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You are invited to the Club's upcoming Fall Mixer!  Join us on Saturday, October 8th at 1:30pm, at the Number 13 Restaurant's upstairs palapa in the Pelican Rest Marina. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be open!  So, plan to spend the afternoon with your club friends while we recognize our volunteers and thank them for their time and support!

Fun Fishing Day            
The Club's Fun Fishing Day will be held Saturday, October the 8th at the Pelican Rest Marina in Galveston!  We are excited to host the children of the Ronald McDonald House and Shriners Children's Hospital for a morning of Fishing AND Fun! 

Club volunteers will be on hand to help the kiddos bait their hooks, cast their lines and reel in their catches!  Once the kiddos have had their fill of fishing, they will be treated to a BBQ lunch provided and prepared by Sean and Zena Welsh and the Cool Cookers Team.  Tasty frozen treats donated by Frio's Gourmet Pops of Galveston will cool down the young anglers, families and volunteers.  The Fun Fishing Day will wrap up after lunch with a trophy presentation for all of the children plus they will take home event t-shirts donated by Bealine Environmental, Wal-Mart gift cards donated by Friendly Properties of Texas and incredible gift bags filled with everyday necessities donated by Orca Assets!!

This special event is made possible by the following sponsors and donors: 
 Moody National Bank 2013 
    Pelican Rest 
Deano Merrigan and Anne Marie Stinson, Friendly Properties of Texas, HomeTown Bank N.A., Kevin and Heather Harper, Marty Griffith, Smitty's Bait Camp, W.A.D.E.  

If you are interested in donating to the event or donating your time, please contact the Club at 409-744-2307. 
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
Our dove season seems to be off to a great start this year. From all the reports that I've received and judging by the pictures on social media most hunters haven't had any problems with filling their bird bags so far with lots of white wing still mixed in. Will still have a close race for the top spot in the Club's annual tournament with the Reel Bounty catching a blue a couple weeks ago to put them back in first place and I would imagine that Brandon Perthuis has his crew on standby to get back out on the Chase This to try and take back the lead! Good luck to all and stay safe!
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:    Reel Bounty, Owner Tony Annan - 7,756 points 
Top Male Angler:    Tony Annan - 4,112 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:    Tied: Chase This, Notta-Yachta, Titan Up - 1,500 points
Top Dolphin:    Billy Love - 29 pounds 
Top Wahoo:    Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 97 pounds 
Top Yellowfin Tuna:    Colby Hughes - 115.9 

Current International Results
Top Private Boat:    Patron, Owner Tom Shumate - 55,300 points 
Top Charter Boat:    Allure, Owner Hill Dishman - 98,950 points  
Top Male Angler:    Hill Dishman - 37,850 
Top Female Angler:    Patience Douglas - 10,150 
Top Junior Angler:    Fischer Douglas - 12,000 

For full results, Click Here.
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
Check out this research article from Texas A&M Galveston on the findings of blue marlin satellite tagged (mostly off Texas, some off Louisiana) by the late Bill Lyons, his son Mark, and Captains John Cochrane and Brett Falterman and the rest of the crew on the Billy B from 2003-2008.  Pretty cool stuff in here, with charts showing the movements of single tagged fish as well as the overall trends and concentrations month to month.  It's interesting that they conclude most of the fish never leave the Gulf of Mexico. The article also shows how important what happens commercially off the West coast of Mexico is to us and our fishery.   
Take a look at the Texas A&M Research Article ; it's worth the time spent reading.....   
Randy King, President
Jasen Gast, 1st Vice President
Robert Rickett, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
Allan Legge
James Helm
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman 
Richard Richardson
Michael Thorn-Leeson, Advisor
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313