Albert Zertuche has been fishing for decades off of Bob Hall Pier, and last week he had the catch of a lifetime. A 12.5 foot tiger shark was reeled in by Albert, and it is being reported that this may be the largest tiger shark captured off of the pier since the early 60′s to 70′s. Shark fishing is not uncommon at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi, and fisherman catch an average of 1 to 2 tiger sharks annually.
This was not the average shark, and due to its great size, the large tiger shark took nearly 2 hours to reel in. Thankfully the shark was not killed, and when it was finally brought to shore, it was tagged, posed for some photos, then released. Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi has a program for shark tracking where local fisherman catch sharks, tag them, and then enter the information online. That information is then used to follow migration patterns, where the sharks go to pup their young, and breeding patterns. If you are worried about surfing in Corpus Christi or swimming, you shouldn’t be. Shark attacks are very rare, and it is even rarer to see a shark this large. We are happy that the shark was not harmed, and agree with the fisherman that our favorite part of the video below is watching the shark swim off (the music is pretty good too).