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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - December 4, 1936, Galveston, Texas THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1936. Man Who Had Porpoise on Line Tells of Companion's Loyalty and Pitiful Moans An incident so rare that only on of its kind hai been reported t this actual hooking o a porpoise on a related by S. Rusaell of Port Arthur, big gam fisherman. Russell, who hooke< one at Bolivar, has. tried every con celvable lure In attempts to catch the porpoise, he declares, and 1 now developing a special reel t be uied with a gun that uhoota a. email, folding barb harpoon. Either the mate or parent of th porpoise he had on.his JIne showed a devotion almost human, never leaving the captive one's side from the time It was hooked. He trlec In vain to lead the captive one out to sea again, tried- to break the line, and at last, as Ruwwll wad Kreparlng to shoot the one on tn ne, the other porpoise moaned m. pltlfully that a woman spectator pleaded for the captive's Iffe. Rus- seell'B account follows: The porpoise has long intrigued me, as its. very numbers as well as characteristics would open up an entire new field of sport fWh.ng if It could bo taken on tackle. In a search for the answer I have used mullet, trout, flounder, and in fact every procurable speclea of flan both live and dead, as bait To date X have had one porpoise hooked, and have had two others on momentarily. I have used bait both live and dead for casting and bottom fishing, and have rigged with weights so that they would sink right side up and set- tle Into the bottom naturally None of these expedients ever got me a strike. I'orpolte MM Intuition. My first strike was while fishing from an old dock at Bolivar, tho aamo spot, incidentally, that fur- nished both others. Using dead mullet for bait I was bottom fishing for sharks, sting- rays or garo. when I noticed the peculiar double jerk of the cat-; flFh. Afler watchlntr tho lino for a I moment (the pole lying braced with only the click on) I decided that the catfish had hooked him- self. Koellnr In leisurely and- nnlv A Might Himnmodlc jerkliir to Indicate a small fish, the line denly went black. Almost at- (he Hftino InKtant a large porwlso broke out of the unter, opeif-ntouthcd, and shook out my catfUh. Hit had ntvrr'put the nllghtost strain on (he line, but noniethlnr had wnrnnd him (hut all was not M It should have been. third strike very similar to my first, except that I was cast- ing a mullet for tarpon. Thin por- iKilBe took ponslhiy 20 feet of line in one shori and then came out of the water completely, and Iu on hls bsck- T noticed that In both cases the porpoise ranie ntraiphl up out of the water and Ml backward, and In both S. Russell of Port Arthur, who once bad a wo once a a on hM line, IB shown in action above In one nlcturo and n (he oUter pooec with an albino rayflth, one of icnsatious of "the man on the ng trapeze." Eventually th? porpoise tired and pumped him alongside, while an nlooker went to my car for the gun to shoot him. as gaffing a live and lifting him 12 feet 'ould be a considerable task. In the meantime a discussion had aslsen among tho folks as to the two fish were mates r motlier and baby. Wher. I pumped tho captive longside, the free porpoise came him. and we realized that he 'hoi making a low moaning nolva illy unlike, and more sustained Sharks Bite Off Arms and Legs In Azore Isles; Porpoise Absent Bill Mills, who served on a naval sirnifd frantic wllh fear or astonishment even though I had not struck at them. Apparently thrv sensed something wrong tho mlnule Ihey took Ihe ball My second slrike, which came hftwoen Ihe two described above 'ho porpoise resulted hooked Sudden Terrific Bailie. This time I had been bottom nesrly i mornlnir without if a bite. Ciuu- the wheezing grunt you gen-, rally hear (him This mournful sound caused one lady to voice no uncertain opposi- tion to shooting him. In fact, the oyalty of the larger one was rap- Idly taking all the pleasure out of the Idea of. shooting and landing the smaller. So much so that when ho suddenly dove and cut the line on some submerged wreckage, my regrsts were partially, If not whol- ly, changed lo relief. M'ember of Rpd Cross Joins Porpoise Side; "Push Bodies Ashore1 Dear Ike Wnltn I read your a rticle in The of Tuesday, Dec. 1, about what fhould bn Hbuiit the porpoliieii of Galvpflton. Some uro of Iho opinion that they should be killed one way or tlm other. Othrrit porpoiscK should 1 uni one of the don't think be killed at lattrr. If you torpedo boat destroyer during the world war, recalls experiences he had with the porpoise which made of the big ta cats are lying irpoiac kicks them are unc of UIOHC Unit] see one alngle 1 porpoises Khuuld be ocean playboy. "Porpoises don't eat all tho trout they are 'hollering' they he de- clared. "Many a time when I've been seining on west beach headi of those -.big sea around. The porp ___ Into Ihe air with his tall and catches them tall first and snaps off their heads. But I don't think they eat all those trout." Once, while his ship was sailing In the war zone, Mills related, tho commander of the flotilla, Capt. Clayton, noticed one of hli ihootlng at a porpoise. "He raised plenty of sand." Mills declared. "He said, 'I never want to see any man on my ship shoot a porpoise. He Is our friend: he Is not man's enemy.' Capt. Clayton was an old-limcr. too. He was a four-striper when the war began old enough to be retired, but they Mromoled him to rear admiral. "When we were stationed In ihe Azores, a man who wns showing me around the principal city there would point out K man with an arm off. the sharks bit It off; or a man with a leg half off. the sharks got over the clly. All the time we were stationed there I did not being pulled through the water foi i long time. If people don't think that the ihrlmp nehetmen are getting rii of the choice fish faster than the porpolM they should take a trip out on one of the shrimp boats and see for themselves. On the other hand, If there are _ few people who would like to hold a porpoise rodeo I don't sec why they don't Just go ahead and stage It. and maybe There will be a few of the playboys brought In nit don't blame the shortage of fish all on him, surely porpoises years ago had to eat, but itlll there were glenty of fish. T. J. CORDRAY, JR. DUCK HUNTERS STILL PUTTING BIRDS ON JCE Venison Fried in Batter Is So Tasty "Ma" Locks Door To Get Ahead of Appetites venison In the ice box, loughts naturally race ahead to he time It Is on the table, and Ike alton has not yet found any way cooking It that beats frying It batter. Few people here seem this manner of found among the o know about loklng It. This recl Ills of Clpc W: Kan- _____________ County, where tho atives, years ago, ate only the Island duck hunters are still sup-1 choice meat along tho middle of a one Hlngle porpoise. 'Yon won't find any sharks wht Ing uul anoilicr mullet, I smoked clgaret and waited. Nothing happened. Concluding that It was not my dsy. I rrswled Into my cur fnr n nsp. I win rioilnr off when wild "MUler KtiMtllr and the at my reel brought me lo my fert, wide awakr. Urahblnr: my pole I wt Hie drar and "Iff a declared ynuniutir at my elbow. "How do you I mked. ItocauM I saw him Jump before you got up. Even though It felt as If I wns lied onto the stern of H lowbonl. I sllll did not helleve II was H por- pnl.i. So many were Jumping up Hint I thought Ihe bov had one jump while my reel was howl- Ing nnd had liuukixl. But In a short issumed thtit one was five seconds I knew he was light, for a porpoise cnme right out of the water, dl- redly In front of us and about TOO yards So ,7reat was tho flroln on Ihe tackle Ihnl line dlrenly
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