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9th Annual Awards Banquet
2013 Awards Banquet
Thank you to our banquet donors, buyers and guests.  With your support and generosity, we raised over $87,000 in raffle and auction sales at the 9th Annual Awards Banquet!

We would like to congratulate Captain Kirk Elliott for winning the 2nd Annual Jim Peachey Outstanding Captain Award!   Tony Annan was also a big winner of the night with trophies for Top Male Angler and 1st Place Yellowfin, Texas Division and Top Blue Marlin, International Division.

For a list of all 2012 Club Award winners, Click Here.

2013  Awards Banquet Collage 
To view all banquet photos, Click Here.

The Lone Star ShootoutLike us on Facebook
Lone Star Shootout

All Shootout invitations have been mailed!



Incredibly, we have already received 20 paid entries thanks to the great response from our VIP members who are returning to the Shootout for the 2013 Tournament! 


Thanks to our loyal Shootout participants Impulse, Happy Hour, Nereus, Bimini Babe, Catchin' Up, Patron, Contigo, Tres Ninos, Legacy, Crazy J, Contingent Sea, Donaken, Paparda Rey, Sea Dollars, Cricket, No Compromise, Smooth Finish, Reel Bounty, Leveled Out and Natasha Rookh for their support!  Each of these boats will be entered in a VIP drawing to win a full entry refund of $1,750! If you received a VIP Shootout invitation, you can still enter the full refund drawing today by submitting your Shootout entry to [email protected] or Click Here to enter via PayPal!  VIP ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 5:00PM TODAY, MAY 1ST!  The drawing will be held Monday, May 6th.  Good luck to all our VIP entries. 


All entries received by July 8th will also be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a $2,500 side pot allowance (invitations originally stated July 5th, but has been changed to the 8th due to the holiday weekend). 


You will want to get your entry in early.  With 20 paid entries to date, the prime tournament slips are filling up and all slips are assigned based on the date of entry on a first come, first served basis. 


If you did not receive an invitation please send us an invitation request to [email protected] or call Heather Harper at 409-744-2307.


Visit www.thelonestarshootout.com for tournament information, side pot options, forms, event schedules and much more!

The Billfish Foundation

TBG is extremely excited to announce the redevelopment of their Tag and Release Online Database!  The database, originally debuting in TBF November of 2011 has been completely revamped to make the user experience not only more enjoyable, but also more interactive. The goal of our database is to provide anglers, captains, and the general public an interface that will allow them to interact with their personal tag and release data as well as provide them a gateway to explore the information that has been gained from TBF's 22-year old tagging program which has become the backbone of TBF's advocacy work. The interactive map will allow you to visually see all the details of your catch history as well as recapture tracks from billfish that have been recaptured. The new database will allow you to upload videos and photos of each catch and let you show off your catches by sharing on both Facebook and Twitter.  The launch date is expected for Memorial Day 2013 and beta-testing is well under way. If you are interested in becoming a beta-test or have any questions, please email [email protected]Click Here for an example of a catch map.  

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 still in first place with 9,100 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 8,550 points and new member Jasen Gast is in second place with 2,800 points.  Mandy Trahan is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,300 points!     


Sponsors of the Month
For the past nine years, Del Papa Distributors has supported the Del Papa Bud 2013 Club by donating valuable merchandise to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet as well as donate beverages to our Annual Billfish Tournament, The Lone Star Shootout.  Thank you Del Papa Distributors for your longtime, loyal support of the Club.

Fox Yacht Sales became a Corporate Sponsor in 2010.
Fox Fox Yacht Sales Logo Yacht Sales generously donates to the Club every year and also sponsors the Lone Star Shootout.  Thanks guys for your continued support!

Randy King, owner of Paparda Rey Fishing Charters,

Paparda Rey Logo 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.   


Captain's Corner
Having trouble finding a second or third person to work the cockpit on overnight trips?  You already have your anglers and captain, why not bring a young rookie to help?  Use him/her for every trip to keep the cockpit clean and organized.  Show them how to gaff a fish, tie some knots or grab the leader. It only takes one season to train someone. Next season you'll have someone you can trust on the wheel watch. So make a little room and buy an extra steak, it will be worth it later.
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