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Old 06-18-2017, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default First Tarpon outing for the season

Had less than 2 hours to fish but I've been hearing about all of the Tarpon sightings this week and had to "force" a session out.

Launched the Trident this morning just after 0600 with my good friend Justin in tow. He had never been Tarpon fishing. Had my swimbait armed and ready and started moving east. It was choppy and it looked like a storm was about to turn me around but not 20 minutes out I have a pod of 20+ fish roll up on me. First cast had a follower that changed his mind at the rod tip. Second cast was spot on, right in front of the lead fish. Retrieved about 15ft and she blew up on it. She dove deep and I knew I was going to have issues immediately, as I could feel the other fish in the school hitting the line. She came up and went airborne with a couple beautiful jumps that make every hookup worth it. Unfortunately, she continued moving slow and deep with the school. I felt rubbing and thumping on the line constantly and after some erratic movements, one of the other fish cut my main line. Damn.

Fished a lil bit longer but had to get off the water by 8:00 to get ready for work. Saw 3 pods of fish, two small groups and the big one, and saw a giant single that I'm actually thankful I didn't hook (Id still be fighting her lol).

Tomorrow I have more time and I doubt the fish will be as lucky

Season total so far: 0-1
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:24 PM   #2
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Nice......gonna be taking my KK pole w/ me ready fer some action!!! Don't think I wanna try a poon on a 4K series reel!!! hahaha
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:55 PM   #3
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Nice......gonna be taking my KK pole w/ me ready fer some action!!! Don't think I wanna try a poon on a 4K series reel!!! hahaha
It could do it.......but I would have to say its not the "preferred" size
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Hey Chris, did ya get a chance to "bow to the king?" Fished them in the keys a lot when I was a high schooler. What a rush!

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Hey Chris, did ya get a chance to "bow to the king?" Fished them in the keys a lot when I was a high schooler. What a rush!

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I spoke with you yesterday at Sams and I also tried today. I got to the Crab trap a little before sunrise but didn't leave the beach till about 7 because I was watching that thunderhead. I had a rough time getting bait but ended up with two crazy fish and a cigar. I saw one tarpon roll way out ahead of me but never saw any more when I got to the area.

Your tip of keeping my swimbait in my lap almost got me a cobia. I was paddling along and saw it cruising on the surface. He ate it but the hook didn't stick for some reason.


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I spoke with you yesterday at Sams and I also tried today. I got to the Crab trap a little before sunrise but didn't leave the beach till about 7 because I was watching that thunderhead. I had a rough time getting bait but ended up with two crazy fish and a cigar. I saw one tarpon roll way out ahead of me but never saw any more when I got to the area.

Your tip of keeping my swimbait in my lap almost got me a cobia. I was paddling along and saw it cruising on the surface. He ate it but the hook didn't stick for some reason.


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What swimbaits are y'all throwing? Great report, I'll have to give them a go in the mini boat later this week if the weather holds off.
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I throw Hogy Pro Tails and 6 1/2" Big Hammer swimbaits but there's a ton of options thatll get it done. Just make sure that the one you throw has heavy duty hooks.
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Im heading to PC this weekend. Tarpon is on top of my want to catch list in the kayak. Do you stay close to the back of the sandbar mostly when targeting tarpon? Anything I need to look for besides tarpon thereself to up my odds?
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