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With the support of our Club Members, Corporate Sponsors and participants of the Lone Star Shootout last July, we are proud to have donated well over $3,000 in new toys to the Port O'Connor Toy Run!  We would like to especially thank John and Samantha Bowen, owners of Elite Diesel for collecting and donating TONS of toys to the Toy Run and for being the Club's designated Santa boat!  Thank you for your generosity and your support!

We are very sad to say goodbye to our longtime friend Mike Johnston.  Mike passed away on Saturday, December the 1st.  A founding Club member and a long time corporate sponsor, Mike was an avid supporter of the Club and the Lone Star Shootout.  We will miss Mike's infectious smile and kind words.  

Memorial service information can be found online at: SERVICE.
It's membership drive time!!!  Membership renewals were mailed last week.  Please continue supporting the Club and our Good Works by renewing your membership today!  Simply complete and return a membership FORM or renew your membership ONLINE via PayPal.  Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Written by Captain Kevin Deerman 
It's hard to believe that we are already into December and another Wahoo season is just around the corner. The Winter Wahoo Championship has quite a few returning boats as well as a good number of new teams signing up for their 2019 tournament which runs from January 1st through March 31st. The water temp is still slightly warm out around the normal target areas at 74-75 degrees but will hopefully drop a bit over the holidays. If anyone needs any new Wahoo gear don't forget about our Corporate Sponsor Jeco's Marine and Tackle in Port O'Connor and longtime club supporter Serious Tackle Serious Tackle. They both have everything you'll need as well as some new products I'm looking forward to trying out. Merry Christmas to everyone!
Written by Captain Troy Day 
Recreational billfish landings are in through the 3rd quarter of 2018, which includes pretty much all the tournaments, so numbers shouldn't change from here. The number of both blue marlin and white marlin are down compared to 2017 (56 from 62 and 43 from 61, respectively), while roundscale spearfish are up. Overall landings ( Billfish Landings   ) should be down a little less than 10% from 2017.  On the other hand, we're seeing the tournaments in the eastern gulf steadily increase their minimum lengths on blue marlin (Mississippi Gulf Coast and Mobile Big Game Club will both be 110" next year).
While we're at it, I would be remiss to not include an article recently published by TBF on tournament's minimum size limit ( TBF Minimum Length )  . I don't necessarily agree completely, as our fishing is different than the eastern gulf (notice no Texas tournaments are included), but we keep seeing more big fish each year too. This past summer had to be a record year for the number of big fish during the Texas tournament season.
Wahoo season is almost upon us!  Make sure your 2018 membership is current if you plan to compete in the Yearlong Tournament Awards Program Wahoo Division!  Memberships can be renewed online.   

Top Private Boat
Draggin' Up, Owners Chris and Erika Heule - 8,089.5 points
DECARB, Owners Sam Moore, Matt Moore and Doug Chamberlain - 5,800 points
Reel Bounty, Owner Tony Annan - 3,000 points
Top Outboard Boat
Espadon, Owner John Rizopoulos - 2,200 points
Fool's Gold, Owner Steve and Paige Kinkade - 500 points
Reel Estate, Owner Coe Parker - 100 points
Top Male Angler
Sam Rasberry - 3,014 points
Tony Annan - 2,600 points
Matt Moore - 1,800 points

Top Female Angler
Mandy Yeager - 800 points
Stephanie Swan - 600 points
Top Junior Angler
Sam Moore, Jr. - 1,100 points
Max Moore - 600 points
Top Captain
Kevin Deerman - 8,089.5
Troy Day - 6,300 points
Kirk Elliott - 3,000 points
Top Mate
Conner Golightly - 7,589.5 points
Ryan Doxey - 3,000 points
Patrick Zurovetz - 1,600 points
Top Blue Marlin
George McMahon - 615 pounds

Top Dorado
Tony Annan - 30.5 pounds

Top Swordfish
Doctor's Note, Owner James Cooper - 1,750 points

Top Wahoo
Kymble Kinkade - 75 pounds
Top Yellowfin Tuna
David Denbow - 147.5 pounds

Top Private Boat  
Slight Edge, Owner Perry Forrester - 51,200 points
Huntress, Owner Darryl Schroeder - 41,800 points
No Compromise, Owner Alan Roberts - 8,200 points
Top Male Angler 
Taylor Norris - 17,100
Darryl Schroeder - 12,400 points
Lee Bull - 8,600
Top Female Angler
Cinda Forrester - 16,100 points
Lori Schroeder - 9,000 points
Robyn Roberts - 500 points

Top Swordfish
Titan Up, Owner Bill Hunt - 2,000 points
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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