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My son's first tarpon!
14 replies to this topic
Posted May 20 2008 - 11:09 PM
My son caught his first tarpon yesterday at about 5 p.m. off of Boca Grande. He fought this 120 lb beast for about 25 minutes and 3/4 mile with only a little assistance. It jumped, bulldogged, ran and changed up several times and my son stayed right on it, even in choppy seas.
I took the photo while a friend helped display the fish. To put it into perspective, take note of the size of my friends hands compared to the tarpon's mouth.... or just compare it's head to my son's! ACK!!
Right after the photo we resuscitated and released the fish, but we did keep a scale and my son will mount it in a frame with this photo in his room.
I'm not sure who is more proud - me or my son!
Posted May 21 2008 - 01:24 AM
Got me too!
You are the crispy noodle in the vegetarian salad of life
Posted May 21 2008 - 04:39 AM
Wait, what? Oh, gotcha now.
Good lord, there's nothing worse than the foul stench of desperation when someone wants to be famous.
- Luis Esp
- Luis Esp
Posted May 21 2008 - 04:58 AM
Lay down your law books now, they're no damned good -- The Eagles
Posted May 21 2008 - 12:12 PM
Damn...that tampon's a beauty.
Posted May 21 2008 - 12:24 PM
It was one hell of a fighter. You could imagine doing it alone, but then imagine trying to help instead of do, while standing on a platform which tilted 20 degrees in random directions, with a line that moved from one side of the boat to another as well as bow to stern, making sure neither the rod or the boy went overboard.... He was reeling his little heart out, I was just freaking out, and the fish.... He has a good story to tell also!
Posted May 21 2008 - 06:21 PM
Congratulations! So what do you do with a fish like that? Do you take it and have it trophy'd or just release it right then? That's really awesome! What a great adventure to share with your son!
Posted May 21 2008 - 11:37 PM
After the photo-op you resuscitate it then release. To resuscitate it you run the boat forward while letting water run through it's mouth. Once it starts twitching you let go. If you don't do this it is sharkbait. You need a special license to keep one, but they are not good eating at all. Taxidermists will make a replica if you ask, but that isn't really the point. It's all about the fight. Landing a Tarpon is not easy nor guaranteed when you hook one.
Posted May 22 2008 - 02:28 AM
Very cool. That is one big fish! Hard to believe a boy could fight and reel in a fish that probably outweighs him.
"I'LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND!!!" - Barton Fink
Posted May 23 2008 - 03:01 AM
Posted May 23 2008 - 05:14 AM
Gadzooks, what a fish! Impressive job, given how big it is. And I'm delighted that you set it free after.
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