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It's Party Time!
The Club's Annual Fundraising PARTY is fast approaching!  Join us on Saturday, April the 16th at the Omni Hotel on Riverway for a festive and fun night with your Club friends, all while raising money for the Club's Charitable Programs!

What you can expect at the PARTY:
-Delicious three course dinner
-Premium OPEN bar
-2015 Club Awards Program Presentation 
-2016 Jim Peachey Outstanding Captain Award
-Special presentation honoring long time Corporate Sponsor, Galati Yacht Sales
-Live auction filled with incredible exotic fishing destinations such as HAWAII, GUATEMALA, COSTA RICA AND BELIZE! 
-Raffle filled with over 30 incredible items for men and women, avid anglers and novices, gun collectors, home décor and much, much more!

After all of the fun has been had, if you are just getting the PARTY
started, the Omni Hotel's Black Swan and Noe Bar are the perfect after hours venues!

You can RSVP for the PARTY and purchase your TICKETS online or by calling the Club office at 409-744-2307. 
After the PARTY, plan to stay at the Omni Hotel.  Discounted OMNI RESERVATIONS can be secured online as well!
The Lone Star ShootoutLike us on Facebook
Lone Star Shootout

2016 Lone Star Shootout entries are now being accepted! 

Enter the Shootout and participate in the Western Gulf's richest tournament with a release format -
Over $2,000,000 paid out in 2014 and 2015!

Enter the Shootout today and participate in the $1,000,000 reward for a new state record Blue Marlin!

Enter the Shootout today and save $400 on the regular entry fee.

Enter the Shootout today and secure a prime slip at Caracol Yacht Club close to the action. 

Priority participants have until May 2nd to be entered once in a drawing for free dockage at Caracol Yacht Club.

ALL Shootout entries received by June 1st will be entered into a drawing for an entry fee reimbursement of $1,950.00.
For more information, visit WWW.THELONESTARSHOOTOUT.COM
or call the Club office at 409-744-2307.
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
Well it seems the Wahoo bite finally turned on this year. Most all of the boats that had a chance to get out this past month reported some great catches! The "Iron Crown" captained by Billy Love, captured a 97 pounder that put owner Stephen Yamin, Jr. in the top spot for the HBGFC yearlong awards program Wahoo Division! With the fish showing up late this year there's still a good possibility of getting into them if the weather cooperates. I remember years back when we had a pretty good bite in April. Good luck to everyone and please remember to tip your Weighmasters!
2016 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
Top Private Boat - Sea-E-O, Owner Terry Edwards - 750 points
Top Male Angler - Chad Creech - 750 Points
Top Captain - Bryan Cardwell - 750 Points
Top Mate - Derek Nichols - 100 Points
Top Swordfish - Sea-E-O, Owner Terry Edwards - 750 points
Top Yellowfin Tuna - Chad Creech - 29.1 Pounds
Top Wahoo - Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 97 Pounds
International Division
Top Private Boat - Raven, Owner Chris Bays, 9,650 Points
Top Charter Boat - Allure II, Owner Hill Dishman - 94,100 Points
Top Male Angler - Hill Dishman - 19,400 Points

Full complete current results, visit  Club Awards Program.

Sponsor of the Month
Join the Club at the upcoming Banquet on April the 16th for a special presentation to honor Club Director Randy Bright and Corporate Sponsor Galati Yacht Sales for their unwavering commitment and dedication to supporting the
Houston Big Game Fishing Club for the past ten years!  
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
As we approach the season, check out this journal article on pelagic migrations brought to us by Conservation and Education committee member Evan Villarruel.  Thank you to Dr. Jerry Ault for sharing his research with Evan, and thanks to Evan for bringing it to our attention.  Even though Oceanic Heat Content is not readily available to us through satellite services yet, there is definitely usable information on movement patterns of blue marlin, white marlin, and yellowfin tuna in the article.    
Here's an overview of the journal article: http://bit.ly/1UTvs1z
Here's the full, detailed article: http://bit.ly/1RZSweb
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
Twice a year representatives from recreational, commercial and academia convene just outside of Washington DC for Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel meetings to discuss issues surrounding management of billfish, tuna, and sharks here in US Atlantic waters. Important topics including regulations for both commercial and recreational fishing, new research findings, potential regulations and research needs are all discussed. This diverse group of advisory members all brings different perspectives, knowledge and experiences to the table, but together are vital in working towards establishing the best management practices for important HMS species. Click Here to continue reading The Billfish Foundation's April update!

The Galley
Submitted by Heather Harper
Want a fun, easy and DELICIOUS new appetizer for this weekend? If you like mushrooms and BACON, this recipe is for you!
6 Cups Mushrooms
¾ C Mayonnaise
1 Small onion, finely chopped
10 Slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
1 ½ Cups grated Cheddar cheese (use good quality!)
Season salt or Cajun seasoning to taste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Remove stems from mushrooms set aside for another use.  Soak mushrooms in salted water for 10 minutes then rinse.  Drain on paper towels. Mix mayonnaise, seasoned salt or Cajun seasoning, onion, cheese, and bacon. Place mushrooms cup side up in a 13x9 baking dish. Fill each mushroom with mixture.
Cover with foil. Baked for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.
Randy King, President
Jasen Gast, 1st Vice President
Robert Rickett, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
Brian Yeager
James Helm
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman 
Richard Richardson
Michael Thorn-Leeson, Advisor
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313