6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

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6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by DoubleM » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:17 am

Arrived to the beach to what I thought was early but two familiar guys were already there. Found them after launching and then received my assignment as the northern scout to which I gladly accepted. As fate would have it, the first pod observed was heading south and pretty close to me. I cast in front of the group and before my lure was in the water for a few seconds it was game on. I proceeded to drive the hook home a few times before it jumped and then the fight was on. The fish jumped many times and proceeded to drag me at a good pace before I hooked up the drift chute. My rod was bent the whole time, being an 8' it helped me clear the nose of the boat as I tried to keep side pressure on the fish. I had a good coach who helped me stay positive, I'm sure he had more than a few laughs. The saying about every gulp of air means another 5 minutes of battle seems pretty accurate. I finally had the fish subdued @ 45 minutes into it, coach had the stop watch running. He snapped some photos and then towed me while I revived the fish who swam off strong. I was fulfilled and didn't make another cast with the big rod. 1 cast, 1 fish, 1 sore dude.
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Equipment was a custom 8' St Croix by Noles, Peen 550ssg w/ 30lb braid. Leader was 60lb mono with a foot of 80lb as bite tippet.

Lure was a 5" paddle tail which still has a sharp hook.
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Next time, I'm not going to use the 80lb tippet as I'm not sure I need to land another one. I would been okay with a break off after a bit into the fight, the fish made me feel like a wimp. I was exhausted so I stopped at Publix for some nourishment.
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Thanks again to the friends who helped make this happen!

ps. Jay, I didn't puke :D
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by Manning » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:17 am

This bridesmaid duty is getting old. This is the third time I have been the guy staying with the guy who is hooked up. My turn has got to be coming. Mark did a great job and the fish put on a real show. I have never seen a tarpon take as many jumps as this on did. It even did a tail walk kind of jump less than 10 feet off Mark's bow a good 30 minutes into the fight. I wish I had audio with the pictures I took. Mark came forth with a great selection of grunts and groans as he worked this fish.
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by bonitabob » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:24 am

Very, very nice! I will be trying that soon on Bonita Beach.

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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by Rik » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:28 am

congrats MM
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by Rik » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:29 am

DoubleM wrote:Image


It's a brave cameraman that gets into position to take that shot!
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by Manning » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:52 pm

Brave...not so much. Stupid...pretty much. I did get a very closeup view of his fish though. Some level of telephoto was in use here.
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Post by Todd » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:12 pm

Congrats Mark.
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by DaveR » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:32 pm

Congrats! Glad I warmed the sumbitches up for ya the last month! :x
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by rugrat181 » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:40 pm

All I can say is WOW !! The pics are great and so was the story. As a beginner I can say you have set some high sights for me .
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by SRQGator » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:35 pm

Nice mon!
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by DoubleM » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:43 pm

Thanks guys, a day I hope to never forget.
Some of my body parts are still sore, praise jah for arnica gel.
I had no idea how hard these beasts really fight, mad props to the poon landers.

Steve, every bride's maid will have her day. Hope I'm there to return the favor.
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by americanrobster » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:09 pm

Nice work Mark :thumbleft:
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by Norm » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:39 am

Great work Mark :roll: .....and Manning...your loading up on some good Karma dude...This type of fun really does take two to make it safe....job well done my friend :wink:
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by ChrisR » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:23 am

Atta Boy! Congrats Chincy.

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Post by shallow pockets » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:09 pm

Well done! Congrats!
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Re: 6/11 Popped Silver Cherry

Post by shamus » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:46 pm

nice job !
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