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Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Southwestern Yacht Club’s 49th Annual Bottom Fishing Tournament to Benefit Elder Help of San Diego is this Saturday, May 4, 2019 and you are invited to participate!

The Southwestern Yacht Club’s Bottom Fishing Tournament is open to the public and benefits the Elder Help Charity in San Diego.  It is a first class event in every respect and included in the $75 per angler entry fee is a complimentary breakfast, tournament shirt and a ticket to the Awards Banquet and Ceremony at Southwestern Yacht Club.  The entry for Juniors 16 years of age and under is $25.00.

Rock cod and lingcod are the qualifying species with cow cod, halibut, sheephead, whitefish and bronze spotted rockfish not being counted.

There is a top club perpetual team trophy and there are individual rock cod awards in Ladies, Men’s, Juniors and Sailboat categories. There is also a special award for the largest lingcod. 

 The Southwestern Yacht Club Web Site is at:

Information about entry forms and more information about the tournament can be obtained by calling Southwestern Yacht Club at (619) 222-0493. You can also contact Tournament Chairman Larry George at (619) 858-6051 or Tournament Chairman Steve Methey at (619) 857-9961.

I hope you can come on out, catch some fish, eat some great food, win some awards and prizes and at the same time help the Elderhelp of San Diego charity!


Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 2:25 pm

Day At the Docks Is Happening This Sunday, April 14, 2019!!

     One of the fun events of the spring will be held this Sunday as the 40th Annual Port of San Diego Day At the Docks will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  I hope you plan to attend as Day At the Docks is always a fun and festive outdoor celebration in anticipation of the fishing season that lies ahead with lots of things to see and do.  Information about Day at the Docks can be accessed at

One of the great things about Day at the Docks is that admission is always free! The Day at the Docks festival will be held at the parking lots where Point Loma Sportfishing, H&M Landing and Fisherman’s Landing are located in Point Loma.  The street address of Fisherman’s Landing at 2838 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA, 92106 will get you there. There is free parking on Shelter Island and free shuttles will be running between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

There will once again be lots of exhibitors at this year’s event and 976-Bite Fish Reports will be one of them.  The exhibitors will include tackle manufacturers, marine artists, fishing clubs, tackle retailers, food vendors and more.

I hope you can attend and enjoy the celebration of the upcoming fishing season and if you can be there, please stop by the booth and say hello. We will be offering show specials on 6 month and 12 month subscriptions and renewals and will also have pocket t-shirts and tank tops available for sale at reasonable prices.  Even if you have time remaining on your web site subscription, we can add the renewal on to the end of what you have remaining on your existing subscription if you want to take advantage of the show promotions.

In addition to all the exhibitors, many of the boats of the San Diego sportfishing fleet will have open houses so you can go aboard and check them out and talk to their Captains and crews about their boats and the upcoming fishing season.  Some of the boats will offer rides around San Diego Bay for $3.00 per person.

Fishing and boating seminars from expert speakers will be going on throughout much of the day. The seminars usually cover topics such as fishing techniques, knot tying, rod selection, rigging techniques and much more.

There are plenty of fun things for kids to do that include free kids fishing area and a Captain’s dunk tank.

There will be contests for casting and knot tying.  There will be fish fillet demonstrations and cooking demonstrations from local chefs that will feature tips and recipes for seafood preparation.

Live bands will be playing throughout much of the day and there will be some great giveaways via raffles. There are thousands of dollars in prizes available that usually include fishing trips and fishing tackle.

There is free parking on Shelter Island and buses will be running free shuttles between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM.

Day at the Docks is put on by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and their web site provides more information about the event at:

I hope to see you there!

Bob Vanian

976-Bite Fish Reports

Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 2:55 pm


     The Fred Hall Show in Del Mar is certainly the best fishing tackle and boat show in the San Diego it begins Thursday, March 28, 2019 and runs through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Show hours are noon until 8:00 PM on Thursday and Friday, 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Saturday and the show goes from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday. 

The Fred Hall Show has something for the whole family with plenty of things for kids to do including a free trout pond.  Kids 15 years old and younger get into the show for FREE with a paid adult and can fish for free at the Mammoth Lakes Kids Free Trout Pond!  Other great kid’s activities include the Ultimate Air Dogs, the SoarDist Great American Duck Races, the San Diego Ford Dealers Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, the City Kids Casting Contest, the Okuma Bass Tank, the Super TT Motorcycle Racing Demonstration and Youth Instruction and the Daiwa Kids Touch Tank. will have a booth at the Del Mar Fred Hall Show and we hope you stop by the booth to say hello and take advantage of the incentives we are offering on web site subscriptions. We will also have quality t-shirts and tanks tops for sale at reasonable prices.

     You can get all the information about the Fred Hall Show on their web site at The web site is loaded with information including show times, directions and a schedule of seminars. You can also purchase admission tickets on the web site and save yourself the possibility of waiting in a ticket line.

     Come on out and see the latest in fishing and boating gear and let’s talk about the upcoming fishing season. I hope to see you at the show!


    Bob Vanian

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 10:16 am

March 6, 2019

Hello All,

Just a followup to the email I  sent out a few days ago reminding you that the Long Beach Fred Hall Show begins today, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 and runs through Sunday, March 10, 2019.   All the details about the show are available at,   I now know my booth number which is 429.which is right across from the Log Newspaper’s booth.

I am excited about the show and saw lots of booths being set up when we set up on Tuesday afternoon.  I hope to see you there!


Bob Vanian

Sunday, March 3, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach Runs From Wednesday, March 6, 2019 through Sunday, March 10, 2019!

 It is that time of year and the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach is fast approaching and begins on Wednesday, March, 6, 2019!  The show runs from Wednesday, March 6, 2019 through Sunday, March 10, 2019 and Southern California anglers will be gathering at the Long Beach Convention Center to see the latest of what there is to see in the world of fishing products, boating products, fishing vacations and a whole lot more.

The Fred Hall Show is a family event with lots of things to see and do for kids and adults alike.  A great thing is that kids 15 years old and younger get in FREE with a paid adult.  One of the highlights for many kids attending the show is to catch a trout in the Mammoth Lakes and Shakespeare Trout Pond.  There are also lots of free seminars for adults and kids to attend in addition to all the booth displays.

You can get all the information about the show including show times and seminar schedules at the Fred Hall Shows web site at  You can also purchase tickets via the web site and avoid possible ticket lines.

If you come to the show, please stop by the 976-Bite booth and say hello and talk about the upcoming months of what looks like it could be another great fishing year.  With large bluefin tuna holding off the Southern California coast late into the month of January one might have good reason to think they have not migrated very far away! The 976-Bite booth is usually located on aisle 300 but I never know for sure until I check in ahead of the show. I will post our booth number once I find out where we will be located.

We are offering special show incentives for signing up for the 6 month and 12 month subscriptions or renewals and will also be selling heavyweight cotton fish and logo T-shirts that range in size from youth medium up to 5XL. I will also have a limited number of the original logo only “old school” 976-Bite shirts available as well. In addition to the T-shirts, I have ordered in more 976-Bite Tank tops for men and women after they were so popular and last year’s shows.

If your membership is still current you can still take advantage of the show specials as your renewal will just add on to the end of what you have remaining from your current subscription.  It is also no problem for you to take advantage of the show specials by subscribing at the show and having your subscription start at a later date.

I hope you can come out to the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach and have some fun.  Get further details at

Best Wishes,

Bob Vanian

Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 2:50 pm

(Republished on 2-25-19)  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:40 PM

    I recently found out that my dear friend Richard/Dick Templin of the private boat Miss Behavin’  who is a longtime member of Southwestern Yacht Club has a health condition that is called Myelodysplastic Syndrome which requires him to have a blood transfusion every 7 to 9 days to stay alive.  He has been doing this the past two years and you would never know he had a health problem in seeing him and talking with him as he seems perfectly healthy with the regular transfusions.

Richard Templin and his wife Donna are the nicest people you would ever want to meet and on March 9, 2019 there is a San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drive on behalf of Richard Templin that is being held at the Southwestern Yacht Club Parking Lot between 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM.  The address is 2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego, CA 92106.

There is a serious need for all blood types and you can give the gift of life by donating blood!  Ironically, Richard was a San Diego Blood Bank donor for over 40 years with over 5 gallons of blood donated.  It was the San Diego Blood Bank that discovered his health issue  and suggested he see his doctor.

I hope you can come out and donate blood on Richard’s behalf.  He and many others are in need of blood and will benefit from this blood drive.  Here is a link to a flyer about the blood drive which has a picture of Richard wearing a 976-Bite T-Shirt!  03-09-2019 Richard Templin Blood Drive 

     The flyer also has a link on it that you can click on if you would like to make a specific appointment time for the March 9, 2019 blood drive.  That link is also here and is:

    You are able to give the gift of life by giving blood!

Thanks very much for whatever help you might be able to provide!


Bob Vanian


Friday, December 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am

     Below is an announcement from the Port of San Diego that will make a lot of people happy!

     Construction of the Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility has made significant progress and is nearly complete. The Port of San Diego is pleased to announce that the boat launch will reopen to the public on Friday, December 21, 2018.     

     The contractor is anticipated to remain on site through January 2019 to complete items such as beach grading and general cleanup, but the work is not expected to impact the public’s use of the facility.     

     Once completed, the improvements will make the boat launch ramp safer and more navigable. Upgrades include enlarging the maneuvering area in the basin by 80 percent, replacing the worn-out launch ramp, increasing the lengths of the boarding floats, and installing public docks, public walkways, adjacent parking and restroom upgrades to current Americans with Disabilities Act Standards.     

     The Port of San Diego appreciates the public’s patience during completion of this important public improvement project. Please visit for more information and updates.

Sunday, August 19, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

It is  Make A Wish Tuna Challenge Time!

     The Make A Wish Tuna Challenge took a break in 2017 and was greatly missed.  The good news is that the tournament is back again this year!  This is a note to remind you that the tournament is fast approaching and is being held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 with a Captain’s meeting on Friday evening, August 24, 2018.  It is actually a three day event when you add the awards ceremony, barbecue and raffle to be held at the Portuguese Hall on Shelter Island on Sunday August 26, 2018.

This is always a fine event and in addition to being a great tuna tournament, it serves a much higher purpose in raising funds to benefit the Make A Wish charity.  Since 1994 the Tuna Challenge has raised well in excess of $3,000,000 to benefit the Make A Wish Charity and has helped fund many wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.

The list of prizes up for the winning is truly spectacular and includes lots of fishing tackle, stays at fishing resorts and marine related and other prizes that are too numerous to list here.  You have a chance at winning prizes with the fish you catch and there are also incredible raffles and some spectacular things that are up for both silent and live auctions.

The tournament has award categories for juniors and adults with a small boat and a big boat division as well.  The cost for entry is $105.00 for adults and $40.00 for a junior.  The entry fees include a tournament t-shirt and a ticket to the awards banquet.

You can go to the Make a Wish Tuna Challenge web site and get all the details and sign up information at

Please come out and participate and enjoy this fine event!  It is a win-win situation as you can have a good time, have a chance at winning some great prizes and in the process enjoy the warm feeling of benefiting some kids who are in need of some good cheer.

Best Wishes!


Bob Vanian

976-Bite Fish Reports

Thursday, August 9, 2018 @ 4:27 pm


Young Anglers ages 6 through 15 are invited to compete in the free 16th Annual Young Anglers’ Tournament to be held on August 11, 2018 at the Shelter Island Pier which is located at 1776 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.  The annual tournament is put on by the San Diego Sportfishing Council and is sponsored by the San Diego Sportfishing Council, the Port of San Diego and the County of San Diego.

The tournament features a points system to allow for catch and release fishing.  There will be one winner in each age category between 6 and 15 years of age and the winner in each age category will be determined by adding up points earned for the various fish caught.  The angler with the most points overall will be also be recognized on the tournaments’ perpetual trophy.  Representatives and volunteers from various fishing clubs and organizations will be on hand to assist the young anglers and tally their points.

Anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear but a limited number of loaner rods and reels will be available to use on a first come first serve basis.  The loaner tackle and bait are provided by Okuma Tackle, Friends of Rollo and Anglers Distributing.

On site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the tournament on Saturday, August 11, 2018.  The tournament fishing starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon.  Prizes are awarded by 1:00 p.m..  Hot dogs, chips and sodas will be served to all registered anglers courtesy of Major Market of Rancho Santa Fe, Tommy Gomes of Catalina Offshore Products and Specialty Produce!

Additional sponsors include Okuma Fishing Tackle, West Marine, Anglers Distributing, Friends of Rollo, Fisherman’s Landing, Point Loma Sportfishing, and H&M Landing.

Prizes and raffle drawing items include rods and reels, hats, t-shirts, fishing gear and deep-sea fishing trips.

For more information please call the San Diego Sportfishing Council at (619) 234-8793 or visit their web site at

Kids 6-15 years of age should come on out, do some fishing and have some fun!

Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

     Hello All,

     For your consideration, I want to let you know about the Captain Rollo’s Reel A Week Giveaway that is being put on by Friend’s of Rollo to help raise money to help take kids out fishing.  There will be a reel given away each week to the lucky winner that gets their raffle ticket drawn.  The first giveaway is for the week of June 5, 2018 and one reel per week will be given away from the week of June 5, 2018 through the week of December 25, 2018.  This reel raffle giveaway will be followed by a grand prize drawing during the week of January 1, 2019 for a Turner Outdoorsman Gift Card.  There will be over $10,000 in prizes given away via this raffle.

The reels being raffled away are quality reels and are valued at between $250 and $700 per reel.  The reels are from makers such as Daiwa, Accurate, Okuma, Shimano, Avet and Penn.  Each raffle tickets cost $25.00 and each ticket that you might purchase stays in the pool of tickets for all 31 drawings or until such time as the ticket is drawn.  The number of tickets available is limited and a maximum of 1,500 tickets are available for purchase.

If you want to see a list of the reels being raffled off, you can see the list at

For ticket information, email Tim at or else call (858) 350-5870, extension 107.  Friends of Rollo is a 501C3 Non Profit Organization and their Tax ID number is #45-5624805

Thanks for considering contributing to the raffle to raise money to help take kids out fishing.  Good luck to you in the raffle should you choose to enter!


Bob Vanian

976-Bite Fish Reports