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Old 01-31-09, 03:43 PM   #1
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Don't hate me but... I went fishing for Tarpon

And hooked on on the first cast!!! Didn't get it in (usually you don't). The guide estimated it at about 80 kilo which is nearly 180 lbs! I was rigged for Gaspar, but the tarpon decided to give me a battle for 15 minutes. Amazing really.

First trip for tarpon, and I might be hooked, after all, it was only 45 minutes from my house. And Jsharr, Tarpon EAT guapote...
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Bet you feel that fight in your shoulders tomorrow.
180 lbs is a good sized fish!

I want to try my hand at landing a Mako someday.
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Sounds like fun.
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That is one big sardine.
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If it's on Foo it must be a bass.

Last time I went fishing it was for artic greyling. A tarpon is a LOT bigger then an artic greyling.
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Pretty interesting to lose a fish where your normal "it was this big" is how wide it was, not how long.
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By the way, that top picture I think is a fake. The world record tarpon, all tackle, is only 260 lbs. Either that, or they are midgets.
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Next time, try it from a kayak. It's called a Nantucket Sleigh ride.
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Next time, try it from a kayak. It's called a Nantucket Sleigh ride.
that's sounds like a lot of fun!
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as long as you weren't using live kittens for bait...
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Next time, try it from a kayak. It's called a Nantucket Sleigh ride.
That would be pretty interesting but given the estimated number of Cayman in the area is 7,000, I think I will pass. You see them on just about every shore, just waiting for a tasty tourist...
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And hooked on on the first cast!!! Didn't get it in (usually you don't). The guide estimated it at about 80 kilo which is nearly 180 lbs! I was rigged for Gaspar, but the tarpon decided to give me a battle for 15 minutes. Amazing really.

First trip for tarpon, and I might be hooked, after all, it was only 45 minutes from my house. And Jsharr, Tarpon EAT guapote...


Here in Florida, Tarpon are king. Boca Grande Pass, the worlds most favorite Tarpon spot. In Florida they require a high priced tag if you want to keep, or actually kill a tarpon. Why would anyone want to do that anyway, such a magnificent fish. Around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the summer, you can see them doing a strange ritual locals call daisy chaining. One fish follows another and before you know it there are several tarpon circling each other. A great sight.

My brother is a fishing guide here in St Petersburg, Florida ( www.luckydawg.com )and has taken me out on several occasions to target Tarpon. Landed quite a few although in charter boat lingo, if you touch the leader, the battle is won. Cut the line at that point and let the cheapy hook rust out in no time. You also want to use tackle stout enough to not have to fight the tarpon for such a long time. Key to their survival is a quick landing and gentle release. No need to hoist these creatures out of the water as you will see on my brothers website, any pics of tarpon are still in the water at the side of the boat.

Another fish here in Florida that is just as prevalent in Costa Rica is Snook. Tampa Bay is their northern limit but very abundant in this area. Summer snook are as equal in numbers as winter snook. Look for the darker bottoms which capture and hold the heat of the sun more than sandy bottoms. Snook also require a special tag for keeping them. One a day is it but you can catch and release all you want.
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It is the custom as well here to never try to bring the tarpon into the boat. First of all, they get to about 200 lbs which would be deadly inside a small boat, and secondly, they are worth much more alive to fight another day.

We get snook up the Rio Frio too, I don't know how big snook gets, but I had one on that was very powerful last year.
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It is the custom as well here to never try to bring the tarpon into the boat. First of all, they get to about 200 lbs which would be deadly inside a small boat, and secondly, they are worth much more alive to fight another day.

We get snook up the Rio Frio too, I don't know how big snook gets, but I had one on that was very powerful last year.
If I am not mistaken, Costa Rica has 4 species of snook. We only have one type here. Is the Rio Frio really frio? It must start high up on the slopes.

My brother has a 49 inch snook caught with a little teenie jig head. We were using this little jig to catch Silver Trout one winter day. It was winter because Silver Trout are only here in the coldest months. He knew something wasn't kosher as soon as the snook took the jig head. The thing was huge! He let it go but had a fiberglass replica mount made for it. It is on his office wall, along with the jig.
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