AREA FISHING BARGES EXTINCT; ISLE OF REDONDO WAS

LAST OPEN.
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It ceased operation last Aug. 24 after the Redondo Beach Redondo Beach (r?d?n`d?), city (1990
pop. 60,167), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1892. Once a commercial port for
Los Angeles, it is a residential and resort city with a protected harbor and an excellent marina.
 Marina sold it to Sea Breeze sea breeze
n.
A cool breeze blowing from the sea toward the land.
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2. To go to as a customer, especially on a regular basis.
James Caton Jr./Special to the Daily News
Noun 1. sportfishing - the act of someone who
fishes as a diversion
fishing
Author Ed Ries, 79, of San Diego details a boom
in barge fishing in 1925. By the following year,
21 barges were doing business from Santa
Barbara to San Diego. People descended upon
the vessels, which typically were converted
ships. Redondo became home to more barges
than any other spot along the coast.
``They were all out there at the same time and you used to purchase a ticket and go from one barge
to the other,'' said Gray, who works at Redondo Sportfishing. ``They were full. We used to have
people waiting on the pier to go out to the barge.''
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There was a roumor out of Las Vegas that the barge was open again there in Redondo Beach. But
what I have read here today, that must be all it was is a rumor. Doggone it !! I sure miss it.
Sincerly......
Sean Doyen
CAPTION(S):
a breeze blowing inland from the sea
``Slowly but surely the fishing slowed down,'' she said. ``We had such a bait problem.''
Noun 1.  Cruises, a company that operates casino boats from Panama City Panama City, city
(1990 pop. 34,378), seat of Bay co., NW Fla., on St. Andrews Bay; inc. 1909. A Gulf Coast resort with
amusement parks and excellent fishing, it is also a port of entry. The city's industries produce paper,
clothing, and chemicals. , Fla., and has designs on making the barge a floating restaurant.
All that was available were sardines, especially with El Nino's tepid waters pushing anchovies
anchovies
bonito
Not anymore. The final chapter of a storied past seems to have been written.
``There was no warning to the fishing public that it was closing,'' said James Caton Jr. of Ladera
Heights, who worked as a deckhand on the barge for 10 years.
Ries wrote that war surplus vessels resurfaced after the war, but by 1960 most anglers flocked to
the increasing numbers of sportfishing boats.
They would catch mostly mackerel mackerel, common name for members of the family Scombridae,
60 species of open-sea fishes, including the albacore, bonito, and tuna. They are characterized by
deeply forked tails that narrow greatly where they join the body; small finlets behind both the dorsal
and . Bonito bonito:Â see mackerel.
PHOTO (1) The Isle of Redondo fishing barge operated from 1980 to 1997 before it was sold to
become a floating restaurant in Florida.
sea breeze
Noun
Any of various flatfishes, especially the Atlantic and Pacific halibuts (genus Hippoglossus, family
Pleuronectidae), both of which have eyes and colour on the right side. Â also were caught.
(2--Color) Luis Bernal of Montebello boated a 15-1/2-pound California halibut aboard the Isle of
Redondo.
``It's a shame,'' said Caton, who is obviously passionate about the customers he catered to during
his tenure. He recalls a father and son from Barstow who patronized pa·tron·ize Â
tr.v. pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing, pa·tron·iz·es
1. To act as a patron to; support or sponsor.
Byline: Dave Strege Orange County Register
The Annie B closed in fall 1994 because of poor business. The Isle of Redondo lasted a few more
years. It was moved to a better spot at the beginning of last year and fishing was good at the start,
Gray said.
The first fishing barge in Southern California was off Long Beach in 1921 and the first off Redondo
in 1922, according to ``Tales of the Golden Years of California Ocean Fishing: 1900-1950.''
Alas, the local fishing barges are probably gone for good, too costly to run.
field sport, outdoor sport - a sport that is played outdoors  and inquire about the Isle of Isle of Â
Swift, predaceous schooling fishes (genus Sarda) of the mackerel family (Scombridae). Bonitos,
found worldwide, have a striped back and silvery belly and grow to about 30 in. (75 cm) long. , too,
when they were running. The occasional bass, croaker croaker, member of the abundant and
varied family Sciaenidae, carnivorous, spiny-finned fishes including the weakfishes, the drums, and
the whitings. The croaker has a compressed, elongated body similar to that of the bass. Â and
halibut halibut:Â see flatfish.
The Isle of Redondo was not only popular with kids but with families, retirees and those who got too
seasick to fish off sportfishing boats. The $16 adult fare and $8 ticket for children 11 and younger
appealed to lower-income anglers, Caton said.
For names of actual isles, see the specific element of the name; for example, Wight, Isle of.
 Redondo - the last fishing barge to operate in area saltwaters.
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a cause of diarrhea, vomiting, salivation, lacrimation, depression, miosis, polypnea, tachycardia,
hypothermia in cats. Â to cooler environs. Business slowed and it became unfeasible to continue. The
barge was sold.
Still, three barges continued to operate in the '60s
and '70s. Nancy Gray, 49, of Long Beach was a cook
on the California, Sacramento and Sea Coaster.
The Isle of Redondo, a flat barge 60 by 120 feet and
built to hold 230 anglers at a price of just under $1
million, went into operation in 1980. Another barge,
the Annie B, opened for business off Long Beach in
1982. They were the only operating barges in recent
years.
3. Â the barge at least every other month. ``A lot of youngsters won't ever get to know the joy of
fishing on a barge.''
So that's what happened to the Isle of Redondo.
When regulations became stringent on having watertight compartments throughout the old hulks,
most barges were forced out of business because of the prohibitive cost to conform. The outbreak of
World War II finished off the industry.
Which is probably why today, more than 10 months after the end, anglers still call Redondo
Sportfishing sport·fish·ing Â
n.
The sport of catching fish using a rod and reel.
``If a landing ever does one again,'' Caton said, ``I'll be amazed.''
The end of an era came without warning, without fanfare, without so much as a goodbye.
halibut

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