December 31, 2009



Submitted by Rob and Marilyn Henson, Historians

On January lOth, the Harbor Rod & Reel Club held its Fifth Annual Awards and Installation Brunch. There was an impressive attendance of 107 members enjoying a great brunch and witnessing the president’s gavel being past from outgoing president, Cal Droege to newly elected president, Larry Coots.

The Elected Officers and Board Members were installed as follows:

Next, John Thompson told funny fish stories and presented the trophies to the 1998 top anglers of the club.

The following Friday, January 15th was the “Chili Cook-Off” with the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club. Coral and Ron Levin took 1st Place with Carol and Punky Langston taking 2nd Place and Chris Lester taking 3rd Place. But the big winners were the members and guests who got to eat the chili!

February 10th brought a seminar by radio talk show host Ron Kovach.
One hundred and one club members and friends attended the seminar.
There was pizza for dinner and lots of gifts for the raffle. The club raised $710.00 which went towards scholarships for Cal State Northridge’s Marine Biology students.

The Fresh Water Fishing outing and the Hubbs White Seabass facility field trip were cancelled.
Next came the “Cruising Cuisine” seminar and social on March 21st with Kay Pastorius. She gave us great tips on stocking our boats with the right provisions and we were able to sample.the food that she prepared in front of us. It was a fun and tasty seminar.

On April 21st, Bill Jahn gave us a seminar on boat maintainence. Chris Rullino from the Sea Recovery discussed water makers with 41 members dno guests. Ice cream sundaes were served up by Marie Coots and Paula Hetzler.

The “Cinco de Mayo” party, which was held on the Siete de Mayo, was a joint venture with the HHYC. Over 90 people enjoyed great Mexican food and margaritas flowed throughout the evening.
Ron Kovach came back for a second time on May 18th. Along with Ray Lowry, they spoke about fishing for yellowtail and tuna. Ninety-five members and guests attended and raised $1,760.00 from the raffle which was donated to H.O.P.E. for the white seabass pen.

June 5th was the “Day on the Horseshoe Kelp”. with members from the Huntington Harbor Yacht the Yacht Club.

This was a fishing day Club and lunch back at the “Family Fishing Weekend” was held on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th. Seventy eight members and guests participated in the fishing and BBQ dinner social held at the HHYC. The Parker Family (Nonn, Jessica, Shannon and Jason Duca) put on a wonderful dinner with the chicken being donated by Corky and Betty Bennish.

On June 24th-28th, thirty-one members made a trip down to the East Cape and stayed at the “Palmas de Cortez” resort. The largest marlin was caught by Jim Perons and John Ulrich was the top angler with a marlin, a rosterfish and a trumpet fish. Cal Droege caught the largest roosterfish and Bob Hetzler caught the largest dorado. A fun trip was had by all.

Friday, July 16th was the “Twilight Sand Bass Fishing Trip” aboard the Enterprise. Over forty were on board with 18 kids catching most of the sand bass. There was an estimated 310 sand bass caught for the evening. The kids all had a great time and so did the “big kids”.

September 10th, 11th and 12th brought on the “Master Anglers Billfish Tournament”. Sixty two members and eleven boats participated in the tournament. The man of the hour for our club was Paul LePore who was the Second High Angler for the tournament. We also placed Second High Boat and Third High Club, all on the same fish! Way to go Paul!

On Sunday, September 19th, Jeanette Ross put together the “Family Beach Party”. Thirty members attended to fish, play catch and BBQ their dinners. Wealso had the biggest bonfire on the beach. It was great fun and wazrn!

The “Kids In-Harbor Derby” was held on October 17th. Twenty two kids on twelve boatscaught halibut, white seabass and even octopus. The bait was furnished by Larry Coots, Tim Harding, Larry Coots, Jr. and Bobby Lienau. Afterwards, there was a BBQ lunch back at the Yacht Club and
a visit from the Orange County Sheriff Harbor Patrol. They were there to show off their boat and water cannon which the kids took turns shooting. Then the awards were given out to the top anglers. In the under 7 age category, Kyle Adriany, Kelsey Tuttenberg and Kyle Clarke came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. In the 8-13 age category, Chad Hunui, Preston King and Chase Parlee came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

November 14th was the “Annual Casting Party and Social”. Over 90 members were at the event casting or just enjoying each others company. Jeanette Ross won the perpetual trophy for the women and Mark Ross won for the men. There were special raffles for the kids and all were delighted with their winnings. Several club members donated gift baskets for the adult raffle. We had BBQ tri-tip and chicken for dinner and mood music from “Different Sides”. It was a most enjoyable day to end a most enjoyable year.

Here are the Trophy Award Winners for 1999. Congratulations to all!

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