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NEWS
June 17, 2010
Two fishermen were charged Thursday with misdemeanors for allegedly catching a rare giant black sea bass off the Balboa Pier in January, prosecutors said. The fish they hauled in measured 62 inches long and weighed 140 to 200 pounds, authorities said. John Francis Brady, 45, from Huntington Beach, and Jonathan Paul Apothaker, 45, from Valley Village, face up to six months in jail on misdemeanor possession of a black sea bass, which is listed as critically endangered in California by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
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NEWS
Joseph Serna | June 17, 2010
Two fishermen were charged Thursday with misdemeanors for allegedly catching a critically endangered giant black sea bass off the Balboa Pier in January, prosecutors said. The fish they hauled in measured 62 inches long (more than five feet) and weighed between 140 and 200 pounds, authorities had determined. John Francis Brady, 45, from Huntington Beach, and Jonathan Paul Apothaker, 45, from Valley Village, face up to six months in jail on misdemanor possession of a black sea bass, which is listed as critically endangered in California by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 7, 2010
Newport Beach native Vernona Fath, who goes by the nickname “Snookie,” has fished off local piers a few times a week since she was a little girl. She catches smelt and other small fish for bait on what’s called a snag line, hoping to lure bigger fish like halibut. Fath’s snag line, a series of small lures tied to a weighted fishing leader, used to attract numerous grunion this time of year. But, she said, the little silvery fish aren’t as plentiful as in years past.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brianna Bailey | March 3, 2010
A few curious beachgoers craned their necks as director Dan Murphy wrapped up filming a shiny new Infiniti sedan parked on the Balboa Pier. Using a large crane-like piece of filming equipment called a jimmy jib, Murphy used the pier to shoot footage for a commercial for Toyo Tires, a luxury and sports car tire manufacturer, on a recent morning. Murphy has used Newport Beach to film several car commercials over the years. “A lot of my clients are based back East, and they love the footage of the beach and the piers,” Murphy said.
LOCAL
February 22, 2010
On Wednesday, not only can you get a burger, fries and a shake, but you can also do it for a good cause if you go to Ruby?s Diner in Newport Beach. From 4 to 9 p.m. at the Ruby?s Diner at the end of the Balboa Pier, Newport Beach firefighters and lifeguards will help raise money for the Haiti earthquake relief effort by assisting restaurant employees with taking orders and serving food. To donate, people should bring in a flier from the city?s website and give it to the cashier when they pay their bill.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | January 15, 2010
Amateur angler Jon Apothaker reeled in a lot more than a prize catch when he hooked a 5-foot-long black sea bass at Balboa Pier. The fisherman could face up to a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail for unintentionally landing a member of the protected species off the pier Jan. 3. Apothaker’s struggle to reel in the massive fish attracted a crowd of spectators, and several videos of the incident have popped up on the Internet since....
FEATURES
By Joseph Serna | October 15, 2009
Like all the tricks you get with skateboarding and the water element of surfing, but can’t find a balance of both? Head down to the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach this weekend, and you might find just what you’re looking for. While people are soaking in the sun and enjoying the beach life this weekend, a group of amateur and professional skim boarders are hoping the public finds their way down to the pier, where they’ll be...
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | August 1, 2009
From the outset, the Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach seemed destined for a special place in local history. A 1907 article in the Los Angeles Times gave the center quite the introduction for readers: “Among all the resorts along the Southern Pacific Coast, Balboa Pavilion at Balboa Beach is one of the most enjoyable spots within a day’s journey of Los Angeles. Situated on the edge of Newport Bay with the Pacific just across the sand spit, it has the attraction of variety as a headquarters which is unsurpassed.
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