Welcome aboard to Russell Potter, the Club's newest Board Member! Russell and his wife Sherry have been actively involved in the Club since 2007. Not only do they volunteer at all Club events, Russell has been instrumental on the Corporate Sponsorship Committee securing new Corporate Sponsors and donations for the Club. As a matter of fact, we can all thank Russell for helping to secure the much needed air conditioning for the Lone Star Saloon at the Lone Star Shootout!!
Congratulations to Founding Club Member John Richardson! John has been awarded a World Angling Record for a catch of the heaviest fish of a species in an approved line class category by the International Game Fish Association. The World Record was accomplished by catching a 64 pound 4 ounce Yellowfin Tuna on M-02 kg (4 lb) line in Pinas Bay, Panama on June 9th! Way to go John!
One determined angler! We would like to extend a special thank you to Club Member Pat Wallace. When the 2011 Lone Star Shootout was just days away and the seas were 6-8 feet, Pat, along with his sons and a couple of good friends jumped in their 43' Viking Express and headed to Port O'Connor to fish the tournament. Pat had not even entered the tournament yet, ignored the rough seas and came to fish against his fellow "A" Dock friends. Fishing aboard one of the smaller boats in the tournament, Pat showed his support for the Club and we think this should not go unnoticed. Thanks Pat and Crew!
Texas A&M Galveston Professor Tim Dellapenna has been awarded a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife for an artificial reef named Vancouver Reef located about 10 miles from Freeport. The grant was awarded to expand and enhance the reef for future generations of marine life. Once finished, the reef system will provide new living areas for a variety of marine organisms and create a new playground for divers to explore. It will also provide excellent shelter for fish in the area. The project is scheduled for completion August 2012.
The Billfish Foundation is launching a pilot study on the socio-economic benefits of billfishing in the US Gulf of Mexico. The Survey-based study, beginning October 1, 2011, will analyze two economic focus areas: 1) tracking billfishing-related expenditures and the way that funds filter through the economy, and 2) determining the nonmarket value of billfishing activities through evaluation of anglers' willingness to pay for the characteristics that drive their fishing preferences. We are happy that the Billfish Foundation has requested the Club participate in the pilot study. TBF hopes to use the results to raise the profile of billfishing in the Gulf and leverage the results to formulate policy.
Mark your calendar for the Annual Fall Mixer! The Mixer will be held on November 10th at Sam's Boat in Seabrook. Further details to come next week!
Participate in the Club's 2011 Year Long Awards Program!
Current Club Award results can be found at Awards Program.
Carry your verification forms and use one of the Club's official weigh sites and certified scales to get on the board. Click here to download verification forms, review the Awards Program rules and regulations, as well as note the location of our four weigh stations.
Rules Reminder: Anglers, when you are about to release your winning billfish and are videotaping, remember to leave all billfish in the water. Raising or boating a billfish for a video or picture will disqualify you.
International Division - As of 9/30/11 Buddy Schultz' boat "Gotcha" is still leading the Top Private Boat category with 43,300 points, Buddy Schultz is also leading the Top Male Angler category with 15,900 points with John Richardson in a close second place with 14,400 points. Alicia Deerman is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,400 points.
Texas Division - As of 9/30/11, Brett Holden's Booby Trap is leading the Top Private Boat category with 19,900 points, Brett is also leading the Top Male Angler category with 6,100 points. Sherry Potter is leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,400 points, Shayne Ellis is still leading the Yellowfin Tuna category with a 164 pound catch with Michael Fitzpatrick in a close second with a 141 pound catch. John "Buddy" Kantowski is still leading the Wahoo category with a 73.1 pound catch and Brett Holden is leading the Top Dolphin category with a 40.13 pound catch.
2012 Membership renewal packets will be mailed on November the 1st.
Sponsors of the Month...
Central Texas Bar-B-Q
Bobby Carter of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic generously donated a tournament entry fee to our Annual Awards Banquet this year. The entry raised a whopping $4,700 this year and $4,500 in 2009!
Tommy and Sandra LeClere, owners of Central Texas Bar-B-Q, have been loyal Members of the Club as well as Corporate Sponsors since 2008. They have generously donated catered meals to our events as well as to our Annual Awards Banquet auction. The donations to our Annual Awards Banquet have raised over $2,500!
Interlux Paint has been a Corporate Sponsor of the Club since 2009. Mike Kent of Interlux Paint donates paint to our Annual Awards Banquet raffle yearly, which is much appreciated by many right before fishing season gets underway!
Thank you for your continued support!
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2011 Board of Directors
Marc Gentry, President
Michael Thorn-Leeson, 1st Vice President
Deano Merrigan, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jim Peachey, Secretary
Richard B. Richardson