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Caught my 1st Tarpon!! 1 year 9 months ago #28936

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Fished in the Ed Alber Tampa Bay Watch Tarpon Rodeo Saturday with some work buddies aboard Hook'em Harry's beautiful 26' Calcutta. Rough seas and strong winds but the boat made butter out of the chop as we rode down to Anna Maria Island for some poon hunting.

An hour in to the day I hook on to my first ever tarpon. He didn't strike the bait as hard as I thought he would, instead it was a gradual pull followed by 20 minutes of thrilling fight for his life jumping, pulling and circling the boat. I bowed to the king perfectly on each of his 5-6 aerials and ran around the boat like a mad man trying to keep him away from the motor and anchor line. He finally tired and we were able to get the desired photo of us touching the leader right before he snapped off.

Capt, Harry said he weighed about 75 pounds but I told everyone he will be forever remembered as a 120 pound giant!

It was an otherwise slow day on the water for all the anglers and we finished in 2nd place with the catch. One boat landed 3 tarpon south of us to take home the trophy.

I cant wait to get out there and try for one on my own!


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Re: Caught my 1st Tarpon!! 1 year 9 months ago #28942

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Congrats man! I've never caught one either but heard the smaller ones have a lot more aerial acrobatics in them than the big ones.
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Re: Caught my 1st Tarpon!! 1 year 9 months ago #28947

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Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!! :0)))
If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. -Doug Larson
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Re: Caught my 1st Tarpon!! 1 year 9 months ago #29760

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Awsome! Congrats on your first tarpon! Harry is a great guide and an all around good guy. I'm sure you had fun.
Capt. Tommy Z.
Dream Catcher Charters
Key West, Florida
www.dreamcatchercharters.com
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Re: Caught my 1st Tarpon!! 1 year 9 months ago #29761

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Way to go! Nice photos too. I haven't got one yet..
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