Posted on

A Close Call at the Range after massive brush fires.

By Jody Steele

The Card Sound Shooting Range was just too close to the fires that closed Card Sound Road these past few weeks. Thanks to the Miami Dade Fire Department, the Forestry Fire Service, and the quick thinking of Cordell Carr (Corey), Assistant Rangemaster a disaster was avoided.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 5th, we were all glad to know that Card Sound Road had opened. Concerned about the Range, Carmen Sferrazza, Rod and Gun Club Board Member and Corey entered the Range property. They saw that the fire crew had cut the lock to the main gate and had set up a Command Center nearby.  There was evidence of burnouts along the road and active fires were close by near the storage buildings and Skeet areas. Trees and brush had burned around the Five Stand Area and the Archery Range. However, mulch continued to burn and it was apparent that the fire could spread further. Corey “saved the day” and jumped in to the Gator (utility vehicle) and guided the fire crew with trucks and a water pumper in to the Range through the brush.  The smoldering areas were extinguished and doused with water. It was a successful fight to the end. The Range was saved!

All were amazed that the Tiki Hut and Shooting Stands were intact. The able fire crews shared that they had surveyed the property throughout the fire and had designated it an area to watch carefully. They did about 300 specific water drops over the Range and other areas close by which prevented enormous damage to the environment.

Minor repairs will be done over the summer and the Card Sound Shooting Range will be back next Season thanks to all that bravely helped save it and were on the spot when needed. See the pictures below.

Share Your Sporting Pictures
Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click on “Photo Gallery” to view. Check out the Brainard’s great Tarpon trip below.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News 4/23/2021

By Jody Steele

Rod & Gun Club All Craft Fishing Tournament Results

Rod & Gun Club’s inaugural All Craft Fishing Tournament was a success, with 10 teams competing in the tournament that spanned two weeks – March 31st to April 14th. Congratulations to our winners.

First Place Overall
Team “Tar Baby” – 614 points scored
Second Place Overall
Fishing partners Jack Salisbury & Jim Brewer – 82 points
Swordfish Winner
64 lbs. – Jim Brewer & Jack Salisbury

And here are the SEAL Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament
Overall Results
First Place: “Seraphim” 543 points
Second Place: “El Jefe” 450 points
Third Place: “Hope” 430 points
Honorable Mention: “Lightin Up” 428 points

14 boats entered.  30 sailfish releases scored in total.

Weight Division
* Snapper 8.2 lbs. “El Hefe
* Dolphin 21.3 lbs. “Seraphim
* Tuna 30.2 lbs. “Hope

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 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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. Not much time left!

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range
Just a reminder that the Range is now closed for the Season.

Share Your Sporting Pictures
Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click on “Photo Gallery” to view.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 4/16/2021

By Jody Steele

April 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 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 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. Not much time left!

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range Closing Soon

As our most unusual Season winds down, do not miss the opportunity to go to the Range once more as the Card Sound Shooting Sports Range will be closing for the Season following this Saturday, April 17th.

A reminder to Rod & Gun Club members that reservations to use the Range MUST be made ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Please go to the website at rodandgun.org and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form.

The Range will be back next season with its usual clay target ranges for Trap, Skeet, and Five Stand Sporting Clays, as well as an Air Rifle target range and an Archery range with 3D animal targets. In season, the Range is usually open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

ALL Craft Fishing Tournament

Look for the results of this new tournament in next week’s Ocean Reef Press!

Share Your Sporting Pictures

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

Posted on

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 rodandgun.org. 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 rodandgun.org. Please go to the website at rodandgun.org 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 jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click on “Photo Gallery” to view.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 4/2/2021

By Jody Steele

The month of April has arrived and it is a busy one for Rod and Gun Club members!

Keep ‘Em Wet!

A reminder to all anglers to “Keep ‘Em Wet”. As we enjoy all the great fishing here, it is important that if you do not plan to eat your fish, it should be kept in the water when unhooking and taking photographs.  Steps made to minimize air exposure, protect scales by avoiding dry surfaces such as hands and boat bottoms, and limiting handling time are all significant steps needed to save your fish. Some species such as sailfish, tarpon, bonefish and permit must stay wet in order to survive after being released.  Our efforts to follow these practices are “conservation in action” for the future of our fishing community.

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 p.m. Each team is responsible for turning in their fully completed score sheets no later than 4:30 p.m. 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 now closed. So now it is time for all 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. IF INTERESTED, LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

MORE for Your Fishing Fun:

Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – April 19th
More information on this exciting event coming soon!

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 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to be eligible for a $50 gift certificate and bragging rights. Both of these fish are treated separately, so there are really two opportunities to win in April.

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range
A reminder to members that reservations to use the Range MUST be made ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website at rodandgun.org 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 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Share Your Sporting Pictures
Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click on “Photo Gallery” to view.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 3/26/2021

By Jody Steele

The Season for the Rod and Gun Club Members is continuing in to April with some outstanding events. Check these out and add to your calendar!

All Craft Fishing Tournament (NEW)

The first annual All-Craft Tournament will be held March 31st-April 14th. This is a two angler/team fishing competition with no charge registration to all current Rod & Gun Club members.

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 between 3 and 4 p.m. on the fishing day in which they were caught. Each team is responsible for turning in their fully completed score sheets no later than 4:30 p.m. 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 great NEW tournament must be submitted no later than Monday, March 29th. All forms, including entry forms and rules can be picked up at MarineMax tackle shop or downloaded from the rodandgun.org website. Winning teams of first, second, and third place will be notified on April 15th. Prizes will be awarded along with trophies to winners.

MORE for Your Fishing Fun:

Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – Monday, April 19th
More information on this exciting event coming soon!

Fish of the Month
Snapper (all legal species) are the Fish of the Month. Weigh in at MarineMax tackle shop from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and be eligible for a $50 gift certificate and bragging rights.

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range
Members MUST make reservations ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website at rodandgun.org and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Share Your Sporting Pictures
Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click on “Photo Gallery” to view.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 3/19/2021

By Jody Steele 

ESP Presentation

Rod and Gun Club members learned more about Electronic Shooting Protection from Jack Homa, President of ESP and enjoyed an early evening social time at Town Hall Waterside last week. Some purchased the custom fitted ear devices to be utilized at the Card Sound Range. For more information – visit the ESP Website – https://www.espamerica.com/ .

All Craft Tournament (NEW)

The first annual All-Craft Tournament will be held March 31-April 14. This is a two angler/team fishing competition with no-charge registration to all current Rod & Gun Club members. 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 and 4 p.m. Each team is responsible for turning in their fully completed score sheets no later than 4:30 p.m. Registration for this great NEW tournament must be submitted no later than Monday, March 29. All forms, including entry forms and rules can be picked up at MarineMax tackle shop or downloaded from the rodandgun.org website – Click HERE for more information and forms. Winning teams will be notified on April 15th. 

More for Your Fishing Calendar

ORC Sailfish Classic Fishing Tournament – March 25-27

This is an Ocean Reef Club sponsored event with a welcome reception and awards presentation. Go to rodandgun.org calendar for a schedule of events, rules, and to register for this outstanding tournament – Click HERE

Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – April 19 – Click HERE for more infomation.

Fish of the Month

Snapper (all legal species) are the Fish of the Month. Weigh in at MarineMax tackle shop from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and be eligible for a $50 gift certificate and bragging rights. 

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range

Members MUST make reservations ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website at rodandgun.org and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Share Your Sporting Pictures

Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com to be featured in the Ocean Reef Press and on the Rod & Gun Club website. Visit rodandgun.org and click “Photo Gallery” to check it out!

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 3/12/2021

By Jody Steele and Wendy Brainard

Strong Showing at the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring 2021
With over 800 sailfish released in two days, this year was record breaking! Rod and Gun Club women anglers earned three spots in their division. Men anglers were also big winners.
                        Catch and Release Category: Triple Threat (6th Place) with 18 releases, Bar South (8th Place) with 17 releases.
                        Master Angler Division: Sandra Fish (6th Place) on Sandrita with 7 releases, Carl Lindner (9th Place) on Seraphim with 6 releases and 7th place Top Male Angler.
                        Top Female Anglers: Sandra Fish (2nd Place) with 7 releases, Vanessa Lindner (6th Place) on Tar Baby with 2 releases, and Wendy Brainard (9th Place) on Sandrita.                  

Congratulations to all of the Rod and Gun anglers!

All Craft Tournament (NEW)
The first annual All-Craft Tournament will be held March 31st-April 14th. This is a two angler/team fishing competition with no charge registration to all current Rod & Gun Club members. 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. Registration for this great NEW tournament must be submitted no later than Monday, March 29th. All forms can be picked up at MarineMax tackle shop or downloaded from the rodandgun.org website.

More for Your Fishing Calendar
Sailfish Classic-March 25-27th
Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – April 19th

Fish of the Month
Snapper (all legal species) are the Fish of the Month. Weigh in at MarineMax tackle shop from 7:00 AM-5:00 PM and be eligible for a $50 gift certificate and bragging rights.

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range
Members MUST make reservations ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website at rodandgun.org and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Share Your Sporting Pictures
Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com. Check out this weeks action!

Posted on

Rod and Gun Club News – 3/5/2021

By Jody Steele

What a catch!

Check out the pictures of the ORC RECORD swordfish caught on February 25th aboard Mo Cuisle at 391 lbs.  Congratulations to Bud Copeland, Wade Copeland, Guy Lipscomb and Tre Still.  It took a three-hour fight to land this enormous fish. Special thanks to John Weiland for providing his digital scale and doing the official weigh-in late in the day.

For Your Fishing Calendar
Sailfish Classic – March 25-27th
All Craft Tournament (NEW) – March 31st-April 14th 
Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – April 19th

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range

Members MUST make reservations ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website at rodandgun.org and then the Range section. Hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Join the Club

Membership in the Rod and Gun Club is easy. Go online to the website and scroll down to the “membership” section at the bottom. Fill out the form and submit. In no time you will be eligible to use the Card Sound Shooting Sports Range along with invitations to special events, fishing, and shooting trips. All members also receive discounts at MarineMax and Orvis.

Share Your Sporting Pictures

Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com. Check out this weeks shots.

Posted on

Rod & Gun Club News – 2/26/2021

By Jody Steele

Looking ahead and looking back, the Rod & Gun Club continues to enhance the lives of its members.

A Bit of History

In the late 90’s, Tom Davidson, Bill Willson, Rick Howard and Jack Curlettwere on a trip to Deep Water Cay with about 15 other Ocean Reef Club Members when they conceived the idea of the Rod & Gun Club. The plans took shape fairly quickly with goals to organize other fishing trips and tournaments, oversee the Reef Cup, hold learning seminars, and engage in conservation activities. Tom Davidson shares that social events were also part of the planning.  Amazingly, a couple of hundred signed up for this “new” club and was kicked off with a fish fry that immediately sold out in one day!  The group hired Chico Fernandez as the fishing professional to give lessons, go on trips, and advise all interested in fishing. Tom Davidson was the first chairman, then Bill Willson, Rick Howard, Jack Curlett, Joel Shephard, Jack Salisbury, Ken Reda, Nelson Sims, and now Tom Davidson, Jr.  The Club now stands strong with over 600 members. Kudos to the original four for their foresight and enthusiasm in forming the largest Club within the Club at Ocean Reef.

Reminder of Upcoming Event

The Rod & Gun Club has scheduled a “members only” demonstration of the ESP (Electronic Shooter Protection) system that provides excellent hearing protection. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 5:00 -6:00 PM at Waterside with snacks and refreshments served.  The owner of ESP will be in attendance and will provide an exclusive discount for Rod & Gun Club members. More information regarding this presentation is on the rodandgun.org events calendar.

Fishing Dates to Note
Sailfish Classic – March 25-27th
All Craft Tournament (NEW) – March 31st-April 14th 
Seal Team Ocean Reef Fishing Tournament – April 19th

More details will be published later.

Card Sound Shooting Sports Range

Members must make reservations ahead of time online at rodandgun.org. Go to the website and the Range section. Then hit the “Book Now” button to fill out the form. The Range is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Share Your Sporting Pictures

Email your sporting pictures to jodylsteele@gmail.com. Check out a recent adventure below.