Awards Categories

The HBGFC Awards Program has been established for both Texas and International Divisions.  Categories and rules are the same for each division, except where noted.

All Members of HBGFC are eligible for the Awards Program.  There are no entry fees.  Awards will be presented to the winners at the Annual Members Celebration and Awards Banquet held each spring.

NOTE: Please read all 2018 Awards Program categories and rules closely as they have been updated.

Click Here to print the 2018 Club Awards Program Rules and Regulations.

AWARDS CATEGORIES

TEXAS

Largest Blue Marlin – 3 Places
Blue marlin caught, weighed and counted in a recognized Texas tournament that awards prize money for weighed blue marlin. Blue Marlin weighed will count 500 points OR 1 point per pound for fish over 500 pounds to the Top Boat and Top Outboard Boat Category, Top Male, Top Female, Top Captain, Top Mate or Top Junior Angler Categories.

Largest Yellowfin, Wahoo and Dolphin – 3 Places
Minimum weight is 25 pounds for yellowfin, wahoo and dolphin. Largest fish awards are given to the angler regardless of member classification, i.e. Male, Female or Junior. Fish may be weighed at any Club weigh station or certified by recognized tournaments as stated above. See weigh station information.

Swordfish – 3 Places
Swordfish are worth 250 boated or released. This is a boat only category and does not count toward overall release points or angler, captain or mate points.

Top Boat of the Year – 3 Places
Awarded to the private boat of a member owner for most weighed blue marlin points plus release points.

Top Outboard Boat of the Year – 3 Places
(Separate from Top Boat of the Year)
Awarded to the private outboard boat of a member owner for most weighed blue marlin points plus release points.

Top Male and Top Female Angler of the Year:
Awarded to the adult male and female members for most weighed blue marlin points plus release points.

Junior Angler of the Year:
Awarded to the junior member for most weighed blue marlin points plus release points. If no blue marlin are weighed or released points submitted, the award will go to the junior member with the heaviest weighed yellowfin tuna, wahoo or dolphin.

Top Captain and Top Mate of the Year:
Awarded to the top professional (fulltime/paid) captain member and mate member on any HBGFC boats combined for most weighed blue marlin points plus release points.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Largest Blue Marlin – 3 Places
Blue marlin caught and weighed on a certified scale. Blue Marlin weighed will count 500 points OR 1 point per pound for fish over 500 pounds to the Top Boat Category, Top Male, Top Female, or Top Junior Angler Categories.

Largest Black Marlin – 3 Places
Black marlin caught and weighed on a certified scale. Blue Marlin weighed will count 500 points OR 1 point per pound for fish over 500 pounds to the Top Boat Category, Top Male, Top Female, or Top Junior Angler Categories.

Swordfish – 1st Place Only
Swordfish are worth 250 points boated or released. This is a boat only category and does not count toward overall release points or angler points.

Top Private Boat of the Year – 1st Place Only
Awarded to the private boat of a member owner for most weighed blue and black marlin points plus release points.

Top Charter Boat of the Year – 1st Place Only
Awarded to the charter boat of a member owner for most weighed blue and black marlin points plus release points.

Top Male and Top Female Angler of the Year:
Awarded to the adult male and female members for most weighed blue or black marlin points plus release points.

Junior Angler of the Year:
Awarded to the junior angler for most weighed blue or black marlin points plus release points. If no blue or black marlin are weighed or release points submitted, the award will go to the junior angler with the heaviest weighed yellowfin tuna, wahoo or dolphin.

 

 

Top Boat, Top Outboard Boat, Top Captain, Top Mate, Female Angler, Male Angler, and Junior Angler Divisions may only win first place two years in a row.  After the second year, they must abstain from participating for one year.  Membership dues may not lapse during that year.  This rule does not apply to meat pots.

Should there be no fish caught for awards in a category, the award may be presented based on other angling accomplishments at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

RELEASE SCORING

Points:
Blue Marlin – 500 Points, Black Marlin – 500 Points, White Marlin – 200 Points, Striped Marlin – 200 Points, Sailfish – 100 Points, Spearfish – 100 Points

Bonus Points:
Angler Grand Slam – 500 Points
(Any three billfish species caught by the same angler on the same calendar day)

Boat Grand Slam – 500 Points
(Any three billfish species caught on a Member’s boat on the same calendar day by different anglers)

Line Class World Record – 1000 Points