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Houston Big Game Fishing Club's
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On behalf of the Houston Big Game Fishing Club, we would like to wish you a very happy, successful and prosperous 2017! 

2016 was an incredible year for the Club!  We hosted a tremendously successful banquet and tournament, which we are proud to note led to a donation of $39,715 to the Club's Charitable Program. The contribution funded college scholarships as well as donations to 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 and the Club's Fun Fishing Day!

We want to thank our members, donors, corporate sponsors and committee members for your time, your generosity and your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the Club's upcoming events!   

13th Annual Banquet
Omni Hotel-Galleria, Houston
March 25, 2017

Bloody Thursday Breakfast
Port O'Connor
July 13, 2017

Caracol Yacht Club, Port O'Connor
July 18 - 23, 2017

2017 Membership
Renew your HBGFC membership! Continue your generous support and involvement in the Club by renewing your membership today.  Click Here to renew your membership online via PayPal or download a membership form and email or mail it to the Club. 


Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
Although many of our members are still spending much of their time in the woods and marshes it's starting to look good out there in the gulf for a shot at the Wahoo. It appears that we are already getting some cooler water temps a little earlier this year in upper coast, the areas most targeted for hoos, and the bigger fish usually are the first ones to show up. Hopefully we will have some good weather windows shortly with some good reports to follow! Don't forget to tip your weighmasters and Happy New Year!

Get Involved
Help the Club continue its "Good Works" by joining a Club committee! We have positions available on the following committees:
Annual Fundraising Banquet, Corporate Sponsorship, Education, Membership and Scholarship.  For additional information, please call the Club office at 409-744-2307 or send an email to

The Learning Curve 
Written by Captain Troy Day  
This month, as we get into the spooling/make ready season, let's talk about hollow spectra. Although braid gets a bad wrap at times, it definitely has its place in big game fishing. Without question, the biggest advantage of hollow spectra is the elimination of ever needing to tie a knot in it. Spectra is inherently slick and knots do not hold well. One of the reasons manufacturers starting marketing line that actually breaks at 115 lbs as "80 lb" is because in solid spectra when you tie a knot you lose about 30% of breaking strength. With hollow, any connection can be made through splicing and retain 100% strength. Here are some links to various connections useful to us:
All of these connections are actually pretty fast with practice (faster than splicing mono into dacron then serving with floss, although that still has a lot of practicality in big reels), and with the right tools. For serving, instead of using the commercially made wind-on leader jigs, I've had much better luck with the quick-grip clamps made by Irwin and just mounted to a table. Good luck!

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.

Remaining 2016 verification forms must be submitted no later than January 31st, 2017.  Final 2016 results will be announced in the February newsletter and an awards presentation will be held at the Annual Fundraising Banquet on March 25th, at the Omni Hotel. 
Current Texas Results
Top Private Boat: 
Reel Bounty, Owner Tony Annan - 7,756 points 
Top Male Angler: 
John LoMonaco - 4,550 points 
Top Female Angler: 
Mandy Yeager - 950 points 
Top Junior Angler: 
Colby Hughes - 1,500 points 
Top Captain: 
Kirk Elliott - 7,756 points 
Top Mate:
Jack Elliott - 8,206 points 
Top Swordfish: 
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt - 3,500 points 
Top Blue Marlin: 
Perry Forrester - 442.5 pounds
Top Dolphin:
Billy Love - 29 pounds 
Top Wahoo: 
Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 97 pounds 
Top Yellowfin: 
Colby Hughes - 115.9 pounds 

Current International Results
Top Private Boat: 
Raven, Owner Chris Bays - 70,450 points 
Top Charter Boat: 
Allure, Owner Hill Dishman - 98,950 points
Top Male Angler: 
Hill Dishman - 40,600 points 
Top Female Angler: 
Patience Douglas - 10,150 points
Top Junior Angler: 
Fischer Douglas - 12,000 points

For full results, Click Here.

Sponsors of the Month
Marcus and Kim Farquhar and their incredible team have generously donated accounting and tax services to the Club for over ten years!  They are also actively involved in the Lone Star Shootout providing registration and side pot staff.  We are incredibly thankful for their time, their support and their expertise!
Gartner Coatins
George and Donna Gartner are founding members of the Club.  They monetarily sponsor the Club yearly and also support the Annual Fundraising Banquet and the Lone Star Shootout.  Thank you both for your incredible generosity and passion for the Club.

Mike Hardy and HRG Properties and Rentals of Los Suenos Resorts have been Club sponsors since 2015.  Due to their incredible donations to the Annual Fundraising Banquet, the Club has raised over $13,000!!!  Thank you Mike Hardy and HRG for your support!

C TWFGlub Director Richard Richardson has supported the Club since 2005 with his time and his annual sponsorship. Thank you Richard for time and your support!

Randy King, President
Robert Rickett, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
James Helm
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman 
Richard Richardson
Michael Thorn-Leeson, Advisor
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313