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With Capt. John King Fishing for Perfection I had a chance to go fishing for fun with a buddy. We missed a nice fish at boat Side, and I quickly learned that fishing with this buddy is not fun. He is simply too amped up about being perfect. Can you imagine doing some- thing you love but taking it so seriously that it is no longer fun? It happens more often than you might think. In fact, it is almost a given that your passion will turn into your pain if you take it too seri' ously. I used to think that golf was a fun game. I also used to be pretty good at it. : : There is an amazing correla- tion between things you do for leastthe club pro tellsyou so while he is selling you your first set of: clubs. Now that you John King have made Columnist a major investment in the game you are motivated to get good at it. You go to the driving range to "hit some balls." You have a putter in your office and a small putting green with a small flag that makes a cheering noise when the ball drops into the cup. "Yea!" pleasure and things that you are Things are going along nicely. good at. You consider golf to be an enjoy- However, I think that iSl the able game. You can driVe the ball crux :of the problem. When yofi pretty well off the tee and your choose to do something for putting game is decent enough. "fun," ii is generally more fun But that short game is a tough one. So, you work on it. Maybe doing it~well. Follow this logic for a moment: Your friend invites you to play golf; something you have never done before, You decline of course. After all, who in their right- mind would enjoy embar- rassing themselves and their friends at some prestigious golf course. take some more lessons. The next time your buddy calls to invite you t0. "play a round"=(I know, it is a funny turn of phrase, but that is the way golfers talk), you accept the invitation. AS a, tune up, you go to the driving range to hit a bucket of balls and you put in a bit more For Some ~crazy reason you time ',putting" around the Office decide to" take a golf lesson or? than usual. two in the prix~a~e);:of your own Still, you have that nagging offtime. ~ feeling that your short game is a You find that you have a bit weakness. And it is. of a knack for the game, or at So much so that you find your- ~-~,~fhammexing ~o=~[u~jnto the perfectly manicured turf after a poor pitch that :did not make it over the sand trap. Politely, your host suggests Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Group Publisher Steven Remery publisher@localnewspapeLorg Editor Jesus Ruiz editor@thecatalinalslander.corn Associate Editor Charles Kelly Advertising Account Manager Jennifer Hartinger Office Manager Kristy Throndson Legals Shavone Pacheco Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVE., SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) StO~S00 FAX: (310) 010-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 ordmUN~ Calendar: Noon Monday i News: 5 p.m~ Monday Display Advertisifig: 2 p.m. Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday that you just pick up your ball after numerous attempts to escape the trap. SINGING WATERS SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE ir Public domain photo - And there it is. Your enjoy- merit has just turned into pain. Worse than that, it has driven you to "cheat." Your path from this point for- ward is a forked road. Either you decide that golf is not a good hobby for you, or you get seri- ous about perfecting your game. Once the goal is perfection, the fun is gone. Fishing is a funny sport. Or is it a pass time? Regardless, unlike golf, a mediocre angler can accomplish the equivalent of a hole in one. Case in point: I had Paul Newman and his daughter Nell aboard as charter customer about a year before he died. Paul was a very nice man, but he was not a "fisherman." Still, he insisted upon telling me about the marlin he had caught in HawMi an ffeven had the pictures to pr0x(e the story of the battle 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 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, ER, 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377595. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina lslender. Published weekly at 101 Matilla 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 ftmhion without wdtten consent of the publisher. This publfcation is printed almost entirely on recycled paper Cantents.Copyrigh~ 2017 and I1~ Title Registered, Catalina Islander, [nc., All Rights with a brute was true. I did not have the heart to challenge his sense of self, but his daughter did. "Dad, you did not catch that fish. The Captain put you on the fish, the deck hand baited and hooked that fish and you sat in a chair and reeled." She said. "True enough," Paul respond- ed, "but that brute was a tough one, and I was up to the task." Only in fishing could this be true. Your golf caddie may provide some insight to a par- ticular hole, but the golfer is in command of the outcome of his stroke, so a golfer deserves credit for a nice round. A good stroke leads to a good outcome. But in fishing, you can have the worst mechanics and still succeed. A poor cast can still be rewarded with a nice fish. That is unique, and I think it is the rea- son that fishing is such a widely Jennifer HarUnger joins the I hi rez photos to FOR TIlE IStANOER We are looking for talented and dedicated residents who enjoyed activity. You do not need to be the best fisherman in the world to have the best day of fishing. You do not need to be a pro angler to catch a trophy fish, once. But here is the rub. If you want to repeat your success every time you go out fishing, then you have to develop your "A game," because it is also true that 10 percent of the anglers ("A" students of the sport?) catch 90 percent of the fish. After a million years of fish- ing I can share this little secret with you. Obviously, it is no fun to continually fail at fishing, however, it is the "B" Students of the sport that seem to have the most fun doing it. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours - john@afishinados,com =- 888- 613-7770. Islander team have a passion for writing to contribute stories to The Catalina Islander. Submissions chosen and printed will be compensated. :or more information contact Jesus Ruiz. Subject line: Freelance Writer. Group Publisher Steven Remery announced the newest addition to the Catalina Islander team is Jennifer Hartinger, who has come onboard as our new advertising account manager. "We are Jg0king forward to having her onboardand servic- ing the Ava~n eornmunity," said Remei.~=~ ...... Jennifer grew up in Beach and spent her summers in Catalina, and in her spare time she has published two children's books. "I'm looking forward to meet- ing everyone and spending time with you all on the Island," said Hartinger. Advertising Account Manager Hartinger will be able to help you with all of your advertising needs and will pro- vide cUrrent~advertisers with Jennifer Hartinger excellent service. She may be contacted at Jennifer@thecatali- 4 :, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER