Well it’s August and fishing is in full swing. There is tuna, Yellowtail, Dorado and Marlin to be found offshore and halibut and bass biting inshore. I had a chance to fish marlin at Catalina last weekend and we caught a striper on a black and purple pakula lure on the Avalon bank. We released the fish so he can be caught again another day.
I wish I had more good news to write about opening up the functions of the club but it is what it is. We are still not allowed to hold social gatherings so the monthly seminars are on hold until the Covid guidelines allow us to have them. The board is still meeting through teleconferences monthly and discussing the functions the club can and can’t do. We hope you all understand that we have to abide by the Covid Guidelines and when allowed to the club will do its best to make it up to the members.
The first tournament of the year was held last month and was our annual Yellowtail Tournament. We had only one boat enter and since there was only one boat we returned the entry fees. I know that things are scary for a lot of us and we ask for everyone to abide by the Covid Guidelines but we are trying to get things started. This month’s Tuna Tournament will be held August 22 and 23th. There will be entries online @ Missionbaymarlinclub.org and behind the counter at Dana Landing. I hope we can get a better turnout for this one.
The 46th annual Mission Bay Marlin Club Marlin Tournament will be held September 26th . This will be an intra-club tournament (meaning only club members may fish the tournament this year) and I hope all of you will do your best to fish this tournament . We have decided to keep the prize money the same as last year regardless of entries – First place $1000 Second $700 and Third $500. This is a great opportunity for a payday and hope that attendance for club members will be high! We will be giving out Captains bags, T-shirts and have some on the water raffle prizes for entrants. Each member will be getting an entry form sent to them with all the rules and details so we encourage you to participate.
Congratulations to Fish of the Month winner Jared Gilbert with a 46.7lb Bluefin tuna. Jarred traveled almost to the Cortez bank to capture the fish with a sinker rig.
Welcome new member, Nick Kane. Thank you for joining and look forward to getting to know you and all the other new members as soon as things get back to normal.
Thanks everyone for being understanding through this unprecedented time for our club. Stay safe and go fishing as much as possible since its one of the few places where the world seems normal.
Best wishes, Shawn