Texas spearfisher lands potential world-record-breaking snapper near Port Aransas

Texas professional spearfisher and angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world-record fish in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

The Port Aransas Fishermans Wharf Facebook page posted photos of Sherron’s bounty on Friday—a monster Cubera snapper it claims weighed in at 137-pounds, which, if verified, would make it a world record specimen.

“WOW…Shout out to Braden Sherron with this pending Texas and WORLD RECORD BREAKING CUBERA SNAPPER!” the page wrote. “This Cubera Snapper weighs 137 POUNDS and was caught on June 3rd, 2022 in the Gulf of Mexico by Braden Sherron with freediving spearfishing! We are so thankful he chose Port Aransas Fisherman’s Wharf to weigh and take pictures of this monster of a Cubera Snapper!”

Texas angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world record Cubera snapper in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

Port Aransas Fishermans Wharf

Prior to Sherron’s catch, the largest recorded Cubera ever caught was a 124-pounder landed by angler Marion Rose near the Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in 2007, according to The International Game Fish Association. The IGFA describes the species as the “giant of all snappers” attaining weights in excess of 100 pounds and lengths of more than four feet. Cuberas feature a grey and pink hue with splashes of red and live in depths ranging from 3 feet to 120 feet.

TC Palm’s Ed Killer described the special size of Cubera snapper in a 2018 article about the popular game fish, which is sometimes referred to as a Cuban snapper or Cuban dog snapper.

Texas angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world record Cubera snapper in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

Texas angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world record Cubera snapper in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

Port Aransas Fishermans Wharf

“Cubera snapper are not common catches, but when they are, they often range between eight and 30 pounds,” Killer wrote. “Larger ones must be targeted with specialized tackle and techniques, including socially selected baits. Those beasts range from 30 pounds to over 100.”

Texas angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world record Cubera snapper in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

Texas angler Braden Sherron landed what could be a world record Cubera snapper in the waters off Port Aransas earlier this month.

Port Aransas Fishermans Wharf

A Texas-based outdoorsman, Sherron poked his Cubera with the use of a spear gun. On his YouTube channel, which has more than 24,000 subscribers, Sherron documents his many spearfishing and angling exploits in the Gulf of Mexico. Recent videos on the channel show Sherron spearing grouper in deep water near offshore oil rigs. His videos have garnered over three million views since 2014.



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