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Lone Star Shootout 
Have you heard.... The Club is sponsoring a $1,000,000 Reward for a Texas State record breaking Blue Marlin! 
Every team and angler entered in the 2014 LONE STAR SHOOTOUT will be deputized to claim the reward if they capture the record Marlin during the tournament!
If you enter on or before the 7th, you will be automatically entered into the $2,500 side pot allowance drawing! On July 8th, the entry fee will increase from the discounted $1,750 rate to $2,150. 


We are excited about the incredible number of early entries we have received! Due to the number of early entries, prime tournament slips are filling up fast.  CLICK HERE to register and reserve your slip next to the action! If you would like to register for the Shootout online via PayPal, CLICK HERE.


For further information, call or email the Club at 409-744-2307 / [email protected] .


Visit www.thelonestarshootout.com for tournament information, side pot options, forms, event schedules and much more!



Bloody Thursday Breakfast
The Club's Annual Bloody Thursday Breakfast will be held on Thursday, July the 17th 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!  Click here for more details and directions to the party.
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- Jasen Gast's Rehab is still 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, Tom Shumate's Patron is now leading the Top Boat division with an incredible 56,000 points!  Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis is in second place with 32,650 points and Shawn Kurtz' Hey Girl is now holding third place with 21,200 points.  Hill Dishman's Allure is currently the Top Charter Boat with 35,150 points.  Tom Shumate now holds first place Top Male Angler with 27,400 points, Shawn Kurtz is in second place with 15,200 points and Bob Henderson is in third place with 11,400 points.  Lori Schroeder is still leading the Top Female Angler division with 1,100 points and Carla Hadley is in a close second place with 900 points with Marita Schultz in third place with 750 points.

Sponsors of the Month

Marcus Farquhar has been a tremendous asset to the Club by donating his financial services and expertise to the Club for the past several years.  In addition to his continual financial assistance, Marcus and his staff provide their services to the Lone Star Shootout.
Elite Diesel LogoElite 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.

Release Marine became a Corporate Sponsor in 2011.  Sam Release Marineand Melissa Peters, owners of Release Marine, have not only generously donated to the Annual Awards Banquet for the past three years, they also donate a custom step box to the winner of the Lone Star Shootout yearly. 


 Texas Legends LogoJohn Cochrane of the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament has been a long time supporter and active member of the Club.  For the past six years, John has donated an entry to the Legends Tournament to our Annual Awards Banquet. The Texas Legends Billfish Tournament will be held August 6-10th! 

The Billfish Foundation
The Center for Coastal Conservation recently drafted a letter to NOAA regarding the inaccurate release of the socioeconomic details of the commercial and recreational fisheries in the United States. Unfortunately within the latest report looking at 2012 data, the agency took a step backwards by utilizing an old methodology, misrepresenting the socioeconomic impacts of the commercial fleet by combining both domestic seafood production as well as imported seafood. Consequentially this resulted in an inflated economic impact for the commercial sector. Once pointed out, the agency refused to reprint the report, but did release a new web query correcting the error which showed that recreational fishing in the U.S. generated $7.9 billion greater than the commercial sector. This information is vital as we work to redevelop aspects of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act in the upcoming months.
Captain's Corner

As most of you already know, we are having a record year for seaweed in the gulf. This is going to keep crews on edge as far as clearing lures all day when trolling. I'm sure there will be a lot of negative glances focused towards the bridge as the weed keeps coming into the spread. Our team will be doing a couple of things to cut down on picking up grass on our lures and live bait. When trolling, we will fish with singe hooks and when live baiting we will pull our bait up close to the boat so that we can see any bait that needs to be cleared. Hopefully this will cut down on the amount of extra work the cockpit crew has and leave us with grass free bait to present to fish that show up in our spread!

Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Kevin Harper, Secretary
Brian Yeager
Deano Merrigan
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