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2017 Membership Drive
It's membership time!  The Club and our good works are funded by you, our members!  Continue your generous support and involvement in the club by renewing your membership today.  Click Here to renew your membership online, print and mail the membership form or simply call the club at 409-744-2307. It's that easy!



Port O'Connor Toy Run            
 
Thanks to donations from the Club's Charitable Program and the generosity of our members, since 2013, the club has collected and donated over $10,000 in new toys and bicycles for the Port O'Connor Toy Run!

It's that time of year again! 

Become one of Santa's elves and help us continue our incredible donations this year! Here is how you can participate:

PURCHASE AND DONATE
Donate new unwrapped toys for children ages 2 - 16.
Your donated toys can be delivered by December 1st to the following locations:
* Club office in Galveston (305 21st Street, Suite 241)
* Elite Diesel Services in Kemah (2103 Anders Lane)
* POC Rod and Gun in Port O'Connor (82 A North Byers Road)
* Waterloo Rod Company in Victoria (2310 N Navarro, Suite B)
* Coastline Marine in Seabrook (2321 NASA Road 1).

MAKE A DONATION
If shopping for toys isn't an option, you can write a check and WE WILL PURCHASE THE TOYS FOR YOU! Please make checks payable to the Houston Big Game Fishing Club. Please note POC Toy Run in the subject line and mail to 305 21st Street, Suite 241, Galveston, Texas 77550. Once the toys have been purchased on your behalf, we will mail you the original receipt for your records.

We thank you in advance for helping the Houston Big Game Fishing Club and supporting the Port O'Connor Toy Run!

For more information on how you can support this special cause and event, please call or email the Club at 409-744-2307/info@hbgfc.com or contact POC Toy Run organizer Santa Jerry Karnes at jkarnes@texapp.com.
Fun Fishing Day
Sponsors, donors, volunteers and KIDS turned out in full force for the 5th annual Fun Fishing Day! The Club raised a record amount of donations for the special event and we hosted a record amount of children from the Ronald McDonald House and Shriners Children's Hospital! 

We would like to thank everyone who made the Fun Fishing Day so special!  Your time, effort, and generosity are solely responsible for the success of the Fun Fishing Day!


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DONORS

Deano Merrigan and Anne Marie Stinson, DECARB, Friendly Properties of Texas, Kevin and Heather Harper, Marty Griffith, HomeTown Bank N.A., Smitty's Bait Camp, W.A.D.E. 
 
VOLUNTEERS
Dick Alario, Sherri Alario, Paul Anthony, Macayla Anthony, Jack Beal, Carol Beal, Tess Bellini, Jordan Butler, Kyle Butler, Clayton Comeaux, Troy Day, Jerry Dobbs, Denise Dobbs, Lauren Dobbs, Megan Dobbs, Ryan Doxey, Jayce Ertle, Ken Gordon, Jimmy Hall, Susan Hall, Heather Harper, Dickey Hughes, Maxine Hughes, Debbie King, Randy King, Allan Legge, Stacie Legge, Adam Lewis, Matthew Lloyd, Drew Mattingly, Deano Merrigan, Jenny Nagelmueller, Phyllis Nesmith, John Parsley, Maggie Parsley, Maggie Rice, Robert Rickett, Marita Schultz, Joseph Sebesta, Ralph Sendejas, Hannah Sendejas, Cody Stephens, Anne Marie Stinson, Kim Summers, Betty Summers, Jerry Walters, Sean Welsh, Zena Welsh, Katie Westmoreland. 
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman
Although many of you have switched over to hunting mode, we've had a good number of Ling reports coming from Galveston, Freeport and Port Aransas from boats that are getting out. Most have been caught at the ship channel buoys with a few of them boated well inside of the Galveston jetties. So, if you're not headed to the ranch, Ling fishing might be a great alternative.
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:     John LoMonaco - 4,550 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 Dolphin:     Billy Love - 29 pounds
Top Swordfish:     Titan Up - 2,500 points
Top Wahoo:    Stephen Yamin, Jr. - 97 pounds
Top Yellowfin Tuna:    Colby Hughes - 115.9 pounds 

Current International Results
Top Private Boat:    Raven, Owner Chris Bays - 57,150 points
Top Male Angler:    Hill Dishman - 40,600 points
Top Female Angler:    Patience Douglas - 10,150 points
Top Junior Angler:    Fischer Douglas - 12,000 points

For full results, Click Here.

The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day
There are only three knots that preserve 100% of the strength of the line they are tied in: the Australian plait (or braid), the Bimini twist, and the Benjamin (or 100%) knot. All depend on multiple twists/braids to stretch out, creating a spring-like connection that eliminates any one "pinch point" that weakens the line. When creating a double line to connect to my wind-on leader, I'm a Bimini guy, but most of my friends seem to be Australian braid guys. Since both are 100%, the best one is the one you tie the most and are the most comfortable with. The Benjamin knot is the only one that doesn't create a double line, making it more useful to tie directly to a swivel when you are not connecting to a wind-on leader. I've heard people say that with overtesting line we have now, 100% connections aren't really needed, and maybe they aren't most of the time, but after all the work and money spent trying to get the bite, it sure makes the relatively short time we have a blue marlin on more fun if you're not worried about tackle failure.  Great video tutorial on Benjamin knot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NyzGcUHJlc
Hopefully we'll get one or two more chances this fall to get out there and stretch out some string before it gets cold and the deer hunting gets too good to find fishermen to go.....
2016
HBGFC OFFICERS
Randy King, President
Jasen Gast, 1st Vice President
Robert Rickett, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Jack Beal, Secretary 
 
HBGFC DIRECTORS
Allan Legge
James Helm
John Bowen
Kevin Deerman 
Richard Richardson
 
Michael Thorn-Leeson, Advisor
 
CONTACT THE CLUB
T: 409-744-2307, F: 409-744-2313