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The last thing Tanya Gray expected to haul out of the water that Sunday was a 17-inch rainbow trout. After all, her gear consisted of a bamboo stick with fishing line knotted onto the end and canned corn for bait. "I've never been fishing in my whole life," the Valencia woman gasped as she swung the fish onto the bank. Another fish story? Not at Troutdale, a rustic little fishing spot nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains in Agoura.
September 26, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
On the surface, Redondo Beach Municipal Pier is the quintessential hot spot for California fishing. Every day, anglers line the rail trying to snag halibut, Pacific mackerel, good-sized sharks and the occasional bonito or yellowtail. Yet beneath the waves, it's a murkier story. Derelict fishing gear — monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures made to last thousands of years — have become deadly snares for marine life. Pylons wrapped in fishing line and dangling lures continue to entangle seals and fish, killing them.
A man and a boy sit side by side on an old wooden dock, dangling fishing lines into cool green water. It's one of those pictures that really is worth a thousand words, explaining Americans' love of family and the outdoors. But wildlife experts in this ever-so-aware seaside community say there is an ugly side to this picturesque image. Dozens of endangered pelicans are being hooked and snared in fishing lines this year.
July 30, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS
A man who slipped into the Ventura River and drowned while fishing with a friend has been identified as 41-year-old Alfredo Escoto of Oxnard, authorities said Friday. Escoto slipped from the riverbank into water about 7 feet deep around 6 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses told sheriff's deputies he had been pulling on a tree branch to clear the way for his fishing line when he lost his grip and fell. Deputy Coroner Dale Zentzis said Escoto did not know how to swim, nor did his friend.
April 20, 2004 | Mary Forgione
Doctors near Trout Central in the town of Bridgeport in the Eastern Sierra devised a novel method of tracking fishhook injuries. They removed the barbs from patients and stuck them into the anatomical corollary on a doll. Over the years, clipped fishing line conjoined the dolls, above. This ritual no longer exists because of healthcare policies and standards, but fishermen continue to snag hooks in all part of their bodies. Ed Guzman, a paramedic in Oakhurst, Calif.
December 13, 1986
Oh, now, I do vigorously protest. Carp are "garbage fish good for grinding into gefilte," with a flavor "like that of a pincushion dipped in Pennzoil." Indeed. Paul Dean ("Koi in Pond Brings Ripples of Tranquility," Nov. 8) has obviously never even put fork to fish, or he could never have made such a comparison. (How would he know what 30-weight over pincushion tastes like, anyway?) I suppose it's harmless hyperbole, and I'd never go so far as to champion the carp as a noble fish or a taste fit for a king, but it's certainly tasty and wholesome as a food.
November 14, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
It is, at its most basic level, simply plastic cord strung under a skylight. But the brilliance of Brian Thoreen and Brant Ritter's latest design is that it is so much more: light sculpture, optical illusion, creative inspiration. Titled “String Beam,” the installation by Thoreen & Ritter uses about 800 strands of monofilament - about 2 miles of fishing line - running from a skylight to the floor and adjacent wall of the L.A. Web design and video development studio Haus. The translucent strings capture and carry light from the ceiling, forming a clean shaft of illumination that shifts with the sun. The result is ethereal, pure lightness despite the monumental weight required to hold the strings in place.
August 12, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Former World Wrestling Entertainment champion Brock Lesnar is finding the transition to pro football a little difficult. As Lesnar worked on beating chop blocks during Minnesota Vikings' practice Tuesday, line coach Brian Baker got on Lesnar for improper technique. As the blockers went low, Baker wanted the rushers to stay low. When Lesnar didn't get it right, Baker said, "You just stood up and did exactly what I said not to do." How much of his task is mental?
January 10, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN
Oxnard officials have been warned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove fishing lines used to keep birds out of ponds at the city-owned golf course or face a $10,000 fine for every bird killed by the lines. Employees at River Ridge Golf Course have used lines for about two years to keep sea gulls from landing in the ponds and carrying litter onto the course. However, U.S.
June 8, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
He wants only to be known in life as John Odom. Nothing more or less. Odom's idea of whooping it up is watching children play on Sunday, or tossing a fishing line out on a lake. There was only a problem because his right arm couldn't stand being ordinary. His arm wanted to paint the town red. Odom never asked to be famous. He just was. He could heave a rock farther and harder than nearly any other kid in Macon, Ga. And on the day a baseball replaced a stone, there was no turning back.
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