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It's Party Time!
Join the Club on April the 18th at the Omni Hotel for the Club's 11th Annual Banquet! Bring your friends and enjoy a delicious three course dinner along with a full premium open bar, raffle and live auction and an awards presentation. 
Plan to bid on incredible auction items such as trips to Belize, St. Thomas, fishing in Costa Rica, dove hunting in Argentina, original artwork by renowned artist Sam Caldwell, and much, much more!
Click here to RSVP online for the PARTY or call the Club at 409-744-2307!
After the PARTY, plan to stay at the Omni Hotel.  First class accommodations are available at a discounted rate if you secure your room before April 3rd.  Click here to reserve your hotel room today!
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Lone Star Shootout
The Lone Star Shootout is right around the corner and plans are in the works for the most successful Shootout yet with the biggest field, biggest payouts and the best parties.
The theme this year is "break the records". Here are the big numbers we are shooting for:
  1. $1,054,000 in total prize money. The record set last year making the Shootout the first $1,000,000 tournament in the Western Gulf with a release format.

  2. $1,000,000 the record reward up for grabs for bringing in a new state record blue marlin

  3. $52,700 Record contribution to the HBGFC Charitable programs

  4. We had a record 64 tournament boats in 2014. We have our sights set on 70 this year.

We also put on a record breaking party on Wednesday and Saturday nights and we welcome all HBGFC members to come be a part of it or just make a party of it. Social tickets are available for the event and the weigh station is open to the public.


Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Shootout July 21 - 26, 2015!

Priority invitations will be emailed soon! 

For more information, visit WWW.THELONESTARSHOOTOUT.COM!
2015 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 - Fishing is starting off a bit slow in Texas this year.  To date, Jack Beal has weighed an impressive 65.9 pound Wahoo.


International Division -  In the International Division, Darryl Schroeder's new boat Dream Time is currently in first place Top Private Boat category with 5,100 points.  Hill Dishman's Allure is in first place Top Charter Boat category with 600 points and Bob Henderson holds first place Top Male Angler with 6,400 points and Alan Latham is in second place with 2,700 points. 

Sponsors of the Month
Jeff Nielsen, owner of Island Bicycle Company in Galveston, has generously donated custom bicycles especially built for the Club to the Annual Banquet for the past two years.  His fun and festive bicycles have raised over $2,200! Thank you Jeff!

Deano Merrigan and Justin Yeager, owners of Rustic Furniture Land in LaMarque and Matttress Land and Furniture in Texas City have donated furniture and store gift certificates to the Club's Annual Banquet for the past two years.  Thank you for your continued support!

Club member since 2006, Captain James Plaag, owner of Silver King Adventures located in the Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston, actively supports the Club with donations to the Annual Banquet. Thank you Captain James!
Silver King Adventures
Troy Day, active Club member since 2009 and owner of Short Corner Tackle in Lake Jackson generously donated to the Club Banquet in 2014, which helped to raise over $1,200! Thank you Troy!

Captain's Corner
With the current weather being less than ideal for fishing, it's a good time to do a thorough engine room inspection (or have someone do it for you). Here is a list of items we check before preparing for our fishing season:


Check all hoses for cracks or wear

Check all hose clamps

Check belts on mains & generator and change if needed

Change all zincs

Check for any oil leaks that need to be addressed

Clean all sea strainers

Make sure all sea cocks are functioning properly

Run all systems to check


Check all bilge pumps and float switches 

Clean AirSeps if needed

Clean engine room vent filters

Break down fuel filters and clean

Check all impellers and replace if needed

Have A/C system checked and cleaned if needed

Have fire system inspected

Soap & dry entire engine room

Touch up paint where needed

By taking care of these items now while the weather is bad you can be confident that you're ready when the weather starts getting nice again.


News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
Each year, TBF is able to depend on anglers across the world to report their billfish tag and release information. Since it began in 1990, TBF's Tag & Release Program anglers, captains and mates worldwide have allowed it to become the largest private billfish tagging database in the world with over 200,000 tag and release records that is valuable data needed to further billfish science and ensure that fishing opportunities are available for future generations. Without the dedication of these individuals around the world, what is known about billfish science and the advances in conservation, would not be possible today. To recognize their efforts', each year TBF's International Tag & Release Competition rewards captains, anglers, and mates and brings out the best in the sportfishing arena.  

For a full list of The Billfish Foundation's 2014 Tag and Release winners, please Click Here
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