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October, 2013

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Houston Big Game Fishing Club's
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Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Fun Fishing Day
The Club is excited to host the
2nd Annual Ronald McDonald House Fun Fishing Day!  We are expecting approximately 20 children and their families currently residing in the Ronald McDonald House for a fun day of fishing, food and fellowship at the Pelican Rest Marina. WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please click here for more details!
Scholarship Recipient Colt Cook
Congratulations to Colt Cook, 2011 and 2012 Houston Big Game Fishing Club scholarship recipient!  Colt's study and 2012 Master's Thesis on the Early life history and reproductive biology of Cymothoa excisa, a marine isopod parasitizing Atlantic croaker along the Texas coast was noted in a National Geographic article.  The article titled Tongue-Eating Fish Parasites Never Cease to Amaze in National Geographic's monthly magazine, The Loom, was penned by science writer Carl Zimmer and was published in February of this year. To read the full article and Colt's master thesis, click here. Colt is currently completing his Master's of Science in Marine Science at the University of Texas.
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation

The Billfish Foundation wants to make sure members of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club are engaged in the development of Amendment 7 for domestic management of Atlantic bluefin tuna. The Draft rule was published in October and TBF has broken down the document with initial comments in TBF's Advocacy Center. TBF is concerned with the proposed allowance of longline fishing in the current longline closed zones along the Florida East Coast (FEC) and the Desoto Canyons in the Gulf of Mexico. These areas were established in 2000 and have shown great benefits for conservation and opening them could have detrimental impacts on the sportfishing community. TBF also supports the proposed 3-month Gulf longline closure (March-May) and further proposes a 4-month longline closure (March-June) as a result of the added benefits to billfish conservation. The comment period for Draft Amendment 7 has been extended until December 10, 2013 and TBF encourages members of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club to read more about Amendment 7 and comment on the proposed rule through TBF's Advocacy Center 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- Will Lett's Mojo is still leading the Top Boat Category with 4,502 points, George Gartner's Legacy is in second place with 4,123.6 points and Monty Scruggs' Happy Hour is in third place with 3,500 points. Richard Richardson is still holding first place Top Male Angler with 3,373.6 points, Eric Alarid is in second place with 2,250 points and Alan Latham is in third place with 1,902 points.  Mandy Trahan is still the leading Female Angler with 600 points and Carla Hadley is in second place with 200 points.  In the meatfish divisions, Richard Richardson holds first place Blue Marlin with a 561.8 catch, Lisa King is still in first place with her 97 pound Wahoo. Ron McDowell is now holding first place Yellowfin Tuna with a 107 pound catch and Sherry Potter is still leading the Dorado division with a 50.5 catch. Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is leading the Swordfish division with 1,000 points. 


International Division- In the International Division, Mike Miller's Gringo Honeymoon is now leading the Top Private Boat Division with 27,580 points with Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis in a close second place with 25,500 points.  Bob Henderson's Great Escape is in third place with 22,550 points. Bob Henderson is also leading the Top Male Angler division with 18,950 points, Darryl Schroeder is in second place with 9,950 points and Mike Miller is now in third place with 9,000 points. Mandy Trahan is still leading the Female Angler Division with 1,300 points and Lori Schroeder is in second place with 750 points. 

Sponsors of the Month
Garner Environmental Services
Bruce Dumesnil, an active member of the club since 2005, brought Garner Environmental Services on board as a corporate sponsor in 2010. Thank you Bruce!

Tommy and Sandra LeClere, owners of Central Texas Bar-B-Q, have been loyal Members of the Club as well as Corporate Sponsors since 2008.  They have generously donated catered meals to Club events as well as the Annual Awards Banquet auction. The donations to the Awards Banquet have raised over $3,300!

Jim Glandt, Owner of Yacht Equipment Service Centers actively supports the Club yearly by generously donating to the Annual Awards Banquet auction and raffle.
Captain's Corner

Your boss asks "why are those guys getting all the bites"? You tell him "the boat doesn't raise fish"! He doesn't want to hear that. Try a few things first. If your running gear is in good shape it's probably not the boat. Slow the boat down in following seas and speed the boat up in head seas. Drop your baits back or bring them up. Don't  concentrate on your speed as much as how your baits look behind the boat. Your next option is to try live baiting. Lets not trade the boat in quite yet.  

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