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Old 03-26-2017, 08:22 PM   #1
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Ill be trying to catch tarpon for the first time later this year when they start showing up. My question is, what size leader and what hook is best to easily release the fish?
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I prefer 80# test fluorocarbon leader for tarpon. 60# test will get you more strikes, but decent sized tarpon will wear through 60# test a lot more easily.

I like 7/0 Owner 3x strong jigs, which are 1 1/2 oz. I rig them with about a 7" soft plastic jerk shad, Hogy, or something similar. The Owners hook and hold tarpon better than anything else I've tried. Owner and VMC trebles in 3x or 4x strong work pretty well also, but a single hook has better penetrating power than a treble.

To unhook tarpon, you need to get into the water with them. If they don't throw the hook or break the line, we usually just break the line when we get them back to the pier. The hook will rust out in a few days.
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Breaking the line by just pulling or cutting tour main line? Where does it usually give if you pull, at the knots, leader or swivel? Seems you will have to pull really hard to break that strong of a line.
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If you are going to just plan on breaking them off, why not use, oh, 40# leader?
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OK where are we talking about and when Are we talking Pensacola or south ?? Are you doing sight fishing ?? or what ??
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OK where are we talking about and when Are we talking Pensacola or south ?? Are you doing sight fishing ?? or what ??
I plan on sight fishing on okaloosa pier when they start running in a few months.
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Are you planning on live baiting? Everyone on OIP is throwing swim baits at them.
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Give the Tarpon a chance to live, use only circle hooks. Treble hooks are deadly, hard to get out and release the fish. Treble hooks are NOT allowed to be used with natural and or live bait. Fish smart, give the Tarpon a chance. thanks
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Are you planning on live baiting? Everyone on OIP is throwing swim baits at them.
Im planning to use live bait. Wouldnt swim baits get too pricey? Cutting the line everytime you catch a fish.
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If you are going to just plan on breaking them off, why not use, oh, 40# leader?
Because you will get about 5 minutes worth of fight out of 40 mono and most tarpon will wear right through it.
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