MBMC March Newsletter – THE OOPSLINE

Dear MBMC members,

First we would like to wish everybody a happy New Year!  Hopefully this year we have another epic year of fishing.  With all of the Post-Covid madness, we did not have a MBMC 50th Anniversary Celebration last year.  Yes, the Club was founded back in 1972. We would like to catch up and have a nice 51st year Anniversary Get- together.  The details will be worked out and we will send out information so keep an eye out for this.

For many years the MBMC newsletter was called the OOPSLINE!  In celebration, this year’s newsletters will again be OOPSLINE in celebration. 

The Board met on March 11th to start the ball rolling on all the Tournaments and Seminars that will be put on this year.  To start, we would like to welcome two new Board Members, Jim Kelley and Tommy Barroner.  Big thanks to Shane Hurt for his 2 years of serving as our President as well as Jerry Lively for his years of service, knowledge, & contributions to the Club.  Both Shane and Jerry will be stepping down from the Board this year.  Another thanks to last year’s Board Members for all the hard work and dedication that was put into the Mission Bay Marlin Club:  Shane Hurt, Jerry Lively, Billy Vitale, Ken Yasuda, Kevin Yamamoto, Ray Fear, and Scott Paul.

As we stated in the past, this is your Club.  Please give us your feedback or suggestions on things you would like to see from the Club.  This year we would really like to see more kids get involved.  So please bring your kids and their friends into the Tournaments or Fish of the Month.  There will be a lot of prizes and giveaways for them.  They are the future of fishing.  Also, we would love it if Members would submit Fishing Pics throughout the year.  It would be great to include these in the Monthly emails.  Fishing, catching, or just having fun on the water.

Last year the MBMC saw its membership grow to 90.  Thank you everyone.  This year as of June 1st, 2023,  the dues will be raised by 25 dollars to $150.00 for Adults.  Spouses & Children under 18 remain at $40.00.  Still a great deal compared to other fishing Clubs in the area.  So get signed up before the deadline and save 25 dollars.

The next Event this year will be the Membership Meeting / Bay Bass, Seabass, & Halibut Seminar on April 15th, 2023 (see attached flyer).  These are always fun and informative.  So come out, meet fellow anglers, and maybe pick up a few new tips.  Our presenter is John White from Dana Landing Tackle who is a wealth of knowledge.  It is being held at Sardina’s Restaurant, a great venue in the Morena/Bay Park area. 

The first tournament of the year will be our popular Bay Bass Tournament.  The date has been set for April 22-23 (see attached flyer).  A few changes have been made to this year’s tournament formats.  As you know September is the start of the Roy Lively Month Long Marlin Tourney.  This year we will be following the same month long format for the Month Long Halibut / White Seabass Tournament in May and the Month Long Yellowtail Tournament in July.  We are hoping to get more anglers involved with this change in format.  We are working out the details and more information will follow in the coming months.

The end of the year MBMC Awards Banquet was another huge success. It was held at the beautiful Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. 35 members with wives and significant others attended.  The food was exceptional as always.  A lot of good fishing stories of the past year.  The early bird winner of the Penn fathom 30 2 speed reel was Brent Hargraves Jr. Congratulations to him.

Ann Thompson and “To the Limit” (Dan Muslin) earned the 1st Marlin release flag and Ryan Kohler with team “Una Mas”(Jeff Winters) scored the 1st capture flag for 2022.  Nicely Done!

 Largest Species Awards:

  • Halibut-39.1 lbs – Billy Vitale
  • Lincod-24.8 Lbs – Ken Yasuda
  • Marlin-129.3 – Tim Honick
  • Rockfish-6.2lbs – Billy Vitale
  • Bluefin Tuna (M ) – 128lbs-Kevin Yamamoto
  • Bluefin Tuna (F) – 47.4lbs-Shannon Carpenter

Great job anglers!

A quick recap of a few tournaments from 2022

MBMC Marlin Tournament 

  • Ryan Kohleron the ‘Una Mas’ – 1st
  • Tim Honickon the’ Doghouse’ – 2nd
  • Kevin Yamamotoon the ‘Encounter’ drew 3rd.
  • Team ‘Encounter’ hit it again when Alex Edwardsdrew the Tuna Prize.

Bay Bass Tournament

  • Men’s winner – Bob Hargraves– Radar
  • Women’s winner – Donna Hargarves– Radar
  • Junior winner – Brent Hargraves Jr. – Radar

Hargraves dominated the Tournament, excellent work.

Rockcod Tournament

  • 1st – Tommy Barroner– Tri-dent
  • 2nd – Rodney Villalva– Tri-dent
  • 3rd – Scott Paul– Tri-dent

Team Trident swept the prizes, way to go!

Fishing report wise. . . As you have all experienced, fishing since December has been tough due to the weather.  The last reports have yellows showing up at the islands. These are yoyo fish.  More volume seen than the counts reflect.  There also has been good quality of reds and lingcod across the border.  Do not forget the CA Fish and Wildlife has NEW regulations for bottom fishing in 2023.  Be sure and review carefully as dates and depths have changed.

Looking forward to another great year on the water. Again thanks to all Members and Board Members for making the MBMC such a great Club!

Tight Lines,

Scott Paul, Treasurer

MBMC President’s Letter – January 2023 

Greetings fellow MBMC members,

I hope this message finds you well and Happy New Year to you all.


I want to start off with a reminder that the RSVP deadline for the 2022 MBMC awards banquet is this Sunday, January 15th. Get your RSVP in now!!! Awards banquet is scheduled for January 28th from 5-9 PM. Hope to see you all there. 

January 15th is also the early bird deadline for membership renewals to qualify for the Penn Fathom 2-speed reel. Get your renewals in now if you haven’t already.

I want to take a moment to congratulate Ken Yasuda for taking FOM for December 2022 with his 24.8 lb Ling Cod. Nice one Ken!

A special congrats goes out to Lou Hayden for taking a 37 lb Halibut on Dec 3. Great catch Lou! Lou would have taken FOM for the month, but he had already reached the annual limit of 2 FOMs for the year. Great year Lou! 

***As a reminder to all FOM participants, any one angler is limited to 2 FOM wins per year per club rules.

Not much else to report on the fishing front as far as I know. As we all know, the weather has not provided too many nice days so far this year. I’m sure we can all appreciate the rain we have been getting so enjoy the time to get some boat and tackle work taken care of. 

In closing, I did want to take a moment to thank the MBMC board for their efforts in making the awards banquet happen. They have planned a great event which I hope you can enjoy. Special thanks goes out to Billy Vitale for all his time and effort in putting together some great awards to be presented.

Tight lines and smooth seas,

Shane Hurt

MBMC President – 2022

President’s Message – December 2022

Season’s Greetings fellow MBMC members……I hope this holiday season finds you all happy and healthy.

As we close out the 2022 year, I wanted to pass along one last download of what was a great fishing year overall. A plethora of quality gamefish and a nice spread of Marlin made this a year to remember. As most of you would probably guess, fishing has slowed considerably with weather turning less favorable during the winter months. I am not aware of any hot bites taking place aside from a handful of deep drop swordfish coming to those that put in the effort. I did also hear that Cod fishing was good in Mexican waters. I believe US waters close December 31st and remain closed until April 1st of 2023; refer to your Cal F&W regs before taking my word for it!

I’d like to congratulate Kevin Yamamoto for taking the November FOM honors with a nice grade 128 lb BFT. Well done Kevin!

Also a huge congrats goes out to Scott Paul on his boat Trident for taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place honors in the annual MBMC Rock Cod tournament. Excellent job to Scott and crew in taking home ~$500 in winnings!!!

Special thanks to those that put together and attended the MBMC 2022 End of Season social. A great BBQ spread at the Marina Deli was enjoyed by ~25 members spending some downtime to catch up on friendships and fish stories. A great time for sure!

*Important reminder! The annual MBMC Awards Banquet is fast approaching with limited seating so be sure to get signed up asap. Get your RSVP handled by January 15th. The event will take place at Tom Ham’s on Harbor Island on Saturday, Jan 28th from 5pm-9pm. Tickets prices are $60 for members and $70 for non-members. Flyer is attached.

I’d like to welcome new club member Kevin Mackinnon and his 51′ Sea Ray, “Tied Up and Twisted” to the club. Welcome aboard Kevin!

On that note, I wanted to remind you all to get your club membership renewals sent in asap. Club membership is currently at an impressive 91. The early bird renewal deadline is fast approaching on January 15th with a Penn Fathom 2-speed reel on the line for the lucky drawing winner!!!  You can renew online here , (pay via paypal and mail in the signed Release of Liability form)  or  pay by check using the linked Membership Application Forms.

I think that’s a wrap for 2022. I want to thank you all for making this a memorable year. Special thanks goes out to your MBMC board members. They did an amazing job putting together some great events as we pulled out of Covid isolation and they deserve a ton of gratitude from us all. Please reach out if you are able to participate in the board as any and all help is appreciated. Your participation is what makes this club all the more special.

Until next time….tight lines, smooth seas and the happiest of holidays to you all,

Shane Hurt

MBMC President – 2022

MBMC President’s Message – November 2022

Greetings fellow club members,

I hope this message finds you all well as the peak of the 2022 fishing season winds down. I hope you all managed to find time to get out and enjoy what has been a spectacular season overall. And while the water temperatures trend in a cooler direction, know that there are still some opportunities to stock up the freezer for the winter.

Though the numbers have dwindled, there is still a chance to find some Bluefin Tuna around. Recent action has been reported inside San Clemente Island and around the 267 zone off Dana Point. Also of note are recent catches of Swordfish along the 9 mile bank, inside San Clemente, and off Oceanside to name a few.

Wanted to take a moment to congratulate Shannon Carpenter on her October FOM win with a 47.4 lb BFT. Well done Shannon and team Encounter.

***Reminder!!! Be sure to come out and enjoy the Mission Bay Marlin Club End Of The Year Social which will be held Saturday December 3, 2022, from 2 to 5pm at the Marina Village Dockside Deli – 1842 Quivira Way. Hope to see you all there for an afternoon of comradery and fish stories recapping the 2022 season. 

Another reminder to be sure to save the date for the annual MBMC Awards Banquet coming up on Saturday, January 28th starting at 5pm at Tom Hamm’s Lighthouse. For those of you that made the last banquet at this venue, you will recall what a great venue it is and a great way to celebrate the 2022 fishing season. RSVP deadline is Saturday, January 15th. An announcement flyer will be coming soon with more details.

Wishing you all the best,

Shane Hurt

MBMC President – 2022

MBMC Rockcod/Lingcod Tournament Reminder

I would like to remind everyone that the MBMC Rockcod/Lingcod Tournament is this coming weekend, November 12th & 13th.  You may fish one or two days of the Two Day Tournament.  There are awards for an Adult Division as well as a Junior Division.  I’m sure there are plenty of big Reds and Lingcod out there for Club Members to target.  

Click here for Entry Form and Rules .  Hope to see you out there.  I

Kevin Yamamoto

Tournament Co-chair