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Coral Reef Restoration Presentation at Cultural Center!

Please come to Cultural Center at 5:00 P.M. on March 9th to hear about the Coral Reef Restoration taking place!

Corals are thriving at Carysfort Reef! Ocean Reef Club, Ocean Reef Conservation Association, Ocean Reef Rod & Gun Club, and the Coral Reef Restoration Foundation embarked on an unprecedented project to restore Carysfort Reef by hand planting of 32,000 individual corals.  So much so that NOAA and other funding sources plan to spend $100 million dollars to restore the seven iconic reefs of the Keys including $40 million for Carysfort.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars; March 31st for our Annual Event. We will be having the The Short Films, back by popular demand, and a delicious dinner.

For you shooters check HERE for directions to the Range and hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10-3pm. The Range is open to Rod & Gun Members. Membership details are available HERE. Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We love sharing our Rod & Gun Members photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show!

And check out John Imbesi who recently caught a rare Pomfret at 1800 feet on the Huntress. This was a first for John after decades of fishing. The beauty of our waters and the diversity of fish makes Ocean Reef a very special place and last week was an extra special day for the Huntress.  John and friends enjoyed a very tasty dinner! John with mate Jesus Baylina, on Huntress with Captain Dan DeBonis:

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Rod & Gun’s Get Together with Bill Tweardy

Speaking to a large group last week at our monthly Rod & Gun gathering, Bill Tweardy demonstrated the intricate process of making a bamboo fly rod. For the demonstration on hand, shown were the stages of the process from the uncut Bamboo piece, the cut pieces, the tools and of course the end product. Bamboo has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and it withstands compression better than concrete. It was truly fascinating to see how it is done! In real time, the process on average takes about 40 hours! Bill’s handmade bamboo fly rods are his legacy to pass on to his children and grandchildren and a true work of art and no he does not sell them! Check out the pictures below from the gathering:

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars; March 31st for our Annual Event. We will be having the The Short Films, back by popular demand, and a delicious dinner.

For you shooters check HERE for directions to the Range and hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10-3pm. The Range is open to Rod & Gun Members. Membership details are available HERE. Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We love sharing our Rod & Gun Members photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show!

Check out these action shots from the 2020 Reef Cup from Ken Hendrick!

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RGC – Conservation

Rod and Gun Fishing Members and anyone, for that matter, who enjoy our unique environment, are encouraged to give feedback, concerns, issues and recommendations to help design the new blue print for our waters.

The plan includes four alternatives including status quo and three alternatives that range in levels of protection.  Each alternative addresses potential boundary changes, sanctuary wide-regulation changes and potential new zones (and associated regulations).  The alternatives also include a Management Plan, which speaks to the considerable activities sanctuary staff undertake on a day-to-day basis that provide resource protection benefits.

The public is invited to comment on these plans to help shape the future of these precious resources.  Public comments will be taken until January 31, 2020.  Comments can be sent by letter to Sarah Fangman, Superintendent, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (33 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040) or using Regulations.gov using docket number NOAA-NOS-2019-0094.   Comments received to date can also be viewed on that regulations.gov web site.  As a reminder: comments can be taken on any aspect of the proposals, and may support actions that are included in different alternatives.  More information about the proposals (including interactive maps that can be used to visually explore the alternatives) and how to get involved is available at www.floridakeys.noaa.gov/blueprint

Now is the time to have your voice heard as we make important decisions about the future of our marine environment. 

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars; March 31st for our Annual Event – Rod & Gun Movie Night. We will be having the the Short Sporting Films, back by popular demand, and a delicious dinner. If you haven’t already done so, visit HERE info and directions to the Range and hours of operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-3pm. Membership details are available on the website as well. Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We love sharing our Rod & Gun Members photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show!

And check out JJ Henn on Wingman with a sailfish – Reef Cup 2020. And congratulations to Sweat Release/Buckalot for the victory!

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2020 Reef Cup Week!

We are excited for our Rod and Gun Members who are fishing Reef Cup! Good luck and don’t forget to text pictures!

Our Rod & Gun Get Together is Thursday January 30th at 5pm. We will be hosting wine and appetizers for Bill Tweardy’s presentation on Bamboo Fly Rods. No RSVP necessary for this casual and fun meeting at the Member Tennis Center upstairs Card Room. We will have Rod & Gun apparel for purchase.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars; March 31st for our Annual Event – Rod & Gun Movie Night. We will be having the the Short Sporting Films, back by popular demand, and a delicious dinner. If you haven’t already done so, visit HERE info and directions to the Range and hours of operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-3pm. Membership details are available on the website as well. Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We love sharing our Rod & Gun Members photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show!

And check out Richard Owsley’s 30lb Permit with Captain James Koch

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Plan the New Year with the Rod & Gun Club!

With the holidays behind us, it is time to plan ahead. In January, we have the Reef Cup – January 22nd-25th and the Rod and Gun Get Together on the 30th. March 30th is Film Night back by popular demand! The Card Sound Shooting Range is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am -3pm. The two family days at the Range were a big success! Take a look at our drone video of the Range on our Rod and Gun website. The Rod and Gun flyer was mailed out to our current members with the full schedule of events.

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We encourage all member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the online application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

And check out Anne Marie Weiland’s 61 lb. wahoo, with Captain Nick Favata on Chesapeake. Nice catch !

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Happy New Year – Rod & Gun 2020

With fishing and the shooting range activities off to a strong start we have a great line up for January 2020!

The Fish of the Month is Kingfish/Wahoo. Kingfish are related to the Spanish Mackerel and is a nice meaty eating fish. Monroe County Minimum Size Limit is 24″ fork length. The daily bag limit is 3 per harvester and it is open year-round. Bring your catch to MarineMax to be entered in the Monthly contest.

The Rod and Gun Get Together is Thursday, January 30th at 5pm. Our own Bill Tweardy will show and discuss: “Building a split bamboo fly rod, how and why Please come for wine and refreshments and enjoy the presentation. Rod and Gun Get Togethers are open to Members and their guests.

Reef Cup 2020 will be the 35th Anniversary celebration – January 22nd – 25th.

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy 203 253-7790. We encourage member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

Check out the Weiland Family and friends enjoying both fishing here at the Reef (nice haul!) and Shooting at the Card Sound Range:

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TWO Family Days at the Card Sound Range!

We are having 2 Family Days at the Range.  The is first is Thursday December 26th and the second is Tuesday December 31st.  Both events are from 10am-3pm. We will have delicious hot dogs and refreshments. Come out to try our clay shooting stations: Trap, Skeet, and Five Stand Sporting Clays, as well as an Air Rifle target range and our great Archery range/course with 3D Animal targets at varying shooting ranges from 20-60 yards. RGC members and their guests are welcome! Directions to the Range and additional information are available online at RodandGun.org.

Range Details:

Card Sound Shooting Sports, which is located on Card Sound Road has clay target ranges for Trap, Skeet, and Five Stand Sporting Clays, as well as an Air Rifle target range. The Archery range/course with 3D Animal targets offers varying shooting ranges from 20-60 yards.  We have four 3D targets on the bow range, including a Whitetail Deer, a Mule Deer, a Wolf and a Black Bear.

The Range is available to Rod & Gun members and is open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, No Appointment Necessary!

​​The Card Sound Range is seasonally open mid-December through mid-April – see our Events Calendar for exact dates.  The usage fees are $30 per round for members and $35 for guests of members (one box of 25 shells).  Guns are available to rent for $50 per day.

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy 203 253-7790. We encourage member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

And see our newly renovated Twister Trap Range:

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Rod & Gun – Holiday Fishing Tournament!

Get your family and friends together and sign up for the Most fun Fishing Tournament on the Reef on Saturday, December 28th. The Entry fee is $400 per boat. Grab your children and grandchildren and enjoy a great day of fishing followed by a fun Awards Presentation and Cocktail Reception at 5:30pm at the Racquet Club. New boat? New to fishing tournaments? The Holiday Fishing Tournament is a perfect event to get your feet wet! The Captain’s meeting is Friday, December 27th, 5:30pm at the Racquet Club with cocktails and appetizers. We ask that at least one member from the team attend the Captain’s meeting. Rules and Entry forms are available at MarineMax in the Fishing Village, or click HERE for the forms to printout and return to MarineMax or email to Fishing@RodandGun.org.

Our turn-out for Family Day at the Range has been so well received we have two this year! Thursday December 26th and Tuesday December 31st, 10-3pm we will have delicious hot dogs and refreshments. Come out to try our clay shooting stations: Trap, Skeet, and Five Stand Sporting Clays, as well as an Air Rifle target range and our great Archery range/course with 3D Animal targets at varying shooting ranges from 20-60 yards. The shooting fees are $30 per round for members and $35 for guests of members (one box of 25 shells).  Guns are available to rent for $50 per day. RGC members and their guests are welcome! Directions to the Range and additional information are available online at RodandGun.org.

Family Event Dates:
Thursday, December 26th – Card Sound Range Family Day
Saturday December 28th – Rod and Gun Holiday Fishing Tournament
Tuesday, December 31st – Card Sound Range Family Day

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We encourage member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

Check out Anton Schutz with quite a Wahoo haul !

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Rod & Gun Get Together- Rescheduled

We are rescheduling the December Get Together to a new date: Thursday January 30th 5pm. Our own Bill Tweardy will show and discuss: “Building a split bamboo fly rod, how and why” Please come for wine and refreshments and enjoy the presentation. Mark your calendars for the New date, Thursday January 30th at 5pm!! Rod and Gun Get Together’s are open to Members and their guests. And see below for the bamboo used for these rods.

Note Our Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, December 26th – Card Sound Range Family Day
Saturday December 28th – Rod and Gun Holiday Fishing Tournament
Tuesday, December 31st – Card Sound Range Family Day

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy at 203 253-7790. We encourage member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

And check out Laura Hendrick with a very nice Yellowtail snapper.

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Reminder – Fish of the Month and December dates

Ocean Reef Rod & Gun Club – “Fish of the Month” contest…   December 2019 thru July 2020.

Here’s how it works…  

  • Each month, a species is identified as target.  The angler (ORC member or guest) who weighs in the largest of said pescado during that month, receives a $50 tackle shop gift certificate along with notoriety as the month’s winner and angling bragging rights of incomparable measure!  
  • Must be weighed at MarineMax tackle shop. Weigh-in hours are daily from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. 
  • For months that recognize two different fish, each is treated separately.
  • Co-sponsored by Ocean Reef Rod & Gun Club, and MarineMax – Ocean Reef.

December                 Mutton Snapper
January                      Kingfish and Wahoo   
February                   Tuna and Snook
March                        Snapper (all species)
April                           Tuna and Swordfish
May                            Grouper and Swordfish
June                           Dolphin
July                             Dolphin

Tuesday-Wednesday, December 10-11 – The Grand Masters Tournament
Thursday, December 19th – Monthly Get Together at the Card Room
Thursday, December 26thCard Sound Range Family Day
Saturday December 28th – Rod and Gun Holiday Fishing Tournament
Tuesday, December 31st – Card Sound Range Family Day

Follow all of our events on the Rod & Gun website calendar

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy 203 253-7790. We encourage member photos! Interested in joining? Please go to RodandGun.Org and click “Membership” and fill out the application form. Questions please email: Membership@RodandGun.org

Check out Mac Cardone with a nice black grouper, and Jordan Truchan with a fabulous Wahoo !