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With over 40 boats already in the fleet, the early entries have shattered the Shootout's previous record!  That's an increase of 15 boats from last year at this time and 10 of those are new participants -- things look really good for a final fleet count of over 50... could it be 60?  Maybe...

The Tournament Committee was faced with some new challenges this year with the cancellation of Poco Bueno, but the challenges were met with a little extra hard work and resulted in a great response not only from participants but from sponsors as well.  Another record bites the dust with four new Signature Sponsors -- Fisherman's Wharf, Cotton Culinary, Land and Sea Services and Momentum Rentals of Port Lavaca -- as well as increased support from returning sponsors like Galati Yacht Sales and Release Marine plus several new sponsors like Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic and Stewart and Stevenson.  Please support these sponsors whenever you can, and view the full sponsor list is available HERE.

But that's not all...  with the dock talk about side scanning sonars and live bait versus dead bait heating up, the Tournament Committee elected to add a new "Lures Only" category to the side pot.  There will be 2 pots ($3,000 and $2,000) for fish caught on lures only, with no bait of any kind.  The pots will pay the top three boats entered in each pot based on Total Tournament Points.  The full details on all the pots can be found HERE.

And don't forget -- as always the Shootout weigh-in is always open to the public and event tickets are available for purchase!

Finally, the Shootout has announced the dates for 2020, 2021 and 2022... Mark your calendars with these dates:

July 21-26, 2020
July 20-25, 2021
July 19-24, 2022

There is still plenty of time to join the 2019 Shootout fleet.  Join the Best in the West today!

Have questions?
Visit the LONE STAR SHOOTOUT site,
call Randy Bright at 713-816-2165 or the Club office at 409-744-2307. 
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman

Over the past week, there were numerous storms that moved across the coastal waters from Texas all the way to the Florida panhandle, leaving many boaters calling for assistance on the VHF radio. The forecast of 1-foot seas or less in many areas lured people out in small skiffs and bay boats only to be caught by surprise by some of the squalls. 

It doesn't take long for seas to go from flat calm to extremely dangerous for smaller crafts that have ventured offshore.  Even in the best of conditions, it's always a good idea to keep an eye (or ear) out for any building weather in your area by monitoring satellite weather whenever possible or by checking VHF weather channels just to be safe.
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day

Conservation & Education Committee - July 2019

Michael Dance with LSU recently reached out to the club to talk about another satellite tagging study planned in collaboration with Jay Rooker at A&M Galveston and others. This is the same group that got satellite tags in blue marlin on the "Billy B" out of Freeport and Venice about 10 years ago. They have Gulf of Mexico satellite tagging data on blue marlin, white marlin, bluefin tuna, and yellowfin tuna, but none yet on sailfish.

Click HERE for an article from that group which puts together the data from all the tagging data they have done on those species, plus sharks. Interesting that (and he mentioned in our conversation), blue marlin and yellowfin tuna remain in the gulf a lot more than previously believed, and more so than white marlin. If they get the study funded, there may be a need for a few club boats to help with tagging the sailfish, which I think is a pretty awesome opportunity.
Scholarship Program Awards Recipients for 2019-20 Academic Year  
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After a record number of applications, HBGFC is proud to announce that eight individuals have been granted an academic scholarship for the 2019/2020 school year.  

The Committee and Board of Director's reviewed the applications for evidence of general aptitude and ability in the area of study, the character of the candidate, and his or her previous academic accomplishments, among other criteria. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Club's mission and the higher education of Texas youth.

Your membership continues to make an impact, and the Club is proud to have donated over $200,000 in scholarships to local Texas students since 2005 thanks to the generosity of its members and donors!

*** Your membership matters! ***
Club Awards Program
Summer is certainly upon us, and our Members are reeling in the points in the Club's Yearlong Awards Program Tournament.  The leader board has been updated, and there is certainly a lot of action across the board...  but some categories remain wide open!   

Here are the current tournament leaders as of July 2, 2019:  

Last updated:  7/2/2019
Top Private Boat Points
Half Down, Owner Casey Wedgeworth 1,800
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 1,500
Doctor's Note, Owner Jim Cooper 500
DECARB, Owner Sam Moore, Matt Moore, and Doug Chamberlain 100
Top Outboard Boat Points
Ms. Mamoo, Owner Bryan Meyer 500
Top Angler Points
Casey Wedgeworth 1,800
Tommy Thompson 500
Top Female Angler Points
Christina Wills 1,000
Top Junior Angler Points
Chase Perthuis 1,400
Top Captain Points
Scotty Stevens 1,800
Jeff Wilson 1,500
Troy Day 100
Top Mate Points
Chad Creech 1,800
Wes Hazlip 1,500
Ryan Doxey 100
Top Yellowfin Tuna Weight
Casey Wedgeworth 151.9
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 500
Doctor's Note, Owner Jim Cooper 250
Top Dorado Weight
Max Moore 33.04
Nick Rizopoulos 25.13
Top Wahoo Weight
Wilton Bull 61.12
Last updated:  6/30/2019
Top Gulf Coast Boat of the Year Points
High Cotton, Owner Pete Bell 1,500
Walk West, Owner Riley Rhodes 500
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 500
Last updated:  6/12/2019
Top Private Boat Points
Huntress, Owners Darryl and Lori Schroeder 22,900
No Compromise, Owners Alan and Robyn Roberts 10,200
Cajun Queen, Owners Jack and Ann Fletcher 2,300
Top Male Angler Points
Reagan Norris 4,500
Darryl Schroeder 3,600
Perry Forrester 2,100
Taylor Norris 1,800
Jimmy Guinn 1,300
Chris Gwyn 1,100
Tom Laird 1,100
Doak Dunkin 1,000
Alan Roberts 1,000
Kyle Drushel 500
James Helm 500
Alex Li Torres 500
Top Female Angler Points
Hillary Johnson 4,100
Cinda Forrester 2,700
Pam Basco 1,000
Michaela Norris 900
Ann Fletcher 600
Allison Cannan 600
Jill Schroeder 400
Lori Schroeder 300
Haley Gwyn 300
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 750

for full results, program details and verification forms. 

Tight lines, All!

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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