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Warrior's Weekend
Approximately 700 heroes and 300 of their family members descended upon Port O'Connor last weekend to participate in the 7th Annual Warrior's Weekend Fishing Tournament.

The wounded military heroes and their families were treated to accommodations donated by local residents, a day of fishing on over 400 donated boats, plus an awards dinner on Saturday night. 

Founded in 2007, Warrior's Weekend is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 Corporation dedicated to the support of veterans of The United States of America with an emphasis on those wounded in The Global War on Terrorism. This is accomplished through holding the annual fishing event as well as donations to veterans and veterans-based causes.

The Houston Big Game Fishing Club has been a proud sponsor of Warrior's Weekend since 2009. 
Warrior's Weekend  
Scholarship Program
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Do you know a deserving student who may qualify for a scholarship?  2013-2014 HBGFC scholarship applications are being accepted now through July 1st.  Visit Scholarship Program for more information.
The Lone Star Shootout - July 23-28
Lone Star Shootout
The 2013 Lone Star Shootout is fast approaching!  We are excited about the record number of early entries we have received! Due to the incredible number of early entries, prime tournament slips are filling up fast.  Click here today to register and reserve your slip next to the action!


Congratulations to George Gartner, owner of Legacy!  George won the drawing to receive a Shootout early entry fee reimbursement of $1,750! George and all other participants who register for the Shootout by July 8th will also be entered into a drawing to win a $2,500 side pot allowance!


New this year...Saturday night only event tickets!  Invite your friends to the Shootout Champion's Party on Saturday night for a delicious meal and premium open bar, live music by The Line Up, and most importantly, to see you accept your Shootout trophy!  Saturday night only tickets are $100 per person.


Visit www.thelonestarshootout.com for tournament information, side pot options, forms, event schedules and more or call/email the Club at 409-744-2307/[email protected] or Tournament Marshal Randy Bright at 713-816-2165/[email protected]


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News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
As tournament season approaches and the fishing heats up for summertime, TBF would like to keep you up-to-date on the current regulations and seasonal closures for Highly Migratory Species (HMS) in the Gulf of Mexico.  As of April 4, 2013, the 'Trophy' bluefin tuna (greater than 73") in the Southern Area (which includes the Gulf of Mexico) was closed to harvest of bluefin tuna by recreational vessels.  Subsequently, the retention limit for any bluefin tuna is zero in the Gulf of Mexico. The official statement from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) can be found here.


In addition, TBF wants to remind everyone that it is not only required to report the landings of swordfish, billfish, and bluefin tuna to NMFS, but is beneficial for the U.S. recreational sector to account for all HMS species retained by recreational vessels.  This information generates better estimates for fisheries managers and is used by TBF to create positions on Amendments for the Fishery Management Plan for Highly Migratory Species. TBF recently submitted comments on May 2, 2013 for Amendment 8 which focuses on swordfish and can be read here.

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- Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is now leading the Top Private Boat Division with 750 points.  Brandon is also leading the Top Male Angler Category with 500 points with Mike Hartman in second place with 250 points. Lisa King, Jack Beal and Debbie Conway are still holding the top three places in the Wahoo Division. 


International Division -  Will Lett's Boo-Lo is leading the Top Private Boat category with 9,100 points, J.W. and Pat Bones' Mojo is in second place with 5,200 points and Chris Bays' Raven is in second place with 2,850 points.  Buddy Schultz is the Top Male Angler with 8,550 points with Jasen Gast in second place with 2,800 points and Mandy Trahan is still the Top Female Angler with 1,300 points.

Sponsors of the Month
Cajun Canyons 2013
Since 2007, Steve Thomas of Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic has been an active Member and Corporate Sponsor of the Club not only thru monetary donations, but also by generously donating to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet.

Gartner Coatins Since the inception of the Club, George Gartner, owner of Gartner Coatings, has been a loyal member and Corporate Sponsor of the Club.  In addition to his monetary contributions, George actively supports the Club by donating to the Annual Awards Banquet and he fishes the Lone Star Shootout yearly.

Marcus Farquhar has been a tremendous asset to the Club by donating his financial services and expertise to the Club for the past few years.  In addition to his continual financial assistance, Marcus and his staff provide their services to the Lone Star Shootout.

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 $14,000!
Captain's Corner
Do you know your job? Before you leave the dock you should know who's doing what. You need to designate your angler, a cameraman to make sure your video equipment is ready and able to take a good video, and designate a specific person to grab 
the leader. If it's a killfish, you will need a good gaff man and a second gaff is very important. If you're not sure what your role is when you land a fish, just ask. There is always something you can do even if it's just rotating the chair. Don't put your camera man in charge of the gaff. If something goes wrong it's everyone's fault.


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