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PAGE FOUR CONCERNING BASS A H E A V Y, healthy mass of hair is every woman's delight. We have developed a treat- ment for the hair that revives the growth in all its natural abund- alice. "Charmingly Diffe,ent" ST. CATHERINE HOTEL BEAUTY PARLOR Phone for Appointment AL. WILSON (INVENTOR) AL. WILSON TROLLING SPOONS and SPINNERS "BEST BY TEST" 693 Mission St., San Francisco Your Wants Smoothly Attended To at the ATWATER HOTEL "As Good as the Best, Better Than the Rest" BILLIE PRICE, Proprietor Sumner Avenue, Avalon, California Curios and Souvenirs Look for the Sign of The Big Curio Store H. D. MacRae Co. Write to the Catalina Light Tackle Club, P. O. Box 14, Avalon, California, for information about sea angling. ST. CATHERINE HOTEL (Basement) NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hours, 8 a.m. to 2 p.Iu., 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Special attention given to Ladies' and Children's Hair Bobbing PRICES: Haircut 50c, Shave 25c UNIQUE SERVICE. Phone 10 By David Starr Jordan When the early settlers of America came over from Europe they found a great many more kinds of fishes than there were in England, and those who came from Spain discovered a still greater variety. They soon saw that there were not enough names, either English or Spanish, to go around. So in New England they picked up the nearest name they couht think of and sought Indian words for the rest. In Cuba they did nmch the same thing with pick-up names from Spain. [n the Bahamas and Bernmdas, where'all the fishermen are English and all the fishes strange to England, they devis- ed a new set, now current for nearly" two centuries, such as Schoohnaster, Lane Snapper, Mangrove Snapper, Rock Hind, Spanish Flag and the like, used nowhere else. When the forty-niners came to Cal- ifornia they were even more at a loss. Of the 250 fishes, big and little, along the coast not one was the same as any eastern form or European, while many were obviously very different. One of the names they adopted in careless fashion was bass. The name "sea bass" they gave to one of the best of the food fish of California, one which happens to be no bass at all, but belongs to a very different tribe, called in New York the weakfish, in Boston, Squeteague and in the Caro- linas and South by the absurdly in- appropriate name of sea trout. Southward down the Mexican coast are many kinds of "sea bass," called in general Corvina, after similar fish in Spain. But they are not true Cor- vina, for "all the California "sea bass" tribe are American. The name bass or barse, in French, bars, is from the same Latin root as the word "perch," which once meant merely "dusky," being applied to fishes not silvery on the sides. In Europe bass or bars is now the name of the single species, much like our own striped bass, but without stripes. It is found in the bays of the south and runs up rivers to spawn. In France it is one of the most re- liable food fishes, and there is another kind ahnost like it in Japan, wbere it is served on the table as Suzuki. Oth- er genuine bass are found in the East, the little white bass anti the big strip- ed bass coming up from the sea, the '%Vhite Lake" bass and the yellow bass, living permanently in the Miss- issilqfi Valley and the Great 1,akes. The striped bass is the "biggest of the tribe, anti in the seventies the Fish Commission brougl]t a number of these from the l'otomac, planting them in tbe Sacramento. There the species has thrived mightily, coming almost every day into the city markets. It is easy to transl)lant river fishes such as the trout and catfish or sea fishes like the shad and the striped bass, which enter tbc rivers to spawn. But as yet no fish strictly marine has ever been successfully placed in new waters. The young scatter far and wide after being turned loose and never come together again. But in the restricted waters of a river those of the same kind hunt the same sort of bree~ting dish, weedy streams. It has been ly flavoreJ and, like the othe.adllW largely, introduced in California. It cheerfully, takes the hook wherlr- iT will thrive in almost any pond and is perly offered. fairly carny. Unless the pond is clean its flesh becomes flavored with mud and is not pleasant eating. The small-mouthed black bass is a much more lively fish, as gamy as a trout and lives only in running streams or very clear lakes, Oneida anti St. Clair, for exemple. Both kinds of black bass build nests in which the fenlale places her eggs. They are very partic- ular about the place of nesting a~d if one is dissatisfied with the location left him he is ready to fight for a bet- ter one. The male bass is a good father. He guards the eggs and the young after hatching, against the moth- er fish or any other hungry intruder, often attacking pickerel or any other predatory fish if they come too close to him and his swarnl of tlmmblings. \Vhen the young are well established the father fish devours a dozen or two iu payment for his services and the other little ones escape to take care of themselves. It is a crime against anglers to catch a black bass in the spring when he is busy with his pro- deny. 1 have not heard that the small- mouthed black bass is yet establisfied anywhere in 42alifornia, though the other has become fairly common in our reservoirs. The name sea bass is given in the East to a nmnber of bass-like fishes found in the sea and known farther south where they are more plentiful by the nanles of Garrupa (Grouper,) Cabrilla, Serrano, Mere, Cherna and the like, Spanish names of their near- est relatives in Europe. Three kinds of these "sea bass" are found about San Diego, where they are called "rock bass" or "Cabrilla verde." The name rock bass is used in the Great Lakes for a very different fish, but "Cabrilla verde" is unique and apy0ropriate. Some of the sea bass reach a very great size. These are known in Span- isb as Guasa antl in English, for some unknown reason as "jewfishes." One of the largest of the jewfishes, or "giant bass," is the species found about Santa Catalina, with a head ahnost as large as a bushel basket, the flesh ed- ible, but rather coarse. According to the Tuna Club (1917) the largest Cal- ifornia giant bass on record was taken in 1916 by Mr. N. A. Howard of Pied- Watch the worht come to .)qfter eve JONTEEL sOAP CARRIES THE FRAGRANCE of 23 FLOWERS TO YOUR BATHROOM 25c a CAKE ISLAND PHARMACY CO 417 Crescent Avenue Perhaps you bare found sO_me:l~;[ wearing a Catalina Light ls I Club button. if so, tell us about it. There are 6000 buttons out itz the world--somewhere, wltb We want to keep in toUCh the C. L. T. C. members. mont, Cal., weighing 493 1)ounds. In Thank you. Jal)an there is a species very similar, calledreachinglOCaltY'a similarl shinagisize.(rock bass) and ] LYLE PENDEGAST ] The "sea bass" of the California an- gler (Cvnoscion nobilis, reaches a I Attorney at LaW l weight of sixt,' pounds, it is a near ~ 622 S;;CkoEXChange Building ] relative, not of any bass, but as al- ] S. SPRING ST. ] ready indicated, of the New England ndike "weakfish" or Squeteague. l~ut the l[ Los Angeles Phone VA_ name "weakfish" wonht be a misfit if al)l)lied to our California fish with its firm muscles and strong tail. The east- ern "weakfish" although voracious and carny, has tender flesh and often shows big scars received in conflict with its traditional enemy, the bluefish. This fine fish, by the way, has not been found in the Pacific for the last 2,0(X),000 )'ears. The only one ever seen here is in the museum of Stan- ford University, its skeleton being ta- ken from a clay bank at a brickyard on Chores street in Los Angeles by places. Dr. J. L. Gilbert. , ( FOR PAINTING "1 An American group related to the Another of the California 'sea bass" |l SEE / | true bass we call black bass. Of these tribe, itself sometimes wrongly called there are two species, both centering "bluefish,~' occurs in Southern Califor- ""'/Co,e Paint r'~.~ajii~lt "11 in the Mississippi and the Great Lakes. nia. It does not bear shipping well, The big-mouthed black bass, the one for its flesh is soft like that of the | 210 MTROPOLIZ AVENUE | kAVALON ..... CALIFORNIA) with the dusky stripe along the side, "weakfish," but in conmlon with all the _ lives in lakes and ponds and in slug- rest of the "Corvina" tribe it is.fine- ERNEST WINDLI NOTARY PUBLIC Legal Documente Promptly Executed News Stand,Opp. Boos Brns. 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