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Marin Independent Journal
Thursday, January 6, 1994

Capt. Clifford Alfred Anfinson ran popular charter-fishing boat

The ashes of San Anselmo Capt. Clifford Alfred Anfinson – who for 28 years ran a popular charter-fishing boat – will be scattered at sea Jan. 21.

Capt. Anfinson, skipper of the Bass Tub and known for yeas as one of the best on the bay, died of cancer at home Dec. 30.

He was 56.

He worked as a butcher at Petrini’s in Greenbrae before going into the charter-boat business as a full-time skipper in 1971.

“I’ve always loved the bay, loved to fish,” Capt. Anfinson said in a 1979 interview. “It’s long hours. It’s hard work, But I love my job!”

“A lot of people get high on smoking something,” he said. “I just like to get out on this boat and go for a ride.”

He had his share of bay fishing tales. One customer toppled overboard after hooking a fish, held on to the pole, was pulled back aboard, and still landed a 35-pound striped bass.

And then there were the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers he saw up close while fishing below the span. Capt. Anfinson saw a dozen take the plunge. “I heard one guy yelling ‘Geronimo!’ We all looked up. He took the dive. I can remember it in slow motion. It’s terrible. There’s nothing you can do.”

He loved to fish but didn’t like to eat them.

“I like hamburger,” he said.

Capt. Anfinson hadn’t been out on the Bass Tub since August. The charter business is now run by his son, Erik.

The Willows native grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Lincoln High School there.

Capt. Anfinson was a member of the United Anglers and served two years in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Anfinson of San Anselmo; two sons: Erik and Aaron Anfinson of San Anselmo; his mother, Frances Schaeffer of San Francisco; a sister, Charlotte Yarnall of San Francisco; and two brothers: Chuck Schaeffer of Tillamook, Ore. and Ron Anfinson of Reno, Nev.

Services will be at sea Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. Boats will board at Fisherman’s Wharf and at Loch Lomond Marina between 11:30 a.m. and noon to carry friends to the site.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Cancer Institute of Marin, P.O. Box 8010, San Rafael, 94912, or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, 94925.

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