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The Lone Star Shootout
Is this the year of the $1,000,000 Texas Marlin?
It's already proven to be a big fish year in the Gulf and only the LONE STAR SHOOTOUT offers a $1,000,000 reward for a new Texas record blue marlin!
Based on early season results, the odds of the payout are looking better than ever!  Loyal SHOOTOUT participants Crazy J and Over the Limit both recently released fish that might have been record breakers! Both fish measured in the 136-138 inch range boat side, while Legacy's current state record officially measured 137.5. Allen Stuart and the crew of  Wild Hooker, brought a 635 pound blue marlin to the dock this past weekend, landing them 2nd place in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic behind the 1st place winner weighing a 672 pound blue marlin.  Memorial Day weekend saw two blue marlin brought to the scales at The Orange Beach Billfish Classic weighing 671 and 772 pounds. Blue marlin weighing over 600 pounds used to be a rare site in the Gulf but clearly the big fish are out there and could be caught at any time!

Just remember, the $1,000,000 reward can only be captured during the LONE STAR SHOOTOUT!
The deadline for the priority participant early entry drawing for free dockage at Caracol Yacht Club was May 2nd and the winner is: Big Torch!
The deadline for the early entry drawing for an entry fee reimbursement was June 1st and the winner is: Share-E!
June 21st is the deadline for the $400 entry fee discount!

Submit your ENTRY today and get your big tackle ready  and be prepared for the $1,000,000 marlin!  This could be the year!

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Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
It is always good preventative maintenance to   check all hose clamps below the waterline before your season starts. The rusting and failure of the exhaust clamps is probably one of the most dangerous conditions   of all. Last week a large sportfishing boat that had been sitting for a couple of years was very close to sinking because of exhaust clamp failure from the back pressure of the engines starting up. They were fortunate to have Elite Diesel on board to assist in stopping the leak while using the generator's raw water intakes to pump water out as well as the assistance of Seabrook Shipyard in hauling the boat out quickly. All hoses below the waterline should be double clamped and checked with a wrench or nut-driver regularly even if they visually appear to be in good condition. Good luck to everyone and be 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 Boats:
Doc Holiday, Owner John LoMonaco, 1,600pts

Big Torch, Owner Steve Ferguson, 1,600pts

Chase This, Owner Brandon Perthuis, 1,600pts
Top Male Angler:
Jasen Gast, 1,500pts
Top Captains:
Jeff Erwin, 1,600pts

Robert Nichols, 1,600pts
Top Mate:
Derek Nichols, 1,600pts
Top Dolphin:
Billy Love, 29lbs
Top Swordfish:
Sea-E-O, Owner Terry Edwards, 1,000pts
Top Wahoo:
Stephen Yamin, Jr., 97lbs
Top Yellowfin Tuna:
John LoMonaco, 107lbs
Current International Results
Top Private Boat:
Dream Time, Owner Darryl Schroeder, 25,400pts
Top Charter Boat:
Allure, Owner Hill Dishman, 98,950pts
Top Male Angler:
Hill Dishman, 31,750pts
Top Female Angler:
Michelle Perthuis, 1,800pts
Top Junior Angler:
Chase Perthuis, 1,600pts
For full results, please visit Club Awards Program Current Results.
Sponsors of the Month
The Club is incredibly fortunate each year to be supported by many incredible companies.  Each month we highlight a few of our corporate sponsors in an effort to thank them for their continued support.  We urge you to consider purchasing their products, utilizing their services or participating in their tournaments.
Baumann Propeller is one of the Club's newest corporate sponsors.  They became a sponsor this year by donating services to the Club's Annual Banquet raffle.  Welcome aboard Baumann Propellers!
The Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic tournament based out of Venice, Louisiana, has been a corporate sponsor since 2007.  Director Steve Thomas has generously supported the Club for the past 9 years by donating entries to the banquet each year.  Steve's donations have raised over $16,000!!!!  Thank you Steve for your continued support and generosity.
Welcome aboard Performance Diesel!  PDI is the Club's newest gold level corporate sponsor.  Thank you so much to owner Malcolm Phillips for your support!
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
Several years ago during one of the June blows that kept everyone pinned to the dock, several of us (led by Ryan Doxey and Jeff Erwin) got bored and decided to test our crimps. Using a truck, a dock cleat, and Surfside Marina's scale, we pulled, stood back, and learned quite a bit......mainly how strong the right crimp was (we could get the leader to break in the middle every time, nowhere near a crimp) and how weak the wrong crimp was. As we near the season, test your leader connections. Here's a good article from Diamond Fishing Products on crimps and connections: http://diamondfishing.com/articles/can-you-trust-your-crimps/.
News from The Billfish Foundation
The Billfish Foundation
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news from The Billfish Foundation!
  • Tournament Season is Hot!
  • Gulf of Mexico Satellite Tag Expedition
  • Gulf of Mexico Tag & Release Regional Competition
  • Today's Junior Anglers
  • Washington, D.C. Fish News
The Galley
For those of you who love crawfish and eagerly await crawfish season each year, after a crawfish boil, freeze the leftover tails so that you can enjoy crawfish not only in season but all year long!

Crawfish Casserole

1-2 lb(s) crawfish tails
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can French onion soup
1 (10 ¾ ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes & chilies (not drained)
1 ½ cups uncooked rice
1/3 cup butter melted
¼ cup chopped bell pepper
½ cup chopped green onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup chopped celery
Salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning
½ cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients except cheeses and pour into a large greased casserole dish. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour to make sure rice is thoroughly cooked. Uncover and sprinkle cheese over casserole and return to oven and bake for 15 minutes or until melted.  Tasty with garlic bread!
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
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