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Old 07-30-2017, 11:14 PM   #1
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After several recent trips dragging different lures around I finally had my first approx 1 min battle this morning. Was trolling a swim bait on my dedicated Tarpon rod and reel and was thumping the bottom with a 1/4 oz DOA Terror Eyes on a much lighter rod and reel. I didn't have my GoPro set up so the video is rough but you can see the St. Croix Avid 7HF in action and hear the drag, and finally in the last 2 seconds you can make out it's final jump barely in far left field of view. By the time I got my Gopro and boom in rod holder it had already jumped 3-4 times. I have been specifically targeting these fish for several outings now but when it finally happened I was sort of in shock and it took me several seconds to realize what was going on. He sort of made a half loop, away from me initially and then away and then parallel before the knot failed between my braid and Mono leader on final jump. I have never had a leader pull away from my braid using the same knot till today. I normally don't use Mono though either for leader. The braid didn't fail I still had my doubled line loop at end. Any way it was fantastic to me and I don't really care that I didn't land it I was just glad that it finally happened and that one of my son's was close enough in his boat to see it jump. Hoping to have a short video and couple images in next day or two. Good luck to all.
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Old 07-31-2017, 09:14 AM   #2
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Yepper, that's all I have ever done was hook em watch em jump a few times then curse like the dickens cause I don't set the hook hard enough!!!! It's an awesome experience just watching one sky!!!
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" I don't really care that I didn't land it I was just glad that it finally happened and that one of my son's was close enough in his boat to see it jump."

I'd like to have a nickle for all I have purposely broken off to save their lives--or mine.

BTW, be very careful of pulling your yak up to a green fish. It can be hurtful or maybe even deadly for each of you(ya'll)

Congrats. Be very thankful we still have Tarpon. My favorite fish.
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I love how you describe being surprised when they hit, despite going for them. That happens to me every time I haven't been fishing in a while and something bends my rod over. Bummer about the knot, I suppose tarpon are the biggest test for our gear and rigging. Must have been fun, good work
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By the time I got my Gopro and boom in rod holder it had already jumped 3-4 times.
Maybe if you concentrated more of fishing than filming yourself fishing, you'd up the odds. Probably.
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Maybe if you concentrated more of fishing than filming yourself fishing, you'd up the odds. Probably.
"if you don't have anything good to say then don't say anything at all" Maybe if you remembered this you would be a better?
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" I don't really care that I didn't land it I was just glad that it finally happened and that one of my son's was close enough in his boat to see it jump."

I'd like to have a nickle for all I have purposely broken off to save their lives--or mine.

BTW, be very careful of pulling your yak up to a green fish. It can be hurtful or maybe even deadly for each of you(ya'll)

Congrats. Be very thankful we still have Tarpon. My favorite fish.
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As the slow motion starts look far left for the last jump!


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Just helping, brah. It's funny how many people have to film themselves these days. It's even funnier that it made you lose a fish.
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Just helping, brah. It's funny how many people have to film themselves these days. It's even funnier that it made you lose a fish.
Lost the fish because my leader to main line came apart when he landed on the line. I don't see anything funny about it but thats why it's called fishing and not catching. I just figured out i can add Dunt to my ignore list and I don't have to see any of his post again and I think that is AWESOME!! Good by Dunt.
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