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November 2019
Chilly Fun Fishing Day Brings Warmth to Kids
Volunteers, sponsors and donors work together for extraordinary event

The wind was blowing and the air was nippy on October 12, but that didn't stop the kids and families from Shriner's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Galveston from coming out to Pelican Rest Marina for the annual Fun Fishing Day!

A total of 21 children were paired with volunteers of all ages for a 60-minute tournament where trophies were presented for Biggest Fish (18" stingray), Smallest Fish (3" piggy perch), and Most Fish Caught (25!).  Lunch was provided by Capt. Sean Welsh and his Cool Cookers team while Kristen Davis from Mary Had A Little Party served up a sweet ice cream bar for everyone!  Some even had dessert first!

If you missed this year's Fun Fishing Day, you can view all the pictures HERE.

Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Fun Fishing Day a bright moment for the kids and their families!  We can't wait to do it again!
RSVP today for the annual Fall Mixer 
Mark your calendar for November 7 from 6-8pm

This year's Fall Mixer will be held at Hotel Galvez & Spa on November 7, 2019, from 6-8 pm.  Enjoy a Southwestern dinner buffet along with presentations from beneficiaries of HBGFC's Charitable Programs and exciting raffle prizes!   RSVP IS REQUIRED, so please call the club office at (409) 744-2307 or send an email to [email protected] .

Save 10% on a hotel room for the night (or the weekend!) by clicking HERE.

See you there!
POC Toy Run set for December 7  
Spread holiday cheer by making a donation or dropping off new, unwrapped toys

Thanksgiving may be on everyone's mind, but it's never too early to start thinking about how to help those less fortunate this Christmas!  The POC Toy Run had its beginning in 2002 when some friends got together to deliver some new toys to the Angel Tree program in Port O'Connor, Texas. Now it its 17th year, the event continues to grow and word keeps spreading.  But the secret is still safe... We never actually see the children we serve, so as far as they know... it was all done by Santa!

Become one of Santa's elves and help continue this incredible Club tradition.  Here's how you can help fill Santa's bag this year:
  • Join the Toy Run in your own boat!
  • Purchase and donate new unwrapped toys for children (2-16 years old) and drop them off at the Club office or one of the locations listed below!
  • Make a donation to HBGFC, and we will purchase toys on your behalf!
The Port O'Connor Toy Run will be held December 7, and departure time from Surfside Marina is at 9am.  A full schedule and complete details are available HERE, so grab your Santa hat and share spread holiday cheer... And let us know if you're interested in being an official "Club Boat"!

Toy Drop Off Locations
HBGFC -- 305 21st Street, Suite 241, Galveston
Elite Diesel Services -- 2103 Anders Lane, Kemah
Jeco's Marine and Tackle -- 2553 W. Adams, Port O'Connor
POC Rod and Gun Club -- 82A N Byers Road, Port O'Connor
Waterloo Rod Company -- 210 N. Navarro, Suite B, Victoria

Toy donations will also be accepted at the Fall Mixer on Nov. 7!
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman

Now that we've had a couple of good cold fronts push through, it's starting to feel a little more like hunting season around here. 

So far, we've already had a great dove season in south Texas and the quail population is looking very promising for this year as long as the weather cooperates. Heavy precipitation in the fall was partially responsible for the slow quail season we had last year, but so far the conditions have been very favorable. All of the flooding last year in October also caused the waterfowl to scatter throughout the Southern states, but this season the ducks should be more concentrated which will give hunters some better opportunities for great outings in the fields and marshes this year.
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day

Conservation & Education Committee
November 2019
Over the years, I think it's interesting and telling to compare the fishing with the satellite data......overall, the Texas marlin fishing was, with a few amazing exceptions, off compared to the last couple years. Check out the pictures below, comparing the altimetry and currents during this year's Shootout to last year's Shootout.
2019 2018

This year, seemed like the bite was kind of slow most places, but the fish caught were kind of spread out......last year, amazing fishing at Hoover Diana, great fishing out in front of POC and Port A.

As we go into the cool months and project season, one of the things that always interests me is what next year will bring.........
Yearlong Awards Program Standings
There is less than TWO MONTHS left in the 2019 program... it's coming down to the wire!  Here are the division leaders as of forms received by October 22, 2019:  
Last updated: 9/9/2019
Top Gulf Coast Boat of the Year Points
High Cotton, Owner Pete Bell 4,100
Walk West, Owner Riley Rhodes 4,000
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 3,843
Bimini Babe, Owner Babe Appling 2,514
Rock Mama, Owner Daniel Miers 1,000
Draggin' Up, Owner Chris Heule 500

Last updated: 10/22/2019
Top Private Boat Points
Game Plan, Owner Sherman Burrows 7,900
Walk West, Owner Riley Rhodes 3,500
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 3,000
Booyah, Owner Gordon Inscore 2,900
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 2,843
Top Outboard Boat Points
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos 800
Ms. Mamoo, Owner Bryan Meyer 500
Fool's Gold, Owner Paige Kinkade 100
Top Angler Points
David Denbow 2,843
Sherman Burrows 2,800
Casey Wedgeworth 2,300
Gordon Inscore 2,300
John Nau, Jr. 1,500
Top Female Angler Points
Christina Wills 2,000
Mandy Yeager 800
Stephanie Swan 600
Julie Coulter 100
Top Junior Angler Points
Chase Perthuis 2,000
Walker Rhodes 2,000
Weston Rhodes 1,000
Sam Moore, Jr. 900
Top Captain Points
Jeff Wilson 3,000
Brad Schoenfeld 2,843
Allan Legge 2,600
Scotty Stevens 2,300
Troy Day 2,300
Top Mate Points
Aaron Raesz 3,243
Wes Hazlip 3,000
Chad Creech 2,300
Kyle Slaughter 2,000
Wes Appling 1,614
Top Blue Marlin Points
David Denbow 643
Lee Weidner 514
Top Yellowfin Tuna Weight
Casey Wedgeworth 151.9
Top Dorado Weight
Walker Rhodes 33.5
Top Wahoo Weight
Wilton Bull 61.12
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 2,250

Last updated: 10/3/2019
Top Private Boat Points
Huntress, Owners Darryl and Lori Schroeder 29,100
No Compromise, Owners Alan and Robyn Roberts 10,200
Cajun Queen, Owners Jack and Ann Fletcher 2,300
Top Male Angler Points
Perry Forrester 7,100
Reagan Norris 6,500
Darryl Schroeder 4,400
Jimmy Guinn 2,300
Taylor Norris 2,200
Top Female Angler Points
Cinda Forrester 7,200
Hillary Johnson 5,500
Lori Schroeder 3,200
Pam Basco 1,000
Michaela Norris 900
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up - Owner Bill Hunt 750

Tight lines, everyone!
Full results can be found by clicking HERE.

Robert Rickett, President
John Bowen, 1st Vice President
Allan Legge, 2nd Vice President
Randy Bright, Treasurer
Troy Day, Secretary 

Jack Beal
James Helm
Kevin Deerman 
Marty Griffith
Randy King
Richard Richardson

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