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October, 2015

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We are proud and you should be too...
Thanks to our loyal Club Members, Corporate Sponsors and Lone Star Shootout participants, we are excited to announce that the Club will be funding an incredible $44,000 in 2015 to the HBGFC Scholarship Program plus several worthy non-profit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, The Billfish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Warrior's Weekend, Turning Point Tournament, Port O'Connor Toy Run, Houston Safe Boating Council's program W.A.D.E. and the Club's Fun Fishing Day!

We want to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and your continued support!
Fun Fishing Day
Fun Fishing Day
The fourth annual Fun Fishing Day will be held at the Pelican Rest Marina on October 17th.  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 sponsored by Bealine Environmental and prepared by the Lighthouse Charity Team of Galveston.  After their tasty lunch the kiddos will receive trophies and snapshots from their Fun Fishing Day PLUS incredible goody bags filled with everyday necessities donated by Orca Assets!

If you are interested in donating to the event or contributing your time, please contact the Club at 409-744-2307.

You are invited to the Fall Mixer!
Mark your calendars and save the date for the
Club's Annual Fall Mixer!  Plan to spend an evening with your Club friends now that tournament season has come to a close and before the hectic holiday season begins.

Delicious Italian hors d'oeurves will be served, and of course, a full cash bar!

When: Thursday, November 12th - 6:00pm

Where: Maggiano's, Tretino Barolo Room 
2019 Post Oak Boulevard - Houston

The Club's annual meeting will be held at 5:00 in the Piedmont room prior to the Fall Mixer.  If you have a topic you would like to discuss with the Board of Directors, please submit the proposal no later than November 4th.

News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
This past September, TBF Science & Policy Specialist, Michael Kelly was in Washington D.C. to attend Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) advisory panel meetings. Over the course of two days stakeholders and representatives from the recreational, commercial and academia discussed current issues in HMS fisheries and raised some important topics. Click here for a full update from the The Billfish Foundation and the HMS advisory panel meetings.
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 6,950 points and Jasen Gast's REHAB is in a close third place with 6,375 points.  Jasen Gast is leading the Top Male Angler division with 4,025 points, Alan Latham is in second place with 1,898 points and Will Lett is in third place with 1,552 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.  Evan Villaruel is holding the first place Blue Marlin division with a 644 catch brought to the docks at the Shootout.  Alan Latham is in second place with a 574 pound catch and Andrew Ferguson is in third place with a 507 pound catch. 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 impressive 169.1 catch!  
International Division
In the International Division, Tom Shumate's Patron is still the current Top Private Boat with an incredible 58,550 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 34,250 points and Bob Henderson is in second place with 20,800 points.  New member Megan Goodwin is now holding first place Top Female Angler with an impressive 12,850 points and Lori Schroeder is in second place with 2,250 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
Pelican Rest
Buddy and Marita Schultz, owners of Pelican Rest Marina on Offatts Bayou in Galveston, generously donate their marina facilities to the Club's special events such as the upcoming Fun Fishing Day.  They have also contributed well over $18,000 in in-kind donations to the Annual Banquet auction. Thank you Buddy and Marita for your support!

Hilton's Longtime Club Member Tom Hilton, owner of Hilton's Fishing Charts, LLC is one of the Clubs newest bronze level sponsors.  Welcome aboard Tom and thank you for your support!

Gartner Coatins George Gartner, owner of Gartner Coatings, has been a loyal member and Corporate Sponsor of the Club for the past eleven years.  In addition to his  monetary contributions, George actively supports the Club by donating to the Annual Banquet and he fishes the Lone Star Shootout yearly.

Tommy and Sandra LeClere, owners of Central Texas BBQ, have been loyal members of the Club as well as Corporate Sponsors since 2008. Tommy and Sandra generously donate catered meals to Club events as well as the Annual Banquet auction and raffle.
Are you interested in getting more involved in the Houston Big Game Fishing Club?  We have a few select committee positions available on the Membership, Corporate Sponsorship and Banquet committees.  Please send an email to the Club at [email protected] or give us a call at 409-744-2307 to discuss the available positions.
Michael Thorn-Leeson, President
Robert Rickett, 1st Vice President
Jasen Gast, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Richard Richardson, Secretary 
Allan Legge
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