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Anglers leave Port Aransas, haul in huge offshore catch
Caller.com ^ | 1-26-12 | David Sikes

Posted on 02/01/2012 5:15:52 PM PST by SJackson

PORT ARANSAS — Folks in Port Aransas and far beyond are still talking about one of the most successful tuna trips in recent party boat history.

Scat Cat Capt. Russell Sanguinet out of Fisherman's Wharf earned hero status when he returned Sunday from a 56-hour offshore trip with 72 yellowfin tuna mostly between 80 and 120 pounds each, 120 blackfin tuna, roughly 400 vermilion snapper, four dorado, three or four brushytail grouper and a 167-pound mako shark.

There is no bag limit on blackfin tuna, but house rules at Fisherman's Wharf limited each angler to five. The bag limit on yellowfin is three per angler.

"Word spread pretty quickly that the Scat Cat was coming in with a heck of a catch," said Fisherman's Wharf manager Scott Garrison. "By the time the boat pulled in there were 50 to 100 people waiting at the dock."

The 80-foot catamaran left Port Aransas at 6 a.m. Jan. 19 with 24 anglers who paid $700 each for a shot at catching the tasty and coveted yellowfin tuna. The yellowfin is considered the Gulf's premier big-game tuna, reaching weights of nearly 400 pounds. The boat traveled about 140 miles, charting a south-southeast course. The exhausted crew and passengers returned about 2 p.m. Sunday to an excited crowd of curious onlookers, Garrison said.

"We generally see smiling faces at the end of these tuna trips," he said. "But after this trip everyone was really singing praises to (Capt.) Russell and the crew."

Surprisingly, this trip does not represent the most successful outing for the young veteran seaman, who has been a captain at Fisherman's Wharf for four years. A November 2010 trip resulted in about 8,000 pounds of fish for Sanguinet. This week's trip yielded closer to 7,000 pounds.

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."


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1 posted on 02/01/2012 5:15:57 PM PST by SJackson
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..
If you’d like to be on or off this Outdoors/Rural/wildlife/hunting/hiking/backpacking/National Parks/animals list please FR mail me. And ping me is you see articles of interest.

Wow, tuna must thrive on oil spills. So much for gloom and doom.

2 posted on 02/01/2012 5:17:18 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims¬óDoing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: SJackson

when i read “huge catch” tuna were not what immediately come to mind..


3 posted on 02/01/2012 5:23:38 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: RitchieAprile
Does anyone know where Port Aransas is”””???/
4 posted on 02/01/2012 5:35:40 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Success is not caused by Spontaneous Combustion", You have to set yourself of fire,)
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To: RitchieAprile
Does anyone know where Port Aransas is”””???/
5 posted on 02/01/2012 5:36:31 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Success is not caused by Spontaneous Combustion", You have to set yourself on fire,)
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To: RitchieAprile
Does anyone know where Port Aransas is”””???/
6 posted on 02/01/2012 5:36:40 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Success is not caused by Spontaneous Combustion", You have to set yourself on fire,)
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To: BooBoo1000

Texas, I believe


7 posted on 02/01/2012 5:40:59 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: BooBoo1000

Some of us do, but we ain’t sayin.


8 posted on 02/01/2012 5:42:44 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: BooBoo1000
Just a bit north of Corpus Christi, Tx. right on the coast...the Gulf coast.


9 posted on 02/01/2012 5:44:38 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: SJackson

I fished there on the Scat Cat with my dad when I was about 12, some 39 years ago.


10 posted on 02/01/2012 5:50:56 PM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: SJackson

11 posted on 02/01/2012 5:51:58 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: BooBoo1000

in the coastal “bend” of Tx. about middle of Tx coast. In the general area of Corpus Christi on one of the barrier Islands. Bad part (for us land lubbers) most of the
offshore fishing starts about 1+ hrs trip to get to deep water. Typical on day trips is 4hrs out /4hrs fishing/4hrs back. My exper.in the Galveston area. I went about 10yrs ago and we caught enough red snapper to “pay” for the trip at market prices then.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 6:05:57 PM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: manic4organic
I fished there on the Scat Cat with my dad when I was about 12, some 39 years ago.

I also fished on the Scat Cat back in the 80s or early 90s. We were fishing for shark.

13 posted on 02/01/2012 6:06:49 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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To: SJackson; eastforker; mylife; Eaker; humblegunner; Brucifer; TheMom; Allegra

*Big Texas Tuna Bump*


14 posted on 02/01/2012 6:13:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: BooBoo1000

Yes, but I’m not tellin!


15 posted on 02/01/2012 6:32:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Liberty Valance
Tuna Tx
16 posted on 02/01/2012 6:37:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SJackson

They paid $700 each? How much Catfish Charlie can you buy for that?


17 posted on 02/01/2012 6:41:39 PM PST by FishinTX (Annoy liberals, VOTE NEWT.)
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To: BooBoo1000
Live Port Aransas Pier Cam
18 posted on 02/01/2012 6:42:55 PM PST by 38special (It's a no-win situation.)
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To: mylife

LOL! Love it. Saw Tuna live at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio. Tuna Christmas too ;o)


19 posted on 02/01/2012 6:43:34 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

Its just like a Robert Earl Keene Jr song but without music!


20 posted on 02/01/2012 6:45:29 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

LOL!


21 posted on 02/01/2012 6:57:41 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SJackson

Well they are screwed now. Obama has had the red snapper fishery on the east coast closed for over two years now and despite Congressional testimony July 26th that they used fradulent data to close it not a finger has been lifted to re-open this fshery.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 6:58:46 PM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: Captain7seas
“FRAUDULENT”, yes that is exactly the word I meant to use.
23 posted on 02/01/2012 7:01:01 PM PST by Captain7seas (FIRE JANE LUBCHENCO FROM NOAA)
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To: smokingfrog

This is what happens when an oil well blowout pumps millions of gallons of food into the Gulf.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 7:06:07 PM PST by Royal Wulff
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To: BooBoo1000
Does anyone know where Port Aransas is”””???/

Yes, it's on the north end of Mustang Island which is just north of Padre Island. I've been on that boat before but never caught anything. I have caught quite a bit of fish on private charters.

Map of Port Aransas, TX.

25 posted on 02/01/2012 7:22:43 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: SJackson
Wow, tuna must thrive on oil spills. So much for gloom and doom.

Petroleum is fish food.

26 posted on 02/01/2012 11:57:23 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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