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Old 08-09-2018, 05:46 AM
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Default First Tarpon to the Boat!

So this has been on my bucket list since I was about 9 years old and found a dead tarpon washed up on the beach. We moved to the coast of GA less than a year ago, and this is from only my second trip out to try to catch one while they are up here. I needed a fishing buddy to help me handle the boat and fish, and was lucky enough to hook up with an old Navy guy off the Georgia Outdoor News forum. But neither of us really knew what we were doing. But for a couple rank amateurs, we did not do too bad. We hooked three and landed this one:



I kind of hated to pull him in the boat, but I was not having any luck getting the circle hook out while hanging over the side. Lucky we got him revived and he swam away fine. I know a couple of guides who have not brought one to the boat yet this year, so I'm feeling a mix of lucky and cocky about that.

I did get one jump on video, though it's pretty poor quality on my phone (I really need a GoPro ).


We also managed to bring a couple pretty nice Spanish Mackerel home, which were summarily smoked and chowed down on.




All together a pretty good day. My understanding is that the tarpon will be here (Brunswick, GA area) into the first part of September. Hopefully there will be more coming to the boat.
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Old 08-09-2018, 06:31 AM
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Well, your hooked now. Nice fish.

I would however advise to cut the line at the hook rather than pulling one that size out of the water.
It Is illegal for a reason in Florida for fish over 40 inches.
The reason is their internal organs are not designed to support their weight out of the water and esophagus tears can also occur. Your fish may very well swim away just to die later. "did you ever wonder what killed the one you found washed up?"

Please don't take this as a bash as I have tagged hundreds of them and have killed my share just by fishing for them. Have also a few recaptures from fish I have tagged and studies have shown when handled properly the largest mortality rate is from shark predation post release. The are pretty resilient fish.
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Congrats. Now that you've got your photo with a big one in the boat try to keep the rest in the water.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:39 AM
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Congrats. Now that you've got your photo with a big one in the boat try to keep the rest in the water.
Yeah, I am going to cut next to the hook from now on, if I can. This one was a 9/0 circle that had somehow gotten both the upper and lower corner of the jaw during the fight. Couldn't get it out, and was afraid that it would prevent him from feeding. As I said, I hated to bring him in; I just didn't see the alternative. Maybe I should have some small bolt cutters that could go through the hook if necessary.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by scallen2112 View Post
Yeah, I am going to cut next to the hook from now on, if I can. This one was a 9/0 circle that had somehow gotten both the upper and lower corner of the jaw during the fight. Couldn't get it out, and was afraid that it would prevent him from feeding. As I said, I hated to bring him in; I just didn't see the alternative. Maybe I should have some small bolt cutters that could go through the hook if necessary.


Those cutters might save your ass one day as well. You will be happy to have them the day you attach yourself to that circle hook with a thrashing fish.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:40 AM
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Congrats! Looking forward to getting down there in the next couple weeks and I would really like to catch my first tarpon. Any pointers?
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:05 AM
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Had a second home on HHI for a dozen years. There are plenty of tarpon on that coast all summer long. Ditto on not pulling it out of the water; it's bad for the tarpon. I have a large set of cutters on the boat so I can cut through the hook.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:18 PM
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Congrats! Looking forward to getting down there in the next couple weeks and I would really like to catch my first tarpon. Any pointers?
LOL...you're asking the guy who admitted in the post that he's a rank amateur at tarpon fishing?
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LOL...you're asking the guy who admitted in the post that he's a rank amateur at tarpon fishing?
Thanks smh
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Congrats!
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get the fish close for a picture, cut leader close to hook and be happy.
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