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||Posted: Aug. 17 2005,05:17
This is a very interesting subject. I dropped a note to Chrystal, see if she has something to say. I know Critterdog may have an opinion here too.
I'm not really sure if fightin a tarpon from a yak takes longer or not. I did see an 84 in. tarpon caught from the beach by an older man, and it did take a long time, over two hours. And I can assure you that tarpon was tired.
OTOH I can't recollect his name but a famous old flyfisherman was known for bringing em to boatside in a fairly short time, say 20 minutes. He did this with a flyrod by constantly changing his angle and pull, wearing them down psychologically - they'd give up, yet recover quickly after release.
My last though is simply: most tarpon are counted not as catches but as number of jumps. Bringing a good one to yakside would be a once-in-a-lifetime event for most of us, and a very infrequent event for kayakfishers in general.
I do believe this is a legitimate issue, but statistically it affects boaters rather more than the very few caught by yakkers.
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 17 2005,05:22
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