A south Texas man recently bagged the largest red snapper ever caught in Texas’s coastal waters.
On June 1, Angler Joey Beaver caught a 38.75-pound, 40-inch fish red snapper five miles off of Port O’Connor, Texas, according to mySA.com.
“I thought it was a shark or something the way it was pulling,” said Beaver. “When I got it on the boat after about 20 minutes, it was crazy, everybody on the boat was going nuts.”
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has verified Beaver’s catch as the official state record red snapper. It beat two Texas red snapper records, including the Rod and Reel Record and the Water Body Record.
The previous state record red snapper was bagged in 1998 by angler Jack Brumby, who caught a 38.13 pound red snapper.
The Red snapper fishing season in Texas is open from Memorial Day through July 14.
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