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March, 2017

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The Club's Annual Fundraising Banquet will be held on March 25th at the Omni Hotel on Riverway.  Join us for a fun night with your Club friends, all while raising money for the Club's Charitable Programs!
What you can expect at the banquet:
 -Premium OPEN bar
 -Delicious meal
 -2016 Club Awards Program Presentation
 -2017 Jim Peachey Outstanding Captain Award Presentation
 -Live auction filled with incredible exotic destinations to Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Argentina and Belize!
 -Raffle filled with incredible items for men and women, avid anglers and novices, gun collectors, home d├ęcor and much, much more!
If you want to continue the celebration after the banquet has come to a close, Omni Hotel's Black Swan and Noe Bar are the perfect after hours venues!
You can purchase your TICKETS online or by calling the Club office at 409-744-2307.  
Discounted OMNI RESERVATIONS can be secured online as well!
The Lone Star Shootout

It's almost tournament season! 


The Lone Star Shootout will be held July 18 - 23, 2017 at the Caracol Yacht Club in Port O'Connor!


We look forward to seeing you in July for a week of festivities, fun, and fierce competition for huge side pots and payouts!  Watch your email for your invitation to fish the Lone Star Shootout, The Biggest and Best in the West...!

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Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
We are still receiving some good Wahoo reports from the guys and gals that are able to get out between the short weather windows we've had lately. The crew on the Titan Up are already off to a good start this year with a few good Wahoo and a bonus Swordfish on the board. The Paparda Rey recently had a great trip as well catching 8 hoos with one over 72 pounds. The bite has been hit and miss but the fish that are being caught have definitely been averaging in the larger weight range this year.
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 Swordfish:
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt
250 points
Top Wahoo:

Bryan Cardwell

Christina Wills

Christina Wills

Max Moore

Tommy Thompson

73.14 pounds

64.14 pounds

57 pounds

45.7 pounds

39.04 pounds

Sponsors of the Month
Steve Thomas, Director of the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic has generously sponsored the Club since 2007.  His donation of tournament entries to the Club's annual banquet has raised over $16,000!  Thank you for your continued support Steve!
Yacht Equi YESpment Service Centers has been a valued Club Corporate Sponsor since 2013.  In addition to Y.E.S.'s monetary sponsorship, Y.E.S. has also donated to the Club's annual banquet. We greatly appreciate your loyal support!

MGCBCSince 2009, Director Bobby Carter of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, has donated tournament entries to the Club's annual banquet.  The donations have raised over $24,000!  Thank you for your support Bobby!

Smith-Merritt Insurance became a corporate sponsor in 2014.  Since then, owner Skip Smith has generously supported the Club yearly.  We appreciate you!

The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
Last month, the IGFA made 2 changes to their Angling Rules which apply to both our yearlong Club Awards and to the Lone Star Shootout. On touching the angler while fighting a fish, they added that "Holding or touching an angler in a manner that assists them in fighting the fish or takes pressure off the angler" would disqualify the catch, but that "Touching or briefly holding the angler to prevent them from falling does not constitute a disqualification."
            The source of more debate/questions over the years is the backing rule. Before, using Spectra backing that tested over 130# would have been illegal. The main problem with that Spectra breaking strength varies batch to batch enough that even if you had some that typically broke under 130#, there is no guarantee. The rule now is that the "first 16.5 feet (5 meters) of line directly preceding the double line, leader or hook" defines the breaking strength, so as long as you don't use a topshot that overtests, you're within the rules.
            Both positive rule changes, in my opinion. Hopefully we'll get a couple more shots at the wahoo, but regardless, see y'all at the banquet!
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