1996 HRRC History
I996 began with the second annual Installation and Awards Brunch held at the Long Beach Yacht Club on January 14th. Marley Paugh, our 1995 president, passed the gavel to Preston King and the elected officers and committee chairpersons were installed.
A new feature, “Kid’s Komer” was added to the Fishing Flashes in keeping with the club’s family orientation.
A seminaron local bay fishing was given by Mike Gardner in Janurary.
Moor, a local sport boat captain, gave a seminar on local fishing on February 27th.
March was a busy month for HRRC, as Merle and Preston King hosted a Sunday Social on Match 24th. The judging of the kid’s logo contest took place at the social.
The annual trout outing, organized by Cal Droege, was held at Laguna. Niguel Park Lake. Great weather and lots of trout for the kids made it a huge success.
10 boats assembled at White’s Cove for the annual Spring Raft Up on April 12-14, and a kids’ fishing derby was a highlight of the weekend.
A Cinco De Mayo fiesta was held at Norm and Jessica Parker’s to enable the participants of the East Cape trip to get in the proper mood for the upcoming journey to Palmas De Cortez.
On May 7th Bobby Lienau put on a Halibut fishing seminar. This well attended event was
the first held at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club.
The first annual East Cape trip, organized by Norm Parker, left for Baja on May 30th. 40 marlin were caught and released, topped by John Ulrich’s 660 lb. Blue, Sunday, June 9th. saw the club hold its first Kid’s Fishing.
On June 13th and 14th the third annual Family Fishing Tournament, organized by NOIII! Parker, had a record turnout. 39 yellowtail, 55 barracuda, 50 calico bass and 200 sand bass were caught.
The third annual Twilight Sand Bass charter took place on June 28th.
A marlinfishing seminarhosted by Bill Woodard and featuring Ed Martin, Doug Daniels, Kenny Brookins, and Chris Hull was held at the Yacht Club on July 23rd. A lot a valuable information was passed to the audience.
In August Danny Jones on the Poco Loco caught the first Marlin.
The team of Preston and Merle King and Jeanette and Bob Ross placed first in the HIBT Pro Am with four blue marlin tagged and released. The trophy will be proudly displayed in our soon to be built trophy case.
HRRC entered 10 boats in the Ladies’ Billfish Tournament. Betty Martin was 3rd high angler and April Figuerdo, fishing on Tightlines, placed 4th.
The first batch of white seabass fingerlings were delivered to the recently consn uctedHOPE grow out pen on September 17th.
The Master Angler’s Billfish tournament was held on September 13th and 14th. Our club entered two teams and a total of eight boats. One of our teams placed 3rd.
October saw the finalization of our joint venture with the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club after months of hard work by members of both clubs. This joint venture will allow us the use of the Yacht Club’s facilities and allow for the expansion of our membership while maintaininga separate identity. On October 27th, 32 kids participated in the 2nd Kids’ Fishing Derby.
On November 17th a pot luck social and casting party was held at the Yacht Club. The first group of white seahass fingerlings were released from the grow out pen on November 21st.
John Thompson, Historian