Preserving the tradition of Sport Fishing through camaraderie, philanthropy, and conservation


Events and Programs

Youth Fishing Program

The Marina Del Rey Anglers take over 500 disadvantaged and at risk children fishing in the Santa Monica Bay.

White Seabass Grow-Out Program

Every year the Marina Del Rey Anglers raise and release over 5,000 juvenile White Seabass into the Santa Monica Bay.

MDR Halibut Derby

The Marina Del Rey Halibut Derby is the longest standing and most fun fishing tournament on the West Coast. It’s truly an event for the whole family.

Fishing Charters

The Marina Del Rey Anglers hosts various fishing charters for members to get together and enjoy Southern California’s fishery.


Springtime Bay fishing culminating with a good ol’ fish fry at Burton Chace Park.

Awards Dinner Party

The Marina Del Rey Anglers recognizes its top anglers at the Annual Awards Dinner. The Angler of the Year Award is presented to the highest IGFA point ranked MDRA angler.

Battle of the Sexes Tournament

Enjoy a day in the bay and compete in a friendly competition to find out which sex is a better fisherman/fisherwoman.

Holiday Dinner & Toy Drive

The Marina Del Rey Anglers hosts a Holiday dinner party for members to enjoy and reminisce about the fishing adventures from the past year. MDRA partners with the local firehouse to support the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Our Vision

MDRA's Philanthropic and Conservation Activities
The Club is entirely operated by dedicated volunteers

MDRA operates a White Seabass nursery to grow and release fish into Santa Monica Bay since 1997. Members of MDRA have also organized, operated and hosted the largest Youth Fishing Program on the Pacific Coast since 1983. In May 1986 our Club joined in a law suit to stop the dumping of untreated sewage and sludge into the Bay. The City stopped dumping in 1988 and achieved full treatment in 1998. MDRA was also involved in the outlawing gill nets in near shore waters and other conservation efforts. In 2013 we were elected to the Governing Board of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Pursuant to our Bylaws, MDRA has made significant donations to various Boys Clubs, the United Anglers of So Cal, National Coalition for Marine Conservation, and supported the International Game Fish Association, the Pacific Game Fish Research Foundation, Fishery Foundation of California, Pardee Sea Scout Basin, Marina Del Rey Fishery Enhancement Project, We are also members of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Ballona Wetlands, Heal the Bay, SMBRC, Watershed Advisory Council and the Coastal Conservation Association.

  • Non-Profit


  • Youth Fishing Program
  • White Seabass Grow-Out Program
  • MDR Halibut Derby

2016 Officers & Committee Chairs

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Tom Jonynas

Youth Fishing Committee Co-Chair
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Ramon Cendejas

Vice President
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Robert Godfrey

Acting Treasurer
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Steve Santen

MDR Halibut Derby Committee Chair
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Keith Moret

White Sea Bass Committee Chair
Membership Committee Chair
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Jack Topal

Youth Fishing Committee Co-Chair
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Randy Sprout

Weigh Master

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