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FlatsFrenzyFlatsFrenzy Posts: 893 Officer

We've been fishing exclusively fly and exclusively for juvenile tarpon in the backwaters for the past 6-8 weeks.

Yesterday I had one roll about 40' off the nose of the boat and I dropped a gurgler on his face.

I stripped it twice, he took a swipe at it and missed, I stripped it again and he inhaled it, I felt weight and crossed his eyes with a hard strip strike.

Hilarity ensued for the next 30 seconds as I tried to clear my line and keep him hooked up until I had him on the reel and could fight him. As I was doing this, my partner on the poling platform was screaming "Strip it! Set it!".

I was using an 8wt and 20# leader so it was 15-20 minutes around and behind the boat before we leadered him and got our hands on him for an official release.

We figure he was about 20-25#. Beautiful fish and a hell of a challenge.
Gulf Coast of FL
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