Awards Banquet Postponed!

Greetings fellow MBMC members,

It is with regret that I inform you the the MBMC board has made the decision to postpone this month’s Awards Banquet and ceremony scheduled for January 29, 2022. Based on the recent uptick of Covid-19 cases throughout the county, we feel it would be prudent to postpone the event to a later date to be determined. Our current plan is reschedule for some time in March of this year. 

A reminder that the membership early renewal deadline remains at Jan 22, 2022 to qualify for the early bird drawing.

In the meantime, a Happy New Year to all of you and I hope this message finds you all safe and healthy.

Wishing you all the best and look forward to seeing you all when conditions permit,

Shane Hurt

December 2021 President’s Message

Seasons Greetings to all club members,

I hope this message finds you well after a healthy and happy holiday. This time of year brings us to the end of another great fishing season. 

On the fishing front, I have little to report on the local fishery. Some local deep drop Swordfish have been reported but aside from that fishing has been standard for the winter. 

Special acknowledgement goes out to Jeff Zachery for a pair of fall Swordfish catches of 218 and 251 pounds!!  Well done Jeff!

Fish of the month for November remained unclaimed. 


The MBMC Awards Banquet for 2021 angler and boat awards is scheduled for January 29, 2022, at Andre’s restaurant in Bay Park. Those that were able to attend the Marlin seminar this year can attest to this venue having great accommodations with plenty of space for all those that wish to attend. We hope to see you all there! 

Members: $30/person / Jr. Members (16 yrs and under): Free
Non-Members: $30/person / 16 yrs and under non-members: $10/child

RSVP Deadline is Saturday, January 22, 2022.  Details are in the attached flyer.

One last reminder to All FOM participants: Any catch made with the intent to qualify for FOM must be caught on IGFA tackle and in accordance with those MBMC exceptions to IGFA rules listed in the MBMC Fishing Rules and Regulations

Wishing you all the happiest of New Years as we move into the new year.

Tight lines,

Shane Hurt

(MBMC President – 2021)

November President’s Message

Greetings fellow members!

As we move into the holiday season, I hope this message finds you all well. According to my Facebook posts it sounds like the fishing has slowed a bit as expected this time of year. Swordfish deep dropping has taken most of the limelight lately with a decent showing on local banks. 

Appears the big FOM winner for October was Jeff Meeker with a nice taco sized 3.6 lb Vermillion rockfish. Well done Jeff!

Important Announcements!

  • The 2021 MBMC awards banquet has been scheduled for Jan, 29th 2022 at Andre’s restaurant in Bay Park. Those that were able to attend the Marlin seminar this year can attest to this venue having great accommodations with plenty of space for all those that wish to attend. More details to come and we hope to see you all there!
    • Cost will be $30.00 for adults and $10.00 for juniors
  • Membership Renewals: You should be receiving renewal announcements soon if not already. The board has agreed to keep membership rates the same for the 2022 year.
    • Early Bird Renewals – Be sure to get your renewals sent in ASAP to qualify for the $200.00 Dana Landing raffle prize drawing! Deadline is Jan 22nd, 2022 .  The drawing will be held at the banquet on the Sat the 29th!

I think that’s all I have to report at the moment. On behalf of your 2021 MBMC Board, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

Warmest regards, 

Shane Hurt

October President’s Message

Greetings fellow members….as you may have noticed I am a bit late in getting this out to you for last month and I apologize. Quite the busy month selling a house and trying to squeeze in a bit of fishing!

With that being said, I would like to reach back to September and get caught up with some announcements and recaps. To start the month I wanted to join those that were able to join us for the Marlin seminar in thanking Mike “The Beak” Hurt for taking the time to pass along some of his knowledge at the Marlin seminar. Aside from some great info being passed along the food and venue were a hit. Additional thanks goes out to my fellow board members (Billy Vitale and Ken Yasuda) for their time and effort in making it happen. 

Later in the month, the MBMC hosted it’s annual Marlin Tournament. With several days of hot local Marlin fishing having taken place, enthusiasm was high for a decent show. However, in the days leading up to the tournament fishing overall slowed and the 11 boats that joined us for the tournament had to settle for a nice weekend on the water. I believe there was one hookup just before stop fishing but unfortunately the fish was lost. As such, honorable mention goes out to Bill Wilkinson’s “Profishent” for their valiant last minute effort. The awards banquet ended up being the star of the show with great food and a huge lineup of raffle prizes for those that were able to attend. Not to mention the raffling off of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winnings!!!

Special congrats goes out to our big winners:

1st Place – Ryan Kohler

2nd Place – Donna Hargraves

3rd Place – Jose Sanchez

More than anything, I would really like to thank those members that made generous donations to the event. Many of the raffles and prize money would not have been possible without all your incredible contributions. In addition, I would like to convey a sincere thank you to some of our other local vendors that were kind enough to give the club a price break which allowed for even more raffle prizes!!!

$1,000.00 – 1st place prize from EW Trucking (Linda and Jeff Winters). 

$700.00 – 2nd place prize from Dana Landing (Steve Pinard and John White). 

$500.00 – 3rd place prize from Yasuda Landscape (Ken Yasuda). 

Early Bird Prize Marlin bait caster rod from Fisherman’s Landing (Doug Kern). 

Platinum Sponsors ($1000+)  

– EW Trucking (Linda and Jeff Winters) 

– John Brudvik (MBMC Member) 

– Dana Landing (Steve Pinard and John White) 

Gold Sponsors ($300-$699)

– Bob and Donna Hargraves (MBMC Members)

– Yasuda Landscape (Ken Yasuda)

– Fisherman’s Landing (Doug Kern)

– Jerry Lively (MBMC Member)

– JV Construction (Jeff Meeker) 

– Scales Gear Fishing Apparel (Keith McDonald) 

– Ryan Kohler (MBMC Member)

Silver Sponsors ($100-$299)

– Dan Muslin and Ann Thompson (MBMC Members) 

– John Overland (MBMC Member) 

– Paul and Gloria Himmelberger (MBMC Members)

– Scott Paul (MBMC Member)

– Fishworks Offshore Clothing

….also a special thank you to Gerry Charest and Marina Village Conference Center for helping us out with the before and after tournament venues, along with Bekker’s Catering and Barworks for the delicious food and tasty libations. As a club we need to do our best to support all of our sponsors, donors, and vendors as best we can throughout the year.  And let’s not forget your hard working board members and volunteers that allowed for the whole tournament to come together seamlessly.

Thank you all so much!

Also like to congratulate Billy Vitale for taking home the FOM title for Sept with a 4.6 lb Vermillion rockfish. Way to pull it out Billy!

As we wind down into the fall and winter months, I wanted to pass along word that the big bluefin are still being caught in decent numbers on the outer banks for those willing to make the run. Also it sounds like the swordfish have moved into our local banks for those willing to put the time in deep dropping. And let’s not overlook the local cod fishing along with the occasional inshore Yellowtail.

Wishing you all tight lines and smooth seas,

Shane Hurt,  President 

Reminder: 47th MBMC Marlin Tournament Earlybird Entry Deadline: September 15th

Reminder:   Earlybird Entries for the 47th Annual MBMC Marlin Tournament  must be received by Wednesday, September 15, 2021, to be eligible for the Earlybird drawing. Some lucky Earlybird Entry will win a beautiful Marlin Casting Rod!!   

The 47th Annual MBMC Marlin Tournament  is scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2021 with the mandatory captain’s meeting on Friday, September 24th. The Awards Banquet will be on Sunday, September 26th , with a great meal and plenty of raffle prizes as usual.  All events will be held at Marina Village.

Also a reminder that this tournament is open only to MBMC boats and their guests. (Rules and Entry form link).   

A heartfelt Thank You goes out to the following for their generous donations in support of this long time MBMC tradition:

  • Linda and Jeff Winters for the $1000 1st place prize,
  • Dana Landing Bait and Tackle for the $700 2nd place prize,
  • Ken Yasuda for the $500 3rd  place prize,   
  • John Brudvick  for a $1000 donation and Fisherman’s Landing, Jerry Lively, and Jeff Meeker for their $500 donations each.

Thanks also to the  Marlin Tournament Committee for working very hard to make this a great event!   

So fish the Tournament!  Attend the banquet!  Don’t miss out on the fun!  We hope to see you all there!