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September, 2015

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Fun Fishing Day
The Fourth Annual Fun Fishing Day will be held at the Pelican Rest Marina the third weekend of October.  We are excited to host the children of the Ronald McDonald House AND the children of Shriner's Hospital of Galveston again this year! 

The children and their families will spend the morning fishing with Club volunteers who will help them bait their hooks, reel in their fish and keep track of their winning catches.  They will also be treated to a delicious lunch donated by Bealine Environmental!

Sponsorships are available for the Fun Fishing Day!  If you are interested in donating to the event, contributing your time, or becoming a Fun Fishing Day Sponsor, please contact the Club at 409-744-2307. The deadline for sponsorships is Monday, September the 21st.

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News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
Click Here to see The Billfish Foundation's current Gulf of Mexico Marlin Tagging Competition Standings! 
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

Will Lett's Mojo is still leading the Top Private Boat division with an incredible 12,900 points!  Randy King's Paparda Rey is in second place with 4,700 points and Jasen Gast's REHAB is in third place with 4,025 points.  Jasen Gast is leading the Top Male Angler division with 2,525 points, Marty Griffith is in second place with 2,228 points and Alan Latham is in third place with 1,898 points.  Christy Barwise is still holding first place Top Female Angler division with 1,500 points and Mandy Yeager is in second place with 900 points.  Kaleb Richardson is holding the Top Junior Angler division with 2,250 points and Kassidy Nethery is in second place with 200 points.  Marty Griffith is holding the first place Blue Marlin division with 1,288 points, Jeff Todish holds the Dorado division with a 32 pound catch, Honesty is holding the Swordfish division, Stephen Yamin is still holding first place Wahoo with a 66.8 pound catch and Jasen Waligura is now leading the Yellowfin Tuna division with a whopping 169.1 catch brought to the dock at the August Billfish Championship!  


International Division

In the international division, Tom Shumate's Patron is the current Top Private Boat with an incredible 41,650 points!  Darryl Schroeder's Dream Time is holding second place with 35,050 points and Bob Henderson's Great Escape is in third place with 16,700 points!  Tom Shumate is also holding the Top Male Angler division with 31,250 points and Bob Henderson is in second place with 20,800 points.  Lori Schroeder is the current Top Female Angler with 2,250 points and Sondra Shanklin is in second place with 600 points.  Jack Shanklin is still the leading the Top Junior Angler division with 2,550 points and Kassidy Nethery is in second place with 1,900 points. 

Sponsors of the Month
Long time Club member and new Club Director Randy King, Paparda Rey owner of Paparda Rey Charters out of Freeport, has been a supporter of the
Club since 2006.  Randy not only sponsors the Club, he donates to the Annual Banquet yearly and fishes the Lone Star Shootout.  We thank you for your long time support Randy!   

Double JDouble J Sportfishing in Port O'Connor, owned by James Helm Jr. and Sr., recently became Club sponsors earlier this year when they generously donated to the Club's Annual Banquet.  Father and son have also fished the Shootout since 2010.

Michael Hardy, owner of H R G Properties & Rentals,
HRGbecame the Club's newest Diamond Level Corporate Sponsor in April when he generously donated two incredible Costa Rica vacation rental packages to the Club's Annual Banquet.  His donation raised over $10,000!  
Pro YachtProfessional Yacht Management is one of the Club's newest Silver Level Corporate Sponsors.  Based in Seabrook, Professional Yacht Management offers a multitude of boat services PLUS a 10% discount for Club members!

Captain's Corner
Our tournament season has ended and hunting season is about to begin. I can't believe the season is already over. Even though participation was low in all of the Texas tournaments this year partially due to weather as well as the price of oil, the fish were still biting. Overall, the blue marlin bite stayed consistent throughout the summer, probably one of the better years we've had in a while. The tuna bite dropped off a bit but hopefully that will change soon. Now it's time to go fishing without the crowds and put some meat in the freezer for the winter. Good luck to everyone and stay safe!
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