|The Lone Star Shootout
Saddle up, spool up, fuel up and come join the fun at the 2013 Lone Star Shootout!
With OVER 30 entries already received, prime slips at Caracol are going fast! Enter your boat in the Shootout to insure a prime slip next to the action!
All entries received by Monday, July 8th will be entered into a $2,500 side pot allowance drawing toward the pots of your choice. Don't miss out!
For entry forms and more information, visit The Lone Star Shootout.
Bloody Thursday Breakfast
The Club's Annual Bloody Thursday Breakfast will be held on Thursday, July the 18th in Port O'Connor. You are invited to join the Club for a tasty breakfast, mimosas and the best Bloody Mary's in Texas! The party starts early at 9am at 411 11th Street, Port O'Connor, Texas.
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Conservation Act (BCA) of 2012, signed into law by President Obama on October 5, 2012, is on the verge of a very important decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS); which must determine if and how they can implement and enforce the legislation. NMFS is even asking the public for comments on whether or not they have the authority to implement trade restrictions or not-something that TBF finds very strange since the agency should know their jurisdictional limitations.
The language within the law states that the BCA prohibits any person from offering billfish or billfish products for sale, selling them, or having custody, control, or possession of them for purposes of offering them for sale. However, uncertainty was introduced when the language in the original BCA of 2011 was changed in the 2012 version to create exemptions for traditional fisheries in Hawaii and the Pacific Insular areas to continue to allow the sale and export of billfish. This means billfish could potentially be exported to the U.S. mainland from these areas. Additionally, the exemptions will also allow foreign vessels to land billfish in Hawaii and Pacific Insular areas and allow them to be retained or exported to other countries. Billfish landed by foreign vessels would not be allowed to be legally exported into the U.S. mainland, but implementation, compliance, and enforcement may be a great challenge for NMFS.
Visit TBF'S Advocacy Center to read more on the issue, view TBF's formal comments, and submit your personal comments on this issue by clicking 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- It's finally time to go fishing.... Will Lett's Mojo is currently the Top Private Boat with 200 points and new member Stephen Yamin's Iron Crown is in second place with 100 points. Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is the current Top Swordfish Boat with 1,000 points. Lisa King, Jack Beal and Debbie Conway are stilling holding all three places in the Top Wahoo category and Stephen Yamin holds first and second place Top Dorado category with 39 and 28 pound catches.
International Division - In the International Division, Will Lett's Boo-Lo holds first place Top Private Boat with 9,100 points, tied for second place with 5,200 points is Mojo, owned by J.W and Pat Bones and Chris Bays' Raven. Buddy Schultz is the current Top Male Angler with 8,550 points with Bob Henderson in a close second place with 7,450 points and Jasen Gast is in third place with 2,800 points. Mandy Trahan is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,300 points!
Sponsors of the Month
Elite Diesel Service has been a Corporate Sponsorship since 2008. In addition to monetary donations, Elite Diesel Service supports the Club by contributing to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet and the Lone Star Shootout.
Russell and Sherry Potter, owners of R&S Yacht Service have been active members and Corporate Sponsors of the Club since 2007. Russell became a Board Member in 2011 and both Russell and Sherry volunteer their time at all Club functions.
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 also donates to the Club's Awards Banquet and fishes the Shootout yearly.
Don't get frustrated; boating and fishing are supposed to be fun. It doesn't matter if you have a new boat, old boat, full crew or weekend warriors...things are going to happen. Parts stop working, break or get left behind. If it's not life threatening and can't be fixed in a hurry, wait until you get back to the dock. You or someone could get hurt hanging off the side of the boat or crawling around the engine room while underway and don't spend half a day working on a stopped up head when you could be fishing. If you're nice to the owners, you might use theirs unless it's the one that's broken. Keep a cool head and have fun.
Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Richard B. Richardson
CONTACT THE CLUB
The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas 77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313