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With Capt. John King The Bug Bug I have gotten The "Bug" Bug this year. Lobster fishing is just plain fun to do, but thai has been true since hoop-nets came to be. So it is a bit of a mystery to me why I am so smitten to target the* crawlers this season. 9 It could be the anticipa- tion. Fishing for lobster can be ' ex iing. As the net is,~::~ : :~L~/ pulled from ~,!~i~!~:i~ ...... g~. the dark water :,i --' and the biolu- minescence John King Columnist lights it up as it is moving to the boat, you can almost see the bugs before the net is out of the water. And you just never know. Last night was a perfect exam- ple. We tried a new the made our go-to location-unfish- able. Within a couple of hours we had 101 bugs hit the deck for measuring. Of those, 12 were legal. Not bad. But that is fishing, and for me the sport has always hadan allure, so maybe my Bug bug this year is driven by other factors. It could be Gusto, our new for 2017 30-foot SportCraft. This is the perfect boat for running lob- ster hoop-net charters. In years Pictured above is a h00p-net set up on Gusto. ') Gusto has a very roomy cock- ibility problems for the operator. passed we hooped on our 24-foot center console. It was a great pit which has a much better layout : Gusto is different. At 30 feet platform for two, but quickly got for people and gear. Gusto can she is pretty big for tight quarters, crowded with more than that on a easily accommodate six passen- however she has a single, direct- hoop net charter, gers for-a regular fishing trip, drive engine, so there is less run- , but fdFhoop netting we~suggest~a~ f ning gear ~tla_ waterdaan many_ ~' [ limit of four anglers, boats her si~e and she has a very .... )~Z,3_ I Locals know that fishing a shallow draft. I flIl lldl/il lgLlll/I)( ll/ small skiff is ideal for a one per- Single engine direct-drive _ . ~ ..... ~l~So~~ti5"/?~ll skiff boats can be tricky to steer. Poundeain ]~z~oy~rnesrWinote ! :~"~ .~ ~ ~;.;~-.~,~ ~. " ~ .. : : ,P~-"~:.:;~! ~ ~_" . . :: . /L ~t~_mm~cnbagh:toget~tlghtto-" /Unhke an outboard engine, the Group Publisher ~'even Remer" :~i 7:~h~iJcr~-~cks.iih~"]~r e!ing~.~directinal forces are limited to ~.'~to,~ a~:sliatI~:d~a~ves~.fore and aft by the d]rect-drwe | sels, meaning they can slide over set up. Editor .... | some very skinny water without However, Gusto has a bow Jesus Ruiz Associate Editor CharlesKelly ? ~, - , Offlc~Manager ::- / Kristy Throndson Legals Regina Martinez Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVE., SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 , >.~ (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to ;- Tlie Catalina Islander P.O~ Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 C~endar: Noon Monday [ News: 5 p,m, Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Nood Tuesday LegaVPublic Notices: 5 p,m. Monday Send to One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $60/year tii~alhg the boat or motor. Larger vessels : are generally less maneuverable, have deeper draft hulls arid can present vis- - thruster, which is a small electric motor built in to the bow and just below the waterline. A bow thruster provides port Start with a GOLF CART. Z Leave with a Memory! Enjoy the fun and freedom of renting a golf cart and follow our scenic route mop m" our Gl:~ guided Avalon tour taking you from one spectocuior Cata~no Island moment to another like Lovers Cove, MLAdo. Nature Center, Botanical Garden, Country Club, Zip Line, Casino Building, Oesco~so Beach, Cototina island Museum and more .... We. give you o map, the key and lots of fresh air to take it oll in, Drive, laugh, enjoy o,~d don't forget your comero! TWO cOnvenk~t Ic, c.a~-~nsl ~1 ~J 625 Cre~ent A'~e. ill 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 (If Adjudication:-Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 MariPa 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. and starboard (side to side) direc- tional forces. I used to laugh at boats with thrusters since they seemed to be "cheating?' Now, I love my thruster. Picture this. You are on a dark ocean heading for a small, lighted pick-up stick in a slight breeze with a small chop out of the northwest and a cross current. You need to approach this stick close enough to allow your angler a chance at grabbing the stick without running over the float line attaching the stick to the net. This can be a tricky maneuver as the operator spins the wheel and applies power to use momen- tum to make the single rudder turn the boat. A bow thruster adds a very functional directional tool to the mix allowing the boat to more easily come into align- ment with the stick. Thrusters are joystick con- trolled, so the operator now has three tools but only two hands to make the maneuver. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after a few trips I feel very comfortable with the whole process. Gusto has a few other features that make her a good hoop-net charter boat. She has a forward open-helm hard top enclosure with all glass windows. Seeing at night can be difficult, particularly through plastic isinglass that is never fully clear and is always deformed to a degree. Add a couple of sunbaked years into the mix and it can be downright dangerous to peer through such a set up. Glass windows still reflect light back at the operator, but they are uniform and easy to keep clear. The trick is to minimize interior light sources, a constant battle with customers and their iPhones and flash cameras. Gusto also has a secret weap- on. She is set up for using a powered line puller. I know what you are saying, "That's cheating! Too easy!" I used to agree. But the bugs are moving and changing their preferred locale. Sometimes that means going deep. Most of our nets are shallow, anywhere from 15 to 55 feet deep. We do not need and donot use the line-hauler for these. But, when we cannot find bugs in the shallows, Gusto has the tools to fish them deep. A definite ben- efit when out-of-shape customers are pulling 10 nets two times per night. Maybe it is the weather. We have been having gorgeous, warm nights on the water so far this season. Maybe it is the customers. Anybody nutty enough to want to go out on a boat at night to catch bugs has to be an interest- ing person. Maybe it is all of it. The bugs are crawling, the weather has been great, the customers have been fun and Gusto is dialed in for hoop-netting. Who could ask for more? Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - - 888- 613-7770. RIDER ALERT "-" - -" = Off SEASON SCHEDULE . -S The Garibaldi set-vice hour~ Will be reduced effective October 16fla~20 i-7 to~ coin~e with the offS~ason service. New hours Of Service: -. Moi~lay~thruFriday - 7:20am to 6pro- . : ' t:~i~:-: i- Saturday- 8:lOam to: ;pm " L -'~" Suilday-- 8-!9am to 5pm .,;. .~ Di~aI-A:Ride and Access sej'viceshours: ~ " Monday thru Sunday - 7am to 6pro We hope this schedule will adequately cover your transportation needs, We appreciate your continued support of our services. Thank you for riding with Avalon Transit. 4 1 Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER