A Well-Earned Tarpon!

Steve booked the boat for a Key West flats fishing tarpon trip. It is still early in the migration but there are tarpon around. We pulled the traps and anchored up in the harbor with the live baits and began chunking for the silver kings. It took about an hour to get our first bite. The tarpon jumped and we dropped off the anchor and began the chase. Unfortunately the fish got into a submerged line and got away. We set up again and caught a nice jack. After letting the jack go we waited for quite a while before we rewarded with a second tarpon bite. This one was also short lived as the fish chaffed through the leader on the first jump. The tide slacked off and we made a move to a channel in the back of the harbor where there a few fish being caught where we managed to hook another fish which quickly jumped off.  That was the end of a tough day of fishing. But that is not where the story ends. Steve really wanted to get one so he chartered the boat again. We tried again. this time other than a big jack the whole morning was rather uneventful. We tried several spots and were just coming up short. I was not going to give up. Steve however was ready to throw in the towel. We were seeing fish roll around the boat and the tide was just beginning to move. He said that we should call it a day. I asked him to give it five more minutes and he agreed. That’s when we got the eleventh hour reprieve. A tarpon bite! Finally the was no anchor line in the way. There was no chaffed leader. There was no pulled hook. Steve’s persistence paid off and he was rewarded with an awesome fish and some great pictures with a great big tarpon! As in life when it comes to flats fishing and back country persistence certainly pays off.


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