Well for one trip anyways. This was my first serious sharking trip since I moved away from the coast nearly 2 1/2 years. I left Fort Worth around 8:30 pm and met up with Jim around 1:00 am and decided to get a few hours sleep before we hit the beach. We arrived in Galveston around 7 am and started making bait and by 11 we figured we had enough bait to make the weekend. We arrived at a promising looking portion of sand on Bryan beach around 12:30 and had all our baits in the water by 1:30. Now the waiting game began and we just sat back and enjoyed the day waiting on the first run of the trip. After a few hours Jims 4/0 gets a screaming run and we are hooked up on our first shark of the trip. Looking out on the horizon we see the shark cutting across the surface and know we have a good shark on. After a good fight we get the shark in the first gut and see that it is a good sandbar around the 7' mark.
The first shark of the trip is a healthy 7'0" sandbar
After tagging a few pics and a quick measurement the shark is released.
After this I reel in my 6/0 and descover that there was no bait so I rigged up the 900 and got it deployed the Jim gets his 4/0 rigged back up and deployed. Once he gets back in I take my 6/0 back out. When I get back in I go to check and make sure the 6/0 is holding when a couple of women come by and ask if the rod at the other end is ours because it is making a clicking sound. When we get to it it appears that around 100yds has come off the reel. Im thinking I have just missed a good fish when it starts to roll again. I tightened the drag down and feel a feeling I havent in over 2 yrs, the pull of a big shark.
After a decent fight Jim goes out to leader the shark. He yells back to me that its a good sandbar, then I see him sprinting toward the shark. Its at this point I realize the shark has pulled the hook and i take off into the water to try to help Jim get him to the beach. After three failed attempts we finally get a good hold on it and get it to the beach and we get a quick measurement a tag in it and a few quick pics.
She measured out at 7'2" and was FAT!!
With it getting close to dark I re-rigged the 900 and get it back out. When I get back in I start getting camp set up and as the sun is starting to get low in the horizon the 900 gets smoked again. This time we see it and get to it to get the hook set on the first run. Again I feel that this is a good shark and it fights me hard all the way in, making long runs and refusing to budge on the sandbars.
After a 30 min fight the shark is in the 1st gut and is quickly on the beach. We again get a quick measurement a tag and a few quick photos.
While she was not as long as the first she was even fatter. She measured at 7'1"