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Poolside Fish Fry

The Club has moved to the beautiful Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston.  You are invited to spend the evening with your fellow Club members and Galati Yacht Sales to celebrate the Club's new home!


When: Friday, May 11th at 6:00pm

Where: Pelican Rest Marina, 7819 Broadway, Galveston, TX


Come casual and hungry for a poolside fish fry and complimentary drinks!


Club members are invited to dock their boats at the marina for the evening or stay all weekend and enjoy the facilities compliments of Pelican Rest Marina. 


Slips are limited.  Reserve your slip in advance by calling Marita Schultz at 409-744-2618.


Scholarship Program

The deadline to apply for a Houston Big Game Fishing Club scholarship is May 25, 2012.  For program information, please Click Here.


The Lone Star Shootout

Lone Star ShootoutInvitations have been mailed!

VIP's, take advantage of your VIP status by submitting your entry before May 15th for a priority slip assignment in Caracol Yacht Club.  This year's Shootout promises to be our biggest and best in every respect.  You don't want to miss it! For Shootout entry forms and more information, Click Here.


News from The Billfish Foundation

Hasta luego Elliott Stark!  Elliott has taken a position with the West CoastThe Billfish Foundation Fishing Club in Panama!  Congratulations Elliott.  We wish you the best of luck.  Andrew Cox will continue to work closely with the Club in Elliott's place. Andrew has worked with the Club over the last few months facilitating the Socioeconomic Importance of Sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico Survey.


Survey Results - Socioeconomic Importance of Sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary focus of the study was to estimate the willingness of anglers to pay to "raise" billfish in the Gulf of Mexico and in return use these values as a means to put a dollar sign on the prized resource.  Utilizing a socioeconomic model, it was determined that members of the Club were willing to pay $2,900 to raise a blue marlin, $1,060 to raise a sailfish and $645 to raise a white marlin in non-tournament situations. The values generated in this study demonstrate the significance of a healthy billfish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico and further demonstrate to fisheries managers and government officials that billfish sportfishing is very important for the economies of coastal communities in the Gulf. Visit www.billfish.org to keep up to date with other TBF activities.


Update: National Marine Fisheries Service In-Season Actions on Bluefin Tuna - On April 7, 2012, the NMFS is taking two actions regarding the recreational Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery: (1) There will be a closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery until December 31, 2012. The northern fishery will remain open to one large, medium or giant BFT per vessel in the angling category. (2) There is also an adjustment of the daily retention limit that applies to the HMS Charter/Headboat Category when fishing recreationally. For full details, Click Here.



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Hill and Donelle Dishman, active members Mojo

of the Club since 2006 and J.W. and Patricia Bones, members of the Club since 2005, have generously donated to the Annual Awards Banquet for the past four years.  In the past four years, their incredible donations have earned the Club over $20,000!  Thank you all for your continued support over the years!



ASTRAIN TAX CONSULTANTS - Jose Astrain, owner of Astrain Tax Consultants, joined the Club in 2011 as a Corporate Sponsor and member.  In addition to his monetary donation, Jose has supported the Club by donating to the 2011 and 2012 Annual Awards Banquets which has raised over $5,500!  Jose also participates in the Lone Star Shootout!  Thank you for your support Jose!


Bac Trac Plumbing LogoCliff Mountain, owner of Bac Trac Plumbing joined the Club in 2011 as a Corporate Sponsor and member.  Cliff and his wife Sherri generously donated to this year's Annual Awards Banquet raising over $2,700!  Thank you for your support!  

2012 Club Awards Program
Get involved in the year long tournament by submitting a verification form for each catch and release! Click here for Club Awards Program information and verification forms.
Texas Division - Pat Wallace's Tres Ninos is currently leading the Top Boat Division with 1,100 points. Reece Wallace is leading the Top Male Angler Division and Lisa King is still in first place in the Top Female Angler Dategory.

International Division -  J.W. and Patricia Bones' Mojo is leading the way with 35,300 points.  Buddy Schultz' Gotcha is in second place with 17,300 points.  Buddy Schultz is also leading the Top Male Angler Division with 4,100 points and Patricia Bones is leading the Top Female Angler Division with 14,600 points.

Marc Gentry, President
Michael Thorn-Leeson, 1st Vice President
Deano Merrigan, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Kevin Deerman
Richard B. Richardson
Fred Pyle
Kirk Elliott
Russell Potter
The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas  77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313