2017-07-13 / Fishing

Fishing Report July 14, 2017

Michael Brasuel, left, hauled in a 652-pound tiger shark on Thursday, July 12, off Port Aransas. The unidentified man posing with Brasuel  and the shark was also fishing on the trip.Michael Brasuel, left, hauled in a 652-pound tiger shark on Thursday, July 12, off Port Aransas. The unidentified man posing with Brasuel and the shark was also fishing on the trip.A 12-foot one-inch, 652-pound tiger shark was reeled in during an offshore fishing trip off Port Aransas last night.

Michael Brasuel was assisted by crew and other anglers on a Dolphin Dock offshore trip.

Brasuel, who is from Marble Falls, visits Port Aransas with his family every year. He fought the shark for about 35 minutes, he said. It was his first time catching anything of this magnitude.

“It wasn’t as much of a fight as I would have expected,” Brasuel said. “But it was an awesome experience.”

He suffered some minor bruises from the fight but said it was well-worth it.

He’s thinking of making it a family tradition each summer, he said.

The shark’s meat was split between 10 folks who were on the boat, each receiving a portion, Brasuel said. The jaws were removed as a trophy for him to take home.

Other notable offshore catches on boats departing from Dolphin Dock have been dorado, red snapper, ling and some blackfin tuna, according to Chelsea Oestreich, an employee.

Nichole Evans, an employee at Fisherman’s Wharf, said folks fishing offshore have been bringing in kingfish in the 50-pound range. They have been hauling in vermilion snapper, red snapper, ling and dorado, as well, she said.

At Woody’s Sports Center, word is that anglers have been catching red snapper, kingfish and Atlantic sharpnose shark, said Jared Crow, an employee.

People fishing in bays have been hooking limits of speckled trout, along with redfish and black drum, he said.

Anglers have been bringing in red snapper, kingfish, shark and ling during offshore trips departing from Deep Sea Headquarters, according to Marsha Walker, an employee.

Those fishing on bay trips, have been reeling in gafftop and whiting, she said.

People fishing with private bay guides have been catching speckled trout, black drum and redfish, Walker said.

Folks fishing from Horace Caldwell Pier have been hooking whiting, sand trout and blacktip shark during the day, said Blake Wallingsford, an employee at Keepers, a shop on the pier. At night, anglers have been reeling in redfish and sand trout, he said. Live shrimp has been the best bait recently for those fishing from the pier, Wallingsford said.

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