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On the Water The Shortest Charter Columnist's note: I have just put the finishing touches on my book of stories, "Fish. Tales & Long Sails." It has been a con- suming process, so much so that I am going to cheat this week's col- for 'eyelashes all 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at 1MC. lb ORANGE COAST center ?B6 Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford General Manager Jon Remy Office Assistant Kristy Throndson Graphic Designer Christy Smith i Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 13101 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon/CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 6 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of eommunityMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093 140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on rcycled paper. Contents Copyright 2014 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION With Capt. John King umn and share a story from the book..If you like ihis one, there are 50 more stories in the book that can be or- dered just in time for Christmas at afishi- I have run a number of charters over the last 12 years. Due to the fact that we operate out " of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Is- land, the duration of our charters averages 4 to 5 hours. We have some that run longer, and a few that run shorter. Our minimum is two hours. I hate those charters, they put a lot of pressure on the captain to catch fish fast. But, I had one charter that was even shorter than that and.I will never forget it. It is always a challenge to de- cipher a customer within a short booking call. Many say they know how to fish, most do not. Cynthia from Florida called to book a char- ter for her and her husband Norm. She made it clear that she was the angler and he was just going along to humor her. She booked an early departure, leaving Avalon Harbor before first light to have a chance at hooking the bigger yellowtail that had been marauding the squid grounds for at least a week. She was very excited at the prospect of catching a new species. Upon meeting her, I im- mediately liked her. She was fun and she was pretty fishy. I liked her even more after realizing that she had worn her new Afishinados T-shirt for the charter: We arrived at the secret spot and I hooked a live squid on the 30-pound rig and dropped it to- ward the bottom. I had barely handed off the rod and was bait- ing the second rod for her husband when she said 'Tm bit" and ex- pertly set the hook on a big fish. Before I could hand the rod to her husband I got bit and set the hook. "You're on too," I told him. I was hooked up to two nice fish. Cynthia was working her fish masterfully, but Norm was pump- ing against the drag and spending John King Columnist a lot of energy doing very little to move the fish. I suggested some techniques to Norm that might help him use less energy and have more effect on the fish. As I was working with Norm I noticed a big sea lion making his way toward us. Now we had a real problem, sea lions love to grab the belly of a hooked fish and steal it off the hook. "OK, Norm, we are going to have to get this baby in or lose it," I said. I tightened down on the drag and Norm continued working hard on the fish. We got Norm's fish into the boat so I went to see how Cynthia was doing. She saw the sea lion and let her fish make a run, then began working the fish again, this time with more pressure. I liter- ally gaffed her fish while the sea lion was coming straight up from under the boat. His lunge caused a big commotion, but we got our fish. Cynthia high-rived me. As we turned to include Norm in the cel- ebration we both realized that he was Sweating and breathing heav- ily. "Norm, Norm. Are you OK?" I asked. He bolted upright and shouted "I gotta use the head!" We were aboard Mojo, a 24-foot center console with a tiny porta- potty within the console. It is a very tight fit. l opned the door and was pulling out life jackets as Norm plowed in. I looked at Cynthia and she shrugged. Norm was not in the compartment for more than two minutes when he came bolting out, pants still down around his ankles, and leaned over the gunnel to throw up. "What do you want to do?" I asked Cynthia. Her response was "Let's get another one!" Even in his troubled state Norm overheard our conversation and puked out a garbled "Charter is over." Cynthia shrugged and gave the nod, so we headed back in to Avalon. Cynthia and I talked about how exciting it is to pull on such The Vape Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 5 62-494-1442 Norm and Cynthia with their catches a powerful fish. I told her that there would be a bit of a show on the pier and a lot of people asking questions and taking pictures. As we entered the harbor, Norm came back to life. I figured he was look- ing forward to getting his feet back on to terra firma. I did not know he would have such a rapid and miraculous recovery when he saw the kids fishing from the dock. We pulled up to the float at the Green Pier and a crowd started gathering. All the kids fishing from the pier had dropped their rods to come and see the really big fish. Dads put down their cell phones and Moms were saying "Oh my!" Norm had gone from completely deflated to fully-ani- mated. He picked up a fish and stood with it over his head like King Kong. I took some pics and we said our goodbyes amid a chorus of questions from the on-lookers. As I pulled away I could hear Norm telling the story of how he had captured such a fine fish. "It bare- ly t09k an hour," he said, "Cynthia got one almost as big as mine." Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at or 888- 613-7770 Last flu clinic of 2014 CIMC will provide flu vaccinations next Thursday and Friday BY JUDY HIBBS Get a vaccination on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 12, from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. No appointments are necessary. The cost is $25. Get your flu shot at the Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office at 100 Falls Canyon Road. It will take a few minutes but getting the flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent the flu. If you have never had a flu shot, allow an additional 15-20 minutes Clinic, Page 6 Island ,] SSS-00l 4 ! Friday, December 5, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER