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Silver King

tarpon1It all started a weekend late May where Bill, Len and I was out near the beaches of Panama City looking for Cobia. We saw a big fish bursting the surface and we slowly came to the conclusion: The Tarpon had arrived! We all more or less instantly got hit by a severe case of Tarpon fever.

What feels like countless trips later, Countless refused flies and a lot of missed opportunities it all came together on a beautiful morning in July.

We had a pretty good run and had probably seen 10-15 Tarpon already. The Sun was at its highest and the heat pretty intense. Around noon the run had slowed down and a 45 minutes pause in the run came to an abrupt end! A single Tarpon came cruising down the sand bar. The fish was spotted early and I was the lucky one to get the fly out. All this had happen countless times before but this time the fish ate. It almost felt surreal. In milliseconds before the madness started the time stood still. I remember thinking “Shit! He ate it!!!”

tarpon2Needless to say! Fighting a Tarpon is pretty cool. I have hooked Tarpon before but they have always found a weak link somewhere. This time I knew my knots were good and I didn't let go until the hook was properly set -so with 80 lb leader I knew I had a good chance of landing it.

 

 

 

tarpon3Acting like a Tarpon is suppose to it went absolutely mad. The runs and the jumps was fantastic and I know now why it's called the Silver King. A magnificent fish

(And just for the record – it didn't cure the Tarpon fever)

 
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