There are fish and then there are fish. All are fun to catch but there are those that are thrilling. There are a few species that cover all the bases, adding challenge and quite rare experience to the average angler. This fish is Megalops Atlanticus, the tarpon.
Several years ago, Billy Bode, visiting the Laguna Madre from San Antonio, mentioned they had driven down to the jetties and had seen what he thought were tarpon rolling. Heading out the next morning, we decided to take a look and give the jetties a whirl.
Our tackle would be light baitcasting equipment. The line was 12-pound Berkley and a 30-pound shock leader. The lures were the biggest soft plastic touts that Kelly Wiggler Company made at the time. The plan was to run to the east end of the jetties and drift down the rocks casting toward the jetties.
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