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On the Water The Beat Goes On CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS We have had a good year, check that, we have had a great year. The fish have been very coop- erative and the customers keep coming to Catalina. We had numerous person- al best catches, a Pacific Slam, a giant Halibut and Bluefin Tuna on short- duration charters. Even our captains have gotten some firsts with a Yellow- fin Tuna and a Marlin for Capt. Lance aboard Catallac. So you can understand why I would choose to go off-shore with some customers on a 3-hour char- ter that started at lpm. WHAT?! Am I nuts? Yeah, maybe so. I fig- ured the off-shore fishing has been so good and the fish have been so close that my best option would be to snag another marlin off the East End. It was not that crazy. The late start made fishing the island a lower probability tactic anyway, so why not. The customer was With Capt. John King coming in on a private boat from Newport so I figured that I would get out to the grounds and transfer the customers there rather than do John King Columnist the back and forth. That would give me more time within the charter duration. Meeting another boat off-shore can be tricky, but the seas were so calm I was certain that it would be the right approach. I suggested a route for the captain of the Paradisio that would run right thru my se- cret marlin spot from earlier this week. The captain said the Para- disio was a 65' Sunseeker with blue hull and white topsides. I was ready. Soon enough I spot a Blue Sunseeker heading my way. "Is that you Paradisio?" I announce on the VHE "Have you got me? .... No", was the reply. "You are heading right toward me," I reply, "A dark blue Sun- seeker, right? .... We are nearly to Avalon" he radios. "Stop. Make a hard left turn." I radio back...defi- nitely not him. AFISHINADO00 FISH & TOURTHE ISLE IN STYLI I00p Charier "Keep coming left," I suggest, "now hard right." About that time I spot a white boat nearly into Ava- lon Harbor. "You sure your boat is blue?" I ask. After a moment of radio silence I hear, "Oops, sorry, she is white above and below the rub rail." So now my plan is al- ready time-pressured as I head back toward Avalon and pick up the customers near Lover's Cove. Eight men board Catallac and I rush off to my spot while I fill them in on my plans. "Are we gonna catch lot's of fish?" they ask. "No, we are going for one, a marlin." "If we can hook a marlin, each of you will have a chance to pull on the fish until your arms fall off. .... Oh, OK". Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! www.thevapedepot.com 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 The day before we had five fish in our lures. Other boats had simi- lar numbers. Stan, on the Hooker reported to a friend on the radio that "Everybody had shots today." Soon after the 'First Things First' jokes, "Not us, anybody wanna buy some marlin gear?" So, as I arrived at my secret spot I asked if the gear was still for sale as I saw a hooked marlin jumping behind his boat. "Nope, seems to be working fine today." My customers were in awe as a 200 pound marlin appeared to be pulling the big sportfisher back- wards. "That, is why we are here," I emphasize. Dennis reported to me that he had three fish up, but had only hooked one, leaving a few for us. We trolled through the area a number of times without a hook-up. We covered a couple of other spots and saw another boat hook up in front of us. "Maybe we should go to Plan B?", the customer suggested. Huh? We have been at it for about 90 minutes and have seen mul- tiple boats with fish. We are in the zone and the fish are biting. "Is there anything else we can catch?" he asks, "I want my son to catch something." Capt. John to earth, we are in free-spool, going into re-entry mode at full speed. The touch down is going to get rough. Put the hero costume back into the closet, break out the goat. I think to myself as I turn toward the is- land to finish the season with a Leopard Shark for the boy. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at john@afishinados.com or 888- 613-7770 Art to bring the island's culture to the mainland 4th Annual Catalina: The Wild Side Art Show Sale The Wild Side Art Sale will take place on Sunday, Oct. 26 It will occur in the tony digs of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. It's a great place to pick up another great painting that cel- ebrates the lifestylr of out world. A passion for Catalina Island and plein air art come together to create an extraordinary afternoon. The show features 10 nationally acclaimed plein air artists, who will display their interpretations of Catalina's rugged wildlands and scenic beauty. Proceeds from the sale of these unique paintings support the growth of a perma- nent collection of plein air art- work that documents the Island's "wild side" and the Catalina Island Conservancy's restoration efforts. Registration is available by calling (562) 437-8555, ext. 239. About the Catalina Island Conservancy The Catalina Island Conservancy was formed in 1972 and is one of California's oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible stew- ard of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. The Conservancy pro- tects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land, 62 miles of rugged shoreline and more than 80 miles of trails. It operates the Airport in the Sky, Wrigley Memorial Botanic Garden and two nature centers. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is home to more than 60 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. For additional infor- mation, visit www.catalinaconser- vancy.org /NA OCT 25 1 - 4 PM SOUTH BEACH AVALON CATALINA ISLAND o {)R TJl KI#0 TICKETS & INFO: ,_L\\;-  ,.J-L ;...J-L-- L'_b catalinachamber.com SPONSORED BY CITY OF AVALON & LOCAL SERVICE CLUBS 3 10. 5 I 0.1 5 2 0 4 i Friday, October 10, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER