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Houston Big Game Fishing Club's
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annual Club Fall Mixer will be held on Wednesday, November the 5th at 6:00pm at the Cadillac Bar in Houston.

Join your friends for
tasty hor d'oeurves, a margarita or two and door prizes!   

Come and congratulate George Gartner and the crew of Team Legacy for catching the state record breaking 972.7# Blue Marlin!  Video will be shown at the Fall Mixer of Richard Richardson reeling in the catch of a lifetime! 

Click here for all of the details!
3rd Annual Fun Fishing Day
The Club hosted the 3rd Annual Fun Fishing Day on October 11, 2014 at the Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston for the children of the Ronald McDonald House AND the Shriners Children's Hospital. 


17 kiddos ages 5 - 18 enjoyed spending the morning with Club volunteers who fished with them, teaching them how to cast, reel and release their fill of piggy perch. They were then treated to lunch, goody bags filled with personal necessities and gift cards, trophies, and other keepsakes to remind them of their fun day with the Club.    

We would like to thank all of the sponsors, donors and volunteers who enabled the Club to host such an incredibly special event this year. Each of the Fun Fishing Day contributors played an important part in the very special day.  We could not have hosted such a rewarding event without them. 
2014 Sponsors 
2014 Donors and Volunteers 
Anne Marie Stinson, Brian Yeager, Cameron Plaag, Carol Beal, Collin Stinson, Deano Merrigan, Heather Harper, Jack Beal, Jerry Dobbs, Jonathan Rogers, Joseph Sebesta, Kara Wink, Kate Wendland, Ken Gordon, Kevin Deerman, Kevin Harper, Kristen Hogg, Lauren Dobbs, Lisa King, Lisa Thorn-Leeson, Lucy Phelan, Mackenzie Lloyd, Mandy Yeager, Marc Gentry, Marty Griffith, Meagan Dobbs, Michael Thorn-Leeson, Michael W. Thorn-Leeson, Phyllis Nesmith, Richard Webb, Robert Rickett, Rustic Furniture Land, Ryan Doxey, Ryan Wendland, Sean Welsh, Tammie Gentry, Texas Applications Specialists, Trey Wink, Waller County Land Company, Zena Welsh.

Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Margie Chavarria and her "kids" sent a very special thank you to the Club for hosting the 3rd Annual Fun Fishing Day.  The talented kiddos showed their appreciation with the beautiful drawings below.  

Port O'Connor Toy Run - Elves Needed!
Join the Houston Big Game Fishing Club   
in Supporting the 12th Annual
Port O'Connor TOY RUN!


The Toy Run is a truly special event that benefits the Adopt-An-Angel Program of Port O'Connor which provides toys to over 2,000 at-risk boys and girls ages 2-16 in eleven different counties along the Texas Coast.  


The Club is donating $2,000 to purchase toys for this year's Toy Run and we want you to donate too! 


CLICK HERE to see the many ways you can support the Club and the Port O'Connor Toy Run and get involved!


And there's more....


PARTY TIME!!!!  After Santa's boats have arrived and unloaded their toys in Port O'Connor on Saturday, December the 6th, plan to attend a Club sponsored happy hour at the new Empire Lodge in Port O'Connor!  Hors d'oeuvres, an open bar, pool and shuffleboard will be enjoyed by all of Santa's elves from 5 - 8pmMore details to come! 

News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation

TBF's Tag & Release program has generated over 200,000 billfish tag and release reports and is the largest private billfish tagging database in the world. This tremendous amount of valuable data is only possible because of the support of anglers, captains, and leaders in the sportfishing industry. TBF's 2014 Conservation Record is now available to show how these efforts are being utilized. Dedicated to Dr. Russell Nelson, the Conservation Record provides a thorough analysis and summary of tag & release records from the entire 2013 year. The detailed report offers an inside understanding of tag, release and recapture data by species and region including some amazing recaptures in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about the conservation report and check out TBF's new Tag & Release Database. If you are in the area come see the TBF at the Fort Lauderdale Int'l Boat Show at the Bahia Mar booth from 10/3014 - 11/3/14.

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 Top Private Boat with 7,124.4 points and Brandon Perthuis' Chase This is in second place with 5,350 points.  George Gartner's Legacy is in third place with 4,395.4.  Jasen Gast currently holds first place Top Male Angler with 6,874.4 points, Brandon Perthuis is in second place with 2,250 points and Richard Richardson holds third place with 1945.4 points.  Jasen Gast is also leading the Top Wahoo Division with a 93 pound catch. Debbie Conway, Melinda Nethery and Pam Basco are 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 111,300 points!  Darryl Schroeder's Nemesis is in second place with 53,250 points and Mike Miller's Gringo Honeymoon is now holding third place with 38,950 points.  Hill Dishman's Allure is currently the Top Charter Boat with 35,150 points.  Tom Shumate also holds first place Top Male Angler Division with 50,450 points, Darryl Schroeder is in second place with 20,500 points and Bob Henderson is in third place with 16,850 points.  Lori Schroeder is now the current Top Female Angler with 3,500 points after a very successful fishing trip in Los Suenos and a Grand Slam! Nancy Frazer is in second place with 2,100 points.
Sponsors of the Month
New Club Member and owner of Phoenix Chemical Technologies, Shawn Kurtz joined the Club earlier this year as a Diamond Level Corporate Sponsor. Thank you for your support Shawn!

Russell and Sherry Potter, owners of R&S Yacht Service based out of the Galveston Yacht Basin have been active members and Corporate Sponsors of the Club since 2007.  Russell served on the board of directors for two years.  He and Sherry volunteer their time at all Club functions.

CanyonGear Custom Tackle is one of the Club's newest Silver Level Corporate Sponsors. In addition to his monetary sponsorship, owner Tim Woodstock supported the Club's Annual Banquet with a large donation of custom tackle to the raffle.  Thank you for your support Tim!  

Captain's Corner

We had a great dove hunt with Russell Potter (R & S Yacht Service) and his dad at the end of the first split of the season. Thank you Russell for purchasing the trip at the Club's Annual Awards Banquet and thanks to Club Corporate Sponsor Ken Yarbrough (MCSI) for the donation of the trip to La Paloma Ranch! After the successful dove hunt, I am sure we will have plenty of dove for the Annual Captains and Mates Party at the Yacht Basin in December! Right now we are looking at Wednesday the 10th.  Russell has given us permission to use his bay in the old Yacht Service this year to have some protection from the weather. I look forward to seeing you there! 

Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Kevin Deerman, 1st Vice President
Marc Gentry, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Allan Legge
Brandon Perthuis
Brian Yeager
Deano Merrigan
Jasen Gast 
Richard B. Richardson
Robert Rickett
The Houston Big Game Fishing Club
7819 Broadway, Suite 100
Galveston, Texas  77554
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313