For the past 81 years, the Marlin Club of San Diego with the support of the San Diego Unified Port District, has always thrived. Thanks to the efforts of officers, directors and members who have voluntarily provided an unprecedented level of service and support to the recreational sportfishing community and the community at large, the Marlin Club has become one of most respected Southern California fishing clubs.
In keeping with the Marlin Club’s heritage of giving back to the local community, the club was once again proud to host the Michael Farrior Annual IGFA Juniors’ Tournament for local anglers as well as club members. The event was held on August 18, and it was clear from the start that every participant was in fact a winner.
It was an exciting adventure for more than 50 junior anglers between the ages of five and 16. Club members, guests and their children — utilizing both private boats and the deck of the Fisherman III out of H & M Landing — headed out loaded with young anglers eagerly anticipating their first fish of the day.
For many of the anglers, it was their introduction to sportfishing. Participants were treated to a perfect Southern California day with warm weather and calm seas. The morning was filled with laughter and smiles as saltwater bass and rockfish came over the rails to the delight of the parents and children alike. When the boats returned to the dock, all of the passengers headed to the iconic Marlin Club on Shelter Island for a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers barbequed to perfection and served up by club volunteers.
IGFA Trustee Michael Farrior presented a certificate to Gavin Simmons, the overall winner, with a 15-pound, 10-ounce dorado, taken aboard his dad’s (Skete Simmons) boat, Concubine, as well as certificates for the largest fish in all categories to other junior anglers.
The organizers made sure that every junior angler was a winner. In addition to certificates for largest fish, there were prizes awarded by the Marlin Club as well as Captains’ Bags full of gifts from the International Game Fish Association.
A partial list of charity events and tournaments hosted by the club includes the Shriners Children’s Hospital, San Diego Fire Fighters Stop, Drop, and Reel Halibut Tournament, The Don Blackman Memorial Halibut Tournament, which benefits the UCSD Burn Center and UCSD Moore’s Cancer Research Center, Friends of Rollo, Kids Fishing Fund, which has raised thousands of dollars since 2002 to host children on other Port of San Diego partners charter boats at San Diego Sportfishing Fleet, The Fish On! Anglers Tournament, since 2007 commemorating the late wildlife artist, Chuck Byron, providing volunteers at the Day at the Docks “Kids Fish Free” plus an event for the children of Father Joe’s village.
The Marlin Club was recognized earlier this year by the International Game Fish Association for historical contributions to the sport of Big Game Fishing over the past 81 years as well as its annual ongoing support of many local charity events. For more information visit www.themarlinclub.com.