THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Saturday, December 19, 2015
RETURN OF THE KELPFISH HATERS CLUB
RETURN OF THE KELPFISH
Small Catalina kelpfish
When I was
just a young grade schooler, my family lived in Southern California.My father made a good living, hell he should
have, he worked hard and was a friggin genius give or take an IQ point.Dad bought a 32 foot cabin cruiser and on
weekends we often motored out to Catalina Island which was an island paradise
26 miles from Las Angeles.It took most
boats a little over an hour to get to Catalina.It took us over three hours.Pop
made a good living, but not brand new Chris Craft good.
Island has Chrystal clear water.You can
see the bottom from 30 foot depths and with a looking glass device placed in
the water the ocean becomes your own giant aquarium.
these conditions is very interesting.You
can actually watch the fish look at, sniff, ignore or take your bait.When we were moored in a cove on the island,
my brother Chris and I often fished off the stern of the boat.We hoped to catch some of the larger fish we
saw, especially a large multicolored grouper type fish we called a sheepshead.
used pieces of rock lobster or chunks of abalone which were leftover’s from
dinner. The rock lobster and abalone
were caught skin diving by my oldest brother Jim and my dad. Like I said, this
place was an island paradise.
fishing from the stern of the boat, my brother and I could watch the fish ignore
or take the bait.The sheepshead were
cautious and before they would take the hook, kelpfish would come in and steal the bait. Kelpfish were skinny little
brown fish that were plentiful, voracious, and difficult to catch but they were good at stealing the bait.They were not tasty and we did not want to
catch them.We actually tried to pull
the hook away from them when they came to the bait, but still they sometimes grabbed the
were virtually all we would catch.The
sheepshead were interested, but the sight of a hooked kelpfish would make them
too wary to go for the bait.Chris and I
hated the kelpfish.
the “Kelpfish Hater’s Club.”
As members of
the club, when we did catch a kelpfish, we cut it up and threw it back as
chum.In retrospect, this was not very
nice.Hey, we were young and we hated
California and returned to the east coast in 1955.I don’t think my brother and I ever fished
first item on the list was to catch a billfish. This is a pretty unlikely item to complete as
chartering a boat in an area where there are billfish to catch is a little out
of my financial comfort range.
It is within
my brothers comfort range.Chris has
done well financially, thanks to hard work, brains and a
passion for the law.
brother is not a spendthrift, in fact in many ways he is quite thrifty.I was once with him while he made a small
purchase and the cashier shortchanged him by one cent.He told the cashier of the error and while
they were sorting out the transaction an impatient lady behind us butted in and
“What difference does it make, it is
only a penny!”
turned to her and said, “The difference
is it is my penny!”
(I love that story!)
he is thrifty, Chris is also generous and when he does do something, he does it
right.Not long ago Chris called me up
and said he remembered my bucket list.
“In March Chris (his oldest) and I
are going to Costa Rico.We’re
chartering a boat and fishing for sailfish.If you can make it, I want to see you cross one thing off your bucket
list, and if he can get the time Mike (my oldest) is invited as well.”
So in March,
we will reconvene the “Kelpfish Haters Club” with two new members.I hope we do not catch any kelpfish. Any sailfish we catch will be released intact,
unlike the kelpfish of days gone by.
say, I am very excited, because in March,