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We would like to CONGRATULATE Phil and Jackie Hunter!  By submitting their VIP Priority SHOOTOUT entry by May 15th,  Phil and Jackie, owners of BACKLASH, were entered into and won the drawing for a complimentary slip at Caracol Club!  BACKLASH was the 2016 Shootout Champion and we are excited to see them return to retain their title!
And now it's time for another winner... TODAY is the day, the last day, to submit your SHOOTOUT entry and be included in a drawing for a $2,000 ENTRY FEE REIMBURSEMENT!  By entering the SHOOTOUT today, you will also save $350 as an early entrant and have access to one of the few remaining close to the action slips at Caracol Club!
Entries are being accepted via PayPal, credit card, cash or check.  Click Here to download a copy of the Shootout entry form.  Simply complete the entry form and email, fax (409) 744-2313 or mail the form to the Club.  If you prefer to mail the entry, please make sure that your envelope is postdated today!  If email, fax or PayPal aren't options, simply call the Club at 409-744-2307 and we will take your entry over the telephone!
For more information, visit www.thelonestarshootout.com or give us a call!  
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The Captain's Corner
Written by Kevin Deerman
It seems like the Bluefin Tuna have shown up in big numbers in the Gulf this year but for those of us in Texas we probably won't get a chance at bringing one to the dock even if we are lucky enough to get one on. There were already three Giants weighed this year prior to the MGCBC Memorial Day tournament and the NMFS had announced that there was only a little over 1000 pounds left in the Gulf quota when two more were brought to the scales. The Shockwave weighed a 691 pounder to take second place and HBGFC members Tom Shumate and Captain Darrell Weigelt and Mate Cameron Plaag on Patron brought a 750 pound fish to the dock after a 6 hour battle to take first place. Congrats guys!
2017 Membership
Make sure your HBGFC Membership is current before your next big fishing trip!  Click Here to renew your membership online via PayPal or download a membership form and email or mail it to the Club.  
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
Back in late April, Galati Yachts hosted an "Emergency Life Saver Marine" presentation presented by D-Dey Response Group, a one day CPR and First Aid training course. The course brought a lot of things to light, and was the best training I've ever attended, which was echoed by the other captains/crews/owners in attendance.
As we get going into the season, check your first aid kit and make sure it's updated and stocked. Renew your CPR and first aid training, and talk with your crew about their roles if a situation does occur. We go out in tough conditions hours from assistance, and need to be ready to provide care for the time it would take to get back to the dock. If something happens, having a game plan can prevent people from just standing around waiting for someone to act, possibly preventing an accident from escalating into a more serious situation.
2017 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.
Current Texas Results
Top Private Boat:

Dorado, Owner Bruce Ross - 1,500 point
Top Male Angler:
Bruce Ross - 1,000 points
Top Female Angler: 
Christina Wills - 500 points
Top Captain:
Scotty Nichols - 1,500 points
Top Mate:
Andy Hollen - 1,000
Top Swordfish:
Titan Up - 1,750 points
Top Wahoo: 
Bryan Cardwell - 73.14 pounds
Top Yellowfin:

Max Moore - 75 pounds

Current International Results
Top Private Boat: 
Mi Novia, Owner Chris Bays - 5,400 points 
Top Male Angler: 
Edward Cieszkiewicz - 5,400 points

For full results, Click Here.

Randy King, President
Robert Rickett, 1st Vice President
John Bowen, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
James Helm
Kevin Deerman 
Marty Griffith
Richard Richardson
Troy Day
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313