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The final results for the 2012 Club Awards Program are in!  We would like to congratulate the following participants of the year long tournament:


Texas Division

Top Boat, Mojo, Owner Will Lett

Top Captain, Ryan Doxey

Top Male Angler, Tony Annan

Top Female Angler, Anna Griffith

Top Junior Angler, Connor Wallace

Top Yellowfin Tuna, Tony Annan

Top Wahoo, Tom Pattillo

Top Dolphin, Fred Pyle


International Division

Top Private Boat, Gotcha, Owner Buddy Schultz

Top Charter Boat, Allure, Owner Hill Dishman

Top Male Angler, Bob Henderson

Top Female Angler, Pat Bones

Top Blue Marlin, Tony Annan


For full results, click here.   


We look forward to honoring the winners and participants of the 2012 Club Awards Program at  

2013 Awards Banquet 

Mark your calendars, save the date and plan to attend the annual party on April the 13th at the Omni Hotel, Galleria, Houston. Join the Club for a delicious dinner, premium open bar, awards presentation and live auction and raffle all while supporting the Club's Charitable Programs.  


2013 Club Awards Program

Participate in the 2013 Club Awards Program!  For current rules and regulations and verification forms, Click here.  

News from The Billfish Foundation

The Billfish Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Tag and Release Competition and recognize captains, TBF anglers, and other members of the sportfishing community at the annual award ceremony on February 15, 2013 in Miami, Florida. In the 2012 competition, captains and anglers from around the world submitted more than 7,500 tag and release reports that play an important part of TBF's mission to further billfish science and advocacy.


Knowing that many members of the HBGFC travel to Guatemala and fish aboard the Allure (owned by HBGFC member Hill Dishman), it should be noted that Capt. Chris Van Leeuwen (aka 'Kiwi') won the Top Release Captain for Pacific Blue Marlin. To see the full list of winners for the TBF Tag and Release Competition, visit http://ow.ly/h6cUL.

2013 Membership Renewals

Have you renewed your Club Membership?  If not, Click Here and renew today!  

Sponsors of the Month
Marine artist Rick Bogert became a Corporate Sponsor in 2010 Rick Bogert when he generously donated his beautiful signed prints to the Club's Awards Banquet.  Over the past three years, Rick's generous donations to the Club have raised over $3,750!  Thank you Rick! 

We are pleased to have Silver King Adventures as a 2012 Corporate Sponsor.  James and Cameron Plaag generously Silver King Adventures donated a day of fishing to the 2012 Awards Banquet.  Thank you for your support guys!

Founding Club member Chris Gonzales has been an active member and supporter of the Club since 2004.  Chris generously donates to Serious Tackle the Awards Banquet every year.  Thank you Chris for your loyal support since 2004!   
Boat Safety
Fishing and traveling season is just around the corner. When traveling to Mexico and even tournament to tournament, have a safety plan.  For overnight travel have a buddy system. There should be four people on board capable of running and stopping the boat in case of an emergency.  Don't leave anyone on the bridge for too long by themselves and know where everyone is at all times.  Make sure to carry a Co2 flotation device, light stick and whistle that can be passed to the next person on watch.  Safety first, arrive alive and save the beer for the dock.
Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Richard B. Richardson
Deano Merrigan
Fred Pyle
Kirk Elliott
Russell Potter
Mike Hopkins
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