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Posted: Aug. 14 2005,08:20

Check out this pic from the boys up north, this has got to be the best shot I have ever seen. Seems those texas gulf poon love to dance!!



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Posted: Aug. 14 2005,08:23

And another....




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Posted: Aug. 14 2005,11:34

Wow, nice shots!! I think they're both pretty good.:p
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Posted: Aug. 16 2005,11:29

My Dream!! :D
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Posted: Aug. 16 2005,15:46

I dunno if I would care to fish for tarpon from a yak. Although it might seem like great fun,  wearing a tarpon down to near exhaustion is like signing a death certificate for that tarpon. Sharks seem to be atracted to these great fish in this state and a great majority of tarpon caught are to tired to defend themselves (outswim)  against shark attacks. Would you really want a 6-10', or group of sharks attacking your tarpon at the end of your bocagrip??? NOT ME!!!! Now don't get me wrong, I'd fish for a shark for that ride, but hate to see the great silver king sacrificed 4 fun. Please do a little research on Boca Grande tarpon fishing. Hopefully, anyone seeing sharks near their hooked up tarpon would break them off. Just my 2 cents, as a fisherman turnng yakfshr..........Jerry :D  >>)))(:>

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Posted: Aug. 16 2005,17:25

skinny
you need to talk to Chrystal Murray of Tampa area and Tarpoon yak fisherwoman/guide supreme!!
I think you'll find your remarks null.


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Posted: Aug. 16 2005,19:10

It's only my opinion. It would depend on the area being fished whether or not there are problems with sharks. The further from inlets and large gatherings of tarpon (such as Boca Grande) the less the problem. I am very familiar with Crystal Murray & her abilities. If you were familiar with the amount of 1/2 tarpon brought to the boats during poon season, you would not consider my thoughts null. I do not enjoy the slaughter of a tarpon since it happened to me. Florida Sportsman has had several articles on this recently. A newbie to yakfishing might think this was great, or very exciting, only to find out the hard way that all that splashing around does sometimes attract predators. Crystal Murry has the experience to know how to handle the situation. That's why she's one of the top yakking guides on the west coast. I would bet it has happened to her.  This post was made as a safety issue to a possible newbie without tarpon fishing experience.   Moral of story: Be ready & think ahead!!........<><

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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.

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Posted: Aug. 17 2005,10:15

Two comments.
1. A tarpon sleighride is bad, but doing the same to a shark is okay? Sonny Gruber is cringing in Bimini........

2. What about those fishermen who go after tackle records for big fish, tarpon included on like 2lb test and tire the #### out of their quarry that way?

Please.

Maybe we can go kayakfishing/sleighriding for monster tarpon in Boca Grande,  and meet monster hammerheads yak-side. That should make everyone happy! I'll still hope for that tarpon sleighride just the same if its OK with you.
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Posted: Aug. 17 2005,11:29

Quote (fishunter1 @ Aug. 17 2005,10:15)
Two comments.
1. A tarpon sleighride is bad, but doing the same to a shark is okay? Sonny Gruber is cringing in Bimini........

2. What about those fishermen who go after tackle records for big fish, tarpon included on like 2lb test and tire the #### out of their quarry that way?

Please.

Maybe we can go kayakfishing/sleighriding for monster tarpon in Boca Grande,  and meet monster hammerheads yak-side. That should make everyone happy! I'll still hope for that tarpon sleighride just the same if its OK with you.

Fishhunter, please don't be offended by my posts....... Just be prepared for the posibility of sharks at the side of your kayak while releasing                             ......1) do sharks attack sharks?....       2) everbody has their reason for fishing......Who's is more valid?  I fish for fun & food. 12# test                                                                            3) I would never fish Boca Grand for either tarpon or sharks from a yak.  The mass of the big boaters would be more of a problem than sharks.                                                                       4) Hope I could be there to capture the pictures for you when your dream comes true. Then I could be receiving compliments about the pictures instead of ?????.......................................I dream of monster snook myself, and I"M THE PREDATOR!!!! Breading, butter, lime, & beers.....Yum!! :D :D


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