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Charter Company: Point Loma Sportfishing

Trip: Half Day P.M.

Anglers Onboard: 27

Weather: Sunny

Air Temperature: 77 degrees

Water Temperature: 68 degrees

Ocean Condition: Relatively flat

Personal Seasickness Deterrent: Bonine

Total Boat Catch: 3 sand bass, 3 sculpin, 2 calico bass, 3 whitefish, 49 rockfish

Biggest Fish: 3-pound whitefish (winner of $49 jackpot)

Personal Catch: 0

Total Cost: $52 (includes one-day license and tackle)

TRIP 2

Captain: R.J. Hudson, 24. Nine years in the business, four as captain.

Boat: New Seaforth, 85 by 24 feet, Poole Hull construction, built in 1983. Capacity, 149, or 90 anglers. Owned by Frank LoPreste and Bill Poole. Cost, over $1 million. Cruises at 10 to 11 knots, with top speed of 15 knots.

Charter Company: Seaforth Sportfishing

Trip: Half Day P.M.

Anglers Onboard: 19

Weather: Sunny

Air Temperature: 76 degrees

Water Temperature: 69 degrees

Ocean Condition: Flat

Personal Seasickness Deterrent: Sea-Band Acupressure wrist bands

Total Boat Catch: 38 calico bass, 32 bonito, 6 yellowtail, 1 California sheephead, 2 barracuda, 2 rockfish, 3 king mackerel

Biggest Fish: 9-pound yellowtail (winner of $33 jackpot)

Personal Catch: 2 king mackerel

Total Cost: $58 (includes one-day license and tackle)

TRIP 3

Captain: Jason Coz, 35. Sixteen years at sea, ten as captain.

Boat: Dolphin, 85 by 24 feet, Poole Hull construction, built in 1988. "The biggest, nicest half-day boats on the West Coast are these Poole Hulls from the '80s," Captain Coz said.

Charter Company: Islandia Sportfishing

Trip: Half Day A.M.

Anglers Onboard: 11

Weather: Sunny

Air Temperature: 75 degrees

Water Temperature: 69 degrees

Ocean Condition: Relatively flat

Personal Seasickness Deterrent: Dramamine

Total Boat Catch: 55 bonito, 6 calico bass, 3 rockfish

Biggest Fish: 4-pound bonito (winner of $22 jackpot)

Personal Catch: 4 bonito, 1 calico bass

Total cost: $62 (includes one-day license and tackle)

TRIP 4

Captain: J.D. McGriff, 46. Twenty-nine years on boats, 22 as captain.

Boat: Fisherman III, 65 by 20 feet, Dittmar & Donaldson design, mahogany plank, built in 1959. Capacity 61. Cost, $500,000.

Charter Company: H&M Landing

Trip: Half Day P.M.

Anglers Onboard: 11

Weather: Cloudy

Air Temperature: 69 degrees

Water Temperature: 67 degrees

Ocean Condition: Very choppy

Personal Seasickness Deterrent: Scopolamine Patch

Total Boat Catch: 33 sculpin, 12 rockfish, 1 bonito

Biggest Fish: 2-pound whitefish (winner of $18 jackpot)

Personal Catch: 14 sculpin, 4 rockfish, 1 pinback shark

Total Cost: $58 (includes one-day license and tackle)

CAPTAINS

Chorus: Most San Diego sea captains and deckhands put in close to 200 days a year, 200 days of work, out away from steady land, out there on the ocean. Many will cram 100 of those workdays into the 15 weeks of summer weather, and then the other hundred days spread over the 37 weeks of slow season after that.

A seaman's days are long days. For overnight boat workers, there is no real rest. They're always on hand, or on call. Even day-tripping salts get in at 6:00 a.m. and work till after 7:00 at night.

Captains make about $50,000 a year, on average. Crewmen bring in more like $35,000, mostly in tips.

To become a ship captain, a seaman needs 720 days at sea on an inspected vessel, a two-week class, and passing grades on U.S. Coast Guard exams. Test questions for prospective captains cover subjects such as nautical charts, first aid, tides, radio communications, ship construction, firefighting, and navigation.

CREW

Chorus: Show up with rental tackle, and the crew on a fishing boat knows right away to help you. Crewmembers dart about on deck, fish-quick. They all seem to have big, deft hands. They're impossibly good at tying knots and stringing line through narrow eyes.

How do seamen get so good at what they do?

Crewman One: "Some people tell you they've been fishing for 20 years. But they only go out once or twice a month. Well, I've been fishing almost every single day for the past two years. You get so you've seen everything and you can deal with anything."

Chorus: I saw six seagulls hooked and reeled in on my four fishing trips. All the gulls were free in moments, unhurt except for sore beaks.

A youngster threw up belowdecks on one boat. All signs of vomit were gone before the kid was in the fresh air again.

Crewman Two: "When the boat breaks, I'm a mechanic; when the toilets don't work, I'm a plumber; when the boat needs cleaning, I clean it. You need to be able to do everything that needs to be done on a boat. You clean fish, you tie tackle, you do it all."

SPORTFISHING LANDINGS IN SAN DIEGO, A BRIEF COMPARISON

Fisherman's Landing

Owners: Frank LoPreste and Bill Poole

In operation since 1956, out of San Diego Bay

Number of boats: 17

H&M Landing

Owners: Jan Kirk, Phil Lobred, Frank Kadota, William Ishibashi

In operation since 1935, since 1949 out of San Diego Bay

Number of boats: 31

Islandia Sportfishing

Owner: K and R Properties

In operation since 1956, out of Mission Bay

Number of boats: 9

Point Loma Sportfishing

Owners: Frank LoPreste and Bill Poole

In operation since 1949, out of San Diego Bay

Number of boats: 15

Seaforth Sportfishing

Owners: Frank LoPreste and Bill Poole

In operation since 1960, out of Mission Bay

Number of boats: 17

A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY

Catherine Miller, promotional officer of the San Diego Sportfishing Council: "Sportfishing in San Diego started out at the foot of Broadway in the 1920s and was entirely in the hands of independent captains until my grandfather, Barney Miller, teamed up with three other men to form H&M Sport Fishing Company in 1935.

"Then World War II effectively shut down all fishing operations in San Diego in the 1940s, but when things got going again after the war, there was a boom in the local fishing industry. New boats were built, new landings, new harbors, and by the 1960s, San Diego really came into its own as a center for sportfishing and commercial fishing."

HERE, FISHY FISHY

Captain Fred Huber, of the Daily Double: "Some of the good fishing spots around San Diego have been passed on generation to generation.

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