Re: Carbon Steel Tarpon Flies

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Posted by ray hafsten on 2019-01-09 20:20:59 in reply to Re: Carbon Steel Tarpon Flies posted by Phil Ewanicki on 2019-01-09 18:31:43

Iron and tipped jigs and plugs...the fish is still hooked but probably not gills but you still have to set the hook but it's the when you set the hook. The when was shown me by a deceased Marco Island guide Ted Naftal...Snook fishing in the 70s with live pinfish or finger mullet...former lip hooked latter aft hooked on J hooks...put the rod in the holder and don't take it out until the Snook takes the tip out of the rod and takes off for 2 or 3 seconds and then a pop to make sure...but I have never had a flats Tarpon gill hooked with a fly rod.... whether it be a j or circle it still hurts... so I cannot see any less harm to the fly caught flats Tarpon using a circle hook besides I'm so slow to react that they hook themselves and I give them an extra pop or they are gone after the first jump...besides Government Cut Tarpon are akin to Boca Grand Pass Tarpon one jump if you're lucky then down deep for the Bulls and Hammers...but even with a 12 wt Tarpon 30-60 feet down are no fun...his single circle hook placement on bibless plug is forward of the lure and a 7/0 light wire circle...his example of the jig and live crab with circle forward of the jig assuming you cut the hook off the jig which was not depicted would corner hook rather than chance gill or gut of the Government Cut Tarpon Tarpon

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