5-26-2012 Halifax river tarpon

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    5-26-2012 Halifax river tarpon

    Got out early, before the winds picked up in the Halifax river. Went to a spot that holds Tarpon most all summer, hoping some would be home. As I poled
    up, one rolled, then another. I anchored up close, and started tossing flies to rollers, with no luck. Used a floating line, with a couple of differant flies, then a sinking line, also with no luck. I tied on a all purple EP fly, with a little blue wing and flash mixed in with big yellow eyes, about 3 1/4" long, has the shape of a finger mullet. Third cast, the line comes tight and this guy goes burserk, jumping 5 times, and pealing drag before I get off the poling platform. After a few more jumps, and some short speedy runs, a 48" Tarpon comes to hand. Not a big fish, but the first one of 2012, and fun for sure.
    After that, I left the others alone, and went looking for a Snook with no luck. It was slow with 1 sail cat, 1 Lady fish, 1 Jack, and 1 17"Trout. Around 9:30 the wind got to be almost un fishable.
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    Nice poon shot!

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    Well done & thanks for sharing.
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    Nice fish!!! Man they are fun at any weight.

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    Beauty! 48 Inches is enough poon for me.

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    Many thanks to all, it is a fun size fish.

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    OK - I'm curious. What is that thing your using to clamp the jaw. Looks like a plastic lobster claw. What are its merits vs a bare wet hand?

    thnx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistermtd View Post
    OK - I'm curious. What is that thing your using to clamp the jaw. Looks like a plastic lobster claw. What are its merits vs a bare wet hand?

    thnx
    It's a fish grip http://www.thefishgrip.net/ It's kind of like a vice grip but for fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistermtd View Post
    OK - I'm curious. What is that thing your using to clamp the jaw. Looks like a plastic lobster claw. What are its merits vs a bare wet hand?

    thnx
    It is a lipper, I bought for Snook, and tarpon. Dogman is correct, I think. I have only had a couple of weeks. I tear my thumbs up on Snook, every year so think it will help. The main thing I like about it, is it locks, I tied a line to it so I can lipp a fish, and let go to keep fish next to the boat, for mesure, or get hook out. It is much better than a fish flopping on the floor when trying to get the sun in a good spot for a picture. It is a little small for Tarpon. That fish was 48" and it's lower lipp is to big for it, would not work on a bigger tarpon. I will be modifying it soon, for a looser fit on tarpon.

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    Awesome fish! I gotta work my way north a bit i think.

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