June 8, 2003
Balboa ... The 50th anniversary of the Junior Angler tournament started this week and will continue through August 10. The tournament is open too all junior anglers competing in two separate age groups, there is no entry fee and membership in the Balboa Angling Club is not required. The purpose of this very popular Southland tournament is to allow kids to compete in a friendly angling tournament while having a great fishing experience. The age categories for the juniors are up to age 10 and the Senior Division are youngsters from 11 through 15 years of age. There are divisions for boys and girls and awards will be made to first and second place in each category.
October 29, 1999
Jim Niemiec Sport anglers were saddened by the death of one of Newport's most respected matriarchs of blue water game fishing. Helen Smith of Newport Beach lost her battle with cancer late last week and she will be missed by everyone who has ever weighed in a trophy catch at the Balboa Angling Club. Mrs. Smith was as much a part of the salt water fishing of Newport Bay as was her husband, Gil, who operated the sportfisher, "Happy Landings" out of old Davey's Locker and later operated the deluxe charter boat "El Lobo" for many years.
September 7, 2003
Howling northwesterly winds continue to put down fishing for albacore, bluefin tuna, dorado and marlin in channel waters, but on a bright note there was a good showing of yellowtail at San Clemente Island this week. Newport Sportfishing Landing spokesman Robert Woodbury reported that the Ultra loaded up on yellowtail fishing inside Pyramid Head with most of the tails that were decked weighing in the 15- to 25-pound class. Live squid accounted for the dock total and hopefully these bigger class forktails will stick around and pick up for the lack of albacore and tuna.
July 1, 2005
JIM NIEMIEC A red tide has been moving up and down the beach from San Diego to Santa Monica Bay making it rough to anchor up over traditional good fishing grounds. Locally, barracuda haven't schooled up off the beach, but, on the bright side, sand bass have moved into shallower water, calicos are biting good at Catalina, quality yellowtail are being sacked at San Clemente Island and there is a pretty good chance that albacore will be targeted by overnight boats running out of Davey's Locker and Newport Landing Sportfishing as they continue to migrate through outer channel waters.
August 15, 2003
Ahoy. I wonder how the sunrise will look this morning when I will near Mission Bay to stop for refueling. While you sip your coffee reading my column, I am on a delivery to Ensenada aboard a gas-powered boat, and I find it best to top off gas boats before crossing the border. I am often asked why, and why Mission Bay. I find that with new boats, no one knows the actual fuel usage, and the stop allows me to calculate our fuel burn. Many smaller gas boats do not hold much fuel, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
October 8, 2013
Kenneth Carl Jones of Costa Mesa died on October 4, 2013 at Hoag Memorial. Born in Orange, CA to Alberta Marie and Emery Sidney Jones, he was a former commercial fisherman and avid outdoors man who loved nothing more than battling giant swordfish and albacore tuna off the coast of Mexico. He lived most of his life in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach and graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1955. His happiest memories were camping, fishing, and hunting with his cherished family and friends.
July 11, 2002
Jim Niemiec Local anglers are enjoying good fishing along the coast and in outer waters as warm currents have moved up the south coast bringing them lots of bait followed by schools of salt water game fish. Barracuda and sand bass continue to top the coastal catch, while San Clemente Island has been the hot spot for big yellowtail and some awesome calico bass fishing. Seas have laid down on the outside and there have been some pretty good scores made on albacore and yellowtail by Newport's sportfishing fleet and private yachts working an area outside the 43 Fathom spot.
September 13, 2002
The 14th annual Taste of Newport, which features about 35 local restaurants, will take place today through Sunday at Fashion Island, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. Hours for the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event will be 6 to 11 p.m. today with Big Bad VooDoo Daddy performing at 9 p.m.; 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday with the Kool and the Gang performing at 9 p.m.; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with Michael McDonald performing at 6 p.m. Though the $15 general admission does not include tasting the food, it does include the entertainment.
October 7, 2008
John Thomas (Tom) Schuler 1943-2008 He left us much too soon, but he is in a far better place now. After enduring declining health for the past 6 months following a terrible fall, Tommy passed away peacefully on October 3. Tom was born on August 30, 1943, to John T. Schuler and Eileen Dolan Schuler, in Los Angeles CA. He was the first-born of six children. He grew up primarily in the Arcadia area, graduated from La Salle High School in Pasadena, attended the University of Santa Clara, and Pasadena City College.
September 5, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Labor Day weekenders should be able to find plenty to do outdoors. Fair weather is predicted for the beaches and fishing might be the perfect type of recreation to end the summer season. Marlin showed again between Catalina and San Clemente islands after becoming nearly a no-show during the full moon. Yellowtail and Dorado are being found under some of the floating kelp patties in the channel, white seabass and calicos are biting at San Clemente Island and off shore waters are still producing some pretty good scores on albacore and tuna.