THE BKUE BONNET
—: THE BLUE BONNET :—
A weekly publication of the ship's company of the U. S. S. Houston, Captain
G. N. Barker, U.S.N., Commanding and
Commander C. A. Bailey, U.S.N., Executive Officer.
Editor Lieut, (jg) E. A. McDonald
Assistant Editor: Ensign J.P.M. Johnston
Associate Editor: Stefan Sivak, Jr., SKlc
Associate Editor: W. J. Bannen, Sea. lc
Cartoonist: W. C. Ridge
Circulation: A. M. Partridge, Flc
FISHING FACTS ABOUT
Watch standing, gun drills, and
divisional work have scarce left us a
breathing spell. The time passes
quickly this way—perhaps even too
quickly for us to assimilate all the
new things we hear and see concerning the stops made.
The other evening, Dr. Schmitt
gave an excellent talk on the Galapagos Islands illustrated by lantern
slides. It was too bad there was a
high wind at the time which took
some of the words right out of the
loud speakers and blew them once or
twice around the stack before finally
coming to our ears.
For those who were unfortunate
enough not to be present then, and
for those having difficulty in hearing
the lecture we are running highlights
of the Galapagos (Extracts from one
of Dr. Schmitt's articles) in this
issue™also a plain, unvarnished tale
of the Baroness and her two lovers.
The Galapagos, under the jurisdiction of the Government of Ecuador
are the most interesting bits of land
on the face of the globe today. To
know them thoroughly provides you
with a topic of engaging interest
which should make anyone sit up and
Shortly we shall visit Cocos Island.
The tales of buried bucaneer's treasure and loot have made people search
there by the scores.
It is a very good thing to seek out
all the facts. To know your lands
visited well is to broaden your character to a corresponding degree.
For those who intend dropping
a line in the waters of these parts
the following may be of great interest to you when upon pulling in
your line you may find an unusual
fish. It may be any of these we
are about to describe. The most
prevalent (and tiresome) fish is the
common "Grouper" a brownish basslike beggar of from two to twelve
pounds in weight. For the sportsman they provide little sport, but
for the table, few dishes are better.
The "Golden Grouper" is less common by far, and rather more difficult
to catch. Groupers have a trick of
doubling back upon the line and
severing it just above the leader.
The "Skipjack" is a common catch,
and, per pound of weight, is as gamy
as any, fighting until pulled into the
boat. The largest Skipjack in these
waters appear to be about twenty-
five inches, weighing not more than
six pounds. With its deep blue back
and rainbow shades blending into
silver stripes, few fishes of the mack-
eral family could be called more
The "Cosmopolitan Dolphin" - not
the Porpoise, but the fish of the High
Seas, is one of the rare catches
among the Islands, and is prone to
measure only three of four feet in
length. The coloration is vivid and
extraordinary, being shot with electric blues and yelow capable of rapid
change. The "Dolphin" is a welcome
catch in the Galapagos, not only for
the sport, but for the table.
Equally prized for the table is the
"Cerro", a game little chap, somewhat resembling the "Spanish Mack-
eral", but with yellow spots on the
sides, weighing up to eight pounds.
The "Tuna" is another fighter in
these waters, but one must be fast
to bring in the whole Tuna due to
the Shark menace.
The "Wahoo", Barracuda-like in
form, here reaches a length of about
five feet or more. Barracuda-like
again, the nose is sharp, but the teeth
comparatively small. When hooked
All hands are cordially invited to attend
on Sunday. The ship's orchestra will
furnish splendid music as usual. The
Chaplain will discuss problems of importance to everyday living.
"I was glad when they said to me
Let us go unto the House of the Lord."
the Wahoo is generally off with many
yards of the line before the angler
has had time to gather his wits,
and the fight is continuous thence
onward to the gaff.
The "Rooster fish", with his buffalo hump and highstanding rooster-
feathers, though apparently less common in the Galapagos than either
the Tuna or Wahoo, is surely no less
of a fighter per pound of weight.
He is more difficult to land, darting
swiftly toward the angler, then
suddenly away, he is often able
to free himself, and always able to
provoke some excitement. Streamlined like the Dolphin, heavy by the
head and long tapering, he may be
expected to weigh about fifty to
seventy-five pounds. No game fishes
of the Galapagos are more capable
of putting up a lasting battle. From
the standpoint of pleasure, the Galapagos angler may expect more of
it from Tuna, Rooster-Fish, and
Wahoo than from any other game
of these waters.
Last but not least, is the many
types of Sharks which may be seen
and caught. The Ground Sharks are
the greatest in numbers.
One fishes for nothing in particular in the Galapagos, and tackle
should be selected accordingly.
- Card of Thanks -
The message of condolence and
accompanying token at the time
of the death of my brother, Nor-
bert Kallaus, are deeply appreciated. Heartfelt thanks to my
Joe Kallaus, S2c