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Rod & Gun News – 12/22/2023

Holiday Greetings From the Rod & Gun Club

By Christine Patton

Need a last minute stocking stuffer? How about a gift certificate for rounds at the Rod and Gun Club Shooting Range? Or a Casting Lesson with one of the many experts on The Reef?

Holiday Tournament

When the gift action starts to slow, get your team together for the December 28th Holiday Tournament, a one-day, no fee, fishing contest. Make up a team of four — Club members and guests — plus unlimited spectators per boat. The goal is to catch as many species of fish as possible, the bigger the better as points are graded by size. The prize is a day on the water with family and friends, and a delicious haul for dinner. Sign up with Ken Reda at MarineMax ( or 305-342-0658) and come to the Captains Meeting at 5 p.m. on the 27th. All the details can be found on the Rod and Gun website,

Rod & Gun Club Shooting Range

The Rod and Gun Club Shooting Range is open 10am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for shotgun practice and Mondays for hand guns, a new addition. Again, see the website for details and contacts.

Clean up Days with Bonefish Bonnies – January 8 is first of three Clean up Days with Bonefish Bonnies. It doesn’t matter how often this work gets done, there is always an astounding amount of debris to be collected — and an astounding assortment of items… Meet at Buccaneer Island Beach at 9am. Ocean Reef will supply kayaks, garbage bags, gloves and all we need are willing volunteers to paddle out to our mangroves and collect what has washed up. Contact Phil French, Rod and Gun Events Chair (, if you are interested in taking care of your environment.