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A word from Michael Thorn-Leeson, 2013 President Elect

Fellow Members,

As the President Elect for 2013-2014, I am writing to you for several reasons.  What a year it has been, under the leadership of Marc Gentry. Starting with the banquet, we raised more money than ever before. The Lone Star Shootout Tournament, again, the best ever. Scholarships funded, two in Jim Peachey's name and an additional ten for a total of twelve funded.

We were able to donate and contribute to WADE (Water Activity Day Events), The Billfish Foundation, Fishing for Tomorrow, Ronald McDonald House (an upcoming event at Pelican Rest Marina), and Warriors Weekend.

As our club grows, 267 members strong at last count, I would like to reach out to you for your participation in a committee of your interest. Our committees are as follows:
Awards, Banquet, Conservation, Education,  
Membership, Scholarships, Special Projects,  

Please send your committee of choice to me through [email protected]. I look forward to seeing all of you at Sam's Boat on November 8th for the Club's annual Fall Mixer.

Michael E. Thorn-Leeson

President Elect
Ronald McDonald House
Fun Fishing Day
Ronald McDonald House Fun Fishing Day
The Club is excited to present the
1st Annual Ronald McDonald House Fun Fishing Day!  We will be hosting approximately 20 children and their families currently residing in the Ronald McDonald House for a fun day of fishing, food and fellowship at the Pelican Rest Marina. WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please click here for more details!

Fall Mixer

It's that time of year again! Mark your calendars and plan to spend the evening with the Club on November the 8th at Sam's Boat in Seabrook. Click here for all of the details! 

The Lone Star ShootoutLike us on Facebook
Lone Star Shootout We would like to thank the 2012 Lone Star Shootout Tournament Sponsors again for their loyal support. Their generosity and continued support has helped the Shootout become a premier Texas tournament that now provides a very significant contribution to an incredible cause, the Scholarship Fund!
2012 Shootout Sponsors
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation Great News for Billfish Conservation! The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 was passed in the U.S. Senate on September 23, 2012 during the final hours of the 112th Session of Congress. Recently introduced into the Senate as part of a larger Sportsmen's Legacy Act of 2012, the Billfish Conservation Act was passed separately from the Sportsmen's Act. The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 (H.R. 2706) will prohibit the sale of billfish in the United States, except for exemptions in Hawaii and the Pacific Insular Area in which traditional fishing practices are still in place. This is a great step forward for billfish conservation as it will eliminate the incentives to export billfish into the United States. The U.S. is currently the largest importer of Pacific billfish and this legislation will have far reaching effects that will increase fishing opportunities for anglers both here in the United States and abroad. Before the Billfish Conservation Act can become effective, President Obama needs to sign the legislation. You have an opportunity to send President Obama a letter and tell him the importance of the Billfish Conservation Act to you. For more information and to send a letter to President Obama, visit www.billfish.org.
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 - Will Lett's Mojo is still the Top Boat with 8,200 points and Marty Griffith's Over-ride is in second place with 5,600 points. Tony Annan leads the Top Male Angler category with 1,600 points and Ron McDowell is in a close second place with 1,200 points.  Anna Griffith holds first place in the Top Female Angler category with an incredible 4,300 points!


International Division -  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 29,900 points.  Bob Henderson is leading the Top Male Angler category with 11,900 points, with Rob Cromie in second place with 7,500 points and Buddy Schultz in third place with 6,300 points.  Pat Bones is still leading the Top Female Angler category with an incredible 14,600 points!    

Sponsors of the Month
Bobby Carter of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish MGCBC Classic generously donates tournament entry fees to the Annual Awards Banquet live auction.  Since 2009, the entries have raised over $11,000!

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 Club events as well as the Annual Awards Banquet auction. The donations to the Awards Banquet have raised over $3,000!

West Coast Fishing Club became a 2012 Corporate Sponsor by
West Coast Fishing Clubgenerously donating accommodations in Panama on the beautiful mother ship Pacific Provider to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet.  Combined with the generosity of John Richardson, the auction item raised an incredible $10,500!  Thank you both!
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
Mike Hopkins
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