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Rod & Gun – Dive Shop Presentation

The Dive Shop at Ocean Reef recently presented at our March Monthly Get Together. Lisa Cassidy and Jesus Gudino, the new owners, are committed to the central mission of conservation and protection of our ocean waters and the reef system located in the northern portion of the Florida Keys.  The Dive Shop has collected more than 2,400 pounds of traps and line entangled on the reefs that are causing damage to the corals. These clean-up efforts are part of Goal –Clean Seas Florida Keys and are helping to restore and maintain the health of these sensitive reef eco-systems. Some quick take aways from the presentation: there are 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and our own Ocean Reef is the only living coral reef. Fish and Wildlife has issued 350,000 lobster traps and the clean-up of rope and traps after hurricane Irma is ongoing and immensely labor intensive! A quick way to donate to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is by phone text donation: Text “OCEANREEF” to 44-321 and it will be earmarked to The Dive Shop at Ocean Reef project.  For members looking to help on their clean up dives, snorkelers are welcome, the following dates are planned for cleaning up our local waters: April 17th, May 8th, May 22nd, June 5th, June 19th, July 10th, July 31st, August 14th and August 28th. Please stop by the Dive Shop if you would like to help and to learn more about their efforts and all the great programs they have and their new boats!

Our Rod and Gun Everglades City member trip proved to be a fun few days of fishing and dining! Matt Fritter organized the trip with both fly and spin rod fishing sportsmen. For those thinking about joining Rod and Gun we have an Annual Event, Monthly Get Togethers, Group Trips, Conservation Education and of course our Clay Shooting Range. The Range is open during the season Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays 10am-3pm. To join simply fill out the membership form at the bottom of the page on the website HERE. The location and details are available on our recently redesigned website: Rodandgun.org. We encourage all members to go to the website for information and great member photos!

Our members are enjoying a great fishing season this year! We have two more Rod and Gun Fishing Tournaments this season so please be sure to book your guides and captains and sign up! Contact Ken Reda at Marine Max for entry forms and to submit your entries. Please visit our newly improved website RodandGun.org for all the latest information and updated Member Photos

Upcoming Events:

• Swordfish Tournament – Friday, April 19
Entries must be submitted by April 12th.
Click Here for the Entry Information and Form

• Flats Tournament – Wednesday, April 24
Entries must be submitted by April 17th.
Click here for Entry Information and Form.

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Rod & Gun Club – Amazing Catch !!

On March 17th, 2019, John Imbesi on “Huntress” caught an amazing Thresher Shark measuring 11 feet 10 inches with an overall estimated weight of 307 pounds. It is important to note a deep water Thresher shark is one of the finest eating sharks. Many aficionados stating that it is significantly better tasting than the prized Mako Shark. This surprising catch was prepared as table food and widely distributed throughout the Ocean Reef community and enjoyed by many.

Our members are enjoying a great fishing season this year! We have two more Rod and Gun Fishing Tournaments this season so please be sure to book your guides and captains and sign up! Contact Ken Reda at Marine Max for entry forms and to submit your entries. Please visit our newly improved website RodandGun.org for all the latest information and updated Member Photos

Upcoming Events:

  • The Sailfish Classic Tournament (an ORC event) – April 4-6, 2019
    CLICK HERE for details
  • Swordfish Tournament – Friday, April 19
  • Flats Tournament – Wednesday, April 24

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Winners!

A huge congratulations to 2019 Jimmy Johnson’s Quest for the Ring Champions and Rod & Gun Club members Carl and Vanessa Lindner on Seraphim.

March 8 and 9, over 100 teams descended upon Key Largo to compete for the world’s largest guaranteed purse in history at #JJFishweek. This year, three Rod & Gun teams placed in the Top 10, two of those placing Top 3. .

  • 1st Place Overall with 12 releases: Seraphim with Carl & Vanessa Lindner (2nd Place Top Female Angler – 4 fish)
  • 3rd Place Overall with 10 releases: Bar South with Rob Gothier (1st Place Top Male Angler & Master Angler – 6 fish)
  • 9th Place Overall with 7 releases: Red Lion with Gerald Blackie

Day One was a hot bite with 205 fish caught. Day Two was slower with 105 fish caught for a tournament total of 310 sailfish.

Seraphim started the day one with a quad but only landed 2 of the fish. They next landed a double and continued catching singles until lines out. Ending the day with 7 fish, they were in 4th place, the top boat at 8 fish.

On Day Two, Vanessa landed a 63.7 lb. king mackerel. They caught a couple single fish, landed another double, and caught their last sailfish midday. With over two hours until lines out and in the lead with 12 fish, they patiently held on. The bite slowed and they took the 3rd place daily with 5 fish, the top boat at 6. With 12 fish overall, they took home the big win! Tight competition between the boats included the 2nd Place winner Sandman (with Top Female Angler Sandra MacMillan – 6 fish) with 11 releases.

Team Seraphim – Carl Lindner IV, Vanessa Lindner,Captain Jerry Pohl, First Mate Richard Peeples, Mates Pat Brown and Albert Hernandez, and videographer John Long – have fished this tournament together the last 3 years. Captai Jerry took Top Captain prize. They attribute their continued success to everyone’s hard work, time on the water together, and dedication to the team. Huge Congrats to Team Seraphim!!!!

Pictures below:
Vanessa Lindner, Second place female angler
Serpahim – Winners
Carl and Vanessa Lindner – receiving top prizes!
– 3rd place overall BAR South
Rob Gothier -BAR South -Master Angler and Top Male Angler

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Rod & Gun Men’s Night a great success!

Men’s Night this year was held at the Cooking School with Chef Phillipe demonstrating how to prepare delicious Quail and Elk. Matt Fritter, the event chair, and Nelson Sims delivered a rousing night of jokes, camaraderie and sharing.

The humorous entertainment was a contest of member story telling. Scott Burke won the night with his “colorful” story telling. The other lively joke tellers were Mike Jones, Alan Goldstein and John Turner. And the Sportsman of the Year Award was presented to Joel Shepherd. Joel is one of the most avid bone fisherman at Ocean Reef and a pioneer in fishing Christmas Island and the Seychelles. The Raffle was once again a huge hit thanks to our gracious sponsors: Bill Nutt, Murphy & Sons, Richard Wilson, Mona Brewer, Orvis, Vineyard Vines, Ken Reda and Marine Max. The décor was top shelf with table arrangements by Adelaide Skoglund and Janie Sims. Check out the pictures of Men’s Night below.

Mark your calendar for the Monthly Get Together on Thursday, March 28th 5pm at the Tennis Center Card Room. Lisa Cassidy and Jesus Gudino the new owners of The Dive Shop at The Reef will be presenting their central mission of conservation and protection of ocean waters and the reef system located in the northern portion of the Florida Keys.  Refreshments will be provided. We will have Rod and Gun Club logo apparel for sale. Please pre-order: contactus@rodandgun.org.  Hats, $20, Columbia fishing Shirts $65 and Rod & Gun Coolers $40.

Upcoming Events:

• Small Boat Sailfish Tournament – CANCELLED Due to weather forecast
* Monthly Get Together- Thursday, March 28th
* The Sailfish Classic Tournament (ORC event) – April 4-6, 2019
CLICK HERE for details
• Swordfish Tournament – Friday, April 19
• Flats Tournament – Wednesday, April 24

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Rod & Gun Men’s Night, March 14th

Men’s night will be Thursday, March 14th, 6pm at Carysfort Cooking school room.  We will be serving Quail & Elk with an Open Bar. Everyone should wear your “finest” hunting or fishing attire and prizes will be awarded for “best dressed”. We will also be having a storytelling contest by our funniest 5-6 Members and the attendees will vote on the winner. Great Raffle Prizes including several guns.  RSVP to Events@rodandgun.org.

Our February Monthly Meeting featured Jordan Budnik of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. The informative presentation included a live Eastern Screech Owl, Moody. Moody was hit by a car and rehabilitated at their Center. For more information on our Wild Birds or what to do when you find an injured bird please email: info@keepthemflying.org

The next Monthly Get Together will be Thursday March 29th at 5pm in the Card Room at the Tennis Center. We will be taking Rod and Gun apparel pre-orders and selling them at the meeting. Please email Contactus@RodandGun.org with your orders. Logo button down shirts are $65 and hats are $20. The March Monthly Get Together speakers will be The Dive Shop at The Reef and their mission with National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to clean up our local waters. We hope you can come. No RSVP necessary and refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Events:

  • Men’s Night – Thursday, March 14
  • Small Boat Sailfish Tournament – Wednesday, March 20
  • Monthly Get Together, Thursday March 28
  • Swordfish Tournament – Friday, April 19
  • Flats Tournament – Thursday, April 25

Check out our website Calendar, where you can click on events and add them to YOUR calendar directly from the website.  

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Rod & Gun Club – Monthly Get Together

Jordan Budnik, the executive director of Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, will be the next Rod and Gun Monthly Guest Speaker on Thursday, February 28th at 5pm. Jordan will be presenting on their work to rehabilitate injured birds in the Keys.  She will be bringing a live bird and educating on the Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary. The Rod and Gun Club is committed to Conservation and encourages our members to come and learn while enjoying refreshments provided by the Rod & Gun Club! We hope to see you Thursday, February 28th in the Card room at the Tennis Center.  

Upcoming Events:

  • Monthly Get Together – Thursday, February 28 
  • Family Day at the Range – Saturday, March 2 
  • Men’s Night – Thursday, March 14
  • Small Boat Sailfish Tournament – Wednesday, March 20
  • Swordfish Tournament – Friday, April 19
  • Flats Tournament – Thursday, April 25

Check out our website Calendar, where you can click on events and add them to YOUR calendar directly from the website.  

The Bonefish Bonnies had a great time at the Range.

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Updated Rod & Gun Club Website

RodandGun.Org is our newly updated website and it is a wealth of information at your fingertips! What days are the Range Open? Click the “Clay Target” on menu at the top and you will read Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm. There is a Google map link for exact driving directions. There are great photos of the Range and a fly over video on the website! Click the News link for the latest happenings. Click the Photo Gallery to see your pictures that you send me. Do you want to know when the next Monthly Get Together is? Click the homepage menu “Events Calendar” and you will read our next Get Together is Thursday, February 28th at 5pm at the Tennis Center Card Room. The Guest Speaker will be the director of the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. She will be bringing a live bird!

 Attention flats anglers, our first Flats Tournament in many years is scheduled for Wednesday April 24th. Eligible species will include Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook and Redfish. This is an angler tournament with points awarded for bait, artificial and fly. As this is Tarpon season you are encouraged to book your guide soon.

Upcoming Events:

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.



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Upcoming Rod & Gun Fishing Tournaments

The Rod and Gun Club has 3 more fishing tournaments scheduled. The Small Boat Sailfish Tournament will be held on Wednesday March 20th.  The 7th Annual Swordfish Tournament will be Friday April 19th and the Flats Tournament will be Thursday, April 25th.  All three Rod and Gun Club tournaments are fun tournaments with a Captain’s Meeting, Awards Reception and great swag!

February Fish of the Month is Snook and Tuna. Bring in your Tuna and Snook to Marine Max to be crowned fish of the Month and win a Marine Max Gift Certificate.

Upcoming Events:

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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“Keep them Wet”

“Keep them Wet!” With the great fishing and fishing tournaments in full gear comes a reminder for best practices. Sailfish, Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit need to stay wet so they can survive after being released.  Below, Rod and Gun member Bill Legg shows the proper release of a Bonefish caught here in our waters. Catch and Release only works if the fish are spared from coming out of the water. Sailfish a favorite sport fish should never come out of the water for a photo!   The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust have the following recommendations for catch and release:

  • Best practices include: Always use barbless hooks. When fishing with bait, use circle hooks. Minimize handling all fish; slime and scales can be easily damaged and removed with excessive handling, thereby greatly increasing risks of infection. If a bonefish loses equilibrium after you land it, revive it until it can swim upright, then shorten the fight time on future fish. More on proper catch and release can be found at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

Upcoming Events:

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.

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Great Day at the Range!



Almost 40 Rod & Gun members and guests were in attendance for the Paul Giambrone Skeet Clinic and Presentation. Even Two Dade County Helicopter Officers saw the activity and landed to watch and were treated to the cookout. The Paul Giambrone Clinic was a huge success! For those Rod and Gun Members who have not been out to the newly renovated Range we highly recommend coming out and seeing what all the talk is about!

This year’s Men’s Night is in production. It will be a fun filled night!

When: Thursday, March 14th, 6pm
Where: Cooking school room at Carysfort Hall
We will be serving Quail & Elk with an Open Bar
Wear your finest hunting attire – with prizes for “best dressed”.

We will be having a storytelling contest by our funniest 5-6 Members and the attendees will vote on the winner.

Great Raffle Prizes including a gun or two.

Upcoming Events:

Share your Member Sporting Pictures by texting Wendy Brainard at 203-253-7790. We love sharing our Rod and Gun members’ photos and including them in our Annual Event slide show. If you are interested in joining, please email membership@rodandgun.org.