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Houston Big Game Fishing Club's
Monthly Newsletter
On the Wire
You are invited
to the
11th Annual
Houston Big Game Fishing Club BANQUET

Mark your calendars, save the date and plan to attend the
PARTY on April the 18th at the Omni Hotel, Galleria, Houston.  Join the Club for a delicious dinner, premium open bar, live auction and raffle and awards presentation all while supporting the Club's Charitable Programs. 
2014 Awards Program Winners
We look forward to honoring the following 2014 Awards Program winners and participants at the upcoming banquet:


Texas Division

Top Boat - REHAB, Owner Jasen Gast
Top Captain - Troy Day
Top Male Angler - Jasen Gast
Top Female Angler - Pam Basco
Top Junior Angler - Kassidy Nethery
Top Wahoo - Jasen Gast
Top Yellowfin Tuna - Debbie Conway
Top Dorado - Andrew Ferguson
Top Swordfish - REHAB, Owner Jasen Gast
Top Blue Marlin - Richard Richardson

International Division
Top Private Boat - Patron, Owner Tom Shumate
Top Charter Boat - Allure, Owner Hill Dishman
Top Male Angler - Tom Shumate
Top Swordfish - Nemesis, Owner Darryl Schroeder
Top Female Angler - Lori Schroeder
For full 2014 Awards Program results, Click Here.
THE $1,000,000 MARLIN IS BACK!

For the second year in a row, the Club is sponsoring a $1,000,000 Reward for a Texas State record breaking Blue Marlin!
Fish the Lone Star Shootout, the tournament with the largest payouts for a modified release format in the Western Gulf! $1,054,700 PAID OUT IN 2014!

July 21 - 26, 2015
Caracol Yacht Club, Port O'Connor, Texas

We are now accepting Shootout sponsors.  For information, Click Here.


For additional tournament information, visit www.thelonestarshootout.com.

2015 Membership
2015 Membership renewal packets have been mailed!  If you did not receive your packet, please email the office at [email protected] or give us a call at 409.744.2307. We would like to thank our loyal Club members who have already renewed their 2015 memberships! Click Here for a 2015 membership form or renew via Paypal
2015 Awards Program

Get involved in the year long tournament by submitting a verification form for each catch and release! Click here for Awards Program information and verification forms.

The Billfish Foundation The Billfish Foundation
The 2014 Billfish Foundation Tag and Release Program results are in!  Congratulations to Club Members Dan Haeuser and Captain Jimmy Crochet for winning the Top Tagging Boat and Top Tagging Captain divisions in the GOM Marlin Tagging Competition.  We also wish to congratulate Club Member and Corporate Sponsor Darryl Schroeder for winning the Top Sailfish Tagging Angler - Pacific Ocean, long time Club Member Bill Easum for winning the Top Sailfish Release Angler - Pacific Ocean and Club Member and Corporate Sponsor Chris Bays for winning the Top Striped Marlin Release Captain - Pacific Ocean. 

For a full list of winners, Click Here.
Sponsors of the Month
The Tarp Depot The Tarp Depot has been a Corporate Sponsor since 2010.  Fred and Lauren Pyle, owners of The Tarp Depot donate to the Club's Banquet yearly.

Bobby Carter, Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic has donated a tournament entry to the Club's Annual MGCBC Banquet auction since 2009.  The tournament entries have raised over $17,000!  The MGCBC will be held June 1-7 at the Golden Nugget in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Empire Lodge is one of the Club's newest Corporate Sponsors.  Club member and owner of Empire Lodge, Kyle Nethery, generously donated accommodations and a duck hunt to the 2014 Banquet, which raised over $1,500!
Captain's Corner

The Wahoo fishing has been hit and miss so far this year with some boats catching one or two and others getting into double digits during the short weather breaks we have had. A couple of weekends ago there were reports of as many as 18 boats at the West Gardens with only a few fish being caught between them but there have been other crews that have made it out on the less crowded days to get into a decent bite this month. In the past years the larger fish usually show up early but there have been a couple of fish over 100 pounds caught in the last two weeks. We hope the weather cooperates and we all get to make it out there while the bite is still on! 

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
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