HARBOUR ROD & REEL CLUB 2001 HISTORY
SUBMITTED BY BILL AIELLO
The Seventh Annual Installation and Awards Brunch was held on January 14, 2001, at the Huntington Harbour Yacht Club. The installation brunch was a grand success with 120 attendees. The top lady angler was Phyllis Jones and top Marlin angler was Doug Daniels who also caught the first swordfish of the season for HR&RC, with Eric Grennan catching the largest swordfish of 2001 for our Club weighing, 302 Ibs. Bob Mandic received the awards for albacore, white sea bass and yellowtail with Ron Moss winning for dorado and halibut. In the Junior awards, Eric Henson took first in two categories for barracuda and sand bass. The incoming President, John Ulrich, accepted the gavel from outgoing Prestdent, Joyce Woodard.
The Elected Officers and Board Members were installed as follows:
JANUARY 26, 2001- CHILI COOK-OFF- The sixth annual chili cook off had twenty-six AntriAS find 100 attsnde8s This was a joint event in conjunction with the HHYC. First and second place winners for their chili went to HHYC members with Cristi Ulrich winning third place for HR&RC.
FEBRUARY 7, 2001- A seminar on “Fly Fishing” was presented by Tim Grennan. Tim has thirty-five years experience in rod design and revealed insights into salt-water fly fishing as well as freshwater fly fishing. It was a wonderful presentation.
MARCH 25, 2001- The freshwater “Whup Cal” Trout Fishing Tournament held at Laguna Nigel Lake, was a big success with about thirty angler attending. Shawn Stobridge, grandson of the Woodards, was crowned Trout King, with Andy Keil crowned Trout Prince and Katie Ulrich crowned Trout Princess.
APRIL 4,2001- A seminar “In Shore Hotspots” presented by Jack Sowell and Ed Leland was about inshore fishing and using plastics. The speakers have fifty years of experience between them fishing the area as operators of the boat, “City of Seal Beach”.
APRIL 28- 29, 2001-The raft up at Cat Harbor had ten boats turn out over the weekend and was an enjoyable get together as well as a successful halibut weekend.
MAY 3, 2001- HOPE white sea bass grow out pen received 1500 new babies. *MAY 20. 2001- The Luau was canceled due to lack of enthusiasm.
JUNE 2-3 2001- The Family Fishing Event and supper was held at HHYC. The fishing derby included weekend offshore fishing and dinner, awards and a raffle. There were eleven boats, forty anglers and sixty-five people participating in this event.
JUNE 20, 2001- Bill Woodard reported that the IRS approved the 501 C-7 non-profit status for the club. He also said that the Club could establish a separate fund and operate like a 501 C-3 corporation with tax-deductible contributions for approved purposes.
JUNE 21-25, 2001- The Palmas de Cortez trip was preceded by a brunch at the Acapulco restaurant on June 10th. Thirty-one anglers went to Mexico for fishing fun. There were twenty-four striped marlin, one blue marlin, three sailfish, forty-three dorado and numerous tuna caught during the trip.
JULY 22, 2001- The Beach Party and Fish Fry was a hugh success. Everyone met at lifeguard tower number eighteen and partied, ate and partied somemore. Thanks go to Bob and Jeanette Ross for their big Texas style (semi) portable barbecue pit. A roaring bonfire rounded out a great picnic.
JULY 29, 2001- The Sand Bass Charter turned out to be a great success with about forty-one anglers (about half were children) attending. Plenty of sand bass were caught and Bill Woodard caught the largest fish and one with wings as well.
JULY 25, 2001- A Seminar on “Marlin Fishing in Local Waters” given by Eric Grennan, Kenny Brookins and Dara Fry was a very informative seminar on how to catch marlin in our local waters.
AUGUST 18-19, 2001- The Second Annual Women’s Tournament was a great success with nine boats and twenty-three ladies participating. Barracuda, sand bass and halibut were the catch of the day. The fishing was followed by a barbecue.
AUGUST 2001- The HR&RC Web site was launched YaHOOO!!!!!!!
SEPTEMBER 7~9, 2001 ~ The Master Billfish Tournament included eight HR&RC boats with thirty-three anglers participating. Fishing was very poor and there were no awards for HR&RC this year.
OCTOBER 12, 2001- The Oktoberfest with HHYC turn out was terrific and the food was even better. The oompah band was as good as the Warstein beer.
OCTOBER 28, 2001- The Kids In-Harbour Fishing Tournament had fourteen boats with anglers ranging from three to seventeen years old. The largest fish caught was a 4.5 Ib tiger shark.
NOVEMBER 7, 2001- The Shark Fishing seminar presented by Mako Matt Potter was very informative on how, where and what kind of tackle to use while fishing this formidable game fish.
NOVEMBER 11, 2001- The Pot Luck Dinner and Casting Tournament was won by Norm Parker for the men’s division and Marilyn Henson won for the women. This was probably one of the most fun events of 2001. The food was superb.
NOVEMBER 19, 2001- HOPE released 1738 ten inch white sea bass which makes over 10, 870 fish released since the first release in 1996.
DECEMBER 19, 2001- President John Ulrich hosted the last board meeting which was a social meeting as well. Doug Bannister, President elect, also made some announcements regarding his upcoming reign as the new commander and chief and announced his list of new board members for 2002. The event was fun and all enjoyed a great Mexican dinner with an open bar that was provided by John Ulrich.
At the end of the year we had 110 members, of which fifteen were individual members with ninety-five family members. Thirty-seven members were dual members with HHYC. Seventy-three were only HR&RC members.
It was another great and fun filled year for the Harbour Rod and Reel Club.