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On the Wire
Are you saddled up and ready for the Lone Star Shootout?  Do you have your entry in and your slip reserved?  Have you been considering fishing the Shootout for the first time?  Well, no better time than now to make the commitment and get your team in on the fun. The tournament is just 2 weeks away and the response to our catch more fish, catch more bait and have more fun rule changes has been awesome and we are preparing to welcome one of the largest fields in our history.  We will be welcoming a number of new teams this year including Draggin' Up, Whiskey Business, Pozo Seco, Bird Dog, Notorious, Catarina and more are coming.
Our loyal past participants have responded with record early entry results. We thank you all and welcome you back to what we think will be the best Shootout ever!  Here's just a partial list of past champions and big money winners: Backlash, Wild Hooker, Done Deal, Mechanical Man, Smooth Move, Tico Time, Big Torch, Reel Bounty, Sea Dollars, Amigo, Down Time and Buckshott. Welcome back and thank you!  We look forward to seeing you all in POC. 
Entries are being accepted now thru the close of registration on Wednesday, July the 19th but we encourage you to get us your entry ASAP.   Click Here to reserve your spot in the action TODAY!
The public and especially all of our HBGFC members are welcome at our weigh in at the Caracol weigh station on Saturday, July 22nd from 3:00 - 6:00pm.  Come out and see all the action, big boats and big fish!
For more information, visit the Lone Star Shootout or give us a call!  
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Bloody Thursday Breakfast
Join the Club for the best Bloody Mary's in Texas and tasty breakfast tacos and pastries next Thursday, July the 13th in Port O'Connor!  This fun annual event is sponsored by Elite Diesel Service and Galati Yachts Sales.  The party will be held from 9:00am - noon at 408 West Maple, Port O'Connor.  Click Here for additional details and a map!  We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Captain's Corner
Written by Kevin Deerman
It's finally looking like we will have some decent weather coming at us this week and the timing couldn't be better. Tournament season is upon us and it looks like participation will be up this year with many regulars returning as well as a few new teams showing up on the list. The "Kickoff" is today with the Gulf Cup and the World Cup and next week will be game on for the rest of the summer! Happy 4th, good luck to all and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Lone Star Shootout and all the rest of the tourneys this season!
2017 Membership
Make sure your HBGFC Membership is current before your next big fishing trip!  Click Here to renew your membership online via PayPal or download a membership form and email or mail it to the Club.  
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
With the Texas tournament series upon us, let's look at the video release rules for the tournaments.  It's not much fun to have a great 2 days of fishing only to have a fish not count because of bad video.  For Poco, the Shootout, Bastante and Legends, the rules are fairly simple as they are all uniform, although a little tighter than the tournaments in the eastern gulf.  Show the angler fighting the fish, object of the day, species, wireman grabbing the leader, leader being cut or hook being removed, fish swimming away, and the time/date stamp.  If the hook pulls on the wire, the fish still counts as long as the species is identifiable.  Where the difficulty comes in is if the wireman dumps leader, everything basically restarts from zero video-wise.  If the fish then gets off before you get the leader again, it will not count.  To keep from having time and date stamp issues on the camera, after the fish is released, clearly go and show an iPhone or the GPS showing time and date.  Get footage with 2 cameras, and don't turn the camera off until the iPhone or GPS have been shown!  The TBC has the same rules with the exception of the requirement of showing leader being cut/hook removed, and fish swimming away.  So in the TBC, once you get the wire, the fish counts.  Look forward to seeing everyone over the next couple months, good luck out there!

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.
Current Texas Results
Top Private Boat:

Dorado, Owner Bruce Ross - 1,500 points
Top Male Angler:
Bruce Ross - 1,000 points
Top Female Angler: 
Christina Wills - 500 points
Top Captain:
Scotty Nichols - 1,500 points
Top Mate:
Andy Hollen - 1,000
Top Dolphin:
Bryan Cardwell - 38 pounds
Top Yellowfin:
Max Moore - 75 pounds
Top Wahoo: 

Bryan Cardwell - 73.14 pounds
Top Swordfish:

Titan Up - 1,750 points

Current International Results
Top Private Boat: 
Mi Novia, Owner Chris Bays - 5,400 points 
Top Male Angler: 
Edward Cieszkiewicz - 5,400 points
Top Junior Angler:

Kennedy Heule - 100 points

For full results, Click Here.

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
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