There’s been a steady increase in tarpon numbers over the past few days, it’s still windy but the onshore flow is keeping water temperatures up and bringing the fish in. Shannon Norris has had the foredeck for the last two days, hunting sleepers and drawing numerous strikes from laid up fish. This morning, on dawn patrol, he hooked a giant just after sunrise and after an hour long, technically perfect battle, had the fish boatside. We were trying to get a lip hold on her and Shannon had her snubbed down tight when his brand new, twelve weight, high-performance-nanno-titanium-techno-positive-magna-flex-super-duperior, state of the art, space age fly rod, …..exploded. We tried to hand line it for a few minutes and finally snapped the tippet. We’re calling this one landed. We didn’t get a picture of the fish but here’s one of Shannon with the remains of the Wonder Rod.
April 29, 2005
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