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Old 05-04-2019, 12:19 PM   #1
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Snagged a 120 pound tarpon yesterday

I'm in Florida and we were drift fishing for trout yesterday, and noticed this quiet pod of big dorsal fins and tails, these tarpon were milling around on something in only six feet of darkish water. Fired off a green Dixie Jet spoon, since the distance was 30 yards. Instant hookup, so I cranked the motor and we began to follow. Had to do it quickly, with 12 pound line disappearing off the reel. The fish was big, and eventually gulped air as close as five feet away. For the first half hour, two other fish were with him, also gulping air. They headed off the flats straight to the channel, and then out into the Gulf. My fish changed directions countless times, zipping under the boat, while I drove the jonboat and kept the rod bent double. Lots of fancy boatwork, drag adjusting, throttle work, and steering. That boat turns on a dime, fortunately. We must have looked pretty weird towards the end, changing direction every 20-30 yards, spinning around, etc. But few boats were out there on a Friday.

After more than an hour, we'd spotted the green spoon snagged under a scale near the dorsal fin. I realized there is no way to pull a more than 6-foot tarpon sideway with 12-pound line, and we were burning up the day, so I gripped the spool and broke him off at the short 30-pound fluro leader knot. (No swivel). That fish had a massive tail. The older gent with me never could get a picture of the tarpon gulping air, with his cell phone.

So, I'm home today (missing the Saturday crowd) checking my pre-rigged tarpon leaders and hooks. Time to carry them in the boat. Will return to that area this coming Wednesday with the wife, she has sharp eyes for rolling fish. And with a bigger rod. We'll use the push pole to get closer.
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Old 05-04-2019, 11:23 PM   #2
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Cool story. That had to be fun.

Good luck this season.
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Just got back from the keys. Chased tarpon with flies, the wife jumped one, pretty sure I won't be doing that by myself anymore.
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Not mentioning Florida in the title is just mean.
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How do you know it the weight if you never boated it and put it on a scale?
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Not putting a tarpon on a scale...If they're over six feet and really thick, it's okay to call them 120 pounds or so. Went back there today and looked for them, but these weekly storms don't help. This time the water was real dark. Did have a big manatee come up to the boat within two feet of me, though. I stuck a water jug underwater, but he was too shy to drink from it. Sometimes they drink from water hoses at the marinas.
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Did have a big manatee come up to the boat within two feet of me, though. I stuck a water jug underwater, but he was too shy to drink from it.

Might not want to admit that - just saying. https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-c...dlife/manatee/
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Understood.

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Not putting a tarpon on a scale...If they're over six feet and really thick, it's okay to call them 120 pounds or so. Went back there today and looked for them, but these weekly storms don't help. This time the water was real dark. Did have a big manatee come up to the boat within two feet of me, though. I stuck a water jug underwater, but he was too shy to drink from it. Sometimes they drink from water hoses at the marinas.
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How do you know it the weight if you never boated it and put it on a scale?

This is pretty accurate if you can get a length and girth to it.


http://www.itarpon.org/how-much-does-it-weigh-.html
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How do you know it the weight if you never boated it and put it on a scale?
tarpon are rarely intentionally killed/weighed. measurements like Scott referred to, are how tarpon weighs are estimated(very accurate). a 150 pound fish is a very old fish, so not wise to kill them.

https://www.tarponfish.com/tarpon-facts/
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