DONNELL CULMEPPKR Six-Foot Worms, 500-lk Catfish! Several ukiiime catfishermen, even those who have wet worms in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers and either streams of the South and Midwest, just about went out of their minds the other day When they saw that item in ACTION' LIN'E, in which a reader asked if there were man-eating catfish in Arizona's Lake Hava- Â· su. The staffers who handle ACTION LINE immediately started calling experts -- they didn't ask me. I presume because I am not an expert -- and it gave some fishy biologists an opportunity to flash a sense of humor. I'm thinking particularly about the Arizona warden who said: "I have heard of five-foot-long catfish in that lake." There was also the wag who reported that one of his skin-diving friends had seen eyes 18 inches apart and presumed that they belonged to a catfish. HÂ« admitted, however, that a 35-pound catfish taken in 1952 in Havasu Lake was the largest on record for that body of water. Catfish that went above the 100-pound mark have been taken in the southern and midwestern rivers. I can not find any records in any books about catfish. Apparently, Field and Stream magazine, a recognized authority on fresh-water records, doesn't regard catfish as sporting specie. To that, I might add that some Field and Stream expert sitting behind a desk ought to get his hands on a big channel cat; he'd find out soon enough ihat they are sporting. Â» * * * ; NO CATFISH EVER ATE A PERSON, but South Â·Americans swear that 500 -pound catfish and possibly heavier ones do exist in the Amazon River. There's not much doubt among catfishermen that a fish of that specio and that large could get his mouth over most anything, including a small elephant. How would you like to hook on one of those monsters with a small spinning reel and eight-pound test line? A catfish weighing 117 pounds was taken in the Osago River in Missouri five years ago and it took Anzel Goan and his two sons to get the brute off a trot line that had been baited with dough balls. The South Americans and a Braniff International public relations man who has a record for honesty are not sure that the 500-potmders in the Amazon would go for dough balls. However, one of those quarter-ton babes might react to a six-foot-long worm. How does that six-foot worm grab you? Well, six-foot worms do exist and the National Geographic Society is authority for that statement. The worms are found in the same country where the natives claim that 500-pound catfish thrive. The Andean heights of Columbia are the habitat of i he big worms. To dig a mess of such worms, a man needs a fast shovel, strong back and a heart that's not likely to stop pumping at 13,000 feel, where the worms .seem in ihrive. IF YOU THINK THAT THIS is just a lot. of cat- wash and wormy ideas, ask any representative of the Braniff Outdoor Council, Exchange Park, Dallas, Tex. TrilioS and he'll dig i n t o the books and give you an answer. Chances arc that he'll Suggest a South American vacation trip. Airline people have queer habits of coming up with such ideas. Meanwhile, those of you who have just enough vac a t i o n money to get to one of our nearby lakes, such as Havasu, Mead, Mohave, Isabella, Cachuma, Henshaw. Irvine and many others should try worms and night crawlers and plain old garden tackle. You may not get any 35-pounders, but you might put some tasty catfish fillets on the table. It may seem strange, but some of our catfish in Southern California have gone the way of most trout; the darned fool fish with the nasty barbs and whiskers are liking cheese baits. Not wanting to make enemies out of some advertisers that keep this and other newspapers going, I'm not going to name any brand, but the smellier the cheese, the more chance you have of hooking cither trout or catfish. And if you can make some smelly doughballs, the ' Â· " c a t s may go for thai jusi as well. Doughballs also attract carp, certainly not such a delectable fish, bul a finny devil t h a t will give you a good fight on light tackle. You'll f i n d a lot of those in the Colorado River buck waters. GOLFING WITH Angels Sign Scout-!, Switch Rooster INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)_C-7 J U"t xicf, CJIK, fntti, HÂ». r, IMÂ» LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR CLUBS Do you know how tar you tin hit Â· foil bill with Â·ach club in your big? .If you h2Y9 sny doubt about this, and if you are Mrious about improving your game, then I suggest you itart pacing off your normal shots. Thi* way you will develop a valuable guide lor judging distance. WOOP 4 3 2 1 YXRPS 160190200210 Actually this learning procass is very simple. You will find that your distanca varie* about 10 yards per club (see sample chart illustrated here). Thus, if you learn that you hit a 5-iron 140 yards, you can assuma quit* easily that you will hit a 6-iron 130 yards Judging distance on shots always calls for soma margin of error. You have to allow a few yards on shot* over hazards, for instance. Butyou can reduce this margin if you learn exactly what to expect from your clubs. Â» . ,,,, Â«Â«.HÂ«M. .* Â· . ;uid .1 two-playei :wit ;; iur spring triiiniii^ The semi;? siL'iMi Â« , - : . Â£*$Â· i 'Â· Â· . - ; Â· Â· Â·Â· s Â·Â·Â· i:. .ili-st.M- Â·;Â·..Â· duty, but Hilario Ro- | -:Â·"Â·;.:. p ;;: Â·..:Â· Cilifornu ;..s. ,ir. :nfHdcr. has been i.r.'.;: . -.'..:.* i liic-ii ID ,n Â· .iskcd lo report. BREWED WITH PURE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER, 49er Spring Teams Swing Into Action Cal State Long Beach's baseball, swimming, wrestling, and gymnastics teams draw competition today. Don Gambril's swim team, 8-1 in dual meet competition, hosts Cal Poly of Pomona and Valley State this afternoon at 3. and then travels to Irvine Saturday for an 11 a.m. clash with the Anteaters. Bob Yv'uesthoff's baseball team seeks its second win of the season at La- Palma Park tonight at S against Chapman College in a tuneup to Saturday's home opener, a Blair Field doublcheader against Pep- perd'mr. Ken Bartleu's gymnas- Metro Wrestling Finals Tonight Finals in the Metropolitan Conference wrestling championship will be held tonight after afternoon preliminaries at Long Beach City College. More than SO collegiate wrestlers will vie in the 11 weight divisions to determine who will advance to the state championships. The final round begins at. 7:30 p.m. in the Men's Gym. Admission is SI.25 fur adults. 50 cents for students. tics team hosts California Collegiate Athletic Assn. rival Cal Slate L.A. today at 3 pm. and Dale Deffner's wrestlers host UC Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m. Randy Moffitt is the expected starter in the Chapman game. The won their opener Wednesday, defeating Loyola -!-3, behind the heroics of Mike Burns. Today's swim matches should be a tuneup to Saturday's Irvine meet. "Irvine has a team you have- to respect," Gambril says. HURRY IN! LIMITED-TIME OFFER! HAVE YOUR /vore/co' OVERHAULED AT A SPECIAL LOW PRICE Put new life in your Norelco ... have it tuned up, cleaned up, during this special limited- time offer! Factory-trained repairmen will thoroughly clean, oil, check and adjust your Norelco Electric Shaver to keep it in top condition. SAT., FEB. 22nd c _ o o FROM 9 to 6 Zb |VO SUN., FEB. 23rd | FROM 10 to 5 PLUS NEEDED PARTS AT SPECIAL LOW PRICES DOOLEY'S HariwareJarf 5075 LONG B E A C H BlVD - N O R T H IONC BtaCH is different, but the concept is basically the same. Both vehicles are v r r y d i f f i c u l t lo destroy. However, the M-4o (at \vA\\.) VMS built to withstand slightly meaner treatment than the Volvo 144 (at l e f t ) . As a result, the M-48 weighs in at 88.000 Ibs. And for all its hulk, carries only three men--in extreme difoomfori v e might add. It burns two gallons to the mile and Â·won't go over 30 miles an hour. Jn other words, it's a tank. The Volvo, on the other hand, u r i ^ l i i n a t j i b l 2 . 6 0 0 l!,s. And I'm a l l i l - l , i , - k ..i" bulk, rarrii.'.- li\e I I H - I I -- i n i - \ h v m r i m n l i . i i. I t ;jel- u l i - t . i l l l i a l ! v l . c l l n - -Â·'- i n i i f age .11 id v i l l go la; t e n i Hi i;l i l u . i i i r . n i | n i l i n ear.*. Vi Inch are ia.-ler I m i n i .1- -i i n n ^ . I n o t h e r word:-. a \ u l \ o i- - I m n j i : t the way a t a n k is strong and has - t r e n c h where a tank has weaknesses. Just how strong is a Volvo? ^ou could stack eight Volvos, one on top of another, without disturbing the Volvo on the bottom. Thai's a total of 10 tons. Six steel pillars, boxed for maximum strength, support the roof. (It's ironic that Detroit calls cars with no steel pillars "hard- lop::/' when in reality thev'rn i-xadlv t h e oppo.-ite.) Each M'lo of thf! Vilvo body is made Irom one solid piece of steel. There are no Â·weak points because there are no seams. In other parts of the hocly, where seams occur, 8.000 spot welds fu-e them together. It's this k i n d ol con.-tniciiun that once led Car Driver .Marine to make the fol- l o w i n g observation. "... the \olvo is possibly the toughest Â·\ chicle anywhere this side of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and there is a growing legion of happy owners who will be glad to voril'v the point." '1 iii'- Aln-nlivti 1'rovmg Grounds, iitn- d'-nl.iiiv. i-u here the Army tests tank=. A Volvo doesn't self-destruct in three years. 1 hen-1- an obvious advantage in nu n- iiiu .1 i ,tr llui liinll like .1 \ulvo. (luce it s p.nd !'u. t h ' - j i / - -till something left to own. A \ o k o can liclp }ou fight off the im- pul.-e that drives you into debt every few years. Beciiu.se by keeping it, you can begin making payments to yourself instead of the finance company. Of course, if you're not interested in adding money to your coffers, you can sell your Volvo after three years. And delight in how little }ou lo-e. Volvo.- dt-precialra- lowly (VOLVO) Buena Park: Sweet William, 8011 Commonwealth Westm.: Herb Friedlander Imports, 13750 Beach Blvd. Compton: Arrow Motors, 912 N. 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