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On the Water. With Capt. John King Giving thanks to fish I love this time of year. The holidays are filled with traditions that define us. Our immediate family of 37 gathers around a couple tables at Thanksgiving for a feast, but we always allow time between bites for anybody who wishes to share their thanks. It is fun to hear the little ones and the elders sharing what they are thankful for. As for me, I am thankful for all the fish that I have missed over the years. I know what you are thinking, but it is true, even with the tournament winners. The thousands of fish we have caught and the success of Afish i- nados Charters, I still prefer to give thanks for the fish that I have failed to land. In the world.of busi- ness, there is a saying that nothing fails like success. The notion here is that success can make you lazy. Such is also true in fishing. I have been in on many fren- zied, wide-open bites where fish after fish gets hooked to the point where the process becomes rou- tine ... until, you miss one. "AAWWWGGGH- HH!" You growl, and all of a sudden you are fully back in the gam and paying attention to end the failure. Whenever a custom- er hooks a fish and then fails to land the fish, I always tell them to say thank you. "What??" they cry, "I just missed a good fish." "Yes, you did," I tell them, "and that fish will get better the more John King Columnist you think about it." That fish will become the center of your story as you retell it to your fishing buddies, and it will be the fish that you wonder about next season, next year and sometimes well into the "future. That fish will be- come a memory of this day in your life. I can tell them this from first-hand experi- ence. I have caught a lot of fish over the last 50 years of fishing. I have fished in some exotic lo- cales; Panama, St. Croix, Cuba, the Virgin Isles, and yet I still re- member that day in Florida. I hooked and lost a huge jump- ing Tarpon, or the Rooster Fish, that inhaled my bait on the beach in Costa Rica, the Wahoo that sawed my bait in half off Baja, the giant shark on the finger bank that would not quit, the swordfish in the shipping lanes that shook free after six hours on the hook and the big one, a $250,000 marlin during the Bisbee Tournament that spit the 12-pound bait after a two-hour fight. Thanks for the memories, Hap- py Thanksgiving! Capt. John King is the owner and founder of Afishinados Char- ter Contact him at (310) 510-2440 or (323) 447-4669. The Avalon Courthouse, above left, is being scheduled for closure. The action could make it difficult for Island residents to deal with their legal issues. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi Courthouse From page 1 Fridays. The current presiding Judge Peter Mirich has been a fixture on the bench serving our town and its people for a quarter of a century. "He has served our town for so long and knows our unique needs and community issues," said Lt. Doug Fetterrol of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Avalon headquarters "He .certainly has his hand on the pulse of this com- munity." Although court is only held in Avalon on Fridays, there are on average 30-40 criminal cases heard each week on top of the juvenile cases and the civil cases which include small claims mat- ters and restraining orders. Friday Saturday Sunny Sunny 73 / 54 74 / 55 Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 0% TanninR Index I)cak l:ishing l'imes This Xeek Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny 71 /53 65/51 70/54 75/58 74/55 Prccip Chance: 5% Preeip Chance: 10% Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: ' Precip Chance: 50 -I'ine This eek Today we will see sunny skies with a high I_ - " I 10-21'31415 18191101 ll+! 0-2: Low, 3-5: Mxlerate, 6-7: t:ligh, 8-10: VeE," High, 11+: Extreme Exposure 11/12 67 51 69/53 0.00" 1 t/13 77 57 69/53 0.00" 11/14 74 62 68/53 0.00" 11/15 66 55 68/53 &Off' 11/16 65 53 68/53. 006" 11/17 61 55 68/53 0.0Y 11/18 58 54 68/52 '0.1.4" "earher Tris ia What is the worM record for rainfall in one minute? Anger: On July 4 1956, 1.23 inches of 1 rain fell in Unionville, MD. temperature of 73 , humidity of 35%. The record high temperature for today is" 90 e sei in ]950. Expect clear zkies tonight with an overnight low of 54 . The record low for tonight is 35 get in 1955. Saturday, skies will be sunny with a high ternperature of 74 , humidity of 35%. Skies will be partly cloudy Saturday night-with an overnight low of 55, Expect mostly sunny skies Sunday with a,higb temperature of 71? Skies will become par!ly cloud), Mondaywith a high temperature of 65 Tuesday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature*of 70 . AM PM Fri 7:48-9:48 7:18-9: t 8 Sat 8:33-1.0:33 8:03-10:03 Sun 9:18-11:18 8:48-10:48 Mnn 10:04-12:04 9:34-11:34 Tue " 10:5t-12:51 10:21-12:21 Wed 11:30-1:30 11:00-1:00 Thu t1:39-1:39 11:09-1:09 Catalina Harbor Avalon Fri 5:49mn 12:391 6:3211ma ll:59pm Fri 5:54am 12:47pm 6:39prn Ntme Sat 6:21am l:20pm 7:25pr None Sat 6:26am 12:07am 7:30pro 128pro Sun 6:50am '12:24am 8:08pro *l:55pm Sun 6:55am 12:42am 8:13pm 2:03pro Mort 7:lgam l:05am 8:47pra 2:28pm Mort 7:23aa, n l:13am 8:52pm 2:36pm Tue 7:45una 1:35am 9"723pm 2:59pm Tue .7'.50am l:43am 9:28pm 3:07pm Wed 8:14am ' 2:03an't 9:58pm 3:31 pm We, d 8:19am 2:11 am 10:03pro 3:39pm Thu 8:43am 2:33am 10:35pm 4:03pro Thu 8:48am 2:41am 10:40pro 4:ltpm Sun/.loon Chart This Veek 310.510,0250 310.510.8957fx NgV. 23. 1943 - Northern New " . 13. Sunrise Sunset Mooae Moonset JI "" ':': " IP New Hampshire was in the grips of a Full Frt 6:32 a.m. 4:47 p.m. 1:53 p.m. 2:07 a.m. -  12/13 record snowstorm that left a total 11/28 / Sat. 6:33.a.m. 4:47 p.m. 2:26 p.m. 3:03 am. of 55 inches at Berlin- and 56 Sun 6:34a.m. 4:47 p.m. 3:01 p.m. 3:58 a.m. inches at Randolph. The Randolph I " ,*N, Mon 6:35 a.m. 4:47 p.m. 3:39 p.m. 4:53 a.m. ,, -) total was a 4-hour snowfall [ Last [(- " Tue 6:36 a.m. 4:46 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:47 am. First record for the state. 12/6  Wed 6:37a.m 4:46 p.m. 5:04 p.m. 6:39 a.m. 12/20 - . . : ... . .Tho 4:46 p.m. 5:53 p.m. 7:28 am ) -, J i " r  r - r ' , These cases range from crimi- nal, including assault and battery, drunk driving, drug possession, all the way down to simple tickets given to youth who were not wear- ing their helmet while riding their bike horrre from school. Regardless of the charge, when one needs to appear in court, it is a simple walk down to 215 Sumner Ave. Facing the courthouse closing, Avalon residents will experience a change when it comes to any of these court procedures. Anyone required to appear in court, whether it is a defendant (and/or their parents in some juve- nile cases), a witness who has been subpoenaed to appear to tes- tify regarding the case, the arrest- ing officer, or family and friends who are there for moral support, 1 parties will soon have to travel t6 the mainland for court proceed- ings: Many courts begin at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, there are no boats that leave the "Island early enough to arrive on the mainland and get Avalon residents into their required courtroom by that time. Therefore, it appears many defendants will need o travel to the mainland the night before and arrange lodging. For those sub- poenaed to appear at a court pro- ceeding, failure to appear would result in a warrant being issued for their arrest. Part of the Los Angeles County Superior Court's mission state- ment addresses accessibility. It specifically says the court's mis- sion is to "Equally serve all people and consistently work to identify and remove barriers to access." Letter to the editor A local teacher with a three- year contract with the school dis- trict and her family moved to the Island. They are two months into a nine-month lease on Upper Des- canso Street. Last week they purchased my &BLAIR mom's old golf cart. Tuesday night I informed them that I was remov- ing the city sticker on the golf cart and that they would need to go to City Hall and obtain a temporary one. Wednesday morning they re- ceived a ticket for no city sticker. In an attempt to obtain a sticker they were informed that they would have to wait four more months in order to prove residency. I know the city of Avalon makes exceptions for doctors for obvious reasons. Can we as a city make an exception for our teachers--es- pecially due'that moved here and is trying to establish a permanent home in Avalon? They can't even get a PO Box and a permit for a golf cart. As a citizen with children in our school I appreciate teachers that move to the Island and are part of our community and do not drain the system with boat tickets, park- ing costs, and boat time charges, while there is not even enough money to educate our kids prop- erly. We as a community need to do what we can for our teachers. I ask you to please support teach- ers that want to live on the Island and allow them to have a golf cart permit for their vehicle. Dwayne Morris Avalon *FREE fo00-yo0000r p0000rt-y ! m " Book Nowl - [ ! . 4 i Friday, November 23, 2012 1111E CATAUNA ISLANDER