|The Lone Star Shootout
The 2012 Lone Star Shootout is in the books and in the record books in numerous ways! Our schedule move to the end of July produced our best field ever and record setting fishing that was as hot as the July weather. Newsletter space is limited so look for a press release soon with more details but to sum it up:
We had 42 entries at close of registration and the 38 that entered the optional pots set a new record tournament prize money of $625,100 setting a new record contribution to the HBGFC's Charitable Program of $31,255!
The radio and phones went off non stop on day one with reports of billfish releases and it continued into day two. After all the boats were in, videos reviewed and paperwork confirmed the field had released a record total of 70 billfish. The totals were 20 blue marlin, 17 white marlin and 32 sailfish.
The 2012 Shootout Champion is the Mojo, with a record 18 billfish released including 9 white marlin and 9 sailfish for a total of 2,700 points. Mojo owner is Will Lett, Captain Brian Phillips.
Second Place: Over-Ride with 4 blue marlin and 1 sailfish released, 2,100 points. Over-Ride owner is Marty Griffith, Captain Ryan Doxey.
Third Place: Leveled Out with 4 blue marlin released, 2,000 points. Leveled Out owner is Ed Williams, Captain Lupe Sanchez.
Click here to see weighed fish category winners!
Special Congratulations to:
Top Female Angler: Anna Griffith with 4 blue marlin releases (Over-Ride).
Top Junior Angler: Martin Clement with 3 sailfish and 1 white marlin released (Bandit).
|Katie Westmoreland|Congratulations to Katie Westmoreland and Savannah Looper! Thanks to the generous donations made last year in Jim Peachey's name, the Club was able to fund two special scholarships in Jim's honor. Katie and Savannah will both be attending Texas A&M in Galveston and plan to study Marine Biology.
|Savannah Looper |
We would like to welcome Mike Hopkins to the Board of Directors. Mike is a founding member of the Club who has been actively involved since 2005. Mike brings to the board a wealth of business and non-profit organization experience. Mike is the owner of Budweiser's regional distribution in Brenham, Texas and an importer of SEALEGS Boats of New Zealand. Mike has served on several organizations' Board of Directors and currently serves on the Coastal Conservation Association board as well as the Center for Coastal Conservation. Mike is an avid fisherman and conservationist. We are excited to welcome him to the Houston Big Game Fishing Club's Board of Directors.
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.
Thanks to the Lonestar Shootout, we have had a big shake up in the Texas Division! Will Lett's Mojo is now the Top Boat with 5,400 points and Marty Griffith's Over-ride is in a close second place with 4,200 points. New member Brandon Wuertz is tied with Darryl Schroeder, Hank Johnson, and Michael Thorn-Leeson for first place in the Top Male Angler category and Anna Griffith now holds first place in the Top Female Angler category with an incredible 4,200 points!
In the International Division, J.W and Pat Bones' Mojo is still leading the way with 35,300 points. Buddy Schultz' Gotcha is in second place with 28,900 points. Bob Henderson is leading the Top Male Angler category with 10,400 points, with Rob Cromie in second place with 7,500 points and Buddy Schultz in third place with 5,600 points. Pat Bones is still leading the Top Female Angler category with an incredible 14,600 points!
Sponsors of the Month
Mike Johnston of Sullins Johnston Rohrbach and Magers has been an active member and Corporate Sponsor of the Club since 2005. In addition to his annual monetary contribution, Mike has also donated to the Club's Awards Banquet and fishes the Shootout yearly.
John Cochrane and Bobby Byrd of the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament have been long time supporters and active members of the Club. For the past four years, John and Bobby have donated an entry to the Legends Tournament to our Annual Awards Banquet. Legends will be held next week, August 8-12th!
Randy King, owner of Paparda Rey Fishing Charters,
has been a Member of the Club since 2006. Randy and his family not only donate monetarily to the Club, they also support the Annual Banquet and fish the Lone Star Shootout yearly.
Marc Gentry, President
Michael Thorn-Leeson, 1st Vice President
Deano Merrigan, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Richard B. Richardson
CONTACT THE CLUB
The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas 77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313