Gaff Line

November 1st

Hello All!

November is here and we are just a week away from the popular Lobstapaloosa Tournament! But first let me draw your attention to the attachment accompanying this blast. The club is raising dues in order to help keep up with the cost of our rising monthly operational expenses. It is fairly strait forward if you read it, and I won't go to into it here, to avoid duplicating details, except to say, even with a $75 increase for active members, the club is STILL a great bargain! Now let's get caught up on our last 2 events!


The ILTT and the Small Boat tourney went off on the same weekend, giving anglers the option to fish one or both events. The ILTT started Friday and Team "Pura Vida" got things going with a jig strike, and Lelah DuPre angled her way to the first release, on 30 pound! That's important in the ILTT because, the only thing that beats the first release on 30 would be a release on 20 pound, or more releases overall. Saturday, day two, no marlin were caught by any ILTT participants cinching the victory for 'Pura Vida". Congratsto Lelah, Jean, and Josh DuPre and Jeff Buckley. They all received custom marlin casting rods built just for us and our style of fishing, by Cousin's.


The Small Boat tourney started with a very special shirt design that will be highly prized some day! Team "Dos Gringos" stole the show when Roger Evraets hooked and released a marlin on a jig Saturday, and backed that up with a 22 pound Yellowtail. Marcus Hale followed Roger with a drop back baited Marlin, (after a knock-down) Sunday. Both fish were released which is very sporting and says a lot about these anglers!  That made Bert Willams Marcus Hale, JP and Roger very happy recipients of  casting combo's from Okuma, and a nice jackpot!

So again, "LOBSTA PALOOZA" this coming Friday and Saturday. If you want to get your "hoop-on" & see some "BUGS" come down and get involved. These guys always catch! 

Rock Cod Round-up is December 9th & 10th. More to come! Don't miss it!!

Christmas Party Pot-Luck, raffle/auction, music, old school style featuring Saint Woodard and Saint Bingham! Saturday 16th of December!! more on this later...


SCI good bite on school size tuna outside China Point. Also propose in area holding 15-25lb YFT cedar plug is working. Still kicking out occasional jumbo BFT on the yum-ee flyer.

South to SD, there are 3-8lb Bonito & YT 3mi. SW of the "Whistler".

And the Coronado Islands to the South, some 20-30lb BFT and YT at the lighthouse and on towards the South end and the Rockpile.


Tight Lines! 


Sept 24th

Hello Anglers and friends! I missed the "gaff line" this month so lets get caught up.

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in the Labor Day Tourney, it was a great event. Shout out to Shanoe Cutts for releasing the 1st marlin caught this year, all the way out at the 60 Mile Bank, winning the trip to Alaska! Also MBMC member, Shawn Kaus who also released a marlin, but lost the "Draw" to Shanoe. Great Job guys! Also to Tony Souza for his #133.5 BFT that only surrendered after a more than 5 hour fight! I'm not making this up folks! 2nd place went to Joe Costa with his 48.1 pounder. The Dorado winners were Rich Rodenberg, with his 10.2 pounder, edging out Corey Crosby with his 10 pound even fish. Participating in these events always leaves you with a memory, hopefully a good one like these gentlemen earned. Special thanks to John Ashley for his generosity as well.


Now on to the latest news regarding the ILTT that was postponed this weekend. We will be holding the ILTT and the Small Boat Tourney at the same time. Stand by for final details!  The ILTT will start Friday, October 6th and end on the 7th. The Small Boat tourney will be Saturday the 7th as scheduled. The dinner, awards and raffle for both events will be on Sunday the 8th allowing more socializing between anglers from both events. Surf Side Cuisine will be providing the food that will blend in nicely with Small Boat Tourney's Polynesian theme. Menu includes:



"Da Kine" Surfside mixed green salad

Hawaiian grilled chicken breast

Grilled marinated Hawaiian style beef

Coconut infused basmati rice

Grilled secret garden vegetables 

Hawaiian rolls and butter


"Are you coming for dinner?"  let us know, give us a call, so we can plan ahead.


We are also bringing back "committees" to the club. There was a "Membership Committee", a "House Committee", and a "Rules Committee" at one time, I'm not sure when or why they stopped. How does this affect you, you might be asking? Well, in a nutshell, this club, like many yacht and fish clubs, must rely on the "Sprit of volunteerism", through its membership to survive. Thru your "contribution" of time, the club saves money and cultivates candidates to run these committees, as well as board  members to plan tournaments, and even "presidents" to one day run this club. Many clubs make this "volunteering" mandatory. I'm not sure we are there yet, I thought I would put it out there, to the membership, and see what kind of response we get. If you have any interest in becoming a weigh master and working a shift at the club, working to promote the club at Fred Hall, or Day at the Docks, or helping with projects like painting or carpentry, or maybe cooking at a dinner or "Sundowner" please contact the club. There is always something that needs to be done down here to make the club a better place for all of us to enjoy and you will experience the great feeling of keeping alive the sprit of this club that was started in 1931!


We would also like to bring back the "SUNDOWNER".  This is a loosely planned meeting at the club on a monthly basis that would include speakers, food, etc. It's a great time of day to be at the club, and a good time to meet members, relax and talk about fishing.


Finally, We will be starting to work on our schedule for 2018 which we hope to add to and change. Any tournament ideas are welcome.


Tight Lines

As Always!

Jake <*)))><

s well.


August 5th

From the Tower;


Greetings club members and friends!  Well, summer is in full swing, and you can feel the heat both on and offshore. I want to talk about some small things, but first, here is a quick fish report. Even a blind man should be able to find a Yellowtail or more likely a Dorado in an area from 5 to 12 miles off the beach, under a kelp! The area stretches from south of the line, to North County.  Marlin are also reported in the same zone so it may be time to pull a big jig or slow troll or soak a live Mac around a paddy. If the Dorado are finicky and won't eat that Sardine, try chunking one up, and put your hook in the last chunk you toss. They will usually eat that. That's a Mexico trick. The Bluefin are still being caught in the SCI, Desperation Reef area. Word has it, squid is available in the cove, at SCI.

I have watched the Evringham bait boats working in tandem off Mission Beach everyday this week, making multiple sets and steaming in fully loaded.

Congrats to Jon Wilson, for winning the Fish of the Month in July with his large Bluefin!  What a story!

Today is the juniors tourney and participation is up, so we are excited about that. Phil's BBQ is providing the food so I will need to go down and check it out.  NEXT UP: LABOR DAY TOURNEY! Please check out the website for more details. 

Now for the small things. Club improvements continue, with some new dock paint to give us a better backdrop for our weigh-ins, and reduce splintering. Also to ad more curb appeal, and continuing an all around effort to raise the level of everything club related. We have some new LED lights going in on the small boat docks, as well as landscape work being done this month, all in an effort to improve our appearance!

And lastly, This week Sea Trek IV made club history by re-newing his membership online through our website, and creating invoice #00001! This is just a small thing, but still very satisfying, and a huge improvement to club business. Thanks To Peter our social media guru for creating a store where for the first time you can pay for a tournament or a membership in the comfort of your own home! Please check the website if you haven't in a while, we are constantly updating and improving it. Also like us on Facebook and encourage a friend or neighbor to join us at the club.


Tight Lines!


Honest Jake <*)))><

Updated on July 3rd 2017

From the helm,




From the tower;


Greetings fellow club members and other fishermen and women! Although the year is half over, the best is yet to come! Fishing is always good when we are weighing in fish at the club and we are starting to weigh in fish on a more regular basis. 


The Don and Shirley Blackman Memorial Halibut Derby was a great success, with over 20 boats and 60 anglers participating. There were "Ballers" and "Drifters" both showing some success with good catches. Please check the website for photos of winning fishermen and their fish. I wanted to take a moment and share with you, a tournament story about my friend and former president, Marcus Hale. With a flatty already in the boat, Marcus and his crew were working hard to catch a bigger one at the Coronado Islands. While checking the bait on his hali rod, a large tuna swam by and the bait must have been ok, because the fish ate it! Marcus and his crew sprung into action, chasing the fish that had him almost spooled. They narrowly missed all the tuna pens, boats and their gear in the water, weaving their way between everything for almost an hour until all was clear. With the fish up and down, he could not move it on that hali rod. Eventually, the hook broke, and I'm sure for a moment Marcus and his crew were broke as well. The great part is, the story will live on as one of the most memorable in the history of this event. 

A Special thanks to Roger Evraets for a Job well done. Roger's first effort as a tournament director is setting the bar higher for the rest of the events we have planed this year.


The next tournament is the 2017 Michel Farrier IGFA Juniors tournament, August 5th. Please check the website for details and sign-up.


The long lull we have between events, in prime fishing season, will hopefully be addressed by next season. We are talking about a "tuna open" to replace the "Make a Wish" tourney, happening around this time next year. The board also discussed bringing back the "Sundowner" once a month, maybe with a guest speaker. I support more activity at the club and will also look to hosting other tournaments from other clubs and organizations, that could be worked in around our schedule. I believe there is more opportunity for the club to expand events and reach out to the community with charitable partners, something we could do more of. Should any member have any other ideas, I'm all ears. 


Special thanks to board member Patrick Phillips who secured donations from Dixieline Lumber Co. They will be providing special lumber to replace aging beams on our pier. Please support their business.


Keep up with all club "weigh-ins" and event info, and "like us" on Facebook.


See you on the banks! Get one!


Honest Jake <*)))><

From the Bridge:  by President Jake Russell

After a brief hiatus, I am happy to say, "The Gaffline is back!"

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Jake Russell and I have been elected as your new club president. My family history with the club goes back to my grandfather and grandmother, Ken & Ruth Denton, who were dedicated members that really helped pioneer sport fishing here in the 40's & 50's. I get a awesome feeling that is hard to describe when I'm at the weigh station, knowing my father, my grandfather, and I, have all stood here weighing fish in. I want you to know my history so you know I share that same dedication to the club. So let’s get caught up!


Day at the Docks was a great day for the club with lots of traffic at our space, and a successful kid's fishing derby at the club. There were about 30 kids, and almost all of them caught and released fish! Special thanks to Melissa who held down the tent when the wind started to blow at the landing, and to Marcus Hale and all his volunteers who put on a great kids derby as usual. 

 I would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped during the Fred Hall show and Day at the Docks. Your time is appreciated.  

Without giving a full agenda of what we have planned for the club this year, the main focus will be on the repairing the pier cross ties to stiffen her up a bit, making it easier to hoist fish, and return the classic white and blue paint colors I remember as a kid. After that, everything should be ready for weighing fish and we are anticipating a busy season! We have also purchased a sign board to create more exposure out front and increase traffic to the club. Thanks to Bob Woodard Jr. for donating his sign work on the new sign board.


Our other immediate focus will be on increasing our social media footprint. We plan on using Facebook and Instagram to both broadcast instant fish reports and weigh-ins, and drive more people to our website where they will be able to buy a shirt or a hat or sign-up and pay for one of our fishing tournaments. Hopefully they learn more about the club and join or make a contribution. It has been neglected for too long and I see an immediate need.  I will be working with a social media expert to help us get on the fast track.


Spring Shootout update by Bob Woodard:

By now everyone knows The 15th annual Spring Shootout has been delayed due to weather the new date is May 27th. Please sign up if you haven't already and join the fun. Fishing is improving daily now, should be even better in 2 weeks. Huge raffle, giant trophies and over $4,000 already in jackpot money. For those not wishing to be in the jackpots there are some very nice prizes as always. Fishermen’s Landing has once again donated four custom rods for the 15th year in a row! Pelagic has come through with a fantastic package of prizes and raffle items. Thanks also to Marine Exchange and Everingham Brother’s Bait CO. who have been with this tournament from the start and also contributed prizes and raffle items. Fiddler’s Green and Steve Rock are stepping in to take charge of the BBQ. I MUST Thanks Doug Roger and Doug Verani who have cooked this event for years. We have lost Doug Roger’s this year after a battle with Cancer but his memory will be with us always especially on this day. For more information on the Jackpot format go to our website at

Coming up next in June is the Blackman Memorial Halibut Tournament stay tuned for more info on this, you can also download an entry online. Attached Pics: This beautiful Black Sea Bass.Was caught and Released by Bob Woodard Sr on the “Christina Lynn” at Catalina Island last week.

Thresher shark caught by Rich Truffa on Jon Wilson’s Helen Cthis Sat. The Big T came on a mackeral and Bait O Matic combo and weighed in at 231lbs Congrats Guys!


Well, it's been quite a summer. So much going on that it's taken THIS LONG to get a report out to you! First let's start with the fish updates. We've had quite a season so far with so many outstanding fish being caught:

1 swordfish 349.4 lbs.

Controlled Chaos, Kevin Harvey

2 marlin weighed (non-member)

1 marlin released (non-member)

1 shortbill 39lbs (non-member)

75 bluefin with 10 over 200 lbs

largest 255 on the Dos Hermanos, Paul Purcell


Still waiting for the first marlin to be caught by a member.


 Some of you have had some truly memorable catches. We still have time left to get out there, with some exciting tournaments coming up. 


Some reminders for all of you: don't forget the guidelines regarding the use of the parking lot and the slips. Make sure you time your 72 hour stay BEFORE you head out not after. We all must remind ourselves of these so that everyone gets a chance to enjoy the benefits of membership.


Melissa and Julia continue to do a great job and we all owe them a debt of thanks for keeping things rolling so well. The club is looking great thanks to her efforts and all of you who have come down to lend a hand. We couldn't do it without you! 


The Juniors tournament is in a couple of days and we invite you to come on down and have a hot dog and cheer those kids on!


Happy fishing,


Don Wroncy