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February, 2017

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Red, White and BID!
The Club's Annual Fundraising Banquet will be held at the Omni Hotel on Saturday, March 25th and you are invited! 

Festivities start at 6:00pm with a premium open bar, a raffle, followed by a delicious dinner, an awards ceremony to honor our 2016 Awards Program winners, and a live auction! 

Click Here to RSVP online today or call the Club office at 409-744-2307.
After the party, plan to stay at the Omni Hotel.  First class accommodations are available at a discounted rate if you secure your room before February 24th.  Click Here to reserve your room today!  
2016 Club Awards Program
We would like to congratulate the following
2016 Houston Big Game Fishing Club Awards Program Winners!
We look forward to honoring the winners of the year long tournament at the upcoming Red, White and BID Fundraising Banquet awards presentation!

Texas Division
Top Private Boat - Reel Bounty, Owner Tony Annan
Top Male Angler - John LoMonaco
Top Female Angler - Mandy Yeager
Top Junior Angler - Colby Hughes
Top Captain - Kirk Elliott
Top Mate - Jack Elliott
Top Blue Marlin - Perry Forrester
Top Swordfish - Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt
1st Place Dolphin - Billy Love
2nd Place Dolphin - Collin Golightly
3rd Place Dolphin - Stephen Yamin, Jr.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Wahoo - Stephen Yamin, Jr.
1st Place Yellowfin Tuna - Colby Hughes
2nd Place Yellowfin Tuna - John LoMonaco
3rd Place Yellowfin Tuna - Kent Willis

International Division
Top Private Boat - Raven, Owner Chris Bays
Top Charter Boat - Allure II, Owner Hill Dishman
Top Male Angler - Hill Dishman
Top Female Angler - Patience Douglas
Top Junior Angler - Fischer Douglas

CLICK HERE for full results!
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
A large number of boats were able to take advantage of the much anticipated weather window this week to jump on the Wahoo bite. The early guys that endured rough conditions had big numbers with a couple reports of 20 plus fish. The guys that got out on Tuesday had better weather but met up with 13 plus boats and a much slower bite averaging 4-6 fish per boat. The captains that I spoke with all agreed that they were marking fish but with the pressure of so many boats it was tougher to get the bites. So now we know the Wahoo are there, it's just a matter of getting another break in the weather and beating the crowd!
2017 Club Awards Program
Participate in the Club's Yearlong Tournament!
Are you an avid angler? Do you thrive on competition??
If so, participate in the Club's Annual Awards Program, a Yearlong Tournament that recognizes our members' big game angling accomplishments offshore the coast of Texas and Internationally.

Categories include: 
Top Male Angler
Top Female Angler
Top Junior Angler
Top Captain
Top Mate 
Top Private Boat
Top Charter Boat 
Top Blue Marlin
Top Swordfish
Top Yellowfin
Top Wahoo
Top Dolphin 

Visit Awards Program for all the details and verification forms!
Sponsors of the Month
Tom Hilton, owner of Hilton's Realtime-Navigator, is a founding Club member and Corporate Sponsor.  In addition to his annual sponsorship, Tom generously donates to the Club banquet yearly.  We appreciate your continued support Tom.

King of Cars King of Cars is one of the Club's newest 2017 Corporate Sponsors!  Thank you Eric Malak for your support and welcome to the Club!

Kona Coast Dental Care
Chris and Janelle Bays, Owners of Kona Coast Dental Care, have been Club Corporate Sponsors since 2013.  Their generous annual in-kind donations to the Club's banquet have raised over $12,000!  Thank you for your support!

Specialty Heat Treat
Specialty Heat Treat, Inc. is the Club's newest Gold Level Corp
orate Sponsor.  We wish to thank Sam Moore, Doug Chamberlain and Matt Moore for their support and welcome them to the Club!

The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
Now that we're into the heart of winter (or whatever you call it this year), it's time to think ahead and plan for the season, and one project often left until the last minute is reel service. After seeing failures from all reel brands, let's talk about some common failures, and how to prevent them.

Click Here to continue reading about common reel issues and maintenance.  
Randy King, President
Robert Rickett, 1st Vice President
John Bowen, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
James Helm
Kevin Deerman
Marty Griffith 
Richard Richardson
Troy Day 
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313