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Every day, winter and summer, Sharon Brewer makes four trips around Lake Balboa. As the Reseda woman strides along the 51/3-mile course, she scrutinizes the amoeba-shaped, man-made lake for the telltale sparkle of fishing line and the flash of fishhooks. Her car is packed with line she has found, wound into compact bundles and tied with neat bows. The hooks, including large, multibarbed varieties designed for ocean fishing, are in plastic bags, where they cannot hurt people or wildlife.
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.
April 4, 1993 | NATHALIE DUPREE
I associate freshly caught fish with my first adventure on a pier, when my brother, then a toddler, fell into the river. This occasion also marked the first time I saw a man cook anywhere other than in a restaurant. At that time, fish were caught and eaten off the pier from the Potomac River, which was then considered clean water.
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.
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.
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.
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