Friday, March 28, 2008

Something’s Fishy

Work and play are anchored around the seashore for Larry Fukahara, program director at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and avid fisherman in his spare time.

A handful of adults and children accepted the invitation to go fishing with “Uncle Larry,” as Fukahara is affectionately known. Gathering his students on the Cabrillo Beach pier on March 22, Fukahara taught participants about the basics of fishing.

The bait was hooked, the lines went down and the waiting game began.

Hermosa Beach resident Kathy Cohen caught the first smelt, which five-year-old Efrain Marquez felt compelled to investigate. Cohen and her husband, Paul, spend a lot of leisure time in San Pedro. “We love San Pedro,” said Paul Cohen.

The little ones were fascinated by the first marine visitor.

Emerson Marquez, 2, angles for a better view.

Brother Efrain Marquez displays his catch.

Sebastian Palermo, 9, reels one in.

The smelt were promptly thrown back to sea, but students carried the experience and certificates of participation home with them.

Fukahara’s fishing lessons are free of charge and taught periodically. Contact the aquarium for more information.

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