Dedicated to those who shared the passion and pleasure of fishing

 Bill George


On June 25th, 2013, Bill George, a long time member and supporter of the Marlin Club passed away.  

Bill was Club president in 1979 and was one of the personsinstrumental in starting the Small Boat Tournament. Bill and his wife Darlene ( who passed away last year) were also long time members of Southwestern Yacht Club. They served the Marlin Club in many capacities, with Darlene filling in as office staff and weigh master when needed.  

Bill served as an officer, director, and chairman of The Small Boat Tournament for many years.  

Their boat, the "Misty Bill", wasan entrant in the various tournaments each year andusually did very well. 

Both Bill and Darlene were loved and very highly respected by all who knew them.  

 The family has announced that on August 11, 2013 , at 10 AM, there will be a boat procession from Southwestern Yacht Club to scatter Bill's ashes at sea.  The procession will then return to Southwestern Yacht
Club for a BBQ.    



Darlene George (1932-2012)

Darlene, was a member, office manager, and wife of The Marlin Club San Diego past president Bill George 1979


Life Member

Darlene George

1932 - 2012

Memorial Service

Ashes to Sea

Saturday, October 20, 2012



Dr. Martin Leon "Marty" Morris
October 27, 1929 - July 11, 2012


MORRIS, MARTIN LEON, M.D. Marty passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 11, 2012, at the age of 82. He was born October 27, 1929 and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, graduating from Von Steuben High School.

 He received a B.S. in Liberal Sciences from the University of Illinois and continued his education there with a medical degree in 1955 and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Northwestern/ Cook County Hospital program. While completing his residency, he was drafted by the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War to serve his country as a physician at March AFB. In 1963, he permanently moved to California and established a thriving Orthopedic Surgery practice in the San Fernando Valley.

 The following year, on a blind date set up by close friends, Marty met his future wife, Carolyn Myers. After moving to California, Marty got hooked on saltwater fishing and became an avid fisherman from the family's boat "Ken-Dan" for 35 years.

 Among his accomplishments were catching two swordfish in four days in 1979, earning the nickname "Dr. Sword." While fishing with his family and friends, Marty participated in and won many tournaments. In 1997, after retiring from his Orthopedic practice, Marty and Carolyn moved to San Diego.

 In order to keep his mind sharp, he continued to provide orthopedic care, both to the underserved at son Kenneth's community health center and to veterans at the VA hospital. At the time of his passing, Marty was the oldest active medical staff member of the VA. With his surgically gifted hands, Marty also was reinvigorated by creating masterful stained glass panels that he donated to people and organizations all across the country.

Most recently, he was an avid supporter of and volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its Tuna Challenge.

 Marty also enjoyed storytelling and writing anecdotes; his commentaries could often be seen in the Union-Tribune and fishing publications. Just days prior to his passing, he enjoyed one last fishing trip with his long-time friend Harry.

 Survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn, he was a proud father of sons Kenneth of San Diego, Daniel of Chicago, IL, and daughter Melody of San Diego; older brother to Alan (also an Orthopedic Surgeon), St. Louis, MO; grandfather to Noah, Jenna and Amelia.

 A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the San Diego Marlin Club, 2445 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego on Sunday, July 22nd at 9:00 a.m. with a private burial at sea in the near future. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation - San Diego, 2440 Hotel Circle North, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92018.


Dr. Martin "Marty" Morris
19     - July 11, 2012



July  13, 2012 -  Marty Morris passed away in his sleep early Wednesday morning, according to his son, Dr. Ken Morris. Sportfishing lost a true friend and tireless volunteer. An avid big-game angler, Morris named his boat the Ken-Dan after his two sons. Morris took pride in fishing with his family and close friends, and they won their share of tournaments and prizes. On Oct. 30, 1982 the Morris family, with Marty at the wheel, landed three striped marlin off the San Diego coast. Marty’s wife, Carolyn, caught a 105-pounder; Dan boated a 106-pounder; and Ken caught the heaviest, a 158-pounder.

Marty Morris was a retired physician. He, Carolyn and Ken, who is associate medical director and chief of pediatrics at North County Health Services, helped make the annual Make-A-Wish Tuna Challenge a successful fundraising event. A memorial is planned for
9 a.m. Sunday July 22, at the San Diego Marlin Club.

“It will be an informal memorial where everyone can tell their favorite stories,” said Ken Morris, who added anglers wearing their favorite fishing shirts will be welcome. - Ed Zieralski

Greg Trompas

August 26, 1949 to December 12, 2011

succumbed to cancer December 12, 2011 at the age of 62 .

A native San Diegan, he graduated from Crawford High School and attendedUCLA and the University of Houston on golf scholarships. He was a prominent junior golfer in the 1960s and won the State Amateur golf championship in 1971. He played golf professionally before earning his U.S. Coastguard Merchant's license in 1977. For the next 25 years, he operated fishing boats out of Point Loma.

 He owned and ran the Fiesta (1979-1987) and the Point Loma (1988-1992).

 Greg spent the last ten years driving boats for the San Diego Bay Pilots while competing in senior amateur golf.

 Greg is survived by his loving wife Amanda, their daughter Mia Elizabeth, his sons Christopher and Gregory, brother Aly, sister Mia, and many longtime, loyal friends. He is predeceased by parents Alex and Olga Trompas.

 Greg lived what many men only dream of - a life of golf, fishing, and love from family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

 The color photo above was taken in December 2010 at Greg's house in Point Loma. It was his last "big fish" -- a 250 pound Blue Fin tuna.

Spring Shootout MAY 1st, 2011

 Greg Trompas - 3rd-   Kyle Witkowski - 2nd - Bob Woodard - 1st

 Greg Trompas '67

March 3, 1923 to March 1, 2011


Don Abrego was the weigh-master at the club for many years. He was an important part of our crew on the Watercloset from when we met in the mid 70' until we sold the final on in the early 90's. He was also a frequent Baja travel companion and house guest at our Rancho Deluxe.

Thought the news of his passing would be of interest to some of the older members.

He, Skelly Wilbur and Bob Newton pioneered catching a marlin solo back in the 70's. A feat the many of us late comers admired and subsequently achieved and were invited into their very select club.

Gary Graham


ABREGO, DONALD L. March 3, 1923 to March 1, 2011 Donald L. Abrego passed away on March 1, 2011, at the age of 87. Son of Harriett and Alfonso Abrego. Husband to Mildred Mae Brown Abrego and father of Donna Abrego. His longest and best friend is Ethel Grant. 

Don was owner of Presidio Hills Golf Course from 1932 to 1986. Working with his father he helped encourage the inception of the San Diego Junior Golf Association. 

As a professional golfer he competed on the PGA Tour early in his career and remained in the organization as a Club Professional. Golf Professionals taught by Donald are: Lon Hinkle, Jennie Hinkle, Deborah Skinner, Rosanne Caulder Isom, Craig Stadler, Morris Hatalsky, Patty Liscio, among others as well as his daughter Donna. Phil Mickelson also was encouraged by Don. 

Not only a Golf Professional, Donald was a veladrom and cross-country biker in his younger years and invented a camping trailer that was pulled behind his bike. This invention was published in a national sports magazine that his wife to be, Mildred, saw in Iowa, thought he was cute, and came to San Diego to met him.

 Also as a young man, Don was a member of a roller skating gang that frequented rinks up and down the coast as they wowed the unexpected skaters with their hair razing moves. 

Held back by a learning disability Don taught himself to read at the age of 62. Donna, remembers him struggling to read a few sentences out loud everyday from the newspaper to better his ability. 

His passion was fishing for years he was the official weighmaster at the San Diego Marlin Club. Through this affiliation he would help transport private fishing boats from San Diego, CA, to Canada, to Mexico. He is survived by his sister Marcela Blake and his daughter Donna Abrego. No services are planned; please send donations in his name to The San Diego Junior Golf Association.



November 7, 1965 to August 17, 2010

Matthew J. Monise adored and treasured son of Toni and Matt Monise died at his home August 17th from Melanoma. He was 44. 


Born in San Diego he spent his life in Point Loma. A graduate of Pt. Loma High, he went on to earn a business degree from UCSD. At which time he joined his father at Oil Filter Service Co and after his father's death stayed on as the CFO. Matthew was a true lover of the ocean and loved sharing his knowledge and experiences. He loved surfing Sunset Cliffs and deep sea fishing with his family and friends on his beloved boat Legacy. He especially enjoyed his yearly trips to Catalina where he met up with the Lahr family. His Wednesday nights were spent playing softball at the Cabrillo Rec league with many of his good friends on The Gamblers. His week wouldn't be complete without Thursday night card game with his life-long friends Mark Stevenson, Mike Stutz, Rick Ludwig, and Greg Ghio whose support these last few weeks will never be forgotten. He is survived by and will be heartfully missed by his mother Toni, sister Tracy Pompeo, brother-in-law Russell and nephews Nico and John Russell, niece Danielle, godson Antone Lahr and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his father Matthew C. Monise Jr. A service was held at sea on Saturday, August 28th, and a memorial service was held at St. Agnes Church on September 4, 2010. 

We will miss you Matthew!
You will never be forgotten:
Part 1
Part 2

Old School Swordfishing by Matt Monise 




Jim Bingham

The late great Jim Bingham. He passed away a few months back

He taught his boys well but his greatest gift to them was sharing his love and admiration of the ocean.

He was one of the pioneers of our modern day halibut fishing. He will be dearly missed by all.

James Harvey Bingham - January 23, 1933 - October 22, 2008

HARVEYJames H. Bingham, 75, passed away while surrounded by his family at his home on Wednesday, October 22, 2008. He was preceded in death by Yvonne, his loving wife of 52 years, and his eldest son, Harvey. 

He is survived by his children Patricia (Ochendus-zko), Michael, James, Bryon, Christopher, Shawn, and Robert (Hickman), their spouses, and his eighteen grandchildren. Jim was born on January 23, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Excelsior High School in Minnetonka, Minn. in 1951, where he was class president. 


He soon joined the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 1970. He thereafter worked for COMNAVAIRPAC, managing programs in ground support and weaponry at Naval Air Station North Island until he retired in 1990. Jim was an avid and accomplished fisherman and long term boat owner. He lived for fishing outings with his sons off the coasts of San Diego, Mexico, and Alaska. He coached baseball at Tecolote Little League for many years, and taught his children and their friends to water-ski in Mission Bay.

Millie Fitzgerald - Passed away December 28, 2007. Owner of the MIL-SO-MAR.

Lois Ibey - Passed away November 18, 2007

"I learned today from Scott Ibey, that his mother, Lois Ibey, passed away November 18th after a long illness.   Beyond her family I feel that Lois's greatest love was for The Marlin Club.  For many years she held the Club together with a tight hand and deep personal commitment.  She always held us all to the strictest of the Club traditions.  She helped me out a lot (and chewed me out, too).  I will sincerely miss her."


Ed Waldman

Having known Lois Ibey in two ways, I feel twice as fortunate. I first became acquainted with Lois during the summer of 1978. My father, George "Karima" Nelsen had just landed his first broadbill and as a young person I was naturally interested in all the "Tasks" delegated to this very professional as well as conscientious lady. Lois truly followed every task given her to it's completion. Anything short of this was unacceptable to her. New to San Diego, we relied on her that day for "Photographic", "Taxidermy", & many other references. Lois was literally a "walking Yellow Pages" for the members of The Marlin Club.

 Kurt A. Nelson

There was a “scattering of ashes” for Lois and Mel Ibey. Boats departed the San Diego Marlin Club by 9:00am Sunday, December 30th, convoyed to Buoy # 3, deposit the ashes, and return to the dock. The Ibey family was aboard Dave Heft’s boat PALAPA assisted by John Shea and Bill Fiedler.

Glen H. Munkelt Jr. - June 19, 1918-July 26, 2007 He was born in San Diego and was an artist. Survivors include his wife, Cecelia Munkelt; sons, Stephen Munkelt and Dana Munkelt of San Diego; and sister, Jeanette Hoover of San Clemente.  Glen was a member of the Marlin Club since July 23, 1965.

Thelma "Teddy" R. Schlieder - December 4, 1922 to January 23, 2007 - Teddy was a volunteer at the San Diego Marlin Club for many years.

Wendell L. Dyke - Passed away July 21, 2006 - He loved San Diego and the good fishing friends he had.  Wendell L. Dyke History: Charter and Founding Member of the Mission Bay Marlin Club. Great friend and fishing partner with Burt and Polly King, Skelly and Maggie Wilbur, Bob Smith, Stuart Winters, Chuck Gilliam, Vince Muicello and many others....

John Tanner - August 22, 2004 long time Marlin Club member, past President and Southwestern Yacht club member, passed away. John was remembered as a great guy and was always out there fishing on his boat the "Twin "B."

Kenny Dickerson - 2004 - El Tigre

Don Blackman - February 18, 1929 - 1/15/2004

Dave Thompson - 2003

Gary Jasper - 2002

Tom Lowey - 2002

Donald Roon - 2002

Stuart Winters   1949 - September 10, 2001

Jordan Weitzman 1932 - September 7, 2001

Chuck Gillam - 2000

Pat Gutjahr - 2000

Tony Schiavone - 2000

Madaline Head - 2000

Ed Fitzgerald - 1999

Dudly Williams - 1999

Burt King 19__ - 19__