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February, 2016

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On the Wire
It's Membership Time!
2016 Membership renewal packets have been mailed!  We are excited to have added new membership levels and benefits this year!  Click Here for full membership details.  Your membership form may be mailed or faxed to the Club.  You can also renew your membership online via PayPal

We would like to thank our Club members who have already renewed their 2016 memberships!  We greatly appreciate your support. 
You are invited...To the 12th Annual Banquet!
Mark your calendars, save the date and plan to attend the
PARTY on April the 16th at the Omni Hotel, Galleria, Houston.  Join the Club for a delicious dinner, premium open bar, live auction and raffle and awards presentation all while supporting the Club's Charitable Programs. 
The Results Are In! Club Awards Program
Please help us congratulate the following 2015 Houston Big Game Fishing Club Awards Program winners!
We look forward to honoring the winners of the year long tournament at the upcoming Banquet with an awards presentation!

Top Private Boat - Mojo 
Top Captain - Brian Phillips 
Top Male Angler - Jasen Gast 
Top Female Angler - Christy Barwise 
Top Junior Angler - Kaleb Richardson 
Top Blue Marlin - Evan Villaruel 
Top Swordfish - Honesty 
Top Yellowfin Tuna - Jason Waligura 
Top Wahoo - Stephen Yamin, Jr. 
Top Dolphin - Jeff Todish

Top Private Boat - Patron 
Top Charter Boat - Allure 
Top Male Angler - Tom Shumate 
Top Female Angler - Meagan Goodwin 
Top Junior Angler - Billy Clayton 

For a full list of 2015 Awards Program results, Click Here.
Captain's Corner
By Captain Kevin Deerman
The weather windows have been very short so far this year but there's been a number of boats that were able to get out and back quickly to put a few Wahoo in the box. Most of the reports haven't been outstanding but still great compared to the slow bite we had last year. So far boats have been averaging 3-4 Wahoo per trip with a few Grouper as well. Gulf Coast Mariner magazine added a few Wahoo tips you can check out in their latest issue or visit Gulf Coast Mariner. Good luck to everyone and stay safe!
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 -
Doc Holiday, owner John LoMonaco, 100 pts.
Top Male Angler - John LoMonaco, 100 pts.
Top Captain -
Robert Nichols, 100 pts.
Top Mate - Derek Nichols, 100 pts. .
Top Wahoo -
Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 63 pounds, Derek Nichols -  58 pounds, Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 52 pounds
International Division
Top Private Boat - Raven, owner Chris Bays, 4,650 pts.
Top Charter Boat - Allure, owner Hill Dishman, 12,150 pts.
Top Male Angler - Hill Dishman - 12,150 points, Edward Cieszkiewicz - 1,450 points 
Sponsors of the Month
Russell and Sherry Potter, owners of R&S Yacht Service based at the Galveston Yacht Basin have been active members and Corporate Sponsors of the Club since 2007.  Russell and Sherry generously volunteer their time at all Club functions. Thank you for your continued support!

YES Jim Glandt, Owner of Yacht Equipment Service Centers actively supports the Club yearly as a monetary corporate sponsor as well as generously donating to the Annual Banquet auction and raffle.  

Mississippi Gulf Coast Bobby Carter, Director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic has donated a tournament entry to the Club's Annual Banquet auction since 2009.  The tournament entries have raised over $20,000!  The MGCBC will be held June 6-12 at the Golden Nugget in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Breakwater Marine Breakwater Marine Electronics is one of the Club's newest Corporate Sponsors. We appreciate your support!

Click Here to learn the benefits of sponsoring the Houston Big Game Fishing Club and sign up today! 
The Learning Curve
By Captain Troy Day
New this month, this column will be dedicated to our Conservation and Education committee, whose main purpose will be to provide informative articles, whether it be a tackle tip, engine maintenance article, relevant development on the fisheries management front, or just something to provoke thought and discussion. This month's contribution is the article in The Billfish Foundation Update section, written for us by Michael Kelly of TBF, on the subject of tagging billfish. Please share your thoughts with us!
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
Tag & Release Program: Setting the Record Straight
Started in 1991, The Billfish Foundation's Tag & Release Program is a cornerstone of the work TBF does to conserve billfish and ensure billfishing for future generations. Since its inception, the program has grown to become the largest active billfish database in the world with over 220,000 records from across the globe. While most avid offshore captains and anglers have become familiar with TBF and our Tag & Release Program over the years, there are still some misconceptions and unawareness out there that needs to be dispelled. Click Here to learn more about the Billfish Foundation's Tag and Release Program.
The Galley
It's Wahoo season, and what better time for a delicious Wahoo recipe! The Caribbean Wahoo Salad was submitted by Club Director Brian Yeager.  Oscar Nelson first introduced Brian to the tasty salad while fishing in the Caribbean on Yandell Roger's Anejo.  Enjoy!

Caribbean Wahoo Salad 
Grilled Wahoo steaks or fillets,
2 1/2 - 3 pounds 
3 spears of Vlasic brand, kosher dill pickles, diced and dried with paper towels
2 hard-boiled egg whites, chilled and diced
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
2 small cans of minced black olives, drained
1 pinch of Kosher salt
1 whole red onion, diced
1 ½ Cups mayonnaise
2 table spoons of horseradish
Cajun seasoning to taste if desired
Allow grilled Wahoo to cool to room temperature. Chop and mince Wahoo meat and place in a large mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate while remaining ingredients are prepared. In a second mixing bowl, add minced garlic and kosher salt and grind to make a fine paste. Add chopped red onion and minced black olives. Stir in horseradish, diced pickles and diced egg whites. Add chilled Wahoo meat and mayonnaise to mixture and stir thoroughly.
Cover and chill salad at least an hour before serving. Add Cajun seasoning to taste if desired. Best served with a selection of saltine and Ritz crackers.

CLICK HERE to download Caribbean Wahoo Salad recipe.

Submit one of your favorite recipes to the Club by the 15th of each month and your recipe may be featured in the following month's "On the Wire"!