MBMC President’s Letter – October 2022

Greetings fellow anglers….

I hope you are all managing to find some time to enjoy the 2022 fishing season while the good weather remains with us. We are very fortunate to have enjoyed a long and productive fishing year.

Wanted to give one last shout out to the winners of this year’s MBMC Marlin Tournament winners. What an amazing tournament full of fun events, good catching, and great comradery. I also wanted to send out a note of appreciation to your board members and everyone that contributed their time to make this yet another special event. And as always, a special thanks goes out to all our tournament sponsors that together help make this such a special annual event.

While much of the attention went to the big MBMC Marlin Tournament, the Roy Lively Month-Long Marlin Tournament was going on in September as well.  This year the shootout was limited to the Hargrave family v. Team Encounter.  We did not have the numbers of fish we would have liked this year for a month-long event, but there were decent numbers of Billfish out there.  Sport boats and private boats were reported to hook them by accident on kelps, tuna feathers, and even the infamous Mad Macs.

The Tournament came to an end on September 30th with the single Marlin release by team Encounter.  Good job Ken Yasuda and team!

I also wanted to congratulate Tim Honick for his September 2022 FOM win taken for his 129.2 lb Marlin catch aboard Jeff Meeker’s Doghouse. Well done Tim!

***Reminder to all to get signed up for this year’s MBMC Rock/Ling cod Tournament coming up November 12th & 13th. Always a fun event to wind down the fishing season. Click for Tournament Entry Form and Rules.

I would like to welcome new MBMC members Dave Boggerman aboard Desperado, a 39’ Chris Craft, and Jeff Winters aboard Una Mas, a 26’ Blackman.  Club membership stands at 90 members. 

A quick reminder that MBMC club T-shirts are still available for purchase for $20 each. Be sure to stock up before supplies are depleted.

I don’t have a ton of info to share regarding the current bite. Honestly, I have been locked into kids soccer and work this year. Always seems to be the case when the bite is good! I do know that the show is not over with Marlin still being caught in close off Newport Beach that I know of. Also be sure to get your Swordfish deep drop gear dialed in as that part of the year is starting to happen locally.

Until next time….tight lines and smooth seas,

Shane Hurt

MBMC President – 2022