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STOCKING, R. F. ( - )

  • July 15, 1901: R. F. Stocking with a 430 pound black sea bass

In the News~

July 30, 1901 [LAH]: “R. F. Stocking's catch of two weeks ago was fourteen pounds heavier than Mrs. Barrett's, but according to the rules he invalidated his claims to the glory there was in it by giving his rod to a companion to hold for a short time. F. S. Schenck of Brooklyn, N.Y., held the world's record with rod and reel for several years, with a black sea bass that weighed 384 pounds. Mrs. Barrett brought her fish to gaff in true sportsmanlike manner, and is entitled to the honor her pluck has richly earned, but being a woman she is not eligible to the gold button the Tuna club voted to award to the biggest catch of the season. Mrs. Barrett is also the only woman who has ever caught a black sea bass in Catalina waters with a rod and reel. Two other women, the late Mrs. Ross Jackson of San Francisco and Mrs. William Beckman of Sacramento, made catches of big bass here, but it was done with hand lines, which is not up to sportsmen's standards.”

August 13, 1901 [LAT/SCat]: “Avalon. Colonel R. F. Stocking, who caught the 430 pound black sea bass, came over yesterday for another round. Accompanied by Dr. W. E. Walsh, in the launch Nautilus, they went out to the banks in the morning and each of the gentlemen got his fish. Colonel Stocking’s weighed 222 pounds and was landed in forty-two minutes. Dr. Walsh’s weighed 250 pounds and it gave him enjoyment for three and one half hours before he made a landing… Dr. William Polk of New York… went to the Isthmus on a fishing trip Saturday and made a remarkable catch… it was found to be a huge black sea bass. No fish of that specimen has even been caught in that vicinity before, and it had departed from all precedent in taking a sardine bait.”

June 20, 1902 [LAH]: “Another tuna landed. R. F. Stocking, Los Angeles, the happy fisherman. Sport now fairly on at Avalon and many ambitious anglers go out daily. Avalon, June 19.— The second tuna of the season was brought in this morning. R. F. Stocking of Los Angeles made the catch, having Tad Gray for boatman, with the launch Violet G. The tuna weighed the same as the one caught yesterday, 150 pounds, and the time required to bring it to gaff was forty-five minutes. Mr. Stocking has never landed a tuna before, but he went up against the real thing last summer, and had a fight lasting five hours and then lost the tuna. Mr. Stocking is confident the tuna that escaped was a very large fish. The one landed this morning was hooked about three miles out and directly in front of Avalon... ”