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Fun Fishing Day
The third annual Fun Fishing Day will be held at the Pelican Rest Marina the second weekend of October.  We are excited to host the children of the Ronald McDonald House AND the children of Shriner's Hospital of Galveston this year! 

The children and their families will spend the morning fishing with Club volunteers who will help them bait their hooks, reel in their fish and keep track of their winning catches.  They will also be treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the Cool Cookers team. 

Sponsorships are available for the Fun Fishing Day!  If you are interested in donating to the event, contributing your time, or becoming a Fun Fishing Day Sponsor, please contact the Club at 409-744-2307. The deadline for sponsorships is Wednesday, October the 1st.
It's Tournament Season....
Club Members continue to sweep the Texas tournament circuit!

Texas Legends was held August 6 - 10.  Bert Steindorf's Bandit won first place, John Ramming's Rebecca won second place, Cliff Thomas' Mine Time won third place and Will Lett's Mojo reeled in forth place. 

Jasen Gast's REHAB won the third annual Texas Billfish Championship with a 687 pound Blue Marlin.  New Club Member John Young, owner of Challenger, came is second place with a 466 pound Blue Marlin and Bruce Ross' Dorado finished in third place with a white marlin release.

Congratulations to the ladies on Honesty! Melinda Nethery, Nicole Timmermann, Dawn McFadin and Michelle Deagan fished the Texas Women's Anglers Tournament and won the second place Dorado and second place Tuna Divisions.

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 once again in first place Top Private Boat with 6,924.4 points and Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is in second place with 4,600 points.  George Gartner's Legacy is in third place with 4,395.4.  Jasen Gast currently holds first place Top Male Angler with 6,674.4 points, Richard Richardson holds second place with 1945.4 points and Brandon Perthuis, Anthony Luprete and Brad Aery are 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 and Pam Basco are now tied for first place Female Angler with 750 points each.  Debbie Conway is leading the Top Yellowfin Tuna Division with 110 and 87 pound catches.  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.  Jasen Gast is in second place with a 687.2 pound catch.   


International Division-  In the International Division, Tom Shumate's Patron is still leading the Top Private Boat Division with an incredible 87,000 points!  Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis is in second place with 48,150 points and Mike Miller's Gringo Honeymoon is now holding third place with 32,200 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 38,400 points, Darryl Schroeder is in second place with 17,800 points and Bob Henderson is in third place with 16,850 points.  Nancy Frazer is still the Top Female Angler with 2,100 points and Lori Schroeder is in second place with 1,100 points.

Sponsors of the Month
Chris Channell, owner and artist of Channell Glass Channell Glass generously donated two beautiful custom sculpted glass artistry pieces to the Club's Annual Banquet in April.  Both pieces raised over $3,000!  Thank you Chris for your continued support!  

Buddy and Marita Schultz, owners of Pelican Rest Marina on Offatts Bayou in Galveston, generously donPelican Restate their marina facilities to the Club's special events such as the upcoming Fun Fishing Day.  They also donate to the Annual Awards Banquet auction.  Their donations to the auction have raised well over $18,000 in the last three years! Thank you Buddy and Marita for your support!

Chris Bays, owner of Kona Coast Dental Care, has been a member of the Club since Kona Coast Dental Care2011.  Kona Coast Dental Care has been a gold level corporate sponsor for the past two years.  Chris' generous donations to the Annual Awards Banquet have raised over $10,000!  Thank you Chris!

Nemesisg time Club member and owner of Nemesis Blue Water Charter, Darryl Schroeder, generously donated to the Annual Awards Banquet again this year.  The donation of days of fishing aboard the 74' Nemesis in Los Suenos, in conjunction with accommodations at Buddy and Marita Schultz' Los Suenos condominium raised an incredible $6,000 at the live auction! 
The Billfish Foundation

 The National Marine Fisheries Service issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement The Billfish Foundation (FEIS) for Amendment 7 for bluefin tuna management on August 29 and contained very promising preferred alternatives to promote conservation. The FEIS will undergo another 30 day comment period before the final rule is implemented, but TBF is very pleased with the preferred alternatives which will increase BFT conservation efforts and subsequently billfish conservation efforts, especially in the Gulf. As part of the preferred alternatives, longline restricted areas will be created in the Gulf for the months of April through May as well as requiring the mandatory retention of legal-size bluefin which total landings will be limited per vessel. Additionally, a separate sub-quota for Trophy bluefin tuna for gulf anglers would be established to increase opportunities to land incidentally caught fish. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

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