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October 2019
In Memorium
It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the recent passing of Mr. George Gartner, Founding Club Member and perennial sponsor.

As the current Texas State Record Blue Marlin was caught on Mr. Gartner's boat while he was a Club member and sponsor, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to honor his memory with the George Gartner Memorial Trophy for the Largest Blue Marlin caught in the Yearlong Awards Program. The first presentation of this newly-named trophy will be at the 2020 Awards and Fundraising Banquet on April 18.

The Club extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends for the loss of Mr. George Gartner as he will be missed by all who knew him. Contributions may be made in his honor to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at in lieu of flowers.

In loving memory
George Gartner III
Captain's Corner
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman

With great sadness and fond memories, I say goodbye to my longtime friend and fishing partner, George Gartner. 

We shared many incredible times together along with his wonderful family, friends, and the Legacy fishing team doing what we both loved. He will be greatly missed by myself and the many people his life has touched in our sportfishing community.
Fun Fishing Day set for October 12 in Galveston  
Sponsor, Volunteer and Donor opportunities still available!

The 8th Annual FUN FISHING DAY will be held at the Pelican Rest Marina on October 12, 2019. We are excited to host the children of the Ronald McDonald House AND the children of Shriners Hospital for Children again this year!

The children and their families will spend the morning fishing with Club volunteers who will help them bait their hooks, reel in their fish and keep track of their winning catches. They will also be treated to a delicious lunch and end the day with trophies and pictures of their day!

There is still time to be a part of this event as a sponsor, volunteer, or donor... just contact the Club today!



Friendly Properties of Texas
Passion with Purpose
Deano Merrigan & Anne Marie Stinson
Texas Bluewater Promos
Galveston Party Boats
Rogue Wave Solutions
G.E. Weldon Construction
Evergreen Landscape

Heather & Kevin Harper
Ida Mendiola
Smitty's Bait Camp
Team TITAN UP I wins inaugural Clay Shoot, event raises $14K  
Rave reviews for format and venue; Raffle and auction a hit with participants

On September 28th, a total of 54 shooters headed out to beautiful Providence Plantation in Rosharon, TX to "come out and clay" for the inaugural Clay Shoot Fundraiser, raising $14,377 for the Club and its Charitable Programs! 

Shooters included members and non-members, and Team TITAN UP I took home top honors!  Here are the full results:

Team Titan Up I
Thomas Thompson, Christina Wills, Micah Reynolds, Tommy Thompson
Score = 333/400

Team Shootin' Blanks
Drew Newville, Dylan Williams, Duke Guilbeaux, Joey Free
Score = 319/400

Team Shootin' Blanks
Drew Newville, Dylan Williams, Duke Guilbeaux, Joey Free
Score = 43/100

Thomas Thompson
Team Titan Up I
Score = 94/100

Clayton Fritz
Score = 61/100

Thanks to all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers who helped "pull" this event together in seven weeks... Here's hoping the Club continues this new tradition into 2020!

If you weren't able to come, you can still get a t-shirt!  There are a limited of number styles and sizes still available... contact the Club office to secure yours!
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!

Please call the club office at (409) 744-2307 or send an email to

Full invitation and more details, including information on how to save 10% on a room at Hotel Galvez, will be emailed soon so stay tuned!
The Learning Curve
Written by Captain Troy Day

Conservation & Education Committee
October 2019
NMFS recently released a proposal to relax longline restrictions in gear restricted areas. As of now, longliners fishing in the Gulf of Mexico have to use "weak hooks" which theoretically break when hooking mainly bluefin tuna and blue marlin. The first proposal would cut the amount of time weak hooks have to be in use to only January-June, because that's when the bluefin are here. The other change would convert the Gulf of Mexico area (in the Eastern Gulf) which is closed during April in May to a "monitoring" area, and allow longlining. Here are the closed and gear restricted areas:

In the proposal, as is typical of NMFS, they are showing negligence in protecting blue marlin populations, as they are only concerned about the weak hooks when bluefin tuna are here, neglecting to consider that our highest concentration of blue marlin off of Texas is in July and August.
HBGFC, through our partnership with The Billfish Foundation, supported TBF's response letter strongly speaking against either of the proposals. You can see the proposals and TBF's letter (with HBGFC listed as supporter) here:
Yearlong Awards Program Standings
So sorry for any confusion...  below are the corrected results!

CLICK HERE to keep tabs on the action in between newsletter updates!
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:  9/9/2019
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
Amigo, Owner David Denbow 2,843
High Cotton, Owner Pete Bell 2,600
Half Down, Owner Casey Wedgeworth 2,300
DECARB, Owner Sam Moore, Matt Moore, and Doug Chamberlain 2,300
Bimini Babe, Owner Babe Appling 2,014
Bali Hai, Owner John Nau, Sr. 2,000
Pandemonium, Owner Mike Altman 1,600
Booyah, Owner Gordon Inscore 1,600
Done Deal, Owner Jon Gonsoulin 1,400
Relentless Pursuit, Owner Dennis Pasentine 1,000
Bandit, Owner Bert Steindorf 700
Lady Adele, Owner Anthony Luprete 700
Tico Time, Owner Dennis Wilkerson 700
Over-Ride, Owner Marty Griffith 600
Sarco, Owner Milton Greeson 600
Cat Cha Later, Owner Allen Junek 600
Final Answer, Owner Richard Borstmayer 500
Freebird, Owner David Blackbird 500
Over The Limit, Owner Derek Elzner 500
Sea Dollars, Owner Jack Beal 500
See Trial, Owner Colby Stewart 500
Suthern's Pride, Owner Marty Strakos 500
Live Situation, Owner Chris McClanahan 500
Doctor's Note, Owner Jim Cooper 500
Rock Mama, Owner Daniel Miers 500
Gringo Honeymoon, Owner Mike Miller 400
It's 5 O'clock Somewhere 200
Reel Blues, Owner Gary Stoddard 200
A-Team, Owner Clifford Acosta 100
Deez Nautz, Owner Chris Coulter 100
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 1,600
John Nau, Jr. 1,500
Mike Altman 1,300
Tommy Thompson 1,000
Paul Bitner 700
Milton Greeson 600
Floyd Appling, Jr. 600
Lee Weidner 514
John Nau, Sr. 500
Nick Rizopoulos 500
Brian Jinks 500
Jonathan Williams 500
Todd Nelms 500
Wes Appling 300
Robert Wyly 200
Doug Chamberlain 200
Michael Moragne 100
Marty Griffith 100
Scott Anderson 100
Riley Rhodes 100
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
Robert Jones 2,014
Anthony Lopez 2,000
Lane Kilgore 1,600
Jason Buck 1,400
Monte Love 800
Kevin Scott 700
Mike Hester 700
Paul Bitner 700
Gaige Inscore 600
Jacob Dawson 600
James Helm 500
Bryan Cardwell 100
Kerry Fritz 100
Top Mate Points
Aaron Raesz 3,243
Wes Hazlip 3,000
Chad Creech 2,300
Kyle Slaughter 2,000
Wes Appling 1,614
Mike Ruthenbeck 1,400
Ryan Doxey 1,100
Justis Inscore 600
Lee Weidner 200
Kenneth Doxey 200
Top Blue Marlin Points
David Denbow 643
Lee Weidner 514
Top Yellowfin Tuna Weight
Casey Wedgeworth 151.9
Rand Clark 115.5
Bryan Meyer 69.5
Jeremy Blount 42.5
Matt Taylor 41
Top Dorado Weight
Walker Rhodes 33.5
Max Moore 33.04
David Denbow 26
Nick Rizopoulos 25.13
Top Wahoo Weight
Wilton Bull 61.12
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt 2,250
Twisted Sisters, Owner David Dion 1,250
Doctor's Note, Owner Jim Cooper 250
Bali Hai, Owner John Nau, Sr. 250
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos 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
Chris Gwyn 1,100
Tom Laird 1,100
Doak Dunkin 1,000
Alan Roberts 1,000
Kyle Drushel 500
James Helm 500
Alex Li Torres 500
Top Female Angler
Cinda Forrester 7,200
Hillary Johnson 5,500
Lori Schroeder 3,200
Pam Basco 1,000
Michaela Norris 900
Ann Fletcher 600
Allison Cannan 600
Jill Schroeder 400
Haley Gwyn 300
Top Swordfish Points
Titan Up - Owner Bill Hunt 750

Tight lines, everyone!
Hope your October is spook-tacular!

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

Phone: 409-744-2307 * Fax: 409-744-2313


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