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Port O'Connor Toy Run
With donations received from Club Members and the Club's Charitable Fund, the Club donated over $3,500 worth of new toys to the 2016 Port O'Connor Toy Run!  Thank you so much for your generous donations to a truly rewarding program, which will help to make a Merry Christmas for thousands of children along the Texas coastline.  

We also wish to thank Coastline Marine, Elite Diesel Service, POC Rod and Gun and Waterloo Rod Company for promoting the Toy Run and collecting donations!  
Club Group Trip to Los Suenos!?!
Are you interested in traveling with your Club friends to Los Suenos? We are considering coordinating a group fishing trip to take place in January of 2018.  The trip would include airfare, transportation, accommodations, group activities and dinners and 2-3 days of fishing. 

If you haven't had an opportunity to send us your feedback, please Click Here to take a poll to help us determine your interest in a group trip! 
2017 Membership
It's time to renew your membership! The Club and our good works are funded by you, our members!  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
Now that LED lights are becoming available for just about every interior and exterior fixture on your boat you may want to consider an upgrade. The LED's are not only safer but they're longer lasting and draw fewer amps than fluorescent and halogen bulbs. Captains I've spoken with that upgraded their light bulbs have said that they were surprised by how much easier it was to keep the boat cool after they made the switch. Changing out all of your lighting isn't cheap but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.
Club Awards Program
The 2016 Club Awards Program is quickly coming to a close.  Please make sure to turn in all of your verification forms within 30 days of your catch/release.  Final 2016 results will be posted in the February 2017 newsletter and awards will be presented at the Annual Fundraising Banquet on March 25th!

A few changes have been made to the 2017 Club Awards Program.
Click Here for Awards Program details and verification forms.

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.
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
I'm sure most of us have wondered what the Blue Marlin you have been watching chase bait for 20 minutes has done and will do for the rest of the day, I sure do. I posted an article a couple months ago detailing the horizontal movement of Gulf Blue Marlin. Click here to read a follow up article discussing their vertical movement, which will give you an idea how Blue Marlin fill their days.
Here are some things I found interesting:
  • 1 blue marlin had a dive to almost 1300 ft.
  • On the 2 days leading up to the full moon, they had frequent night dives, but not on other nights
  • The fish in figure 4, during some days spent a ton of time 80-100 ft down, on others, it seems to move up and down constantly, from the surface to 300 ft.
  • There was significant difference between the eastern gulf and the western gulf fish behavior
  • They spent almost 60% of their time within 150 ft of the surface and almost 80% within 300 ft.
Randy King, President
Robert Rickett, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
Brian Yeager
James Helm
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman 
Richard Richardson
Michael Thorn-Leeson, Advisor
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