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Tarpon Fishing - Two Types Of Tarpon

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Lastly, anglers should be aware of the two different types of tarpon. Not the differences between Atlantic and Indo-Pacific tarpon, but between jumpers and evil tarpon. The term jumper is given to a poon that takes the bait, peels the drag and then makes a lofty leap towards the heavens.  Nine out of ten tarpon hooked are usually jumpers. Some tarpon are late jumpers, while others jump right off the get. Either way when a tarpon jumps it expends energy, tires out quicker, and is  brought boat side sooner.  That is not the case with evil tarpon, evil tarpon are generally larger tarpon that sound when hooked. The evil tarpon is a diver, he smokes your drag, but never jumps. He is sometimes mistaken for being a big shark because he never shows himself. The only time the angler catches a glimpse of him is when he is coming to the surface to gulp air before making another run.  He is the fish that never seems to tire out, the one responsible for the agonizing lactic acid burn in your biceps, back and shoulders, the one you cuss in ten different languages, he is the truly evil one. Evil tarpon make worthy opponents and test the mettle of their angling adversaries to the bitter end.  They are wise brutes that do not waste energy jumping, therefore are able to prolong the battle and wear down the anglers leader with their abrasive jaws.  If there is a way out, the evil one will find it. The anglers only defense against the evil tarpon is to apply the down & dirty technique, holdfast and pray!  By Capt Sean Hagen

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