PORT ARANSAS, Texas -- ‘Where They Bite Every Day’ is the longheld motto for this Gulf Coast town that’s been a fishing mecca since the late 1800s.
“As far as fishing goes, this town has a very rich history,” said Capt. Dee Wallace, who grew up in Port Aransas fishing for anything and everything. “People were coming here to tarpon fish -- the town used to be called Tarpon -- when the Comanches were still raiding up in north Texas.”
Wallace, whose crew set 11 IGFA records on a round-the-world fishing expedition, now runs historic Fisherman’s Wharf, headquarters for this week’s the Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup presented by Skeeter.
“Fisherman’s Wharf and Port Aransas are one of the best-kept secrets in the world,” Wallace said. “There’s rich sport fishing, from bay fish to deep sea, everything.”
This week, it’s all about the redfish. B.A.S.S. has set its stage in between Fisherman’s Wharf and Grumbles Seafood Company, which hosted the angler meeting dinner. Wallace’s second-floor office in the latest rendition of Fisherman’s Wharf has “the best view in town,” and it’s where he conducts the business of yacht sales and promoting fishery.
“They’ve been great to open this historic area for us to set up shop, not only for the weigh-ins but production and service trailers as well,” B.A.S.S. tournament director Hank Weldon said. “This is an interesting place from how old it is, and how many hurricanes it has made it through.”
Wallace was happy to host the event. It fits right into the town’s tourism and fishing.
“We took this event for exposure … and we didn’t have a fishing tournament going on right now,” Wallace said.