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PAGE FOUR THE CATALINA ISLANDEI LET the New Year be a year of greater fascination and beauty to you. Following our special beauty treat- ment throughout tile year will insllre this. "Charmingly Different" 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 SHOP "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.m.. 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. "THREE-SIX" WRITES AGAIN ABOUT THE FISHING LINES Editor Catalina Islander : \Vhew! You certainly have had this line discussion ripped wide open for you, all in one fell swoop, as it were, according to Mr. Elliott, in your issue of December 17th. Now, I thought it had been finally decided to use the 39 line upon the rock bass, and the 6 line for the broad- bill; at least, that is what I was doing with my 6 line last August, and I would refer you to Messrs. Martin and Mal- len for further particulars. I was forced to go to the lslamt last summer for a little fish'ing, as it was al)ont the only place in the country where there was not really a scaTeity of water after our run of dry winters. After a ten years absence it made me feel good to get back and renew again the acquaintance of so many of the old boys, in addition to the new men, who are a credit to the Tuna Club in many x~;a.v s. Seriously, there is nothing radically wrong with the lines themselves, anti the standard sizes today are far better than those produced 25 years ago. The in-shm'e fishing" is now practically a thing of the past, hence the nlaxinmm breaking strain at present allowed by the Tuna Club is an increase of 18 pounds for the 24, 8 pounds for the 9, and 4 pounds for the 6-thread, and a line which we consMer as standard cannot be ma,te much stronger ; at ally rate, they' can be inspected and tested, and given an O.K. by the Club. Some twenty years ago it was gen- erally conceded that a 24-thread line wod!d break any 16-ounce rod, and the ttma were rtmning larger on the aver- age; and were taken from small launches and rowboats. Those were the days of the leather brake and plain reel, all of which meant a saving of tackle, for lines were seldom broken in yellowtail fishing, except through some carelessness on the angler's part; but with the hooked tuna broken lines were frequently caused by chafing or rip- sawing, as the fish made its rapid run through the school. Bear in mind that when you see a school of tuna they are not all on the surface, but only a very small proportion of them; there arc tier upon tier underneath, so you can readily understand how a line may become chafed and broken. Possibly there is a good reason for this extra allowance in the strength of lines, as the craze today seems to be ruuning to big fish; but these fish are there now, and the schools of smaller tuna that may be encountered are gen- erally ignored. When the fish are-so large that it requires that the butt of the rod be placed in a seat-socket, brute strength supereedes everything else entirely, and when combined with tile powerful drag on d~c present-day reel, I don't con- sider the 39 line a bit stronger than the 24 line with the leather brake and plain reel, or even a reel with only a medium drag. The n|ore powerful the As between the 24 and 39 line for broadbill, I still am partial to the lat- ter; not but what the 24 line is plenty good enough for an hour's fight, but in a seven or eight-hour battle weakness- es are bound to arise along the line somewhere, and with very few excep- tions it has been the same oht story after the finish. It is not so discour- aging to the angler to lose a fish after an hour's fight as it is to have this happen after half a day's hard work, with the knowledge that it was a big fish. Three-Six. ANOTHER SPORT TACKLES THE FISHLINE PROBLEM Editor Catalina Islander: I was very much interested in the article in your issue of the 17th writ- ten by Mr. Elliott regarding the break- ing strain of the different lines used by Catalina anglers. My own experi- ence in the game has been that it is exceedingly difficult to buy two lines that have the sanle breaking strain. I dislike very nmch to buy a 24j, thread line and then have some one tell me that my fish was disqualified because the line was not according to the proper specifications. Then, again, while you are arguing about the lines, why doesn't someone mention the leaders that are now'fre- quently used "by some of the Catalina anglers ? I was informed last summer that some anglers used aeroplane wire for their leaders. This may be a great advantage to the angler, but nay im- pression is that it would be quite a disadvantage to the fish, particularly if it escaped with the hook and leader in its mouth, The aeroplane wire is practically non-corrosive, and a tuna or swordfish dragging 12 or 15 feet of wire after it would not have much of an opportu- nity to fight its natural enemies for some time after it escaped fronl the angler. I'd like to know what sorne of the members of the Light Tackle Club, who are not members of the Tuna Club, think about some of the tackle used last summer. I think that the light tackle sports- men should take a hand in the argu- ment. I am strong for the 24-thread lines and the 9-thread lines, because they were used by men who fished for sport. I have before me some of the articles that were written by the late Colonel A. J. Eddy in 1907, and if you want to re-print them I should be glad to send them to the Islander. Yours for the best . fishing, with standard tackle, and wishing you a happy new year. A Nine-Threader. (Editor's note: In the collection of sea angling clippings recently sent to us by Mrs. C. F. Holder we find the series of articles written by Colonel A. J. Eddy, and published in the Forest and Stream magazine in 1906 ~nd 1907. If our readers feel interested in them we would be pleased to secure permis- sion to relmblish them.) Wear your Light Tackle Club but- Write to the Catalina Light Tackle Club. P. O. Box 14, Avalon, California, for information about sea angling. \Vatch the worhl come to d4fter even! meal E3 J ltUBBAIIB AUTO gALES CO. AUTHORIZED FORD AND LINCOLN DEALERS MOTORS REBUILT And Returned in Three Days CLAUDE WALTON AVALON REPRESENTATIVE Perhaps you have found someone Wearing a Catalina Light Tackle Club button. If so, tell us about it. There are 6000 buttons out in the world--somewhere. We want to keep in touch with the C. L. T. C. members. Thank you. LYLE PENDEGAST angler the "ougher he is on his line, Special 'attention given to Ladies' and the damage to the line caused by ton. It shows that you are an angler Attorney at Law and Children's Hair Bobbing this l)owerful drag is not given due and a sportsman 622 Stock Exchange Building PRICES: Haircut 50c, Shave 25c consideration. " / ~---'- --" ,, 639 So. SPRING ST. Keel Avalon a Spotless Town. UNIQUE SERVICE. Phone 10 We were taught our lesson once with \Ve pledge our helpt Los Angeles Phone VAndike 9484 / the yellowtail--the harder you fought, - "----- ........ *~" r FORPAINTING ] the harder it fought back; otherwise ! Scientific Sulphur VAPOR BATHS?] EI~NI::~-S-I" W|NDL~ [ there would be no reason for a 6-thread I SWEDISH MASSAGE | h R / / l Ic ] line. The241ine is sufficient foryour [ SHAMPOO ! NOT Y PUBLIC tuna; but don't rely wholly upon your ole Paint Store strength and drag. The careful an- I ANDREW GADD l Lal~etOoeumente | I 305 EUCALYPTUS AVE., Corner Besconl [ " Promptly Executed [ I Avalon, Calif... Telephone 81-W[ [ a,O M*T.OPOL~ Av*Nu~ l gler will favor his line whenever it is I,..Uour, 6 to' ,.m.,' to a and 6 to 7 ll.m.j News Stand. 0pp. Boos gros. Cafeterhl] LAVALON ..... CALIFORNIAJ possible to do so.