How It Started:
We have been asked many times about the origin of the “Reeling for Ronnie” fishing trip and how it came about...
After Ron Brown passed away, a few of his closest friends wanted to do something to preserve his memory and for it to be something that Ron would have been proud to be associated with. Ron was an avid fisherman and loved Isla Mujeres so what better way to celebrate his life than create a fishing trip and raise money for the youth of the island at the same time.
So in 2009 the Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Trip/Derby was created. The R for R started small, with only a few participants, but now takes over the entire North Island Lodge in Haida Gwaii. During the trip there are auctions, a derby and several other fund raising events that raise thousands of dollars every year. Our participants are generous to a fault, and realize that the money they donate not only make a difference in the lives of the students we sponsor but also help transform a country.
News from the Tournaments
It was a quite a trip… a record amount was raised thanks to the generosity of everyone including Todd McIntyre, the lodge manager of West Coast Fishing Club, who through in his time as a guide (he is the best in the business) raised a further $2000 on having him guide for a ½ day. The Calcutta “pot” was $14,000 which was won by Mike Sherwood and Glenn Lesko. Dave Matuschewski donated some great prizes (Beer for a year, coveted tickets to Michael Bolton at Mission Hill Winery, wine packages and scotch packages). Frank Berke donated to the lodge a “stuffed” 56 pound salmon that his Dad caught and had it mounted as a trophy for the “Reeling for Ronnie” trip. It is the only trophy at the lodge and it will be hanging over the bar. The charity and Ron will be mentioned in the West Coast Fishing Club blog(called Ebb and Flow)…please check it out on their website, www.westcoastfishingclub.com. As always great fun, good pranks and generous guys. The WCFC really goes all out for this tournament and most of the staff have said it is by far their favourite trip of the year. The 8th Annual Reeling for Ronnie tournament was another big success in keeping the Ron Brown Scholarship Fund moving forward and helping more students. Thank you to all participants of the Reeling for Ronnie fishing tournament and a ‘big’ thank you to Richard Lock for all his efforts in organizing this memorable event.
Reeling for Ronnie 8th Edition
The 8th Annual Reeling for Ronnie is just around the corner, June 23 – 26. This annual event has become a highlight of the summer for the many anglers eager to get back out to the beautiful Pacific northwest and enjoy world class salmon fishingand the great comradery.
This year a new trophy, a 54 lb mounted salmon donated by Frank Burke has been added to the fun with each of the winners over the past 7 years listed on the plaque. The trophy will be permanently displayed at the North Island Lodge. Stay tuned for this years winner and tales of the competition.
Dave Matuschewski is unable to join the guys this year due to a family commitment but his amazing generosity is still present. He has donated the following for the auction:
- Beer “For a Year”
- Wine baskets (along with high end crackers, cheeses etc)
- Tickets to the concert series at Mission Hill wineries (Michael Bolton, Andrew Botti, Jewel etc) as well as Food and Beverage (these tickets are impossible to get as it is limited seating in the outdoor amphitheatre).
- Rare Scotch package
Thank you, Dave. You will be missed this year. Good luck to all, in bidding on these fantastic items.
8th Annual Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Tournament: June 23rd- 26th
Reeling for Ronnie 7th Edition
Our 7th Annual Reeling for Ronnie fishing trip at the West Coast Fishing Club in Haida Gwaii is now over… and what a trip it was!
As usual we took over the entire North Island Lodge on Langara Island with 24 dedicated fishermen from all parts of Canada and the United States. After a night of revelry at the Boathouse Restaurant in Richmond where we picked our “Calcutta Teams” we boarded our flight to the lodge and it was game on!
The fishing didn’t disappoint with Gord Hilchey landing a beautiful 38 pound Tyee… well done Gord. After our first day on the water Frank Berke, our in-house auctioneer took to the stage and auctioned off the Calcutta teams which raised over $10,000 (the winning team wins half and the Ron Brown Scholarship Fund is awarded the other half). As usual Dave Matuschewski donated an incredible scotch and wine package which was auctioned off the second evening and raised substantial money for the RBSF. For 7 years now Dave has gone above and beyond with his generosity.
Great camaraderie and epic fishing, but most importantly the Reeling for Ronnie trip raised over $8,000.00 for the Ron Brown Scholarship fund. Thanks to everyone that participated and special Kudos to the West Coast Fishing Club. We are looking forward to an even bigger year in 2017!
7th Annual Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Tournament: June 24th- 27th
The tournament is coming up fast and anglers are looking forward to this great event, sold out every year. Not only is the fishing from the West Coast Fishing Club some of the best in the world but the fun and camaraderie is legendary. Once again Dave Matuschewski has very generously donated very special wine and Scotch baskets for the auction. Dave is a huge supporter of the fund, raising thousands of dollars over the years. Mark Hodge of the West Coast Fishing Club has donated an engraved Reeling for Ronnie Islander Fishing Reel. Thank you, Mark, for all you and Lodge staff do to make the tournament such a success each year. Stay tuned for results of the tournament and photos
6th Annual Reeling for Ronnie fishing tournament
"The best ever" ………….was how Peter Zukow, and many others described the 6th Annual Reeling for Ronnie fishing tournament. I've heard a few of the fishing stories and a lot of great memories were made by all. The event was hosted by the North Island Lodge, The West Coast Fishing Club in the astounding Haida Gwaii. Please follow this link to see their news letter and more photos. http://westcoastfishingclub.com/the-hub/fishing-reports/deja-vu-another-42/ The fishing was great and the anglers very big hearted as always, in support of the Ron Brown Scholarship Fund. We especially want to mention Eldon Unger for his amazing generosity at the auction and Dave Matuschewski, thank you again for your support in providing the extraordinary wine packages and wines served. It takes a strong team to organize this event each year and we need to give thanks to Richard Lock, Peter Zukow and many others at Lock Search Group for their time and skills in putting it all together. Glen Blackwell works year round keeping the fund accounts and his help is invaluable. Thank you to Frank Berke for his auctioneering talent and assistance in the fundraising. The Reeling for Ronnie tournament is themajorsource of funds for RBSF each year and we thank you all for your participation and caring support.
6th Annual Reeling for Ronnie Fishing tournament
The annual fund raising Reeling for Ronnie Fishing Tournament is almost upon us. This year the tournament dates are June 26-29 and anglers are fishing from North Island Lodge, the West Coast Fishing Club in the spectacular Haida Gwaii. The event is again sold out, a testament to the fun and camaraderie of this exciting event. We wish the fishermen the best of luck and will look forward to hearing all the fish stories afterward. Stay tuned…..
A very special thanks to West Coast Fishing Club for their endless support.