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Port O'Connor TOY RUN

Join the Houston Big Game Fishing Club
in supporting the 12th Annual
Port O'Connor

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 thanks to our generous Club member's support, we have already received an additional $2,000 in monetary donations!

$4,000 worth of toys is an incredible donation to the Port O'Connor Toy Run, but it's not too late to donate more!!!  You still have time to donate new, unwrapped toys to the toy drive.  The toys can be delivered to the Club office in Galveston as late as this Thursday the 4th at 5:00pm.  On December the 6th, all of the toys that have been collected will be transported to Freeport where they will be loaded onto Santa's boat Sea Dollars and taken to Port O'Connor. 


For more details on how you can get involved in the Toy Run, CLICK HERE

***The Club is hosting a happy hour in Port O'Connor after the TOY RUN from 4-7 on December the 6th! Join the festivities at the Caracol Yacht Club behind Sea Dollars.  Sea Dollars will be docked across from the Inn at Clarks.  Cocktails and hors d'oeurves will be served in the Club's enclosed heated tent.  We look forward to seeing you there!!
Fall Mixer
Fun was had by all at the Club's Fall Mixer in November!  In addition to tasty food and margaritas and catching up with our Club friends, John Cochrane, Owner and Director of the Texas Legends Tournament AND Club Corporate Sponsor, surprised Team Legacy with special awards for their state record breaking Blue Marlin catch in July! 

News from The Billfish Foundation

The Billfish FoundationTBF would like to share a breakdown of the tag & release effort reported (as of 11/25/14) over this past year from the Gulf. In total, 203 TBF tags were deployed during 2014 across the GOM in addition to several dozen billfish releases reported. The majority of tags were placed in blue marlin (74) that ranged from an estimated weight of 70 to 550 lbs. For white marlin, a total of 40 tags were reported with the average fish estimated at 60 lbs., slightly larger than white marlin reported from the Mid-Atlantic region. There were also 67 yellowfin tuna tagged this year thanks to the efforts of one group out of Texas which has already led to several recaptures. Rounding out the tagging efforts were 20 sailfish and a few bluefin tuna including one fish estimated at close to 900 lbs.! Don't forget that in 2014 TBF introduced the Gulf of Mexico Marlin Tagging Competition. Winners will be announced in January along with the winners of TBF International Tag & Release Competition. TBF would like to thank everyone who participated in our Tag & Release program and wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!

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
Club Director Richard Richardson has actively suppTWFGorted the Club since 2005 as a valued member of the Club's Board of Directors and a Corporate Sponsor.  Richard not only serves on the board, he also participates in the Annual Awards Banquet and fishes the Lone Star Shootout yearly.

Del Papa Bud 2013 For the past ten years, Del Papa Distributors has supported the Club by donating valuable merchandise to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet as well as beverages to our Annual Billfish Tournament, The Lone Star Shootout.  Thank you Del Papa Distributors for your longtime, loyal support of the Club.

Since 2007, Steve Thomas owner and director of Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic has been an active member and Corporate Sponsor of the Club by generously donating to the Club's Annual Awards Banquet yearly.
Texas Applications Specialists, Inc. is one of the Club's newest Corporate Sponsors.  Owner Jerry Karnes actively supports the Club's Annual Awards Banquet and Fun Fishing Day.  He is also the "Santa" responsible for organizing the incredible Port O'Connor Toy Run for the past twelve years.  We thank you Jerry for your support and your good work in our community. 
Captain's Corner

Our Wahoo season will be here before you know it. In the past we have always waited until January to start our overnight trips to the Gardens but in the last couple of years there have been a few boats catching Wahoo in mid-December. The larger fish usually show up in the beginning of the season so it's time to get geared up and hope for a good weather break! I also hope that crews will put limits on themselves and only keep a reasonable amount of Wahoo like the guys did when we first found this fishery.


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