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Rod & Gun Club News – 4/9/2021

By Jody Steele

All Craft Fishing Tournament (NEW)

The first annual All-Craft Tournament has now started, being held March 31st-April 14th. This is a two angler/team fishing competition that is a new event sponsored by the Rod & Gun Club. Participants are required to pick two fishing days within the two-week window. Points will be scored for each of the two days. Winners will be determined by OVERALL points scored. All fish in the weight scoring categories are to be weighed at the MarineMax tackle shop on the fishing day in which they were caught between 3:00-4:00 pm. Each team is responsible for turning in their fully completed score sheets no later than 4:30 pm. In the event of a scoring tie, the tie breaker will be the team who scored the amount first.  A bi-weekly update of team scoring will be sent by group email during the tournament period, along with a scoring board in the MarineMax tackle shop.

Registration for this tournament has been extended. All information can be accessed on There is plenty of time left for teams to choose their two days. Winning teams of first, second, and third place will be notified on April 15th. Prizes will be awarded along with trophies to winners.

Save the Date

SEAL Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament
Monday, April 19

Fish of the Month

Tuna and swordfish are the Fish of the Month for April. Weigh in must be at the MarineMax tackle shop from 7:00 am-5:00 pm to be eligible for a $50 gift certificate and notoriety. Both of these fish are treated separately, so there are really two opportunities to win in April.

New Club Record

Bragging rights definitely earned!  Fishing for sailfish off of Ocean Reef on March 30th  on Bar South, Rob Gothier and Ignacio Borbolla hooked up a yellowfin tuna on a 20-pound test and then brought it in after two hours. The fish weighed in at MarineMax at 165.5 lbs.; now currently the Club record. Bonny Gothier shared that she sent a text to friends on The Reef to share the tuna, and their driveway had a line of happy customers ready to pick up their share for dinner. Please note accompanying picture of anglers, crew, and the catch of a lifetime.

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range

A reminder to Rod & Gun Club members that reservations to use the Range MUST be made ahead of time online at Please go to the website at and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is usually open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Share Your Sporting Pictures

Email your sporting pictures to to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit and click on “Photo Gallery” to view.