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December 2019
Deadline for Toy Run donations is Dec. 6!
Only a few days remaining to help bring a Merry Christmas to local kids!

The 17th annual Freeport-to-Port O'Connor Toy Run is set for December 7, but there's still time to donate... Santa's HBGFC elves have been hard at work these past few weeks, but we can always use a few more hands!

Help continue this incredible Club tradition by purchasing new, unwrapped toys for a child, age 2-16, and deliver your donations to one of the locations listed below OR make a donation to HBGFC and we will purchase toys on your behalf!

The Toy Run provides the toys to the Adopt-An-Angel program in Port O'Connor, Texas. Now it its 17th year, the event continues to grow and word keeps spreading.   But the secret is still safe... We never actually see the children we serve, so as far as they know... it was all done by Santa!

Departure from Surfside Marina is at 9am on Dec. 7, and a full schedule plus full details are available  HERE , so grab your Santa hat and share the holiday cheer!

Toy Drop Off Locations
HBGFC Office -- 305 21st Street, Suite 241, Galveston
Elite Diesel Services -- 2103 Anders Lane, Kemah
Jeco's Marine and Tackle -- 2553 W. Adams, Port O'Connor
POC Rod and Gun Club -- 82A N Byers Road, Port O'Connor
Waterloo Rod Company -- 210 N. Navarro, Suite B, Victoria

Thank you for your support!!
Members "Mix It Up" at Hotel Galvez 
Fall Mixer program shines spotlight on Club's Charitable Programs

It certainly was an evening of camaraderie, fellowship and appreciation at last month's Fall Mixer!  

Club President Robert Rickett emceed the evening which featured beneficiaries of the Club's Charitable Programs. Kicking off the program was Tristram Dodd from the Freeport-to-Port O'Connor Toy Run.  Ronald McDonald House and Shriners Hospital were represented by Jeff Lawhorne and Angela Bernard, respectively, and both expressed interest in adding a second Fun Fishing Day for their kids and families.  

Turning Point's Brent Novelli shared his appreciation for the Club's support of the annual Drum Tournament.  He noted that the tournament is always looking to expand participation in the youth categories and asked everyone to please refer kids with mobility impairments to the event.

Scholarship recipient Baylor Nix also shared his personal story and passion for the sea, boats and fishing.  His emotional presentation and deep gratitude for the Club and its Scholarship Program impacted everyone in the room.

Thanks to all the donors and sponsors who helped make the 2019 Fall Mixer one to remember!
2020 Renewal Packets Mailing Soon  
Renew before March 1 to be eligible for the Yearlong Awards Program

Give yourself and your family an early Christmas present and renew your Club membership this month!  You can even GIFT a membership to a friend or loved one!  Membership is a great idea for that last minute stocking stuffer!

Membership is offered in 4 tiers -- Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Spearfish and Sailfish.  Click HERE for more details and to renew online! 

As a 2020 Member, you will make a difference in marine conservation and the local community by directly ensuring the future and the promotion of the sport of big game fishing, funding college scholarships, as well as important conservation and education programs.  

Membership matters... Don't wait, join today!
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman

Thanksgiving has passed again, and it's time to start gearing up for another Wahoo season.   Teams up and down the coast are already getting registered for the Winter Wahoo Championship which runs from January 1st through March 31st. 

Hopefully, we can get some of these guys to enter their Hoo's in the Club's Yearlong Awards Program as well since participation in the Wahoo category has been down for the past few years. Don't forget our sponsors at Jeco's Marine and Serious Tackle for any of your tackle needs, and please release the Weehoo's!

Merry Christmas to everyone!
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day

Conservation & Education Committee
December 2019
As we go into the off-season and begin thinking about boatyard visits and projects, I was thinking the only reason we're hauling the boat this year is to strip and recoat the running gear. Over the years, I have heard more speed and load issues from propellers being dirty than all other reasons combined. To combat this, we run the boat every 1-2 weeks throughout the year. For about the last 10 years, PropSpeed seems to have been the way to go, and has served us well, but we end up having to reapply it each year, where the bottom lasts 2. Before that, most used various mixes of bottom paint, primer, and barrier coats.

Just this year, I have seen people beginning to experiment with a form of powdercoating on wheels, but I have not heard back on its success. Another one I've had positive reviews on, and am considering trying this year is "Mussel Buster Propeller Protection". The downside is you have to ship your wheels to Florida, but a friend used Mussel Buster and is just now having to recoat 4 years later. Getting yearly maintenance costs down without cutting corners is always a priority, and as technology improves, there is always something new on the horizon.
Yearlong Awards Program Standings
We are into the FINAL MONTH, and there's been some late action both in the Gulf and internationally!!  Check out the division leaders below (as of forms received by November 25, 2019), and mark your calendars for the Annual Fundraising and Awards Banquet on  April 18, 2020 where we honor all the winners!  
Top Gulf Coast Boat of the Year Points
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 4,343
High Cotton, Owner Pete Bell 4,100
Walk West, Owner Riley Rhodes 4,000
Bimini Babe, Owner Babe Appling 2,514
Rock Mama, Owner Daniel Miers 1,000
Draggin' Up, Owner Chris Heule 500

Top Private Boat Points
Game Plan, Owner Sherman Burrows 7,900
Walk West, Owner Riley Rhodes 3,500
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 3,343
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 3,000
Booyah, Owner Gordon Inscore 2,900
Top Outboard Boat Points
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos 800
Ms. Mamoo, Owner Bryan Meyer 500
Fool's Gold, Owner Paige Kinkade 100
Top Angler Points
David Denbow 3,343
Sherman Burrows 2,800
Casey Wedgeworth 2,300
Gordon Inscore 2,300
John Nau, Jr. 1,500
Top Female Angler Points
Christina Wills 2,000
Mandy Yeager 800
Stephanie Swan 600
Julie Coulter 100
Top Junior Angler Points
Chase Perthuis 2,000
Walker Rhodes 2,000
Weston Rhodes 1,000
Sam Moore, Jr. 900
Top Captain Points
Brad Schoenfeld 3,343
Jeff Wilson 3,000
Allan Legge 2,600
Scotty Stevens 2,300
Troy Day 2,300
Top Mate Points
Aaron Raesz 3,243
Wes Hazlip 3,000
Chad Creech 2,300
Kyle Slaughter 2,000
Wes Appling 1,614
Top Blue Marlin Points
David Denbow 643
Lee Weidner 514
Top Yellowfin Tuna Weight
Casey Wedgeworth 151.9
Rand Clark 115.5
Bryan Meyer 69.5
Jeremy Blount 42.5
Matt Taylor 41
Top Dorado Weight
Walker Rhodes 33.5
Max Moore 33.04
Justis Inscore 28
David Denbow 26
Nick Rizopoulos 25.13
Top Wahoo Weight
Wilton Bull 61.12
Wes Hazlip 35.2
Ryan Doxey 34.1
Nick Rizopoulos 32.12
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 2,250
Twisted Sisters, Owner David Dion 1,250
Doctor's Note, Owner Jim Cooper 250
Bali Hai, Owner John Nau, Sr. 250
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos 250

Top Private Boat Points
Huntress, Owners Darryl and Lori Schroeder 29,100
No Compromise, Owners Alan and Robyn Roberts 10,200
Cajun Queen, Owners Jack and Ann Fletcher 2,300
Top Male Angler Points
Reagan Norris 10,000
Perry Forrester 7,100
Taylor Norris 5,400
Darryl Schroeder 4,400
Jimmy Guinn 2,300
Top Female Angler Points
Hillary Johnson 8,500
Cinda Forrester 7,200
Lori Schroeder 3,200
Michaela Norris 2,100
Pam Basco 1,000
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up - Owner Bill Hunt 750

Tight lines, everyone!
Full results can be found by clicking HERE.

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

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