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Friday, November 25, 2005 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 7 . " ' * . . . . Two Summer in the volume of squid remains plen- took turns scooping up enough November! For nearly two tiful. Several smaller commercial squid to fill their buckets, both for weeks, Catalina Island has basked boats are working the spawning bait purposes and to eat calamari in the warmth and comfort of an grounds, using brail nets, primari- dinners. It was quite entertaining Indian-Summer type of weather ly for live bait sales. Also, to watch the excitement and pattern. There have been bright numerous small private boats can enthusiasm on the docks as the sunny days with temperatures be seen nightly with their night group scooped up the swarming pushing above the 80 degree mark lights setup to attract the squid to creatures, particularly the young- in some locations, their boats in an effort to catch sters and those who were witness- Developing from the affects bait for fishing. Throughout the ing squid floating for the first of a high pressure ridge, the mild day, particularly in the morning time. It was also a remarkable Santana condition has left the seas hours, thousands of seagullssight for a few local divers that absolutely ideal for boating pur- swarm above the squid grounds swam out from the beach and suits. A good number of boaters picking off the strays that remain watched the spectacle from belgw have taken advantage the near- near the surface even during day- the surface. ly perfect conditions, light hours. .- -. Among the boats that have Also prevalent is a 16od of Avalon SEniors congregated at their favorite about 30-40 Rizzo Dolphin that Among other visitors that Island locations is a large fleet of have been gorging themselves on enjoyed the loveliness and sereni- commercial squid boats harvest- ,the squid since they showed-up ty of Two Harbors this past week ing tons of squid that have been about a week ago. were a group of seventeen Avalon spawning around the Island. As On Friday evening, a couple Seniors (senior citizens, not high many as 35 seiners are on the of local residents, with the coop- school kids). They stayed at the back side, near the east end, eration of the Harbor Department, Banning House for two days and working the squid grounds. They setup a bright underwater light enjoyed the ambiance of the lodge are taking hundreds of tons of the attached to a dinghy dock on the and the splendid fall weather. market squid each week. After outside row of moorings in hopes While here the quiet, peaceful working one area for a few days of luring squid up from the deep tranquility that prevails through- and virtually wrapping the entire so that residents could gather out the Isthmus community, par- spawn aggregate, the fleet moves some of the shimmering ticularly this time of year. on to the next location as soon as cephalopods. Within minutes theThe seniors also enjoyed din- another spawn develops, dock was surrounded by a ing at the Harbor Reef. One of The Isthmus is another area swirling mass of squid, and their dining experiences was to Tons of squid have been spawning around excitement to locals as well as fishermen. the Island, provldlng participate in Taco Tuesday, the ry on-call, USC Doctor in charge weekly winter special offered by of medical treatment at the the Restaurant staff. Hyperbarid Chamber in Big Fish- While they did not consume erman's Cove. Dr. Sipsey wel- as many tacos as some of the corned half a dozen other doctors local guys put away, their com- from the USC County Medical bined total number of 62 tacos Center for a two-day training averages out to be slightly more course in hyperbaric medicine. than 3 tacos per person, or just Dr. Sipsey, who has served the over $1.50 per meal. No word on Chamber for quite a few years, is how many beers or glasses of a regular visitor to the Science wine they may have been con- Center and has been instrumental sumed, in saving and treating hundreds of The USC Wrigley Marine dive accident victims. Science Center hosted Dr. Jeff Sipsey this week. He is the prima- Nicer condo off the main traffic areas. The property is in good condition, solid and well cared for. It has a vacation rental permit, good rental record, and a security gate access. There has been some remodeling in recent years. This would be a nice home for an islander, second home or for use as a rental. Comes furnished arid or Uve in CIRE LISTING. Asking $559,000 Call Psm Martin or John Gilbert 310-51 0-3000 NEW LISTINa - 5vmmerwind Condo 214 MariUa Ave Press talcum P.L.A.Y. (Preschool Learn- for five straight hours. ing for Avalon Youth) relies sole- The Grand Prize, a weekend ly on this fundraiser every year at the Balboa Bay Club in New- and donations to keep the school port Beach, was won by donator in business, and restaurateur Steve Bray. The El Galleon restaurant More than 200 doorprizes, "I felt the auction was a huge buzzed with excitement as more donated by businesses and the success," said Tina Kennedy, than 125 people ate, drank and community, were raffled during director of PL.A.Y. "We appreci- bidded at the annual P.L.A.Y. the auction. The 80 craft items, ate so very much all that the Preschool auction last friday made by the parents of the stu- businesses and cummunity has night. Auctioned items, raffles dents and many donated by local done for our school throughout and donations raised $20,000 dol- artisans kept auctioneers Oley the the years." lars for the co-op preschool this Olsen, Brad Wilson, Mary Shick- year. ling and Denny Honsey talking Catalina Island Real Estate ! (310) 510-3000 1