pier, two hoops nets are allowed. Whether grabbing with your hand or netting, you need the $9.46 lobster card. And don't forget to return it by April 30, 2018. (You can do it online!) Kids under 16 years of age need a card too. If you find a legal lobster with a tag (don't forget your measuring device), get the GPS and report length, and weight too. In 2011/2012 California Department offish and Wildlife, and other volunteers tagged lob- sters to raonitor currents, size, population, and movement of lobsters. Lobsters can live up to 50 years or more, and some have been reported to weigh 26 pounds, and have a length of 3 feet. A trophy size lobster weighs 5 pounds! Scuba or snorkel, and don't forget the butter! If you have 1MB (minimum size) photos of local undersea life, email editor@theeatalina islander.com. Pictured here is a spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus), photographed in the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo by Claire Fackler, CINMS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T ADVERTISE 4 i Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER