Mark your calendar for the Houston Big Game Fishing Club Annual Fall Mixer! The Fall Mixer will be held next week, November 10th at 6:00pm at Sam's Boat in Seabrook. Join us for an evening of camaraderie, fellowship, tall fishing tales, tasty treats and Door Prizes!
Thursday, November 10th, 6:00pm
Sam's Boat, 3101 Nasa Road One, Endeavor Marina,
Seabrook, Texas, 281-326-7267
Serving hors d'oeuvres - Cash Bar - Casual Attire
"Conservation Update: The Inside Line", written by Sam White, In the Bite Magazine
The Billfish Foundation, founded in 1986 by the late Winthrop Rockefeller and a group of forward-thinking billfish enthusiasts, developed their signature program - billfish tagging - in 1990. Since that time the program has grown to become the largest international billfish tagging program in the world. In addition to the tagging, TBF is also active in several areas where fisheries management decisions are made, including ICCAT (the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, the worldwide body that legislates much of what happens to the stocks of tuna and billfish in the Atlantic Ocean). According to TBF President Ellen Peel, the organization will fight to maintain the stringent regulations against the commercial landing of marlin species by longliners at the upcoming ICCAT meeting in November.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is attempting to amend the Highly Migratory Species Span to authorize more Fish Aggregating Devices in U.S. waters and the Caribbean Sea. While on the surface, FADs seem like a good idea; in reality, they congregate gamefish into a very small area allowing commercial boats to wrap up large schools in one set. TBF is currently working with anglers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to resolve these issues.
Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update, 3rd Quarter, 2011
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has compiled the reported number of Atlantic Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Roundscale Spearfish caught as of September 30th. An estimated 69 fish have been reported caught by anglers and tournament landings and by the Recreational Billfish Survey (RBS), which is well under the maximum of 250 combined fish allowed each year.
Thanks to your contributions, the Houston Big Game Fishing Club was recently recognized at the Billfish Foundation's Annual Awards Banquet for the Club's commitment to conservation!
Awards Program Leader Board
International Division - As of 11/1/11 Buddy Schultz' boat "Gotcha" is still leading the Top Private Boat category with 43,300 points, Buddy Schultz is also still leading the Top Male Angler category with 15,900 points with John Richardson in a close second place with 14,500 points. Alicia Deerman is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,400 points.
Texas Division - As of 11/1/11, Brett Holden's Booby Trap is leading the Top Private Boat category with 23,500 points, Brett is also leading the Top Male Angler category with 6,350 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 15th.
Sponsors of the Month...
Astrain Tax Consultants
Tom Akel, owner of BlueWater Chairs has been a loyal corporate sponsor of the club since 2005. Each year, Tom generously donates valuable, custom yachting and sport fishing equipment to the Awards Banquet raffle.
Bruce Dumesnil, an active member of the club since 2005, brought Garner Environmental Services on board as a corporate sponsor in 2010. Thank you Bruce!
Jose Astrain, owner of Astrain Tax Consultants joined the Club this year as a corporate sponsor and member. In addition to his monetary donation, Jose supported the Club by donating a valuable auction item to the Awards Banquet which raised an incredible $3,500! Jose also participated in this year's Lone Star Shootout!
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