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Spend the evening with your Club friends on April 18th!
The Club's Annual Banquet will be held at the Omni Hotel Saturday, April the 18th. 

Festivities start at 6:00pm with a premium open bar, raffle filled with incredible items for your home, fishing and boating gear, ladies accessories, spa packages, and much, much more!

The raffle will be followed by an awards presentation and live auction.  The live auction will feature incredible trips to Belize, St. Thomas, Costa Rica, Argentina and the Bahamas!  Original artwork by artists Sam Caldwell and Guy Harvey will be displayed and auctioned as well!

For those of you who are just getting the PARTY
started after the banquet, plan on visiting Omni Hotel's Black Swan and Noe Bar for after hours parties!

today or call the Club office 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 3rdCLICK HERE to reserve your room today! 
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Lone Star Shootout

2015 Lone Star Shootout entries are now being accepted!!!

Enter the Shootout and participate in the Western Gulf 's richest tournament with a release format - $1,054,000 paid out in 2014!

Enter the Shootout and participate in the $1,000,000 reward for a new state record Blue Marlin!
Enter the Shootout early and secure a slip at Caracol Yacht Club close to the action!

Invitations have been sent and entries are arriving daily. 

Priority participants have until April 15th to be entered twice in the drawing for free dockage at Caracol and until May 15th to be entered once in the drawing.

Shootout entries received before June 1st
will be entered into a drawing for an entry fee reimbursement of $1,750!

For more information, visit WWW.THELONESTARSHOOTOUT.COM!
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
Last year, TBF introduced the Gulf of Mexico Marlin Tagging Competition to get more tagging data from the region. This competition opens up the Gulf as separate regions with awards for captains, anglers, mates and crews. Only tagging of white and blue marlin is eligible. Categories for species, youth angler, lady angler, boat, captain and crews means anglers in the Gulf can now compete amongst themselves to find out who the best of the best really is. Find out more and get on board at www.billfish.org/gulfcompetition for complete rules, categories, and dates. Boats fishing out of Louisiana have already been tagging and releasing billfish this spring and with chances to win great prizes we hope TBF has given you one more reason to get fired up for this season! For further information on the GOM Marlin Tagging Competition, Click Here.
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- Stephen Yamin is now leading the Top Wahoo division with a 66.8 pound catch with Jack Beal in second place with a 65.9 pound catch. 


International Division

-  In the International Division, Darryl Schroeder's new boat Dream Time is still the Top Private Boat with 5,100 points and Tom Shumate's Patron is in second place with 4,150 points.  Bob Henderson is the current Top Male Angler with 6,400 points and Alan Latham is in a close second place with 6,300 points.  Lucy Fisher is still the Top Female Angler with 600 points. 


Sponsors of the Month
Ken Yarbrough, owner of Mechanical Contracting Services, has generously donated hunting trips to the Club's Annual Banquet over the last three years.  The hunting trips have raised over $6,000! Thank you Ken! MCSI  
Skip Smith, owner of Smith-Merritt Insurance in Pompano Beach, Florida is one of the Club's newest Corporate Sponsors.  Thank you for your support Skip! 
Thompson's Antique Center of Texas in Houston became a Corporate Sponsor in 2014 when owner Phillip Thompson generously donated a collection of nautical jewelry to the Club's Banquet raffle, which raised over $1,000!  
Captain's Corner

It's spring and time to get back to fishing! The crew on the "Sweet Crude" recently had a great tuna trip catching a dozen yellowfin up to 100 pounds and Kenneth Doxey and the crew on "Paparda Rey" went 3 for 3 on blue marlin!  Black drum have shown up at the Galveston jetties for anyone interested.  Cameron Plaag was out with Robbie Mielch and Silver King Adventures and caught

and released 27 on a half day trip with customers last Friday.  Time to get out there and wet a hook!

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