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Old 05-08-2013, 10:34 PM
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Great story! Welcome to the club ! I spend a week or so every year in Islamorada. Those flats can really be puzzling at times and it takes time to get the feel for it. And as far as Poons go they are the most humbling fish there is ! Hard enough getting your casts on target in one quick false cast wait until you hook or should I say attempt to hook one. One thing I learned is fight a couple on spinning gear first it gives you an idea of what your in for . And failure is part of the fly tarpon relationship. Most years I land my share this year between a run off and some short lived hookups none to the leader. But it's the most fun you can have while being humbled by the silver king!
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We headed back to the water after the advice and started catching Barracuda. We caught 7 between the two of us (12"-20"), broke one off (shredded tippet), and we were happy.
That size cuda is supposed to be pretty good eating. I've never had it, but I'm curious...
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:28 AM
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That size cuda is supposed to be pretty good eating. I've never had it, but I'm curious...
Not to get too far from the topic, but thought I'd better chime in with an answer and a warning.
Barracuda is delicious to eat. I eat it regularly in Belize (fried is my favorite). Taste is unique; less oily than mackerel, more than snapper.

BEWARE: Barracuda is illegal to sell in the US due to ciguatera, "a type of toxin commonly found in fish. Eating fish with ciguatera causes an illness that can result in stomach and digestive related problems, some severe physiological problems including severe headaches, soreness of the muscles, changes in blood pressure and heart problems, and sometimes even death. Smaller barracudas can safely be eaten, but the larger ones often have such high levels of ciguatera that they are dangerous to eat."
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I didn't want to admit my fear of falling while on the casting deck. For me it was worse getting on and off the deck but once on it I was ok.

Possibly if you would have puked it would bring the fish in a bit closer making it all easier

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I didn't actually puke, but it felt like I was "puking" line...just a jumbled mess. REALLY embarrassing, which puking on yourself would be too .

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Great story! Welcome to the club ! I spend a week or so every year in Islamorada. Those flats can really be puzzling at times and it takes time to get the feel for it. And as far as Poons go they are the most humbling fish there is ! Hard enough getting your casts on target in one quick false cast wait until you hook or should I say attempt to hook one. One thing I learned is fight a couple on spinning gear first it gives you an idea of what your in for . And failure is part of the fly tarpon relationship. Most years I land my share this year between a run off and some short lived hookups none to the leader. But it's the most fun you can have while being humbled by the silver king!
Yes, I am really looking forward to next time. Hopefully, I will be more prepared and actually know what I am getting myself into. That first hookup will definitely be a rush, a rush that I think about everyday since I've been back. "Man, if I just made that cast a 2' longer" or "If I only made that shot at 2:30 instead of 2:00." Yes, the bug has bitten, and I feel the need to scratch it everyday.

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That size cuda is supposed to be pretty good eating. I've never had it, but I'm curious...
I've had 'cuda in Barbados. It was pretty good. I didn't know the regs regarding 'cuda (if there are any) in FL, so we just let them go. I didn't even think about keeping any fish. Honestly, I really don't keep any fish to eat, but I guess that was an option.
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That size cuda is supposed to be pretty good eating. I've never had it, but I'm curious...
Chechem is absolutely correct! They are very tasty. I don't eat any over 3-4lbs , but they do taste good. They are very mild. Many people are put off by tales of cigatera, but even more by the smell of their skin slime - which does not affect the meat at all.

As always when filleting fish, keep the fileting table clean so no blood or entrails gets on the meat.

Their cigar shaped bodies result in easy to filet, high meat/body weight ratio as well. Narrow but thick filets. Immediate icing with sea water added after catching will void the arteries of blood and make filleting much easier, since it firms the meat. This goes for all fish.

My sisters and I have eaten them since infancy, twice or ocassionally three times a week as kids. I remember my mother mushing each bite between her fingers checking for bones before feeding them to my little sisters.

So few people eat them (no commercial fishery) that there are no size or bag limit restrictions on them. So if you're down here and renting a kitchenette place or camping out, give them a try. All you need is some lemon, butter, salt and a frying pan.

Added: For guys fishing for tarpon for the first time, or who have not hooked up before, I would suggest the first trip being one that starts at sundown and into the night. That is when tarpon are feeding and the chances of actually catching one (with a guide) increase by at least 2,000%. You will be fishing known lies, or to busting/boiling fish. That will break the ice, and when you do hook up on a daytime fish, you will know what to expect and have a better chance to bring him boatside.
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I to was humbled by the flats and fish of Key West. But once ya get tight with your first Tarpon your life will be changed forever...
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I'm in Belize, and thought you guys would enjoy an update.
Bonefish are being spooky; calm winds at daybreak. Seems they explode in panic at every cast along the backreef (flats).

But yesterday afternoon I went out with the trolling rods and caught some tuna (False Albacore) and a good-sized Barracuda. Sashimi with drinks and Barracuda steaks for dinner. YES, it's delicious.
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One thing I learned is fight a couple on spinning gear first it gives you an idea of what your in for .

I second this.

There is nothing more confusing and chaotic than seeing the other end of your line quickly rise to the surface and massive fish (that you wont believe is actually hooked on your line) jumping 100 feet in front of you. You kinda just freeze on your first couple of tarpon. I have never caught one on fly yet, but have many on spin gear.

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That's it.

My day dreaming theme for the office today is hooking and fighting a tarpon.

thank you for the inspiration guys.
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