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Rod & Gun Club News – 2/17/2023

By Christine Patton

The Rod & Gun Club and the Bonefish Bonnies joined forces again this week to go out into the shoreline and collect floating debris from the mangroves around the oceanside of Ocean Reef. Cleaning up the environment is a big challenge, but here at Ocean Reef, we are doing what we can. If you missed this week’s efforts, there will be another Shoreline Cleanup on March 13.

And for the first time at Ocean Reef, if you are a diver/snorkeler who wants to get involved, there is a reef cleanup going out of the Fishing Village. The program, known as Dive Against Debris (DAD), is sponsored by The Dive Shop and will take place on the last and second Monday of each month, starting on February 27th. If you are interested in joining in, please call or email The Dive Shop (305-367-3051 or so that you can be added to the manifest. First-time participants are requested to check in at 8 a.m. for a 30-minute presentation on the process of determining what debris can be removed from the coral without damage (lots of rope, monofilament and old lobster traps) and at 8:30 a.m. the dive boat will go out. DAD is in partnership with Reef Renewal to clean the 15 vertical towers of moving nursery, and teams of snorkelers acting as scouts and divers as collectors will be welcome.

At the Range

Attendance at the Rod & Gun Club Shooting Range is continuing to grow, up 50% from last month. Part of the interest is in the new instructor, Pablo Monteallegre, who is expanding his days to include Saturday for private lessons (call 713-303-1695 or email For complete information and directions to the Sporting Clays Range, go to

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 21st will be Rod & Gun’s Men’s Night Out, at Town Hall Waterside — Sporting dress and plenty of fun awaiting you there! If you wish to attend, just send an email to Guests are welcome.

In a box

Calling All Rod & Gun Members!

The Rod & Gun Club is the biggest Club within the Club at Ocean Reef, with 623 families, and we want to keep all of our members informed of its activities, opportunities and accomplishments. We send periodic emails with news of happenings and events. If you are a Rod & Gun member and are not receiving these, and would like to, please send us an email to to be added to our list. We have many long-time members who have changed email addresses, so let us know. You may always “opt-out” if you are no longer interested in receiving our emails.