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May, 2016

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12th Annual Fundraising Banquet!
We would like to thank our banquet donors, buyers and guests who helped to make the 12th Annual Fundraising Banquet a huge success! 
With your support and generosity, we sold over $115,000 in the raffle and live auction!
  Banquet Donors

Allan and Stacie Legge

Allen Stuart, Oilfield Instrumentation

Anthony and Kin Mendillo,

Keen M Bluewater Encounters

Bobby Carter,

Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Brian and Mandy Yeager

Carey Chen

Chad Hartman, Manipulated Art

Chris and Janelle Bays,

Kona Coast Dental

Chris Channell, Channell Glass

Chris Gonzales, Serious Tackle

Cliff and Sherri Mountain,

Bac Trac Plumbing

David Green, InFlight Outfitters

Deano Merrigan,

Mattressland & Furniture

Del Papa Distributing Company

Dick and Sherri Alario

Donnie and Julia Klesel,

POC Rod and Gun

Fred Pyle, The Tarp Depot

Freeport Marina

George and Donna Gartner

Gordon and Debbie Harris,

Trophy Feeders

Hill and Donelle Dishman,

Allure Charters

Jack and Carol Beal,

Friendly Properties of Texas

James and Ashley Helm,

Back Lake Outdoors

Jasen and Julia Gast,

Texas Billfish Classic

Jeff Nielsen, Island Bicycle Company

Jimmy and Susan Hall

John and Samantha Bowen, 

Elite Diesel

John Cochrane,

Texas Legends Billfish Classic

John Nau, Pelagic Gear

Kelly Owens, Deep Sea Headquarters

Kevin and Heather Harper

Kyle Nethery and Wayne Timmermann, Empire Lodge

Marc and Tammie Gentry

Marty Griffith, Griffith Land Services

Mike and Lisa Miller

Mike Hardy, HRG Los Suenos Properties and Rentals

Omni Hotel

Randy and Debbie King

Russell and Sherry Potter,

R&S Yacht Service

Ryan Doxey, Doxey Lures

Steve Thomas,

Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic

Tom Hilton,

Hilton's Real-Time Navigator

Tony Loverdi,

Reactor Resources, LLC

Banquet Buyers

Brian and Mandy Yeager

Dallas Garrison

Deano Merrigan

Floyd Appling

Fred Pyle

Jack and Carol Beal

Jay Dee Jackson

Jeff and Karen Owen

Joe and Jennifer Galati

Joe Broussard

Kevin and Heather Harper

Kirk and Theresa Elliott

Lonestar Properties

Marty Griffith

Mike and Lisa Miller

Randy and Debbie King

Red and Gay Griffin

Russell and Sherry Potter

Tammy Hilts

Teri Hefner

Tom Shumate

We would also like to thank our outstanding  Banquet Committee for all of their tireless work to ensure the banquet's success by securing and generously donating items to the raffle and auction, selling seats and tables, preparing invitations, creating centerpieces, and much much more! 

Banquet Committee
Brian Yeager
Carol Beal
Debbie King
Evan Villarruel
Heather Harper
Mandy Yeager
Samantha Bowen
Stacie Legge
Susan Hall 
Banquet Volunteers
Allen Legge
Cameron Plaag
Jack Beal
Jenny Nagelmueller
Jimmy Hall
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman
Leila Cardwell
Randy King

Congratulations to Captain Kenneth Doxey!  Kenneth won the 5th Annual Jim Peachey Outstanding Captain Award!  

To view pictures from the banquet, please visit HBGFC

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The richest billfish tournament with a release format in the Western Gulf, the LONE STAR SHOOTOUT, is fast approaching!  The 7th Annual Lone Star Shootout will be held July 19 - 24 at the Caracol Yacht Club in Port O'Connor! 

The SHOOTOUT is the only tournament to offer a $1,000,000 Reward for a State Record Breaking Blue Marlin! And, that is in addition to the total prize money exceeding $2,000,000 in the last 2 years including over $1.2M in meat fish prize money!
The money is big as is the field of boats but so is the fun and the cause!  The SHOOTOUT is also the only Gulf Billfish Tournament that is 100% non-profit and has contributed over $100,000  to the Club's Charitable Program over the last two years!
So, what are you waiting for?  Saddle up and enter the SHOOTOUT TODAY!
For more information, visit the SHOOTOUT website or call the Club office at 409-744-2307.
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
It sounds like the spring bite is on! The "Iron Crown" took the lead in the Wahoo category last month and they now have the top Yellowfin Tuna as well with a 158 pounder. We just had another good weather window and the boats that made it out all reported great catches. The "Nunzio" released a Blue Marlin estimated over 600 pounds, "Doctor's Note" released 2 Blues and "Big Torch" also released 2 nice Blues and a Sailfish. All of the boats were able to get into the Yellowfin Tuna with a couple of them breaking the 100 pound mark. Please don't forget to tip your Weighmasters, they are providing their services as a favor to our members.
2016 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 - Doc Holiday, Owner John LoMonaco 1,600pts
Top Male Angler - John LoMonaco 850pts
Top Captain - Jeff Erwin and Robert Nichols 1,600pts
Top Mate - Derek Nichols 1,600pts
Top Swordfish - Sea-E-O, Owner Terry Edwards
Top Yellowfin Tuna - John LoMonaco 107lbs
Top Wahoo - Stephen Yamin, Jr. 97lbs
Current International Results:
Top Private Boat - Dream Time, Owner Darryl Schroeder 25,400pts
Top Charter Boat - Allure, Owner Hill Dishman 95,650pts
Top Male Angler - Hill Dishman 20,950pts
Top Female Angler - Michelle Perthuis 1,800pts
Top Junior Angler - Chase Perthuis 1,600pts
For full current results, visit Club Awards Program.
The Learning Curve
Submitted by Captain Troy Day
With tournament season fast approaching and everyone gearing up, let's look at line breaking strength. Since some of the tournaments are fully IGFA rules and others have a clause requiring IGFA tackle (meaning a breaking strength under 130lbs), we need to know the actual breaking strength (ABS) of our mainlines, including backing (which also has to break under 130lbs). With the popularity of Spectra and its tendency to over-test (unlike Dacron which breaks almost exactly at labeled strength) here's a link to a guy in Australia who has tested most brands and strengths of Spectra out there.  Check out what you're using: Paulus Line Testing.
One of the more popular monofilament line brands is Momoi, of which there are 2 main types, Hi-Catch and Hi-Catch Diamond. 80lbs Hi-Catch breaks at 110lbs, while 100lbs Hi-Catch breaks at 124lbs, just under IGFA legal. Hi-Catch Diamond over-tests even more than that, with 80lbs actually breaking at 122lbs, 100lbs breaking at 152lbs, and 130lbs breaking at 244lbs!
With the line question coming up at captains' meetings several times over the last couple years, make sure you do your research before you spool up this season if you're going to fish any tournaments. Tournament season can't get here fast enough, see ya out there!
Randy King, President
Jasen Gast, 1st Vice 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
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313