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9th Annual Awards Banquet
Awards Banquet 2013
The Club's 9th Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at the Omni Hotel, Galleria, Houston. Join the Club for a delicious dinner, premium open bar, awards presentation, raffle and live auction!  Come prepared to bid on incredible offshore fishing trips to Hawaii, Panama and Costa Rica, tournament entries, wine packages and a new, exciting surprise addition!

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP today by calling the Club at 409-744-2307 or via PayPal!
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Lone Star Shootout

The response to priority invitations emailed to prior Shootout participants on Friday March the 22nd has been exceptional with 13 paid entries as of today! Priority invitees have until May 1st to register for the Shootout and be eligible for a drawing for a FULL ENTRY REFUND!    


Regular invitations will mail the week of April 15th. Special thanks to the owners of Impulse, Happy Hour, Nereus, Bimini Babe, Catchin' Up, Patron, Contigo, Tres Ninos, Legacy, Crazy J, Contingent Sea, Donaken and Paparda Rey for setting the stage.  

Who's next?  


Look for more Shootout information in the May edition of On The Wire and an announcement of the winner for a full Shootout entry refund.

Grand Slam on Allure

CoAllure Grand Slam 1ngratulations to Hill Dishman, Owner of Allure, Captain Kiwi and angler Dan Allen Hughes on their recent Grand Slam! Dan released two striped marlin, one blue marlin and 5 sailfish on March 23rd.  This makes Captain Kiwi's second Grand Slam in Guatemala on Allure!   


   Allure Grand Slam 3 Allure Grand Slam 2


News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish FoundationThe Billfish Foundation would like to inform the anglers of the HBGFC about the upcoming changes that could take place surrounding the management of swordfish in the United States...some of which could have direct impacts on charter and private recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. Click Here for all potential upcoming changes.
2013 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 - In the Texas Division, Lisa King caught an incredible 97 pound Wahoo while fishing with Jack Beal on $ea Dollar$.  Jack Beal is in a very close second place with a 96 pound Wahoo and Debbie Conway is in third place with a 70 pounder.


International Division-  In the International Division, Will Lett's Boo-Lo is now in first place with 5,300 points and J.W and Pat Bones' Mojo is in a close second place with 5,200 points.  Buddy Schultz is in first place in the Top Male Angler division with 5,100 points and Alan Latham is in second place with 1,100 points.  Mandy Trahan is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,300 points!    

Sponsors of the Month
Pelican Rest
Buddy and Marita Schultz, owners of Pelican Rest Marina on Offatts Bayou, generously donate their marina facilities to the Club's special events such as the Fun Fishing Day and Spring Fling.  They also donate to the Annual Awards Banquet auction, which has raised well over $6,000 in the last two years! Thank you Buddy and Marita for your support!

SullinsJohnstonRohrbackLogo 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.

Bac Trac Plumbing Logo Cliff Mountain, owner of Bac Trac Plumbing joined the Club in 2011 as a Corporate Sponsor and member.  Cliff and his wife Sherri have generously donated to the Annual Awards Banquet for the past two years!  Thank you for your support!   


Captain's Corner

Seas are calm and fishing's slow. After a couple hours someone

reaches in the lure bag and says "put this one out". Upon examination the hooks are rusty and the leader is yellow.  If you add it to the spread, don't ask why you jumped off another fish.  Your tackle isn't right. Make sure your hooks are sharp enough not to drag across your thumbnail.  Add new chaffing gear and good crimps.  You really don't want to leave anything rigged unless it's ready to go in the water. Sweat out the little details at the dock, not sitting on a bucket in four to sixes.

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