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Tournament Champions 1st: REHAB 2nd: Wild Hooker 3rd: Whoo Dat Billfish Release 1st: Wild Hooker 2nd: Whoo Dat 3rd: Down Time Blue Marlin 1st: Over-Ride - 644 lbs 2nd: Big Torch - 508 lbs 3rd: Over-Ride - 470 lbs Tuna 1st: Tico Time - 142 lbs 2nd: Smooth Move - 86 lbs 3rd: Cherokee - 85 lbs Dorado 1st: Relentless Pursuit - 41.5 lbs 2nd: Mine Time - 36.5 lbs 3rd: Wild Hooker - 32 lbs Wahoo 1st: Leveled Out - 44 lbs 2nd: Sails Pitch - 42 lbs 3rd: Doc Holiday - 39.5 lbs

Houston Big Game Fishing Club

LONE STAR SHOOTOUT

(Top) Lone Star Shootout champions, Team REHAB with a 412.5 pound blue marlin. (Above) Team REHAB releases a blue marlin. Photo: Team REHAB

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Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine September/October 2015

By Dawn Messina Port O’ Connor, Texas

T

he Lone Star Shootout, formally

The Houston Invitational Billfish Tournament, started in Galveston in 2005 as a function of The Houston Big Game Fishing Club. It was moved to Freeport in 2007 and six years ago, again moved to Port O’Connor a location that has proven to successfully attract bigger participation. The Lone Star Shootout provides serious funds

for the Houston Big Game Fishing Club’s charitable programs, supporting college scholarships and other programs relating to fishing, boat safety and Warrior’s Weekend. To date HBGFC, due in large part to the funds raised at the Shootout and with the support of its members and corporate sponsors, has funded over $150,000 in scholarship money. The tournament was held July 22-27, following the week of Poco Bueno at Port O’Connor’s Caracol Coastal Development. Most of the boats that fished Poco also participated in the Lone Star Shootout. However, captains and crew members may change, fishing a different boat from the previous tourney. The tournament concludes with an awards party, remembered and talked about each and every year for great food, entertainment and fellowship. Prizes are

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine Sept/Oct 2015  

Big Boats and Big Fish on the Texas Billfish Tournament Trail. Plus: How healthy is Galveston Bay? Kayaking Christmas Bay, Seafood Recipes,...

Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine Sept/Oct 2015  

Big Boats and Big Fish on the Texas Billfish Tournament Trail. Plus: How healthy is Galveston Bay? Kayaking Christmas Bay, Seafood Recipes,...

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