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Old 09-08-2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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lots of lost tarpon this year for the forum members, now i can join the club. last night i tangoed with a beasty. and that front came through which made the north wind howl. super rough for me to be out there by myself but i paddled into the wind and waves. first cast..... nada..... second cast..... boom. fish was just easing away like it didnt know it was hooked. set the hook a few times and off it went. almost spooled my stradic 4000 twice. after about 15 min of tug of war i saw the first jump.... and i noticed i was getting dangerousily far from the bridge. light went out on the yak. dead in the water in the middle of the bay by myself with no lights... no fish is worth getting ran over. locked the drag down on the stradic and started horsing him up. another jump right in front of me... locked it down some more. got him about four foot away and the line goes slack.... thought it broke me off,,, nope. straightened my jig head out... oh well. super fun fight and made it home in one piece, but my kayak did start to take on quite a bit of water by the time i made it in.. what an adventure...
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Hairy report.

Not sure if you were solely after them, but I would strongly suggest something larger than a stradic 4000 if I was intentionally targeting tarpon. Catching a tarpon on light tackle is fun, but the end result all too often is a dead tarpon. I've nearly killed several for the sake of getting one on lighter gear and it just doesn't make sense. Use appropriate gear to get it done and both of you get to go home alive.

I use 50lb braid on a 8000-10000 size shimano reel and most of my fights last less than 45 minutes or so and with a better hook/land ratio. I went 5 for 9 this year from the yak.
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chris- wasnt trying for one haha just trying to see if the reds were showing back up yet and got him by mistake. thanks for the info though.
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I didn't think so Josh, but figured anyone who may want to try should know the game.

I was out last night as well but was in the lee of Bear Point luckily. Could've walked across the trout and reds.
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i hear ya man, i went in a bayou for a while and danced with some monster black drum and thought it would be calm in the open water in the bay and was very wrong. oh well, ill get em next time. again, thanks for the info.
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lots of lost tarpon this year for the forum members, now i can join the club. last night i tangoed with a beasty. and that front came through which made the north wind howl. super rough for me to be out there by myself but i paddled into the wind and waves. first cast..... nada..... second cast..... boom. fish was just easing away like it didnt know it was hooked. set the hook a few times and off it went. almost spooled my stradic 4000 twice. after about 15 min of tug of war i saw the first jump.... and i noticed i was getting dangerousily far from the bridge. light went out on the yak. dead in the water in the middle of the bay by myself with no lights... no fish is worth getting ran over. locked the drag down on the stradic and started horsing him up. another jump right in front of me... locked it down some more. got him about four foot away and the line goes slack.... thought it broke me off,,, nope. straightened my jig head out... oh well. super fun fight and made it home in one piece, but my kayak did start to take on quite a bit of water by the time i made it in.. what an adventure...
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Great read, thanks for sharing.. Sounds like fun... I was out about 10 days ago and jumped one with my wife. I was using a 4000 Conquer with 20 lb braid and 25 mono leader on a 7ft medium ASR All Star Trout Rod! My bait was a 1/4 oz jig with a glow 3" Berkley Gulp Shrimp... I was red fishing / white trout fishing, and lo and behold, I hooked a tarpon, and thought I'd snagged a big red.
It jumped about 60 ft away from the boat and then we headed towards it to start the tug of war. I fought the fish for 15 -20 minutes; it went under the bridge and I got 5 jumps before the line snapped. I kind of put some pressure on the fish at the end, because I really didn't want to fight it much longer as I was getting tired and my arms were turning to jelly.
As soon as the water clears up and the winds calm down the night fishing on the bridge should really pick up for trout and reds. I can't wait till the fall redfish run in Nov
Again, thanks for sharing & congrats!
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