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from your friends at the Houston Big Game Fishing Club! We wish you a very happy, successful and prosperous 2019!
Thanks to each of you, our members, donors, corporate sponsors and committee members, your time, generosity and continued support in 2018 ensured the success, growth and achievement of the Club and its annual goals!
2018 commenced with over 275 guests attending the Club's Casino Royale themed Fundraising and Awards Banquet.
Social events continued with the annual Bloody Mary Breakfast and another tremendously successful Lone Star Shootout.  The Shootout was followed by Captain's and Mate's parties in Port Aransas and Freeport and we  
wrapped up the year with a Fall Mixer, the always  special Kid's Fun Fishing Day and participation in the Port O'Connor Toy Run. 

With each festive social event, every membership, sponsorship, and donation, we were able to contribute to the Club's Charitable Program. The Charitable Program financially supported the Club's Scholarship Program, the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, the Gulf Coast Chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, conservation efforts by the Billfish Foundation, the Turning Point Tournament for physically challenged anglers, the Club's Fun Fishing Day for the children of the Ronald McDonald House and the Shriners Children's Hospital and the Port O'Connor Toy Run benefiting thousands of children along the Texas Coast. In addition to these worthy causes, we are proud to now sponsor the Texas Marine Industry Coalition, which was formed in 2018 to advocate for men and women who make their living based on the survival of the Texas marine industry.
Again, we thank each of you for making it possible for the Houston Big Game Fishing Club to continue our mission and positively impact our community.

"Putting on the Ritz; a Roaring Twenties Fundraising and Awards Banquet"
March 30, 2019
The Omni Hotel - Houston/Galleria
Bloody Thursday Breakfast
July 18, 2019
Port O'Connor
Lone Star Shootout
July 23 - 28, 2019
Caracol Club, Port O'Connor
It is with great sadness that we say farewell to our longtime friend Ed Phillips.  Ed was a well known auctioneer who, with his incredible talent and knowledge and passion for hunting and fishing, helped to raise millions of dollars for non-profit organizations in Texas.  
It's membership drive time!!!  Membership renewals were mailed last week.  Please continue supporting the Club and our Good Works by renewing your membership today!  Simply complete and return a membership FORM or renew your membership ONLINE via PayPal.  Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman 
Another year is in the books and now it's time for some Texas Wahoo fishing! There have already been some good reports of Wahoo showing up in some of the normal target locations up and down the coast. Now, we just need some decent weather windows to get to them. The Winter Wahoo Championship kicked off on Jan 1st with 41 boats entering, almost tripling last year's participation, thus generating over $60k in overall prize money. It will be interesting to see what kind of results these guys produce from now until the end of the tournament on March 31st. Remember to tip your weighmasters and good luck to everyone in 2019!
Written by Captain Troy Day 
Now that hunting seasons are wrapping up and everyone is starting to turn their attention to either wahoo fishing or boatyard projects, it's a good time to look at the engine room maintenance that is required annually, not just based on hours like oil changes. To come up with a good list, I caught up with Elite Diesel President John Bowen. First, he suggested crawling around and checking for salt, rust, or soot trails as evidence of leaks, and look for loose nuts or bolts. In addition, check engine and generator belts for proper tension as well as inspecting belts themselves for dryrot cracks. Check Racor bowls for cracks and run all seacocks through a full cycle. Load test the batteries (I bought a digital load tester that makes this really easy), then check them even more often after 3 years of age. After checking those things, the following should be changed annually:
  • Raw water impellers (main engines and generators)
  • Sacrificial anodes/zincs (mains and generators)
  • Gear/transmission oil (should be changed twice a year if using trolling valves frequently)
John also mentioned that if any lubricating fluids haven't been changed within the year because the boat did not meet the hour interval for changing, they should be changed at a year (consult your specific manufacturer specs on this). In closing, he made sure to point out to run the boat regularly to put everything under load and keep the bottom clean.
The 2018 fishing season and Yearlong Club Awards Tournament has come to a close.  December 2018 verification forms must be submitted within 30 days of catch/release to be included in the tournament.  

Click Here for 2019 Yearlong Club Awards Tournament details and verification forms.


Top Private Boat
Draggin' Up, Owners Chris and Erika Heule - 8,089.5 points
DECARB, Owners Sam Moore, Matt Moore and Doug Chamberlain - 5,800 points
Reel Bounty, Owner Tony Annan - 3,000 points
Top Outboard Boat
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos - 2,200 points
Fool's Gold, Owner Steve and Paige Kinkade - 500 points
Reel Estate, Owner Coe Parker - 100 points
Top Male Angler
Sam Rasberry - 3,014 points
Tony Annan - 2,600 points
Matt Moore - 1,800 points

Top Female Angler
Mandy Yeager - 800 points
Stephanie Swan - 600 points
Top Junior Angler
Sam Moore, Jr. - 1,100 points
Max Moore - 600 points
Top Captain
Kevin Deerman - 8,089.5
Troy Day - 6,300 points
Kirk Elliott - 3,000 points
Top Mate
Conner Golightly - 7,589.5 points
Ryan Doxey - 3,000 points
Patrick Zurovetz - 1,600 points
Top Blue Marlin
George McMahon - 615 pounds

Top Dorado
Tony Annan - 30.5 pounds

Top Swordfish
Doctor's Note, Owner James Cooper - 1,750 points

Top Wahoo
Kymble Kinkade - 75 pounds
Top Yellowfin Tuna
David Denbow - 147.5 pounds

Top Private Boat  
Slight Edge, Owner Perry Forrester - 53,400 points
Huntress, Owner Darryl Schroeder - 41,800 points
No Compromise, Owner Alan Roberts - 8,200 points
Top Male Angler 
Taylor Norris - 20,200
Darryl Schroeder - 12,400 points
Lee Bull - 8,600
Top Female Angler
Cinda Forrester - 16,700 points
Lori Schroeder - 9,000 points
Robyn Roberts - 500 points

Top Swordfish
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt - 2,000 points
Robert Rickett, President
John Bowen, 1st Vice President
Allan Legge, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Troy Day, Secretary 
Jack Beal
James Helm
Kevin Deerman 
Marty Griffith
Randy King
Richard Richardson
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313