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Rod & Gun News – 12/30/2023

By Christine Patton

Year end at the Rod & Gun Club

New Year’s Eve is in our sights, and it’s time for a resolution or two. Most people I know want to feel better, look better, or be more skilled at what they like to do. Getting fit or losing weight, classic New Year’s resolution targets, can require a long, sustained effort, but improving execution of a physical activity can be as quick as Saint Nick going up the chimney.

For instance, if you want to be a better shooter, coaching from an expert might be the best way to improve your game, and the Rod & Gun Club is proud to be hosting the very distinguished instructor, Pablo Montealegre for lessons at their Range. Paul is a world-class sporting clays, trap, box bird champion for the past decade, winning national and international competitions, including the 2020 SxS National Championship. He is also a NSCA certified instructor, founder of the Escopeta Shooting Academy in Houston, Texas, and will be offering beginning, intermediate or master lessons at the Card Sound Range, open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To book a lesson, email the Range at Whatever your skill or specialty, Pablo can help you move to the next level of your game.

Fish of the Month — Kingfish and Wahoo

January’s quarry are each delicious eating as well as a challenge to catch. The Wahoo, which can be over 150 lb., is one of the fastest fish in the sea, especially appreciated for the strength and speed of their first run. The Kingfish, or King Mackerel, generally 10 to 30 lb. (but can be larger) is also known for its speed and fight. Catch a good-sized example of either and bring it to the MarineMax Weigh Station for an official weigh-in and you are instantly a contender for the $50 MarineMax gift certificate First Prize.

Reminder — Kayak Cleanup with the Bonefish Bonnies
Monday, January 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Buccaneer Island
Contact Phil French, RGC Events Chair,

Rod & Gun Club Men’s Night Returns!

A fun evening with great food and high spirits, joke telling and tall tales.
Dress code: Hunting or Fishing attire
Annual Sportsman of the Year Award 
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Tarpon Hall
Cocktails and Dinner
Details to follow