May 1st SDA Club Meeting

May 1st Club Meeting

San Diego Anglers are proud to Present:

John Ireland
Rancho Leonero

 Back in the 40’s and 50’s, Mexico’s Baja peninsula was a rugged, remote area with few roads, and even fewer tourists. Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy fishing village, and most Americans had never even heard of the East Cape. Wealthy sportsmen and adventurers would fly down in their private aircraft, land on rough dirt airstrips carved out of the desert, and return with wild stories of the big fish they caught here.

Gil Powell was one of these hearty souls who fell in love with the area. He was a wildlife cinematographer by profession and related to actor William Powell. Around 1950, he found and purchased a 300 acre piece of paradise located on the beach just south of Buena Vista. Gil was continually going off to Africa to shoot movies – hence the locals gave him the nickname “El Leonero”, which roughly translates to “The One Who Knows Lions”. During this time his ranch became known as “Rancho El Leonero”, and over the years has been shortened to “Rancho Leonero”.

During those wild west days before paved roads and civilization came to Baja, Hollywood’s “bad boys” would fly down in their private planes for some R&R where they could escape from the notoriety of their public lives and just hang out. The likes of John Wayne, Bing Crosby, and Errol Flynn were all frequent visitors here.

After Gil’s death in 1974, Rancho Leonero languished for a number of years until John Ireland stumbled upon it in 1979. Instantly falling in love with the area, John spent the next two years trying to acquire the property, and finally succeeded in 1981. In 1984, he started construction of the original five rooms of what was to become “The Inn at Rancho Leonero”. The original ranch house became the bar and office for the current resort. In 1986, the Inn opened to its first guests. From this inauspicious birth (in 1986 we had 1 cruiser with an oar-powered shore boat), the resort has grown to become arguably the best facility on the East Cape. In 1989, we added a fleet of fast bullet cruisers, in 1990 the second wing of 6 additional rooms were completed, in 1991 the pool and first of our super pangas were added, in 1992 the first 6 of our fabulous bungalows were finished, and in 2000 our new 2-story complex was added.

An evening you won’t want to miss!

Bahia Resort Hotel

The meeting will be in the 5th Floor Ballroom

Doors open at 6:00pm Meeting starts at 7:00pm

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April 2019 Halibut Tournament

San Diego Anglers


April 27, 2019                                                                                                            Tournament channel 72


  1. The official starting time of the tournament is 06:00 am on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The official ending time of the tournament is 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
  2. Boats may depart prior to the official starting time of the tournament. Boats must depart from and return to any port within the county of San Diego. No tournament fishing is allowed prior to the official tournament starting time. All club tournaments are operated on an honor system.
  3. The fishing boundaries of the tournament shall be limited to the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
  4. During the tournament, fishing can be done from any fishing platform, including Sportfishing boats.
  5. Bait may be caught, purchased, or acquired as available prior to the official tournament starting time. Bait may be kept aboard tournament boats, used or transferred at the discretion of the anglers or skippers throughout the tournament.
  6. IGFA angling rules will be used for this tournament. Angling rules can be found in the San Diego Anglers Yearbook under General Angling Rules. Anglers are responsible for compliance with all California or Mexican fishing and boating laws and regulations, as applicable.
  7. All fish must be weighed on the club scale between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM at the San Diego Anglers Tournament Weigh Station located at the SHELTER ISLAND LAUNCH RAMP lawn area in San Diego Bay.
  8. Eligible Species: California Halibut (jackpot fish, if entered, can be other than Halibut)
  9. Prizes will be awarded in the following Categories: Heaviest 1-fish Halibut Sack – 1st (50%), 2nd (25%), 3rd (15%), 4th (10)%, and 5th (Free Entry) place for adults. The prize pool shall be supplemented by $20 for each adult member; 1st ($50), 2nd ($35), and 3rd ($25) for juniors. There will be no ties in any category. When two sacks of the same weight are submitted, the first sack submitted shall be the winner. No payment will be made for any place not earned with a qualifying fish.
  10. Jackpot: There will be a $10.00 optional Jackpot for the heaviest single fish (excluding sharks and rays).
  11. All anglers are responsible to stay aware of current weather/sea conditions. Monitor NOAA weather radio for info.
  12. All tournament anglers must complete, sign and submit a Tournament Entry Form and a COPY OF THEIR CURRENT BOAT INSURANCE POLICY prior to wetting a line in this fishing tournament. Entrants may sign up anytime prior to the tournament starting date and time. The entry forms must be turned in to the locations or persons listed on the back of this form. All entrants in the tournament must be current members in good standing or non-members fishing as a guest of a club member. Entry forms can be scanned and emailed to Tournament Director with all pertinent signatures, boat insurance info (if applicable), and date/time stamp. By signing the application, Applicant does assume all risks of injury or property damage, and does agree to hold the San Diego Anglers harmless should any injury, death or property damage occur.
  13. Failure to comply with any of these rules will result in the offending angler’s disqualification from the tournament and possible termination of club membership.
  14. Tournament Angler of the Year and Skipper points will be awarded for this tournament.

There will be Food after Tournament.


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