Greetings from Tarpon world:
Tonight Blane Chocklett joined me at Tarpon World between 12:00 Midnight until 2:15 AM, while Christie slept so she could driven them up to the Miami airport at 3:30 AM. The wind was blowing from the east at 28 with gusts to 31 knots, seas were rough, water temperature was 81 degrees, and the Tarpon were snapping. Blane, now an experienced Tarpon fly angler, hooked, jumped, and fought , six, 90 to 130 pound tarpon during this two hour fifteen minute period. Blane released three big, 100 pound plus, Tarpon, all on 20 pound class tippet.
Blane asked me to catch one to show him a couple of tricks that I use for landing Tarpon quickly. I hooked and jumped a fish of about 75 pounds, while using my TFO Blue Water Medium Duty fly rod, lined with a RIO Clouser Tarpon Taper floating fly line, and a Mako #9550 fly reel, rigged with a Poon Bug fly, 100 pound bite tippet and 20 pound mason hard class tippet. I set the hook with 6 pounds of drag, then quickly dialed the drag up to 11 pounds of pressure, the fish never got more than 60 foot from the boat, we got the leader and released that green tarpon in under five minutes! I love my job, stay tuned for more reports to follow shortly.
Jake Jordan’s Fishing Adventures
PO Box 500937
Marathon FL 33050