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December, 2013

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Join the Houston Big Game Fishing Club
in Supporting the 11th Annual
Port O'Connor


The Toy Run is a truly special event that benefits the Adopt-An-Angel Program of Port O'Connor which provides toys to over 400 at-risk boys and girls ages 2-16 in eleven different counties along the Texas Coast.  


The Club is donating $1,000 to purchase toys for this year's Toy Run and thanks to our generous Club member's support, we have already received over $1,500 worth of toys to be donated to the Toy Run!


$2,500 worth of toys is an incredible donation to the Port O'Connor Toy Run, but we want more!!!  You still have time to donate new, unwrapped toys to the Toy Drive.  The toys can be delivered to the Club office in Galveston as late as this Friday the 6th at 5:00pm.  On December the 7th, all of the toys that have been collected will be transported to Freeport where they will be loaded onto Santa Jasen Gast's REHAB and taken to Port O'Connor. 


For more details on how you can get involved in the Toy Run, CLICK HERE

Valero Donates $5,000 to the Ronald McDonald House
Jerry Dobbs of Valero and Deano Merrigan, Club Director, presented RMH Executive Director Margie Chavarria with a $5,000 donation this week. Valero and its employees and their sponsors raise millions of dollars annually, which is donated to various local and nationwide causes with a particular interest in children's charities.  Valero's donation was made on behalf of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club for our involvement with the Ronald McDonald House and our annual Fun Fishing Day. 
Another huge success!  Despite the rain, we had an incredible turnout at the annual Fall Mixer in November.  As always, it was fun catching up with our Club Members and Corporate Sponsors.  Thank you for continuing to support the Club!

News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation

The 2013 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) meetings concluded on November 25th in Cape Town, South Africa with several important recommendations adopted. Much of the emphasis was placed on bluefin tuna during the meeting, but resolutions for swordfish and sharks were also high priorities. The annual Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for bluefin tuna was extended unchanged for 2014 and existing swordfish quotas will remain the same for another three years, protecting the U.S. allocation of swordfish.


With large implications from the negotiations on U.S. bluefin tuna management, TBF reminds anglers, captains, and interested individuals comments are due on December 10th for Draft Amendment 7 for domestic bluefin tuna management.  Within the draft rule, NMFS is exploring alternatives that will impact gulf anglers including potential seasonal longline closures. TBF is also very concerned with the potential opening of the DeSoto Canyons to conditional longline vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. This area was closed in 2000 to decrease mortality of juvenile swordfish and we would be taking a step backwards if longlines are allowed back in these areas. To learn more about Amendment 7 and sign-up for updates on this important issue, click here

2013 Club Awards Program

The year is almost over but there is still a little time to shake up the the Club Awards!  Catch em up and turn in your points!


Texas Division- Will Lett's Mojo is still leading the Top Boat category with 4,702 points and George Gartner's Legacy is in a close second place with 4,123.6 points. Richard Richardson is leading the Top Male Angler category with 3,373.6 points and Mandy Trahan is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 600 points.  Cody Scruggs is leading the Top Junior Angler category, Richard Richardson is still leading the Top Blue Marlin category, Lisa King is leading the Top Wahoo category, Ron McDowell is leading the Top Yellowfin Tuna category, Sherry Potter is leading the Top Dorado category and Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is leading the Top Swordfish category. 


International Division

- In the International Division, Mike Miller's Gringo Honeymoon is leading the Top Private Boat category with an incredible 41,550 points with Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis in second place with 25,500 points and Bob Henderson's Great Escape in a close third place with 23,250 points.  Bob Henderson is leading the Top Male Angler category with 18,950 points and Mike Miller is in second place with 17,250 points.  Mandy Trahan is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,300 points.      


Sponsors of the Month

Sealegs of Texas became a gold level corpo
rate spSealegs of Texasonsor this year.  Longtime member and supporter of the Club, Mike Hopkins, owner of Sealegs of Texas generously donates monetarily to the Club as well as actively supports the Club's annual awards banquet. Thank you for your continued support Mike.

Kona Coast Dental Carehris Bays, owner of Kona Coast Dental Care, has been a member of the Club since 2011.  Kona Coast Dental Care became a gold level corporate sponsor this year when Chris donated to the club's annual awards banquet.  Chris' donation raised an incredible $4,750!  

 MCSIKen Yarbrough, owner of Mechanical Contracting Services, has generously donated hunting trips to the Club's Annual Banquet over the last three years.  The hunting trips have raised over $4,200! Thank you Ken!
Captain's Corner

It looks like a great weekend. We have a couple of days, lets run out there. After loading the boat with all the goodies you climb up on the bridge, hit the button and click, no voltage. Have you checked the batteries lately? How old are they? Does the constavolt work?  

Now you have spent half a day getting the boat running. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so check on them every so often and keep the block heaters on. Don't be the last boat out there.  

Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Brian Yeager
Deano Merrigan
Kirk Elliott
Richard B. Richardson
Russell Potter

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7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas  77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313