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Some tarpon statistics for the year so far

kmagnusskmagnuss Senior MemberEnglewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
I thought some of you might find this interesting.

On the year I've gone 92 for 372 on the tarpon. 24.7%
On ADULT tarpon (80 lbs or more) I've gone 20-60. 33.3%
Juvis are then 72/312. 23.1%
Juvis on fly 6/17. 35.3%

In this small sample you can see from my data that juvis are pretty darn hard to land... and the adults are landed at almost 50% more frequently than the juvis. The fly rod dominates on the juvis it seems... and honestly I'm terrible with the fly rod. I should have realistically landed over half those fish... My clients landed about 70% when they were fly fishing (but again a small sample size).

Anyway... thought a few of you might find those #'s interesting.

Oh... and nearly all the juvis were caught on artificials. The adults are about 50% artificials roughly.

-Mag
Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters

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  • mlangemlange Member Posts: 117 Deckhand
    how about daylight vs night? incoming vs outgoing?
    Kidding! those are some awesome numbers!
  • snipes27snipes27 Member Posts: 105 Deckhand
    mlange wrote: »
    how about daylight vs night? incoming vs outgoing?
    Kidding! those are some awesome numbers!

    and let's not forget the GPS numbers too!!! :rotflmao

    That's incredible though Keith... Keep up the great work.
  • stpetebaitmanstpetebaitman Senior Member St. PetePosts: 957 Officer
    That's great, its obvious you should be targeting the big ones more :)
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Haha true. Man I have so much fun with the 30 pounders on light tackle though.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • FinfinderFinfinder Senior Member SW FloridaPosts: 9,999 Admiral
    kmagnuss wrote: »
    Haha true. Man I have so much fun with the 30 pounders on light tackle though.

    I know many that prefer the small verses the big nasty's.
  • CapnAhabCapnAhab Senior Member Lehigh AcresPosts: 250 Deckhand
    How awesome! I've enjoyed reading about your journey the last couple years chasing tarpon. Great job man!
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  • TarponatorTarponator Senior Member Under a BridgePosts: 19,741 AG
    Very interesting stats. I know you mostly throw lures/flies, but have you kept statistics between live bait, lures, and flies? I think you'll find a wide variance in landing percentages if you're anything like me.
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Tarponator wrote: »
    Very interesting stats. I know you mostly throw lures/flies, but have you kept statistics between live bait, lures, and flies? I think you'll find a wide variance in landing percentages if you're anything like me.

    My stats on artificials vs live is very limited... I haven't been as good about keeping track of it. But I can definitely say that with live bait, especially free lined live bait... the landing ratio goes way up (so does the size of the fish).
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,783 AG
    Do they just eventually toss the hook or wear through the leader? I don't tarpon fish, probably won't change that, but I am curious.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

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  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Typically they toss the hook. I used to have the juvis wear through the leader a lot when I was using 30#, but since then I've upped to 40# on juvis and it rarely if ever happens. On the bigger fish using 80# they wear through it every once in awhile on a long fight, but usually if we lose a fish it's from getting the hook thrown.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • SerotoninSerotonin Member Cape CoralPosts: 208 Deckhand
    Thanks for the stats. Glad to be part of them too
  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,783 AG
    kmagnuss wrote: »
    Typically they toss the hook. I used to have the juvis wear through the leader a lot when I was using 30#, but since then I've upped to 40# on juvis and it rarely if ever happens. On the bigger fish using 80# they wear through it every once in awhile on a long fight, but usually if we lose a fish it's from getting the hook thrown.

    Cool, thanks for the info. I assume it is like lady fish, albeit much larger. Mouths that are hard along with a bunch of head shaking.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Yeah pretty much exactly like ladyfish except they jump straight out of the water... sometimes over 6' out of the water. It's pretty incredible.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    The intro of this video is a pretty good up close shot of how they jump. This was a mid sized tarpon... it's been a few months but if I remember right it was between 60-80 lbs.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • WadeFishermanWadeFisherman Senior Member Posts: 461 Deckhand
    kmagnuss wrote: »
    The intro of this video is a pretty good up close shot of how they jump. This was a mid sized tarpon... it's been a few months but if I remember right it was between 60-80 lbs.

    Did you film that? If so, nice work.
  • kellerclkellercl Senior Member Posts: 12,783 AG
    kmagnuss wrote: »
    Yeah pretty much exactly like ladyfish except they jump straight out of the water... sometimes over 6' out of the water. It's pretty incredible.

    I might have to try it some day. I was fishing cayo pass a few weeks ago and a tarpon was surface feeding, it had to be 150 lbs. It was pretty slick to watch.
    #Lead beakerhead specialist 

    "Soul of the mind, key to life's ether. Soul of the lost, withdrawn from its vessel. Let strength be granted, so the world might be mended. So the world might be mended."
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Did you film that? If so, nice work.
    Captain Ross.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • WadeFishermanWadeFisherman Senior Member Posts: 461 Deckhand
    kmagnuss wrote: »
    Captain Ross.

    Viewers knew it wasn't me because there was no thumb in the way.
  • Montana1Montana1 Senior Member Posts: 212 Deckhand
    With the Juvies caught on fly how many were hooked in the jaw vs in the tongue? I have caught a surprising number of juvies when they get my fly in their tongue. I still don't know how they don't pull the hook like that.
  • kmagnusskmagnuss Senior Member Englewood, FLPosts: 3,237 Captain
    Funny you mention that... I did hook one in the tongue that I can remember. Didn't really think anything of it except that it's never happened to me before.
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith - Crooked Rod Charters
  • TarponatorTarponator Senior Member Under a BridgePosts: 19,741 AG
    In my experience, tongue hooks only occur rarely (maybe 1 out of 25 or so). When they do, however, the hook really sticks (i.e. the hook is rarely thrown), but the issue is generally wearing through the leader (particularly with large fish, see comments below).

    I have also noticed it happens more with smaller fish (maybe 1 of 10), but I suspect tongue hooked fish are not any more prevalent with the little guys than it is with larger fish, but because the smaller fish are less likely to wear through a leader, you land (and thus see) more of them.

    It also happens more with flies, but also happens with baitbusters and used to happen occasionally when I used to fish heavily with J hooks. I've never tongue hooked a fish with a circle hook.
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