THE COASTAL BEND FISHING SO WHAT EFFECT DID HURRICANE HARVEY HAVE ON OUR FISHING? KRIS SIX NEWS ANCHOR PRISCILLA TORRES LOOKED INTO THAT AND THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU PKG PRISCILLA HURRICANE HARVEY LEFT ITS TRAIL OF DAMAGE IN THE COASTAL BEND BRINGING SIX MONTHS WORTH OF RAINFALL, IN 2 DAYS TIME SOT DR GREG STUNZ - TAMUCC 2314 and obviously with hurricane harvey you had a lot of rainfall, when you have a lot of rainfall you get a lot of productivity and that kicks off fishing so for the next 3-4 years we should see really good fishing because of those changes in condition 2326 AND THAT WE HAVE FISH LIKE THIS GIANT 650 POUND BLUE FIN TUNA CAUGHT A LITTLE MORE THAN 60 MILES OFF THE COAST OF PORT ARANSAS AND SOME UNOFFICIAL STATE RECORDS LIKE THIS CUBERA SNAPPER AND BIG EYE TUNA SOT 30 25 and who knows maybe that has something to do with harvey because we're seeing all of these recrds in maybe the change of conditions or food supply we don't know for sure but it's been a good year all around for all types of species 3035 DR GREG STUNZ -- PROFESSOR OF MARINE BIOLOGY AT TEXAS A AND M CORPUS CHRISTI -- SAYS ALTHOUGH HE DOESN'T HAVE THE SCIENCE TO PROVE HURRICANE HARVEY IS THE DIRECT CAUSE FOR THE RECENT BOOM IN LARGER FISH HE SAYS HARVEY SIGNIFICANTLY DECREASED FISHING PRESSURE AND NOT JUST OFFSHORE DR STUNZ SAYS INSHORE, THE FISHING HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING UP AND DOWN THE COAST, PARTICULARLY IN THE COASTAL BEND SOT 2043 so you're seeing fisheries of what they might've looked like you know, decades ago before we had harvested too many 20 50 AND DR STUNZ KNOWS FIRST- HAND SAYING HE AND HIS RESEARCH STAFF HAS SEEN SOME RECORDS TOO SOT 3011 this year it's been exceptionally large makos as part of our tagging program we've tagged two makos well in to the 13-15 foot realm well over 1k pounds and so that's exceptional for us and so we're really happy about that 3024 PRISCILLA TORRES KRIS SIX NEWS NEW 6 INVESTIGAT FOLLOW UP ANIMAT