Tarpon From The ‘Yak

I had the great honor and pleasure of fishing with the O' so famous tarpon master himself - Captain Ross Gallagher. Fisherman worldwide desire to experience the thrill of battling a tarpon—and I wanted one from my Hobie.

Ross has been fishing for tarpon over the last 7 years, but just this year alone he is 26 for 42. Seventeen of those have been landed from his Hobie Pro Angler 14, and we're only 5 months into the season. I don't care who you are, that is extremely impressive.

We started the evening by throwing the Hogy jigging series in black on the 1-ounce Hogy jig head. We fished an outgoing tide in 15-20 knot winds throwing jigs around the bridge lights in Cape Coral, Florida. Bait fish always congregate near the lights and structure thus attracting the larger predators.

I took his advice and hooked up at the first location. I fought the fish for nearly 2 minutes and it popped off—due to knot failure on my part.

We switched to a different spot and both of us threw half a dozen times. I made another cast that wasn't any different from the last six and a tarpon smashed my offering...

Fighting a tarpon from my kayak was everything I had hoped it would be. I pushed my tackle far beyond what I had pushed it before and I loved seeing my MHX rod doubled over pulling on 110 pounds of angry fish. That rod is ridiculously awesome, but for the sake of releasing the fish promptly I suggest bumping your tackle up a few notches. It was an experience I'll never forget!

To finish off our night I made one last cast into the light and slammed a stud snook measuring around 39 inches.

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