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Old 09-18-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Put in at 17th just before sunset, caught some bait and headed out. As soon as it got dark, I started noticing very large flashes under the lights. Didn't take long to realize they were tarpon. LOTS of tarpon! I've been fishing Pensacola all my life, and never seen anything like this. Caught my first redfish around nine and had a 6 foot 'poon follow it all the way to the yak. That red was a 1/4 inch to big, but my very next bait produced a thick 25 incher. Caught a few more and decided to shift my attention to these tarpon. I hooked two on finger mullet, but they were quick to spit the hook. My buddy hooked one and got drug hundreds of yards out into the bay before it wore through his mono leader. I finished the trip just peddling around and watching the 'poons feed on menhaden. One of them sky-rocketed 20 yards in front of me...that'll wake you up! Next time i'll be better prepared for a brawl with a silver king!

Sorry, no pics. I can't figure out how to post pics from my phone.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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That is so cool. How much longer are they typically around for?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:40 PM   #3
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Sound like a blast!
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I don't know how long they'll be there. I've never seen them like that. I still can't believe it. Philip actually had one come up and touch his livewell with its nose. Most of the ones we saw were probably 50-70 lbs, but I saw a couple that had to be over 120 lbs.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:33 AM   #5
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Damn.................

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