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Houston Big Game Fishing Club's
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Happy New Year to the Club's Members and Corporate Sponsors
We are looking forward to a very successful and prosperous 2014! We'll start the New Year off with a party at the Club's 10th Annual Awards Banquet in April. Following that extraordinary event is the Bloody Thursday Breakfast and the 5th Edition of the Lone Star Shootout in July! The dates and locations of the events are listed below.


2014 Event Calendar

10th Annual Awards Banquet

Houston, Omni Hotel-Galleria

April 5, 2014


Bloody Thursday Breakfast

Port O'Connor

July 17, 2014


The Lone Star Shootout

Caracol Yacht Club, Port O'Connor

July 22 - 27, 2014


Fun Fishing Day

Pelican Rest Marina, Galveston

October 11, 2014 

Port O'Connor Toy Run
POC Toy Run
Thanks to the generosity of our members, we collected over $2,500 in new toys and bicycles which were donated to the 11th Annual Port O'Connor Toy Run. We also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Clause Jasen and Julia Gast for transporting the toys to Port O'Connor!
2014 Membership

2014 Membership renewal packets have been mailed!  If you did not receive your packet, please email the office at [email protected] or give us a call at 409.744.2307. We would like to thank our loyal Club members who have already renewed their 2014 memberships! Click Here for a 2014 membership form.

Scholarship Recipient, Victor Garcia

I would like to thank your organization for providing me with funding for this fall semester. With your assistance I have been able to continue my scholastic and professional endeavors without having to worry as much about various costs of living.


I am planning to graduate with the Master's of Science in Counseling with emphasis in marriage and family therapy this upcoming August. For over a year now I have been providing individual, couple, family, and group counseling services at a local substance abuse rehabilitation center. This work has truly been inspiring and seems to be my ultimate calling.  


It is because of organizations like yours that underprivileged, yet enthusiastic students like myself are able to progress through college without incurring large debts with ridiculous interest rates. I am honored that you selected my application and am grateful that you have such a program in place.   

News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation is excited to announce TBF's new Tag and Release Database (www.tagbillfish.org). Completely overhauled since the first version, the new tag and release database acts as a virtual logbook, keeping track of all of your billfish tags and releases that you have ever reported to TBF. If you reported a tagged blue marlin years ago, you can sign in and see the details from where you tagged that fish and see if it was ever recaptured. Streamlining the data entry process, it now takes less than a minute to report your catches to TBF to further TBF's research and education efforts. Making TBF's tagging data completely transparent for research and education, the database has an Explore section that allows you to search the entire database for anything you would want to know about TBF's tag and release efforts. With several additions coming down the pipeline, we hope you take a couple minutes to sign up and whenever you get back from a successful billfishing trip, login and report your releases!
2013 Club Awards Program

The 2013 Club Awards Program has come to a close.  If you were able to do a little fishing in December, make sure to turn in your verification forms no later than 30 days after your fishing trip.


Texas Division- George Gartner's Legacy is now leading the Top Boat category with 4,873.6 points and Will Lett's Mojo is in a close second place with 4,702 points. Richard Richardson is leading the Top Male Angler category with 4,123.6 points and Mandy Yeager 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 still 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 still leading the Top Male Angler category with 18,950 points and Mike Miller is in second place with 17,250 points.  Mandy Yeager is still leading the Top Female Angler category with 1,300 points.    
Sponsors of the Month
Marine artist Rick Bogert became a Corporate Sponsor in 2010  Rick Bogert when he generously donated his beautiful signed prints to the Club's Awards Banquet.  Over the past three years, Rick's generous donations to the Club have raised over $4,950!  Thank you Rick! 

Founding Club member Chris Gonzales has been an act
Serious Tackleive member and supporter of the Club since 2004.  Chris generously donates to the Awards Banquet every year.  Thank you Chris for your loyal support since 2004!

Deano Merrigan, Club member since 2005 and current Club Director and owner of XTC Boutique, actively supports the Club not only monetarily but with his time and dedication to the Club.
Captain's Corner
Wahoo season is once again upon us. Lets all remember to be conservative and save the large breeders and let the little Whee-hoos grow up. With today's smaller, faster boats able to reach the Wahoo fishing spots, there are too many fishermen going out taking large numbers, making it easy to overfish without realizing it.  So remember challenge seekers, trying to release a Wahoo is more challenging than throwing them in the box!
Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Brian Yeager
Deano Merrigan
Fred Pyle
Kirk Elliott
Richard B. Richardson
Russell Potter
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Galveston, Texas  77554
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