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Rod & Gun News – 3/17/2023

By Christine Patton

Rod & Gun Club Happenings 

Rod & Gun Club Men’s Night — Tuesday, March 21

Join us at 6 p.m. and Town Hall Waterside for a fun evening of great food and high spirits. There will be a game dinner buffet, joke telling and games. Hunting or fishing attire is encouraged. Sign up via email at

This week is the Reef Cup, a major tournament that attracts world-class deep-sea fishermen from far and wide to the waters off Ocean Reef. It occurs to me that fishermen are surprisingly competitive — why, when I look at all the contests going on right here under the auspices of the Rod and Gun Club, it’s clear that a little competition makes everything just a bit more interesting. There is a game for every angler .

There’s the Fish of the Month, which in March features pompano and snapper, and in April covers tuna and cobia. Open to all ORC Members and their guests, bring your submission to MarineMax for weighing — no entry fee!

Another fishing tournament is the Inshore/Offshore Have It Your Way, where you get to choose which three days you will fish, what category, Inshore or OFFSHORE, and FLATS, spin or fly. It runs from March 1 to April 15 and all it takes is an email before you go out and another with your results:

If you just want to watch fish, go to the Coral Cam, a 24-hour live feed available free to members of the Rod and Gun. Go to, sign in as a member (members of Rod and Gun can obtain the free access code by emailing and go to Coral Cam (an option in the list in the aqua band on the left side of screen) and enjoy full-color viewing of everything that swims by.

What a change of pace? Visit the Shooting Range, open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ready and equipped with everything you need to sharpen your skills and have a little more competitive fun, whether it’s sporting clays, skeet or trap. Just go to for more info.