Caught my first ever shark on Bob Hall back in 1975, when I was 13. It wasn't big, maybe 30" but to me it was a monster, lol. It destroyed my little Zebco 33, stripped the gears out so we had to try and pull it up by the string. Got it slightly out of the water and it cut the line. Haven't fished there in a loooong time though, normally stick to surf fishing when we go now or head offshore. If I recall, that pier is fairly high off the water. What's the trick to getting good fish safely to the top of the pier? Nets with long handles? Heavy line? We fished off the Causeway north of Rockport a lot back when, but we typically were targeting speckled trout or sand trout so your typical 15 lb test line was sufficient to "swing" them up over the railing. Not sure what I would have done with a big fish.