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October 04, 1954
PEN-RAISED QUAIL Sirs:...In my opinion your article, "Pen-Raised Quail" (SI, Sept. 6) by Hart Stilwell, is a great disservice to the quail hunters of the country....
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October 04, 1954

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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2. What does Philip Wylie have against "gorgeous blondes," either above or below the water?

3. It is not true that fish will not bite on regular lines while there are skin divers under water in the area. Many times, off Fire Island near wrecks and off the New Jersey jetties, from Asbury Park to Point Pleasant, I have caught fish (blacks, kingfish and stripers) while anglers were catching them right around me. I have often gone under to scare a few big blackfish up from under some rocks for the jetty fisherman, while I watched the fight from close range underwater. I wouldn't be surprised to find that the observant spearfisherman knows more about what bait a fish will take, and how he will hit it than the angler.

4. Most spearfishermen in the area that I know think it unsporting to use a lung for the actual spearing because it gives the skin diver too much of an advantage against any fish under about 50 pounds. That applies even to a strong sting ray of that weight.

5. Mr. Wylie's only valid point is that skin divers do not spend as much money at a resort fishing area as a marlin or tuna fisherman with a forty-foot boat, but since when should inexpensive vacationing be "regulated" away from good fishing areas?

6. If Mr. Wylie wants to know what a mako shark will do when he sees a skin diver, I suggest that he go to Montauk Point, where many skin divers have seen ten-footers (estimated from a distance) in the water with them and report a singular disinterest by the shark. In Florida, many divers have caught mako and even tiger sharks and now have a weight record competition like anglers. They also spear barracuda, sting rays and moray eels and I know of no mishaps...
Newark, N.J.

I thought you might be interested in a "Lunker" that I caught on August 9, so I am attaching a picture.

In the picture, Lloyd Demmen is on the left and of the other two the one in the center is the halibut. Our other companion (someone has to take the picture) was G. H. (Ed) Edwards. All of us are residents of Portland, and members of the Portland Spin Fishing Club.

Bigger halibut have been caught but I believe that this will be a new record for light tackle. The equipment that I was using is as follows: a Sila-Flex Salt Water Spinning Rod, a Mitchell Salt Water Spinning Reel and 300 yards (I used darn near all of it too) of 10-pound-test Garcia Playtl Line. We were mooching for salmon or striped bass using fresh herring for bait.

We were fishing in about 50 feet of water on the Coos Bay Bar in Oregon. The water was getting pretty rough for our 14' Isham Boat and we were talking about going in when the fish struck. It was 90 minutes before we even knew what had us on the other end of my line. Don't ever let anyone tell you that a halibut just lays on the bottom. His first run took off over 150 yards of line and before he was finally subdued he had made at least a dozen runs of from 50 to 150 yards each. I thought the reel would blow up?I thought the rod would splinter?I felt certain that the line would break at least 100 times. The picture proves that none of those things befell me. I was a very fortunate individual.

By the time that we had our prize in the boat the waves were running from 12 to 14 feet high and all other boats had gone in to safer waters. We could only go where our adversary wanted to take us. Once we had him in the boat it was a fairly easy matter to persuade him to go in with us. However, there was a question as to whether we should throw him back or just get out and let him have the boat.
Portland, Ore.

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