First Tarpon! (Well, it wasn't mine...)

Me and my buddy took his 17' flats boat out this past Friday to try our luck at some tarpon action off of Sanibel. Being complete newbies, we had talked to just about everyone we knew who fished for these guys and felt like we had a rough idea of what we were doing.

Hit up blind pass for bait early, then cruised the beaches. Nothing but spanish mackerel. Went out off of Knapps next. Nothing but sharks. Ran into the causeway to grab bait and fuel up around lunch then decided we'd cruise the beach back north then head out. Tons of spanish on the way back and then suddenly we saw a hugh concentration of birds. Up closer discovered they were diving on some bait they had gotten to ball up. 10 min after we arrived, the tarpon showed up and were free jumping from the middle off the ball and rolling all around us.

Jumped 3 on the threaddies, but thanks to the sharks and spanish we had lost all our our good hooks and leader. So we weren't hooking up (30lb flouro with small circle hooks) Luckily, some veteran tarpon guys took pity on us and hooked us up with some leader and hooks. Once we had our gear right, we hooked up and it was game on. My buddy Matt landed this hoss 2 hours later. We took some pictures, measurements, a scale, and started our long run back to St. James City at low tide in the dark. Amazing amazing experience. We're hooked!

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  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,857 Captain
    Congrats and great report! I will be heading that way next week
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,607 Moderator
    congratulations:applause i hope you know there is no cure.
    larrywitt
  • CaptainBlyCaptainBly Posts: 1,967 Captain
    larrywitt wrote: »
    congratulations:applause i hope you know there is no cure.
    larrywitt

    That could be the understatement of a lifetime....
    In Loving Memory of James Zielske, January 19, 1957-July 5, 2013
  • dtobiasdtobias Posts: 733 Officer
    Outstanding. Hoping to get out there this week myself. Congrats.
  • ScottKScottK Posts: 214 Officer
    CaptainBly wrote: »
    That could be the understatement of a lifetime....

    Yep......Congrats!
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 2,873 Captain
    Nice job. Still haven't caught my first. :(
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
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  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,101 Officer
    forget it! now your addicted! your life will never be the same
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 11,343 AG
    Congrats on your accomplishment.

    Sell all your valuables, get rid of your significant other, disown your family, and buy a tower boat. :)

    There is no cure I'm aware of....Mike
  • michauxiimichauxii Posts: 54 Deckhand
    15 years trailering boats form East Texas to SW Florida.
    Met some real turkey butts on the water, but the majority of fellows were really good guys!
    Doesn't surprise me a bit that they helped you out with hooks and leader. Happened to me on my first
    trip.

    Yep, you are "ruint".
  • salty limeysalty limey Posts: 44 Deckhand
    Great report! I'm making the annual pilgrimage from the UK over to St Pete's in 21 days' time for 10 days of chasing tail. That's whet my appetite! Keep up the good work.
  • red_magnetred_magnet Posts: 498 Deckhand
    I have jumped plenty but never landed one. Great job fellas !!!
    I owe it all to my Granny and Bill Dance....
  • StevieDStevieD Posts: 21 Greenhorn
    Great post and pics....and yes, you're toast now that you got a taste of it....
  • JSTickumJSTickum Posts: 412 Deckhand
    Great job Cole , glad to see ya still at it , keep them lines tight
  • CapnAhabCapnAhab Posts: 250 Deckhand
    Tarponator wrote: »
    Congrats on your accomplishment.

    Sell all your valuables, get rid of your significant other, disown your family, and buy a tower boat. :)

    There is no cure I'm aware of....Mike

    Hahaha that was probably one of the funniest posts I've ever read on here. Funny and true.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Glorious in all of Your ways
    The majesty the wonder and grace
    In the light of Your Name

    Let hope rise and darkness tremble
    In Your holy light
    That every eye will see Jesus our God
    Great and mighty to be praised
  • SaltwataSlaughtaSaltwataSlaughta Posts: 187 Officer
    I'm inflicted with this sickness as well.
  • Permit53Permit53 Posts: 31 Deckhand
    Well done! Those Sharks nearly ran me through all my hooks this morning! **** things
  • former bluefishinnyformer bluefishinny Posts: 1,478 Officer
    Very very nice!!!!! Jealous!
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