Port Aransans were waiting at the docks in numbers to see the catch for themselves. Scat Cat Captain, Russell Sanguinet, returned with major hero status. The 24 anglers who headed out on the 56-hour offshore fishing trip reportedly brought home 72 yellowfin tuna, 120 blackfin tuna, 400 vermilion snapper, four dorado, 3 or 4 brushytail grouper and a 167-pound mako shark. All in all, the entire catch weighed in at about 7,000 pounds.
According to the Caller.com David Sykes story, ‘Highlights of the trip included schools of 3-foot squid attacking the blackfin tuna as nighttime anglers reeled them in, a daytime yellowfin surface bite and the spectacular above-surface acrobatics of big makos.’
"Just a good day fishing," Sanguinet said. "We had great conditions and dynamite fishermen. That makes a big difference." The ship's manifest included passengers from Hong Kong, New York, New Jersey, California, Houston and Dallas.
"Those guys from New York were pretty impressed," Sanguinet said. "This was their first time down here, but they'll be back."
The next offshore trip from Fisherman’s Wharf is scheduled for Feb. 24. More information is available at 800-605-5448.
(Photo Courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf, Port Aransas, Texas.)