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With Capt. John King Clap On, Clap I~'l'! Seasons change almost imper- ceptibly on Catalina Island. Nobody really notices the tran- sition from fall to winter, or winter to spring since very few people are actually here. The transition from spring to summer is herded in on the longest day. But fall is different, it just seems to arrive. Fall is officially here. You John King can feel it Columnist even with the still summer-like weather we are having. The angle of the sun changes, evenings arrive sooner and there is just a hint of chill in the night air. This is a nice' time of year, but it needs a brand. Brands build awareness and define the essence of an event or product thus helping to separate it from other offerings. Think Volvo and you think Safety, BMW is synonymous with the Thrill of Driving, Mercedes Benz is all about Engineering, and Ford is still building their Reliability brand. A successful campaign will bring the product to mind with a simple line. See if you can iden- tify these products from their slogans: 1. Which smokers would rather "fight than switch"? C HLmH ISL nO Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Jon Remy Editor Jesus Ruiz Associate Editor Charles Kelly Office Manager Kristy Throndson Legals Regina Martinez Multimedia Director Franco 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 Adverbeing: 2 p.m. Tuesday C4assified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Moaday SUBSCRIPTIONS 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 (USP5 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 Adjudicfition: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 9O704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander ate 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. 2. "Nothing outlasts" which battery? 3. "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz oh what a relief it is"? 4. And of course we all know what "melts in your mouth, not in your hands?' The brand I would suggest for fall is the Clapper, since this is the sound that confirms you have a net full of lobster even before you can see them. "Clap on, clap off." All of these thoughts came to mind Saturday night. It was opening day for the 2017-2018 lobster season and we were booked on Gusto for a group of four guys. I was pretty excited to see what this season would bring. Although I donot see the best conditions developing for a huge haul of lobster this year, I was still excited to see how our new boat GUSTO would do at fish- ing lobster. The layout of the boat is a big deal for fishing lobster. Maybe the perfect set-up is the skiff since it allows the angler to get in very tight to shallow-water holding areas. The down side is that skiffs are small, subject to weather and not very suitable for chartering. Bigger boats can hoop-net, but there are limitations. A boat too large would be unsafe in shallow water, is more difficult to maneuver over the pick-up floats and generally suffers from a visibility issue at the helm (it is difficult to line up the float without running over it). SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERV|NG AVALON, REACH|NG THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE clinic appointment at CIMC. O GE COAST ~.~ tempter This year we have a new 30-foot boat, GUSTO, and I spent a considerable amount of time dialing her in for hoop- netting. We bought a full set of new nets, line, floats and bait cages. I then set about designing a pick-up stick that would ease the visibility issue. A pick-up stick has to carry a float, must be weighted to stand upright in the water, needs a method for carrying a light stick and an attachment point for the line that is connected to the hoop net. More than that, at least for our purposes, the pick- up stick and related gear needs to fit within the storage limita- tions of the boat since we might be fishing in the day time and then hooping at night. You never really know how the system will work out until you try it under real conditions, so I was hoping for the best as we picked up our first hoop net charter for the year. The pick-up sticks worked out really well. We, and anyone else on the water, could easily see the location of our nets as the sticks bobbed in the swell. The bug-a- boo was our line management. When hooping, it is ideal to set your nets at certain depths without limiting them for use at other depths. We were fish- ing in 20 feet of water, but our nets were outfitted with 35 feet (four nets) and 75 feet (six nets) of line. Pulling nets from a vertical position is ideal, so it is impor- tant to manage this extra line~,~ Since it floats it can easily get into the props; yours or some boat passing by. There are a number of strate' gies to manage this extra line. Some guys use weights that hold the extra line vertically to the main line. These weights are dangerous. When customers pull traps, they do so with an urgency and this effort can bring weights flying' into the boat. Not good for the gel coat or a forehead. Tie night started very slowly as we pulled the first three nets to hear the sound of nothing. No clapping. Bummer. On the fourth net we heard the rather pathetic sound of one-hand clap- ping v~ith a single undersized lobsler in the net. Double bum- mer. Slowly we began getting This spiny lobster was photographed in the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sactuary Photo by Claire Fackler, CINMS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration more bugs into the net, at one point pulling up six in one haul, but most were too small to be legal by a fraction. We had to measure a number of bugs mul- tiple times before deciding to harvest or return to the sea. At night"s end we had mea- sured and returned 49 lobster, keeping three legals. But it was the final net that set the stage for another night, just as a great shot on the 18th hole can change the day. As the last net came to the surface in the dark I could hear a standing ovation of clappers. We got 17 bugs in the final pull...Clap On! Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - - 888- 613-7770. Festival From page 1 Crest Award--Directing: Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("Kong: Skull Island," "Metal Gear, Destiny 2") Crest Award--Acting: Wyatt Oleff ("IT,"~ "Guardians of the Galaxy") Festival awards U.S. Feature -- Winner: ROCKAWAY / Excellence: Tater Tot & Patton Documentary -- Winner: Black and Blue / Excellence; A Classy Broad Wes Craven Horror -- Winner: Matthew 19:14 / Excellence: The Madame in Black Screenplay- Winner: Time Zero / Excellence: The Joyrider Animation -- Winner: Alike / Excellence: Catching the L Train U.S. Short -- Winner: Chocolate / Excellence: The Visit Conservation -- Winner: Manmade Waters / Excellence: Gaviota: The End of Southern California Advanced Student -- Winner: Icarus / Excellence: The Transfer . High School Student -- Winner: Puget Sound / Excellence: Color My Dreams International Short -- Winner: Pushing Night Away / Excellence: Girl in White International Feature- Winner: Secret from the Past / Excellence: Generation Wolf Festival Treasure -- My Loyal Audience Deb Bauer Unsung Hero -- SEARCHDOG Golden Fox Award for Excellence in Directing -- Brian Crano, Permission About Catalina Film Festival Catalina Film Festival is an annual celebration of film on the West Coast's only resort island, just 26 miles from Los Angeles. Sponsors include Panasonic, IEX Helicopters, Catalina Express, Island Spa Catalina, ALS Limo and Car Service, Catalina Flyer, BIG, Horseshoe Bend Vineyards and The Cafaro Group. Past CFF honorees include Nicolas Cage, William H. Macy, Andy Garcia, Sharon Stone, Jon Favreau, Emmy Rossum, Mena Suvari, F. Gary Gray, Stan Lee and more. 41 Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER