PENINSULA DAILY NEWS for Wednesday, August 7, 2013 PAGE
Legendary fish to turn you blue THIS IS A good time of year to catch some bluebacks. What is a blueback? Well, there are several answers. Most salmon have a Pat blue back and Neal a white belly when they come out of the ocean. There could be a reason. To a predator looking from above, the blue back of the fish blends in with the deep blue sea. A predator looking at the same fish from below will have a hard time seeing the white belly against the light of the sky. As the fish enter the river, they endure an amazing transformation from salt to fresh water. Their saltwater scales fall off. Fish change color to match the rocks in the river so they can be well camouflaged while they spawn. A fish that has a blue back generally means that it just came out of the salt water, so it is in the best eating condition.
Some people call the sea-run cutthroat a blueback, and that is our right as decent Americans. Others call these fish the “harvest trout” because they run in late summer, but cutthroats will always be bluebacks to me. Like all anadromous fish, cutthroat come up the river to spawn, but they do not die after spawning like the salmon. They feed on the eggs of the spawning fall salmon. The presence of the sea-run cutthroat is an indication of the health of the salmon runs. The Lake Ozette sockeye also once were called bluebacks. Now they are called “endangered species.” The most famous trout on the North Olympic Peninsula, the Beardslee of Lake Crescent, also was called a blueback. The Beardslee was named after Rear Adm. Lester A. Beardslee, who brought the Navy’s Pacific Squadron to Port Angeles for summer maneuvers in 1895. Beardslee was said to have spent so much time fishing at Lake Crescent they named the trout after him. The legend has been passed down that the admiral caught 350 trout on his very first visit to Lake Crescent. It is not my place to question
A Tacoma angler was said to have spent 3 hours and 45 minutes reeling in an 11-pounder. Beardslee trout were known to reach 20 pounds. Imagine catching 350 of those bluebacks. There’s not enough hours in the day. Even if Rear Adm. Beardslee was fishing two rods, he’d be lucky to catch half that number in a day. This would confirm my theory of translating fish stories into English: You simply divide or multiply each number by a factor of two depending on whom you are talking to. PAT NEAL/FOR PENINSULA DAILY NEWS (Lake Crescent and all its A big Beardslee trout caught several years ago in Lake tributaries is now open only to Crescent by Jerry Wright of Jerry’s Bait and Tackle of Port catch and release fishing. The Angeles. The Olympic National Park lake is now restricted regs also prohibit the use of to catch-and-release fishing. down riggers and require that anglers use only artificial lures the integrity of someone who was slee trout is not as easy as it with single barbless hooks and with Commodore Matthew Perry’s sounds. no more than two ounces of landing at Kurihama, Japan, in E.B. Webster, one of the found- weight.) 1853; was on the monitor Naners of the Port Angeles Evening ________ tucket during the ironclad attack News, which became the current on Charleston Harbor in 1863; Peninsula Daily News, wrote Pat Neal is a North Olympic carried the first U.S. flag through about the Beardslee trout in his Peninsula fishing guide, author the Suez Canal in 1871; and reepic book, Fishing the Olympics. and “wilderness gossip columopened the Chilkoot Pass in BritWebster estimated that the nist.” He can be reached at 360ish Columbia and Alaska in 1880. Beardslee could hit speeds of 25 683-9867 or at patnealwildlife@ Still, 350 trout is just a little mph when it struck — and peel a yahoo.com. bit too round and tidy a number, hundred feet of line before jumpHis column appears on this ing 6 or 7 feet in the air. and besides, reeling in a Beardpage every Wednesday.
Peninsula Voices PA’s politics The Wikipedia entry for Port Angeles states that the city “has suffered from a wave of political corruption and scandals involving various elected officials at Clallam County, the Port of Port Angeles and the city of Port Angeles,” citing several Peninsula Daily News articles to support the claim. A PDN headline [Aug. 2] reported: “Clallam Voter Turnout Over 19 Percent.” Can anyone see a connection here? Elton Homan, Port Angeles EDITOR’S NOTE — We’ll leave it to our readers to decide the veracity of the Wikipedia entry (under “Culture and Crime”) for Port Angeles. Wikipedia pages are edited by the public, and this leads to both human
the media for reporting it as a possible motivation. Do I think George Zimmerman deserved prosecution? Well, the jury spoke and he’s free. But is he responsible for what happened? He had the gun, and he followed Trayvon Martin Zimmerman trial after being told to wait for I must respond to the let- police. ters “Zimmerman I” and Apparently, he should “Zimmerman II” [Peninsula have had more training. Voices, Aug. 1]. There was an altercation, I feel sad that these and it appears Mr. Zimmertwo writers seem to not only man lost control of the situcondone this senseless trag- ation. edy but to also blame the He was able to shoot this victim. black kid and call it selfThen they deny the pos- defense, and he had the sibility of racism’s involvewounds to corroborate his ment — until it was story. “shamelessly injected” by The authors of the letour black president, our ters are blaming the black black attorney general, and kid for not showing the the very outspoken Al proper obedience to the Sharpton, all of whom have white establishment — even experienced racism at one a wanna-be cop. time or another. Patrick Cook, The writers also blame Carlsborg error in factual information as well as anonymous writers who want to sabotage entries. Up to 6 in 10 articles on Wikipedia contain inaccuracies, according the Public Relations Journal.
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Victim attacked The letters “Zimmerman I” and “Zimmerman II” are classic examples of attacking the victim. The second can be dismissed out-of-hand as wild meanderings that wander afield, attacking not only Martin, but President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and whatever. The first suggested that race and the “stand-yourground” law were not factors. They may have had some influence on Zimmerman’s basic outlook but were not active factors. What was relevant was an individual walking down a street where he had a right to be. It was dark, and there was no one else about when he became aware of someone in a vehicle behind him. His first thought may have been that it was the
police. One glance would have shown it was not a marked police car. If it were unmarked, [the officers] would have pulled along and identified themselves. When this did not happen, what would have been anyone’s thought in this situation? Drive-by? Robbery? Martin could not know if his stalker was armed, but he knew that he wasn’t. So he ducked out sight. Then, Zimmerman came looking for him on foot. Martin had to assume [his pursuer] was armed and after him. Obviously, he was close or Martin couldn’t have gotten to him before being shot. It is likely Zimmerman had the gun in hand. In the course of the struggle, it would have been difficult to remove from a pocket or holster. Martin was the one act-
ing in self-defense. Zimmerman is the very type that shouldn’t have a gun. Richard Jepsen, Sequim
Fun feature I always look forward to the “Classified of the Day” item, as the person who does the artwork is very whimsical. Even something as mundane as a “lost” lawnmower was very cleverly presented and caught my eye. Thank you to the artist for brightening my mornings. Jan Hare, Port Angeles EDITOR’S NOTE — Keith Curtis of our advertising design team deserves the credit for the “Classified of the Day” ads. Today’s installment can be found on Page B3.
Finding heaven in difficult times THIS IS WHAT heaven is to me: When I look up, only blue sky. And it’s heaven, of course, so there’s been no recordable rainfall in the whole month of July. I am working in the city for the next week, so I meet my friend Steph for coffee, something I seldom do on the North Olympic Peninsula. She loves to meet for coffee, but it isn’t like this for me. I think about it, but the part of me that prefers sipping in my bathrobe always wins out. With two creamy caffeinated equivalents of milkshakes, we head to the ferry. On the other side of Elliott Bay, on the sands of Alki, a little girl smiles at me before walking to be with her family: men, women and numerous children, cross-legged on a woven mat under a wide blue tarp secured by the weight of halved Clorox bottles filled with sand. Between them, a feast is
defines what neighborhood you live in.” “And ethnicity.” Right. Growing up in New York in large taught me the meaning of the Mary Lou spread tinfoil containword and the importance of it, Sanelli ers. The food smells so good, how people want to live around their own, no matter how often I spend a long, private moment bureaucrats throw the word “integration” around. inhaling its Even so, I find the division tang. odd and unsettling. I can make And it sense of it, sure. occurs to me But it still feels insensible. that, other than Under the tarp, the family sits the twentyclose together. The men throw somethings from India and arms around each other. I find their laughter and singother countries arriving in Seating hypnotically moving. I stare. tle to work at Microsoft, Google What language are they and Amazon, I rarely see an speaking? immigrant family move into When one of the men winks at Steph’s neighborhood. me, I have to turn my head away. She says an economic wall In contrast, most of us sit sepdivides Seattle, north from south. “Take the light rail to the air- arately, reading, playing with our port if you don’t believe me,” she phones. Note: not much laughter. Even said. the volleyball game is intense. “Same old,” I said. “Money
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Turning over on the sand, I think about all the people who dream of exploring the world for months, even years, at a time, longing to break life-long routines, people who want (or think they want) to live on the fly. I can understand the appeal. But I am not cut out for it. I am hopelessly committed to belonging. And watching the girl and her mother eat something I don’t recognize, expertly with their hands, brings this longing to the surface. The reason? My own mother recently had a stoke from which she will never recover. She lives, yet does not. Suddenly, I feel too near the edge of seclusion. I flop over again, trying my hardest not to feel the squeeze of aloneness. If I’m not careful, it will grow, grab on and not let go. Luckily, another squeeze comes to mind. Steph squeezed my shoulders and coaxed me gently away from
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my mother’s bedside, saying, “How nice a walk outside would be.” That squeeze kept me sane. Friendship family. Where would we transplants be without it? I stand, dive into the bay, where I am not longing for more. The miracle of water is so overpowering, it always feels like enough. I freeze my behind for nearly five whole seconds! I gather up my towel, and Steph and I walk toward the ferry again.
________ Mary Lou Sanelli, writer, poet and performer, divides her time between Port Townsend and Seattle. She can be emailed via her website, www.marylousanelli.com. Her column appears on the first Wednesday of each month, the next installment appearing Sept. 4.
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Published on Aug 7, 2013