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Title: Breeder and sportsman
Year: 1882 (1880s)
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : [s. n. ]
Contributing Library: San Francisco Public Library
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Stow Lake Fly-Casters. THE TUNA OF THE MEDITERRANEAN. The Capture of the Monster Tunny Fish. Much has been written about the "leaping tuna," so called and found in the waters around about Catalina Island, and numerous have been the stauDch fight? ibis grand 6sh has given the anglers who have put out into the ocean in their boats after himânor do they always gsff the bugh mackerel after he has been struck, for he has a well earned record of having smashed much good tackle, aye, and even of having npset bnals and left the adventurous fisherman in some very unpleasant situations. The habitat of the tuna, tbe tunny or thunoy as he has been properly known, is the Mediterra- nean sea. The fish of that name frequenting our southern waters have, it is claimed, original!? followed the Gnlf Stream and other currents, finally locating in our southern waters where they now abound and seem to be thoroughly at home. We know him fairly well in his new location, what the pro- genitors and cousins of our tunas are can be learned from the following by a writer in the New York Express: Oae of the most thrilling and wonderful sights in the world is that of the tunny fisheries of the Mediterranean sea. The pursuit of these great and swift fishes is not a mere tame operation of netting. It is a fight between man and sea creat- ures such as is duplicated nowhere except in the whale fisher- ies. The tunny is a huge mackerel. He is a predaceous fish and his course through the seas is that of a destroyer without parallel. So deadly is the tunny to the schools of herring and other fishes that he is called the herring hog. The tunny fisheries are distinctly European, and they are tte oldest fishing industry that is known in the Mediterranean sea. To capture them men must band them- selves together in large bodies, for fishermen singly could do nothing with these fishes, which grow to a length of ten feet and weigh over half a ton sometimes. Therefore there is a system of co-operation on the coasts that are visited by the tunny, a system which dates back to the Phceiicians, who were great tunny catchers in their time. The perfection of this system is due, among other things, to the fact that the big fishes have absolutely regular hibits. In normal times they can be relied on to make their appear- ance at certain periods almost to the minute. When they come it is in huge schools tbat can be seen afar, for they scour the water like ships of war, and the leapings of their prey and the leapings of tbeir own bulky bodies beat the deep into white foam and lather. Since they are so exact in their habits, the fishermen pre- pare for them always before their arrival. At some desig- nated spot are spread eoormons nets, exceedingly deep and made of the strongest of line. These are not designed to catch the tunnies. They are spread out merely to force the fishes to edge in an in until thev are led to the real prison net, where is a vast contrivance set in an immense square, strong and large enough to defy anything that swims. As soon as the last of the school has entered tbis box-like inclosure the sides of tbe great net are raised at a signal. At first the imprisoned fishes do not show any signs of alarm, but as tbe net rises, inch by inch, from the water depths gleaming, swordlike backs appear here and there above the surface, darting with incredible swiftness from side to side of the net. Each instant more of theee living blades appear above the surface. Then the fishes begin to leap Here one launches him- self straight out of the waterâ500 pounds of glorious lifeâ toward the sky, to craBh back into tbe sea with a tUil like blow of sides and tail tbat makes the ocean echo. Another and another rises and falls back. Soon tbe scene is as if the abysses of the sea were sponting their inhabitants, for hnndtedsof immense silver flashing fishes rise everywhere at once within the net. But now a new element enters. Long, narrow fiahing boats push into tbs inclosure. In them stand brown men with lances and spears and big knives lashed to poles Then begins a fight that is terrible to see. The men thrust madly into the struggling masses of fishes. The fishes leap and roll and dive and leap again, hammering the sea with tails tbat churn like the screws of steamships and whiten the waves with foam. Before many rrmu:es boats and men are drenched with bloody water. The surface of the ocean is red. Oat of tbe smoking spray peer faces now and then that are dabbled with blood till they look scarcely human. Now and then a man slips and falls among the harried fishes. Then there are loud screams from his companions and cries of supplication from him as he calls to his patroo saint, for it is bo joke to fall among those mighty bodies that are dashing around in their death throes. So the fight continues till in that inclosed space of sea there is not a fish alive. Every boat is half full of water and loaded down with living silver, where tbe slim, piratical bodies of the beautiful fishes lie. The inhabitants of the towns near the scene of tbis fishing make a fete day of tbe arrival of the tunny, for it means food and employment for manv hundreds of men, women and children. The fish is a fav- orite article of food, especially when salted, and the roe is a great delicacv, which brings fancy prices. Tbe tunnies that are caught off the Italian coasts have to be passed through the custom Louse when they are landed, like any other mer- chandise, and the streets there present a strange appearance then, for on all sides are wheelbarrows fall of the shapely, monstrous creatures. The membes of the Fly-Casting Club who unpacked their rods last Saturday and whipped their lines over the placid bosom of the Dark lake had almost ideal weather for accur- acy and delicacy events The wind, which was variable, interfered Bomewhat with the long distance work. In this event Harry Golcber put out the greatest length of Bilk. E. A. Mocker, whose work is improving steadily, and F. H. Reid were next up to the high score. In the other events a perusal of the scores, whilst showing a good average of the casters entered will also show that Mr. Mansfield was some- what in the lead throughout. On Sunday morning the increased attendance of angling enthusiasts was surely a criterion that practice fly-casting is a most congenial sport and will have a strong following. Tbe weather was perfect and scores were shoved up several notches by various rod-wielders. The attendance of specta- tors was large and continuous and the .interest taken in the casting unabated. Messrs. Golcber and Daverkosen were the only successful casters who exceeded the 100-yard mark. Brotherton was next man up. Mr. Mansfield was again high-rod in accuracy with Young and Everett second. In delicacy Mansfield and Muller annexed the high pegs. In the lure or bait casting Mr. Mansfield was the leader followed closely by Mr. J. G. Blum, of Chicago, who was the guest of the club. The scores for the two days’ casting are given as follows: Saturday Contest No. 3âStow Lake, March 10, 1900. Wind, variable, leather, warm and clear. JudgesâMessrs Skinner and Oolcher. Referee, Mr. Muller. Clerk, Mr. Crowell. 1 a b C Balttl, H .. 80 81 91 4-12 60 10-12 76 1-12 i 79 1-5 Brooks. W. E .. 90 87 8-12 HS 8-12 58 4-12 72 68 Crowell, A. K .. 79 71 4-12 90 4-12 63 4-12 76 10-12 56 Edwards. G. C… . 78 1-2 91 8-12 97 4-12 63 4-12 77 10-12 71 Golcber. H. C … ..115 89 4-12 90 75 82 6-12 Mansfield, W. D.. .. 9S 8-12 93 4-1? 80 86 8-12 82 4-5 Mocker, E. A- .. 98 Kl 8-12 88 69 2-12 78 7-12 49 4-5 Muller . 98 87 8-12 9,1 R-12 70 80 4-12 Reed, F. H … 91 86 90 70 80 70 4-5 ._ 90 82 8-12 89 73 4-12 81 2-12 Yonng, C. G … 911-2 89 93 4-12 72 0-12 82 11-12 Sunday Contest No 3âStow Lake, March 11, 190X Weather, perfect. Wind, west. 1 2 3 4 a b c 77 Battu, H Brooks, F. E Brotherton, T. W. Crowell, A. E 71 Daverkosen, F. E…103 Everett, E 94 Foulks, G. H ââ. 77 Golcher, H. C Ill Halgbt, F. M 80 Hayek. C 90 Klerulff _ 65 Kleio. Chas 74 Mansfield, SV. D…. Mocffer, E. A 94 Muller, H F 95 Reed, F. H 89 Sanborn 651 Stratton, C. C 80 Turner, J. 9 81 1-2 Young, C, G 86 Walker, C. W BlubmG. J. (Guest) 84 4-12 74 8-12 86 8-12 82 93 62 4-12 90 85 4-12 89 4-12 76 4-12 95 77 4-12 79 4-12 90 8-12 45 8-12 81 8-12 93 94 8-12 86 4-12 89 81 87 4-12 93 4-12 68 4-12 89 8-12 85 85 1-12 69 4-12 88 96 8-12 90 8-12 92 4-12 76 4-12 90 4-12 95 76 8-12 85 8-12 65 10-12 76 3 12 75 10-12 82 5-12 09 2-12 76 1-12 68 4-12 77 10-12 75 84 2-12 71 8-12 70 77 6-12 83 7-12 72 6-12 7H 9-12 68 4-12 7H 4-12 66 8-12 63 65 76 6-12 84 2-12 Â«i 5-12 70 80 4-12 80 86 2-12 57 6-12 70 10-12 68 9-12 73 7-12 75 82 8-12 71 8-12 83 412 â 86 2-5 51 59 1-5 63 2-5 50 88 2-5 -0^-NOTE: Event 1âDistance Casting, feet. Event 2âAccurcay percentage. Event 3â Delicacy,(a)accuracy percentage; (b)delicacy percentage; (c) net percentage. Event 4âLure Casting, percentage. Were it generally known that the smelt is adapted to fresh water and may be successfully planted in m .si of our large e’ear lakes there would be n great call for it for stocking purposes. A few smelt placed in Lake Cbamplain, New York, some years ago have led to their permanent establish- ment in that water, and those who have eaten them pro- nounce them fully equal in quality to tho?e of salt water growth. The delicate texture and delicious flavor of the smelt give it rank with the most delectable of the sea fishes. People whose homes are near the coast or bays where it abounds, appreciate it as a luxury, and if it would bear trans- portation as well as the oysier, the demand for it at great distances in the interior, would be almost equal to the sources cf supply. About one thousand pounds of illegal sized striped bass have been seized this week. Tbe first lot was captured by Deputy Fish Commissioner J. H. Davis, who found the fish on the steamer Gold. They had been shipped from Petaluma to this city. The second lot was taken charge of at Fisher- man’s wharf. Tbe fish were consigned to A. Paladioi and the American Union Market. Joe Barber11, who made forcible resistance to a similar seizure bv Datis a couple of months ago and was knocked out for bis interference, came down with a team for tbe fish, and, finding the deputy in possession, undertook to browbeat him. The bass were donated by the Commission to tbe King’s Daughters’ Home for Incurables, the Metho- di&t Orphanage and tbe General Hospital at the Presidio. Striped bass have been plentiful in tbe markets for several weeks past. The fish are now in condition fit for an epicure. They are caught principally near the mouth of Petaluma creek in the shoal water adjicent where they are feeding on tbe small fry. Al Sommerfield recently caaght a five pounder with rod and line near tbe Petaluma Gun Club house on tbe creek. â – â Â» â The arrest of Joseph Bertrand, tbe proprietor of a hotel at Tociloma, was made on Tuesday by Deputy Fish Commis- sioner Tom Irving. Illegal tront fishing was tbe charge pre- ferred against Bertrand. Considerable complaint baa hen often made against the illegal methods pursued, in and out of season, by a set of disreputable Frenchmen who make Bertraod’s place their headquarters. It is to be hoped an example will be made of tbe cnlprit in this case. m Steelhead have been caught by Petaluma anglers in the oreek. Tbe fish are of good size and fairly plentiful.
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Coming Events. BENCH 8HOW8. fltMTain?07,Â«* 9′ ]Â°rMa8Cntah Kennel Club. Tenth annual show 8t. Louis, Mo, John L Lincoln, Secretary. March 14.15 16. 17-Kaneas City Kennel Club. Annual bench show, Kansas City, Mo. James Whitfield, Secretary. "** Â°*!aco March 17, 20, 21âBulldog Club of America, New York E. K Austin, Secretary. .Â«.Â«.. March 21, 22, 23. 24-North Western Kennel Club, St, Paul, Minn. W. A. Moore, Secretary. ‘ cK^pril4– 5′ 6’ 772a(Pma K^nnel Club. P. K. L. Second annual show. Tacoma, Wash. Stephen Holbroofc Secretary. April 3. 4, 5. 6-New England Kennel Club. Sixteenth annual show, Boston, Mass. David Crocker. Secretary. April 11,12,13,14-Seattle Kennel Club. P. K. L. Fifth annual show. Seattle. Wash. D. Arthur Upper, Secretary. April 17. 18, 19-Vancouver Kennel Club. P. K. L. Inaueural show. Vancouver B. C. 8. Browley, Secretary. a A^rl1, r- -Po^land Kennel Club. P. K. L. Portland, Or J. A.Taylor, Secretary. ‘ April 18, 19, 20. 21-St. Louis Kennel Club, 3U Louis, Mo. G. W. Clayton, Superintendent. Â«*â¢â Â»â¢ April 25, 26 27. 28-Daquesne Kennel Clnb, Western Pennsylvania- at Pittsburg. Pa. F. S. 8teadman, Secretary. *Â»Â»â **Â» May 2. 3,4,5.1900-San Francisco Kennel Clnb’a fourth annual bench show. Mechanics’ Pavilion. J. P. Norman, Acting Secretary. St. Bernards at the Chicago Show. The Mascontah Kennel Club’s show in Chicago last week has been looked upon in Western doggy circles as an all round success. The following article by Harry W. Lacy, of Boston, anent the 8t Bernard exhibit will be no doubt read with consider- able interest by Coast lovers of the "8aintly" breed ; In gauging a show like this, one must consider the average quality. In some breeds there is a deterioration both in numbeis and qualityâthat tangible but none the less import- ant quality which separates the patrician from the plebeian. The average reader may not be aware that the termB "char- acter" and ‘Hype" are sharply defined, as referred to dogs among fanciers, and to draw the distinction still tighter there is a difference, imperceptible perhaps to tbe ordinary ob- server, between character and type. A dog may be of the type which illustrates a breed anj still lack "that something" which fanciers understand as "character," or, in other words "expression." The expression of a mastiff is different from that of a St. Bernard, and the latter in tarn would not fit a â¢J real Dane. Thus one may say the quality of this Bhow surpasses in the aggregate of average any yet held by the Mascoutah Kennel Club.J A good specimen here and there does not constitute the quality of a class, and tbis is why one ib justi- fied in saying that 8t. Bernards, which open the catalogue, do not compare with last year either in quality or numbers. Still, there are individual dogs which could scarcely be ex- celled in America. The "Saintly" breed, as the Si. Bernard is nicknamed by the "fancy" is certainly the most popular among tbe large breeds The characteristics of the St. Bernard demand that it should have a deep, Equare head, moderately short in muzzle, the skull being double tbe length of the head, and a long, raDgy bedy set on straight forelegs and well-bent hind legs, heavy in bone and compact in feeij in color, red, orange, brindle or white, with patches of any of the above colors; in general appearance, large and powerful, with great muscular development, suggesting strength. With this digression I may proceed to an analysis of the classes. The judge, Mr. Waters, has had lots of experience in the breed, having, among many others, owned that grand dog, Champion Alton II. Kough puppy dogs lacked both tvpe and quality, but be- tween tbe two winners I like Mrs. Olsen’s Joseph K. Emmet, second, to Baby Bowser, first. The latter is lacking in stopâthe drop between the forehead and the muzile, which in a St. Bernard should be well pronounced. Besides, tbe skull is too domed. In tbe class for novice dogs the judge had a difficult task, always the case with a big lot of dogs of mediocre pretensions. The winner was picked it? Sir Athanor, a dark-faced dog without the characteristic markingsâwhite noseband, blaze and collar, so fully developed as second. Duke of Giles, which shows more quality, stands better on his legs, but is not so correct in body, bis color being all white. The class for limit dogs brought out one of those individual good speci- mens which lend so much interest to these exhibitions. There were several fair docs, not to mention Frank Jay Gould s semi-crack, Chantrell Prince. Le King, the winner, is unfortunately marked in face, the black shading being carried almost to (he nose on one side. This results in tbe delusion tbat he is deficient in stop, but from tbe other side and closer inspection one finds that the grand proportions of his head leave little to desireâdeep, square and missive describes bis frontispiece, and fittingly offsets a grand, lengthy body, covered with a splendid flat coat, in color while, splashed with orange, tawny markings. He stands on perfect legs of great substance, and moved with fine action, even oo the slippery floor. To my idea, he could be improved, with more spring of ribs and a wider chest. Chanlrell Prince is a fine, symmetrical, richly colored dog, not so massive as the other nor eo strong in hind legs. The winner waÂ«. bred by the famous lady exhibitor. Mrs. A. W. Lee of Toledo, and is one of the shortest-beaded of bis sire’s (Champion Le Prince) get. The third winner, Gen. V. 8. Grant Jr., is tbe son of an old time winner at Chicago shows, and is a *ell set-up little dog, with which little fault can be found. In the open class three good ones were kept in for the finish, Le King and Chantrell Prince being eventually divided by Antocrat, Prince taking tbe little end of the deal, which is not usually a Gould situation Autocrat has made np into a better quality dog; his bead hBs filled ont and assumed more of the benignment expression which consti- tutes one of the charms of tbis breed, and in all-round action he is superior to Prince, though Bcsrcely eo equare in finish of muzzle.
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