My nephew arrived last Sunday. Fortunately, he brought his girlfriend because smallcraft warnings were up from the day he got here through yesterday with wind averaging above 20 knots day and night. So he had something to do.
The backcountry water, for the most part was milky. but then late yesterday, the wind started swinging around and there were about 7 hours of near flat conditions with thunderstorms everywhere.
We left the house at 1;30 this morning and drove to a ramp near my spot. Tarpon were busting in the channel right out from the ramp, and the lightning was oceanside, so we headed out. No one else was on the water.
After the second hookup, I put on a circle as he'd already caught a large tarpon I'd hooked initially and then one he'd hooked himself, and was taking a breather. it was a gami in-line 7/0 (red ones) with thin wire for a 7/0. I had three bumps in a short period of time. Could do nothing with the first two.
The third I could not tell exactly what was happening. Don't know whether it was repeatedly taking the fly or if it was simply moving toward me as they sometimes do. Anyhow, I kept stripping line long and slow to keep feeling continuous light pressure, then just clamped down when it increased and waited until the fish hooked itself then took off.
I handed Conor that fish, too, but he changed his mind after about 5 minutes and decided he wanted to drive the boat, so he gave it back to me.
When I got it boatside , I couldn't really tell exactly where the fish was hooked because she was uncooperative and Conor was nervous driving the boat in a narrow twisty channel in the dark.
So I was alternately blinded by the Q-beam then left in the dark again. A hat light is not very bright after getting flashed by a Q beam at my age. It was in the corner of the mouth of course,
and I think stuck in the clipper bone itself about a quarter inch and required a plier grip on it to remove. The red coating on the hook was completely gone from the point to 1/4" up.
It definitely takes concentrated effort to keep from striking hard when they come tight, but it is doable. I will continue using them when I fish evenings/nights with friends from out of state who want to actually catch one instead of just casting to them and frustrating themselves. The only reason I even fish while with them is to determine if the fish are where I think they are if they are not busting. All I really want to do anyhow is to determine if we are fishing to fish or just empty water. I am perfectly content to just be there.
So I will continue using them for that purpose and keep a tally. There was no abrasion whatsoever to the tippet. It will be interesting to see how things play out for the rest of the season.