Re: Snagging Tarpon

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Posted by Bill Bishop on 2013-04-21 04:56:01 in reply to Re: Snagging Tarpon posted by Martin Bowers on 2013-04-21 01:06:46


I understand your hesitant to ban a specific lure such as a jig. This isn't really a jig as you know it. Google the Boca Grande Jig and take a look. The hook on this device is an 8/0 offset octopus circle hook that is mounted via zip ties "on top" of the lead. Don't buy into the idea that this "circle hook" can't snag. I'v done it and it snags.

I have been chasing tarpon now for three decades and not once did it ever dawn on me to sling a gaping hook on top of the body of a fly. The method this jig is fished is nuts. First it is lowered below the mountain of tarpon stacked up in the hole in Boca Grande Pass. Then the line is manipulated straight up in a vertical mode to the rod holder. I call this person a rod older because I can't bring myself to call them anglers. Then the line approaches the ball of fish and the jig is fished in a dead drift. No action. Most often the point of contact with the line is inside the crease formed between the maxilla and the jaw. The rod holder feels this contact and with a 6 to 1 high speed reel speeds the jig with the 8/0 offset hook upward. The position of the snag is guided by the position of the line.

We all would love to have video. If you care to be the one that volunteers to swim down there and do so that would be terrific. Check out some of the video of the hammerheads and bull sharks first.

You mentioned the FWC study. Check out the facts from that study and you will hopefully agree they make the case clear. In the study. 1. This device out fished live bait, the real thing, 40%. 2. The rod holders lost 70% of the hooked fish because the vast majority of the fish are hooked in the clipper, side of the head, gills and so on. 3. It took 11 minutes on average to land live bait caught fish verses 26 minutes for jig caught fish because it simply takes longer to catch foul hooked fish.

Lastly, the study showed 16 of 26 fish were hooked in the areas mentioned above. Of the 28 live bait fish only one fish was hooked in the clipper and 27 were hooked in the jaw.

Dr. Moto, a biologist with University of Florida was quoted to have supported the notion that these fish were not being snagged and this was occurring through normal feeding behavior. In other words the tarpon were missing the target and becoming foul hooked in the process of turning after a strike. Tarpon do turn after striking however this facts above leave a huge question unanswered. Why are only the jig caught fish turning? By the way, Dr. Moto has now reversed his position and agrees these fish are in fact being snagged by the jig.

As the chairman of the commission stated, " someone was asked to define pornography and answered ...... it's difficult to define it but I sure know it when I see it". Come see it and I think you will agree.

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