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Visit your doctor n not just a y doctor. With fu I-time physicians and a nurse practitioner dedicated to the island and its patients,we invite you to have an on-going relationship with a promder who knows you and your medical needs. Tracey Norton, DO = Laura Ulibarri, MD Karla Parsons, NP /I CONVENIENT c PROFESSIONAL Catalina Island Medical Center ~4 Hour Emergen~ Eare Racl' logy,..labor itory at physical therapy Skilled:nu!sing facility (31o) S o-oToo Provider appointments M-F 8 am-5 pm Wed 8 am-7 pm 01o) 5to-oo96 CIMedicalCenter.o g IslandMedicalCenter With Capt. John King Iq$1i lifo llu$ivo lind promises don't work We just got a negative review in Trip Advisor for an Afishinados Charter aboard Mojo. These things kill me. I think it is why I write this column, since it is Within this weekly-set of words that I have a chance to share what it is like to fish Catalina Island. The reviewer says, "We were promised so much more than they deliveredY Ouch! The net of the review is that the customer had ex- pectations that simply were out of line with the reality of fishing. In fishing, as in life, there are no promises. Here is the real story. A visitor from the mid-west wanted to book a-" deep- sea" fishing trip while vis- iting. Whenever I hear that from a caller the alarms bells go off. There is this romantic no - tion about the deep sea; that it is crawling with marlin and tuna and vari- ous monsters of the deep that are just waiting for you to drop a line: The cus- tomer booked a two-hour char- ter. A two-hour charter? It took Gilligan a three-hour cruise just to get lost, much less to find fish. This customer admit- John King Columnist tedly had no experience fishing and just wanted to experience a deep sea fish- ing trip. I suggested that he go to Cabo, but even there, nobody would take a two- hour fishing charter as a serious attempt to " expe- rience" the deep sea. We have learned over the years that such trips can often be saved by catching fish, fast. So, we went for high-probabil- ity rockfish and, as the customer said, "the fishing was easy," mean- ing they caught a good number of fish. When the rock- fish bite, the fishing can be easy, but when the lingcod. bite, well that is a deep sea monster that is not so easy. This customer actually got bit, hard. Unfortunately, the hook was not set and th6 mystery fish remained a mystery. Can you imag- ine how that one fish might have changed the trip and the subsequent review? The customer closes with, " I wouldn't be writ- ing this negative review if they weren't so much money!" So there is the rub. I understand that $350 bucks is a lot of dough. It would buy a lot of fish from the fish market. But, had that customer actually set the hook and success- fully landed that deep-sea monster, the trip and the many pictures would have been priceless. We cannot" promise" that this will not happen on your fishing trip. The ocean is a gigantic, wonderful mystery that of- ten surprises even those of us who are on boats every day. So, we take a group, of novice fisher folk out for a two-hour charter and they get bit often and hard. And yet~ the customer decides to ding us for delivering less than we promised. A more experienced cus- tomer would have praised us for delivering the op- portunity for something magical and memorable to happen. That is what we do. That is what fishing is really all about, but there are no promises that you will suc- ceed. More importantly, there are no promises that you will fail either. Capt. John King is the owner and founder "of Af- ish'inados Charter. Contact him at (310) 510-2440 or (323) 447-4669. From page 1 Meanwhile, the Island still had its historical ambiance that lured event promoters such as Ron Truppa to initiate his Catalina Island Film Festival that boosts visitor coums when it takes place in May. The good news, according to Wayne Griffin, president and chief executive officer for the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, is that despite the national recession visitor counts to Catalina have been on the rise over the past couple of years. "We are up this year over last year and last year ~e were up over the previous year," Griffin said. The up tick in visitor counts includes both the busy and slower seasons, thanks to ongoing after- season events such as the recent JazzTrax music festival that runs over three weekends in October. Other events such as the Catalina Island Festival of Art and the Chamber's Triathlon this weekend and the Eco Marathon the follow- ing weekend are helping to keep people coming to the Island. Another event that helped boost the visitor .counts in 2010 was the reintroduction of the Cataliha Island Motorcycle Grand Prix. While it was an overall success, its was not held in 2011 or this year. However, Griffin said there are plans to bring the motorcycle event back as soon as possible. "Events like the Motorcycle Grand Prix are not dependent on the weather," Griffin said. "In fact, if it rains a little and makes it a bit muddy, the participants like it bet- ter that way." Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Partly CloudyMostly Sunny Sunny Sunny Stmny Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny 70 / 56 73 / 56 76 / 58 81 / 61 77 / 59 76 / 58 79 / 58 Precip Chance: 10% Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: ~/o Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 5% lit+it' K~t. m, "~e~" ~ Today we will see partly cloudy Skies with a hill o o/ - temperature of 70, humidity of 88, o. The record Day AM PM 1ff-2131415~8-191101 tt [ high temperature tbr today is 96 set in 1966. Fri 1:1~13 1:43-~:43 0-2:Low, 3-5: Moderate. 6-7:High, Expect partly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat 2:01-4:01 2:31-4:31 Very High, 1i+: Extreme Exposure overnight low of 56. The record low for tonight is Sun 2:49-4:49 3:19-5:19 40 set in 1956. Saturday, skies will be mostly' Mort 3:36-5:36 4:06-6:06 sunny with a high temperature of 73, humidity of Tue 4:23-6.'234:53-6:53 56%. Skies will be partly cloudy Saturday night Wed 5:09-7:09 5:39-7:39 10/22 -:60 154 'Z;+: with an Overnight low of 56%ExpeCt surrey skies Thti 5!56-7:56 6:26:8:26 10/2363 ~