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10th Annual Awards Banquet
Let's celebrate the Club's 10th Anniversary at the Awards Banquet on April the 5th at the Omni Hotel Galleria, Houston. Join the Club for a delicious dinner, premium open bar, awards presentation, raffle and live auction! 

Come prepared to bid on incredible auction items such as beautifully handcrafted, sculpted glass designs by artist Chris Channell, a Sailfish Oasis trip for 4 in Guatemala, a Costa Rican paradise vacation for 8, dove hunting in Argentina and many, many more! If you are interested in donating to the raffle or auction, please call the Club office at 409-744-2307.

We look forward to seeing you at the party! You can RSVP now, simply Click Here!

The Lone Star ShootoutLike us on Facebook

Tournament season is right around the corner and plans are coming together for the 2014 Lone Star Shootout. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Shootout July 22 - 27, 2014! Priority invitations will be emailed soon! This will be our 5th year at the Caracol Yacht Club in Port O'Connor and we expect the biggest field, biggest payouts, the best parties with
delicious food and premium open bars and incredible live entertainment!


Save the dates and get your crew lined up for the biggest and best Lone Star Shootout yet!


Schedule of Events

Tuesday - Shrimp Boil Beer Bash

Wednesday - Pot Party

Thursday - Captain's Meeting

Friday - Fish On!

Saturday - Champion's Party

Sunday - Bloody Mary Pot Payout


For more information, visit www.thelonestarshootout.com.


 It's a Party!

News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish FoundationIn addition to the satellite tagging study in the Gulf of Mexico, The Billfish Foundation is also laying the groundwork and planning for a socio-economic study of tournament and non-tournament fishing by billfish anglers in the Gulf. Both studies will provide great benefits to billfish anglers in the Gulf by 1) learning more about billfish migration within the Gulf of Mexico and 2) displaying the socio-economic benefits generated by billfish anglers in the region such as jobs, expenditures, and taxes into local economies. Both are highly essential for billfish conservation purposes because they will further demonstrate the importance of healthy fish stocks and billfish angling on local, federal, and international levels. The Billfish Foundation would like to solicit support for these two programs from members of the HBGFC. Your support and dedication to these projects ensure future fishing opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico for generations to come.
2014 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- The fishing has begun! Jasen Gast's Rehab is currently in first place in the Top Boat category with Brandon Perthuis' Chase This in a close second place. Jasen Gast holds first place in the Top Male Angler category with Mike Hartman in second place. Jasen also holds first place in the Top Wahoo category with a 93# catch.  Debbie Conway is in second place with a 58# pound catch and Brandon Perthuis holds third place with a 57# Wahoo. 


International Division

-  In the International Division, Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis is currently the Top Boat with an incredible 19,750 points and Will Lett's Boo-Lo is in second place with 8,600 points.  Hill Dishman's Allure is currently the Top Charter Boat.  Buddy Schultz is in first place in the Top Male Angler category with 9,900 points and Darryl Schroeder is in second place with 4,800 points.  Marita Schultz holds first place Top Female Angler with 750 points and Lori Schroeder is in second place with 100 points.   


Sponsors of the Month
Long time members Darryl and Lori Schroeder became Club Corporate Sponsors in 2013 by generously donating to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet auction.  Their donation raised an incredible $7,500!  Thank you for your continued support!   

Blue Water Chairslue Water Chairs has been a Club Corporate Sponsor since the inception of the Club in 2004.  Each year Tom Akel, owner of Blue Water Chairs, donates to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet. Thank you Tom!

Owners of JJ Wing Shooting, a high end lodge in Ar
JJ Wingshootinggentina specializing in dove hunting, Juan Torregrosa and Juan Sander became Club Corporate Sponsors in 2013 when they donated to the Awards Banquet auction.  Their donation raised over $4,000!  Thank you guys!
Captain's Corner

Have you ever gotten offshore and found that you have a broken hose clamp or a bad float switch? How many times have you said "I have one, but I left it in the locker"? Now is a good time to take everything out and see what you have or don't have. Those flashlight batteries you had for spares are five years old. Don't get caught offshore without the basic spare parts. Spare parts for everything is the best way to be prepared. So don't be the guy that calls your buddy at 5:00 am to come and get you because of a blown hose. Keep it on board! 

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
Robert Rickett
Russell Potter
The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas  77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313