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Lone Star Shootout 
Jon Gonsoulin's DONE DEAL is the Shootout champion for the second year in a row!
We are excited to report that we broke attendance and side pot records again this year at the 10th Annual Lone Star Shootout!  64 boats participated in the Shootout and over $1,054,000 was paid out in side pots.  $52,735 was donated to the Club's Scholarship and Charitable Programs! 
We are proud to note that the Lone Star Shootout is Texas' First and Only Million Dollar Billfish Tournament with a release format! 

Final Results:


First Place: Done Deal released 2 blue marlin totaling 1,500 points.  Done Deal is owned by Jon Gonsoulin, Captain Jason Buck.


Second Place: Got M On released 2 blue marlin, totaling 1,500 points. Got M On is owned by Tom Partlow, Captain Nate Forbes.

Third Place: Mojo released 1 blue marlin, 1 white marlin and 2 sailfish, totaling 1,150 points.  Mojo is owned by Will Lett, Captain Brian Phillips.


Click here to see weighed fish category winners!


We would like to extend a very special thank you to Randy Bright, Tournament Chairman and to Heather Harper and the entire Tournament Committee including Allan Legge, Kevin Deerman, Kevin Harper, Wayne Timmermann, Dee Wallace and Brian Yeager for all of their hard work, time and dedication.


Click here to view the entire collection of Lone Star Shootout photos.

It's Tournament Season....
Club Members are sweeping the Texas tournament circuit! Club Member and Director Richard Richardson started the season off by landing a state record breaking Blue Marlin while fishing aboard Legacy during Bastante, Jon Gonsoulin's Done Deal won the Lone Star Shootout for the second year in a row and Alan Robert's No Compromise just landed the winning fish at TIFT over the weekend! Congratulations guys! Keep up the good work!
Bloody Thursday Breakfast
Fun was had by all at the 10th Annual Bloody Thursday Breakfast in Port O'Connor!  Tasty breakfast tacos and the best Bloody Mary's in Texas were enjoyed by over 100 of the Club's members and corporate sponsors.  We would like to thank Galati Yacht Sales for sponsoring the event again this year.  We would also like to thank long time Club members Bob and Robin Starnes for hosting the breakfast at their home in Port O'Connor. 
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

Thanks to the 2014 Lonestar Shootout, we have had a big shake up in the Texas Division!

Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is now in first place with 4,600 points.  Jasen Gast's Rehab is in a close second place with 4,550 points and George Gartner's Legacy is in third place with 2,895.4 points.  Jasen Gast currently holds first place Top Male Angler Division with 4,550 points, Richard Richardson holds second place with 1945.4 points and Brandon Perthuis, Anthony Luprete and Brad Aery are all tied for third place with 1,500 points each.  Jasen Gast is also leading the Top Wahoo Division with a 93 pound catch. Debbie Conway is leading the Female Angler Division with 750 points and is also leading the Top Yellowfin Tuna Division with a 110 pound catch.  New member Andrew Ferguson is leading the Top Dorado Division with a 49 pound catch and Richard Richardson is leading the Top Blue Marlin Division with a state record breaking 972.7 catch.  Congratulations Richard!


International Division-  In the International Division, Tom Shumate's Patron is still leading the Top Boat Division with an incredible 65,850 points!  Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis is in second place with 39,900 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 holds first place Top Male Angler Division with 31,150 points, Bob Henderson is in second place with 16,850 points and Shawn Kurtz is in third place with 15,200 points.  Nancy Frazer now holds the Top Female Angler Division with 2,100 points and Lori Schroeder is in  second place with 1,100 points.

Sponsors of the Month
We would like to thank the 2014 Lone Star Shootout Tournament Sponsors for their support.  Each of these sponsors have generously donated their time and money to the Club for many years. We greatly appreciate you!
Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar, save the dates and plan to spend an evening with the Club at the upcoming Captains and Mates parties prior to the Texas Legends and Texas Billfish Championship Tournaments:


Shrimp Boil Beer Bash

Tuesday, August 5th

The Back Porch Bar and Grill


Port Aransas, Texas


BBQ and Brew

Tuesday, August 12th

Freeport Municipal Marina


Freeport, Texas

Captain's Corner

It's been a great summer for Team Legacy! At the beginning of the tournament season, the crew and I had talked about just being able to make a decent effort this year to place in some of the tournaments we were planning to fish (pretty much what all of us are thinking). As it turns out we got off to a very lucky start. Within 30 minutes of our first tournament of the season we hooked the Blue Marlin of a lifetime! It only took 20 minutes to catch but seemed like hours looking back on it. We said a lot of prayers and thanked the people looking down on us for this catch of a lifetime. It will be a fish story that we'll remember for the rest of our days! The Blue Marlin weighed in at 972.7 pounds. Legacy owner George Gartner, angler and team member Richard B. Richardson, Jr., mate and wireman Cameron Plaag and I were all on board for the incredible catch, which is the new Texas state record!

Captain Kevin Deerman.

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