“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Avalon, Catalina Island in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

The Leaping Tuna

(The Thunnus Thynnus or Bluefin Tuna)

The Leaping Tuna Marker image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, November 15, 2011
1. The Leaping Tuna Marker
Inscription.  The sport of big game fishing originated in Avalon when Charles Frederick Holder caught a 183 pound Blue Fin Tuna with sport fish tackle on June 1, 1898. This angling milestone inspired him to form the Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Island, an organization dedicated to promoting conservation of our marine recourses and good sportsmanship among anglers. It was once common for vast schools of tuna to arrive in early summer within view of the island, often amazing onlookers with their ability to make spectacular leaps after flying fish. This bronze is titled “Leaping Tuna”, to honor the great game fish and to commemorate the Tuna Club’s “Centennial Years”. The base is in the outline of Santa Catalina Island, with a stripped Marlin on the upper portion in recognition of it being caught here first in 1903, and the Broadbill Swordfish below it symbolizes the worlds earliest sportfishing capture of that species in 1913.

Bronze by Artist Joseph Quillan, 1998.
Erected 1998.
Location. 33° 21.298′ N, 118° 
The Leaping Tuna image. Click for full size.
By Wyndfire, November 15, 2011
2. The Leaping Tuna
Bronze statue outside of the Tuna Club, dedicated to the club's founder.
19.89′ W. Marker is in Avalon, Catalina Island, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Saint Catherine Way, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avalon CA 90704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tuna Club of Avalon (here, next to this marker); Catalina Island Yacht Club (approx. 0.6 miles away); Avalon Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wrigley Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2011, by Wyndfire of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 20, 2011, by Wyndfire of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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