HARBOUR ROD & REEL CLUB 1997 HISTORY
Submitted by John Ulrich, Historian
January 12th at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club the Awards and Installation Brunch kicked off the New Year for the club. Preston King, president during 1996, passed the gavel to incoming president Punky Langston. The elected officers and committee chairpersons for 1997 were as follows:
January 17th, the HRRC and the HHYC hosted a chili cook-off fundraiser for H.O.P.E. at the yacht club. $800 was raised for the good cause of the white seabass growout pen. Joyce Woodard won first place for her chili entry, with Merle King in second place.
February 26th, at the yacht club was the first seminar of the year. Len Belcaro and Gary Cappute of Offshore Satellite Services, and The Big Game Journal, made a presentation on how to utilize temperature charts to increase your catch in Southern California offshore fishing.
March 9th, was the annual Kids Fishing Trip, held this year at Oso Lake. Allison and Katie Ulrich, along with Jennelle (Norm Parker’s goddaughter) caught catfish. After fishing everyone enjoyed hot dogs and hamburgers on the patio.
March 23rd, was the Sunday PotLuck Social at the yacht club. Over sixty people turned out for great food and a good time. Randy Coleman’s tri-tips were a hit.
March 25th, was a fascinating seminar on fishing plastics and the iron. Barry Brightenburg ofFish Trap Lures and Ron Eldridge of Western Outdoors put on a terrific and informative seminar. There was a large turnout, and lots of questions.
April 12th, Bob Mandie led 17 people on a tour of the new state of the art OREPH white seabass hatchery in Carlsbad. Visitors were able to view first hand how the seabass are spawned and grown.
April 16th, Dave Brackmann put on a very informative seminar on thresher shark fishing. In his fire hose style he crammed in eight hours worth of technical information into three hours and then stayed for Q & A.
April 19th and zo”, was the United Anglers white seabass collection weekend. In addition to rough seas, a charter crew out with Dan Coonis and Mark Wisch caught a total of six white seabass. They turned in three and ate three! A total of eleven seabass were turned into UA.
April 25-27th, was the Annual Spring Raft-up. It was a “blow-out” and only a few hardy souls made it out in the unpredictable weather, but the Moss’s, Woodard’s, Jon Fults, Don Miller and Ken Lester braved it and had a great time.
May 2nd, was the Cinco de Mayo party at the yacht club. This is always a fun event.
May 3rd, was the Aftco Day at the Lots.
May 81\ H_O.P.E. received 2000 juvenile white seabass in the pen.
May 14th, Dave Brackmann held another information packed seminar, this time on chumming and chunking inshore and offshore, and swordfishing techniques.
May 17th the United Anglers held their annual fund raising dinner at the Balboa Bay Club.
May 29th, was the start of the annual HRRC migration to the East Cape at Palmas de Cortez. Norm and Jessica Parker organized another terrific trip. Thirty-eight members of the club enjoyed five days of fishing, snorkeling, shopping and delicious dining. Our anglers caught 18 marlin, 2 sailfish, and 60 dorado.
June 21st, was the annual Family Fishing Tournament and Awards Dinner. It was also
the day that Karl Adriany caught a 2571b. broadbill swordfish off the 277 spot. Forty anglers on ten boats participated in the tournament. Top angler in the junior category was ~ha\ln ~tr<>hridBE’ with ten fish Junior Heaviest Catch went to Eric Mize. Top angler was Mike Woodard. There was a great awards dinner at the yacht club.
July is”, was the twilight charter sand bass fishing trip on the Challenger out of Alamitos Bay. Chris Hull and Tim Harding shared 1 st place with the jackpot winning ‘cuda.
Steven Ulrich was the hot junior angler with four sandbass.
August 8th, project H.O.P.E. released 1729 juvenile white seabass from the grow-out pen located at the fire station on Warner Ave. That same date was the kickoff for a HRRC migration to Marina Coral in Ensenada. Several club boats made the trip and enjoyed fantastic fishing including yellowtail, tuna, dorado, and thirty-three caught and released marlin.
September 6th, was the 21 st annual Ladies Billfish Tournament. The seas were glassy and the weather perfect, but only 2 marlin were caught. First place went to HRRC members Brenda Brookins, and April Grennan on Tight Lines. Debi Rodden placed second on Fiesta. HRRC was well represented by nine boats.
September 12-13th, the Master Angler Billfish Tournament. What a year! Previously, the record catch in the tournament was 27 marlin. On the first day of fishing this year, there were 35 marlin caught, followed the next day with 54 marlin for a tournament total of89! Most of the fish were caught south of Santa Cruz Island. Paul LePore took 4th place with 4 marlin. The LePore’s hosted a strategy party at their home previous to the tournament. HRRC was well represented with thirteen vessels catching twenty-eight fish.
October 19th, was the third annual Harbour Rod & Reel Club Kids In-Harbour Fishing Derby. Ron Moss on Sparkler provided the bait boat and weigh-in station. There was an awards ceremony and lunch at the yacht club. Jeff Crooymans won 0-7 age group, Chris and Ashley Boucher won the 8-13 age group, and GeoffPrea won the 14-18 age group. The Orange County Sheriffs Office, Harbour Patrol, provided tours of a patrol boat and fire boat at the dock where the kids got to fire the water canon.
November 12th, was the date for another David Brackmann seminar. The focus was on Fishing San Clemente Island, the Tanner and Cortes Banks. As usual Dave was armed with lots of information for attendees including charts and gps positions.
November 16th, was the last potluck party for the year with a casting contest. The Buchanan women swept the contest with Daisy winning 1 st place in the children’s divisions, and Anne winning 1 st in the adult division. John Rodden prepared the Caesar salad while Punky Langston barbecued lots of chicken and ribs.
Trophy and Award winners for 1997 were as follows: