Fly Fishing Islamorada for Tarpon on the Florida Keys Flats

Fly Fishing Islamorada for Tarpon on the Florida Keys Flats


bjbjI LOST EM? THERE THEY ARE.
THEY RE COMING RIGHT AT YOU.IT S ON HIS NOSE. IT S ON HIS NOSE.HE
S ON IT. HE S GONNA EAT IT. NOPE . . . WASN T HAPPY.HE S COMING. FISH ON BABY!
HIT EM, HIT EM . . . CLEAR THE LINE BABY!CLEAR IT, CLEAR IT, CLEAR IT,
CLEAR ITLET S GO THEN! MUSICYA KNOW GUYS IT S ALL A WAITING GAME
WHEN YOU RE OUT HERE STAKED OFF. YOU GOT TO SIT HERE AND WAIT ON THE FISH. THAT S SOMETHING,
FISHING OVER IN THE INDIAN RIVER WHERE I M FROM THERE S NO TIDE FLOW, SO THERE S NOTHING
REALLY TO MOVE THE FISH, SO WE JUST GOT TO SIT HERE AND WAIT ON EM. SOMETHING TOTALLY
ABNORMAL FOR ME TO DO. WELL, HONSON, NOW THAT OUR SPOT OPENED UP FOR US HERE, WHAT ARE WE
GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR?BASICALLY, WHAT S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THESE FISH ARE TRAVELING
SOUTH ON THEIR ANNUAL MIGRATION AND THEY RE GOING TO HIT THIS BAR AS THEY COME AROUND
THIS CURVE AND COME RIGHT TO US. THE WIND AND THE CURRENT IS PUSHING THESE FISH RIGHT
UP AGAINST THE BAR, SO THEY CAN T CROSS IT, BUT THEY LL HIT THAT BAR, AND THEY LL TURN
AROUND AND COME STRAIGHT FOR US. THAT WILL SET US UP PERFECTLY FOR THAT ELEVEN O CLOCK
SHOT OR ONE O CLOCK SHOT OR ANY SHOT IN THE FRONT OF THE BOAT.SO A PERFECT ELEVEN
O CLOCK SHOT WOULD BE PERFECT WITH THE WIND CONDITIONS WE GOT AND BROTHER, IT IS WINDY
TODAY. LET S TAKE OUR PERCH UP HERE AND GET READY. THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO BE
HERE RIGHT?OH YEAH . . . TARPON SEASON, MAY, ISLAMORADA, CAN T BEAT IT!MY
FIRST TIME DOWN HERE IN THE PRIME TIME, SO HOPEFULLY I CAN STICK ONE, OR TWO OR MAYBE
EVEN THREE. [LAUGHS]BLAIR, I THINK I GOT A POD OF FISHING COMING. THERE AT ONE
O CLOCK RIGHT NOW. RIDING PRETTY HIGH, IT S A POD OF FISH, NICE SCHOOL, SOUTHBOUNDERS.
I GOTHERE THEY COME.LOVE THE BACKCAST.SEEGOT
EM.RIGHT THERE, CLOSE TO THE BOAT, RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR LINE, HE S ON IT, STRIP,
STRIP, STRIP, SEEFISH ON BABY!STAY TIGHT!COME ON, COME ON BABY
RUN!GOAAAACK! [FISH OFF]NOWOOOOOO! WELL THAT WAS
THE FIRST JUMPER. WELCOME TO THIS EPISODE OF ADDICTIVE FISHING, WE RE RIGHT OFF OF ISLAMORADA
CATCHING THE KING OF THE FLATS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MEGALOPS ANTLANTICUS. TARPON BABY,
YA LL STAY TUNED WE RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK WITH SOME MORE ADDICTIVE FISHING WITH CAPTAIN
HONSON LAU BABY! TARPON!LET S GO THEN MUSICADDICTIVE FISHING
IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY DICK S SPORTING GOODS, EVERY SEASON STARTS AT DICK S. RANGER BOATS,
STILL BUILDING LEGENDS ONE AT A TIME. MINN KOTA, ANYWHERE. ANYTIME. HUMMINBIRD, SIMPLY.
CLEARLY. BETTER, WRIGHT & MCGILL, REAL GEAR FOR REAL FISHERMAN. AND BY LAZER SHARP, SHARPER,
STRONGER, LONGER.WELCOME BACK YA LL, THE WIND IS STILL ABSOLUTELY HOWLING ON
US OUT HERE BUT WE TARPON MOVING IN FROM STRAIGHT OUT, THERE MOVING IN FROM THE RIGHT, KINDA
MOVING IN FROM ALL AROUND, SO GOT EAGLE EYES ON THE BACK, BACH THERE, CAPTAIN HONSON LAU.
HE CAN SPOT EM. HE S SEEING THEM LIKE TWENTY FEET BEFORE I M SEEING THEM SO . . . THERE
COMING IN REAL CLOSE. THAT ONE THAT I JUST HOOKED, WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT BELOW THE BOAT
RIGHT HERE. I COULD HAVE POKED HIM WITH MY ROD.IT S AMAZING WHEN YOU CAN SEE
EVERYTHING JUST LIGHT UP IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES RIGHT UNDER THE BOAT ISN T IT?
YEAH AND AS THAT SUN COMES UP . . . YOU GET A GOOD PAIR OF COSTA DEL MAR SUNGLASSES, IT
S LIKE SOMEBODY JUST SLOWLY STARTS TURNING UP THE DIMMER SWITCH ON THE FLAT OUT HERE
BECAUSE IT S JUST . . . YOU ALL SEE THAT OUT THERE, IT S BEAUTIFUL DOWN HERE. HONSON, TELL
ME ARE WE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR THEM UP ON TOP OF THE WATER COMING TO US OR ARE THEY
RIDING LOW? THEY MOVE ALL SORTS OF WAYS BUT HOW ARE THEY GOING TO COME TO US?
IT SEEMS LIKE THE BIGGER, SINGLE FISH WILL SWIM A LITTLE DEEPER AND THE BIGGER PODS OF
MIGRATING FISH WILL SWIM A LITTLE HIGHER IN THE WATER COLUMN. THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT
ARE A LITTLE EASIER TO SEE AND THE ONES THAT WILL EAT BETTER. BLAIR, I THINK WE HAVE SOME
FISH COMING AT US. [LAUGHS] WE VE GOT SOME FISH COMING. WE GOT A BIG GROUP OF FISH COMING.
RIGHT AT YOU, SEE EM?THERE THEY ARE.THEY RE COMING RIGHT AT YOU. STRIP
IT, STRIP IT, STRIP IT, STRIP, STRIP, STRIP, STRIP. I THINK ONE MIGHT BE ON IT. KEEP STRIPPING.
FEED THAT SECOND FISH. THE SECOND FISH IS COMING UP.ALRIGHT.IT S LOOKING
AT YOUR FLY. NOPE, FEED THE BACK FISH. GOOD SHOT. STRIP IT. STRIP, STRIP STRIP. NOPE,
WASN T HAPPY?HE S COMING. FISH ON BABY!HIT EM, HIT E M, HIT
UMPH!CLEAR THE LINE BABY!CLEAR IT, CLEAR IT, CLEAR IT, CLEAR IT, CLEAR
IT. GET ON THE REEL BABY.GET ON THAT REEL.THAT S THE WAY HOOK RIGHT BY
THE BOAT HUH?[LAUGHS]LOOKS LIKE A GOOD LITTLE FISH TOO!YEP.
COME ON BABY, BEEN OUT HERE ALL MORNING WAITING FOR THESE GUYS TO COME BY AND EAT.
I M GOING TO LET THE PUSHPOLE GO AND CRANK UP AND CHASE HIM.GO. HE IS
ON THE REEL BABY. DID YOU NOT SEE HIM COMING UP BEHIND IT?I DIDN T SEE THAT ONE.
[LAUGHS]I WAS LOOKING AT THE ONE IN FRONT OF THAT ONE. [LAUGHS]
I SAW THAT ONE REACT TO IT.HE HAD TO DO A ONE EIGHTY TO EAT THAT FLY.
NO, HE WAS COMING RIGHT AT IT.OH, O.K.IT WAS TICKLING HIS NOSE THE
WHOLE TIME.[LAUGHS] OH, MAN.YOU HAD YOUR EYE ON THAT OTHER FISH. LUCKLY,
THIS IS THE SMALLER OF THE TWO.YEAH, THE OTHER ONE WAS BIGGER THAT S WHY I WAS
LOOKING AT THAT ONE.THERE S A CRAB TRAP WAY OUT THERE.DON T WORRY, WE
LL BE ALRIGHT. AS LONG AS YOU DON T PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE, WE LL BE O.K. HE S NO WHERE
NEAR THAT CRAB TRAP.HOW MUCH BACKING YOU GOT ON THIS NAUTILUS?OVER THREE
HUNDRED YARDS.O.K. I THINK WE RE GOOD HERE. I MEAN NOW THAT HE S DONE WITH
THAT FIRST INITIAL RUN. [DRAG SCREAMS] UH OH, NOW I SAY THAT?HE AIN T DONE.
THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE FOLKS.[LAUGHS] I DON T MIND AS LONG AS I GOT ONE
ON NOW ON A WINDY DAY LIKE THIS.[LAUGHS] BLAIR>YALL CAN T TELL THE WINDS PROBABLY
BLOWING TWENTY . . . ATLEAST TWENTY MILES AN HOUR AND IT S A STEADY WIND. WE VE BEEN
SITTING ON THE BANK ALL MORNING LONG AND WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN THE TIDE CHANGES THE TARPON
START FALLING OUT AND THEY COME UP AND THEY EAT LITTLE GREEN FLY WHEN YOU PUT EM NEAR
THEIR HEAD.LITTLE GREEN COOKIELITTLE GREEN COOKIE. YOU GOT TO LOVE IT WHEN
THEY JUMP.ALMOST GOT YOUR FLY LINE IN THE GUIDES.SEEING FLY LINE?
SEEING FLY LINE. HEARING FLY LINE?I M HEARING FLY LINE. UH OH, CRAB TRAP IN
FRONT OF US? THOSE WILL CAUSE YOU TROUBLE. [LAUGHS] THAT S A GOOD FISH THERE, BRAH!
OH, YEAH. NOT A HUG FISH BUT ONE OF THESE MALES AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS MY FAVORITE
SIZE FISH THERE.YEAH, WHEN THEY GET TOO BIG MAN, THEY JUST ARE WAY TO MUCH WORK.
YEPTHAT ALWAYS AMAZES ME THAT YOU GET THESE LITTLE TEENY TINY FLIES
LIKE THIS AND YOU GET THESE GREAT BIG FISH EATEN EM. THEN AGAIN I GUESS, LIKE MY BUDDY
IN LOUISIANA SAYS, HEAVY, ELEPHANTS EAT PEANUTS BROTHER. [LAUGHS][LAUGHS] IT S A
GREAT CONCEPT TO GO BY.TARPOONY BABY! YOU GOT TO LOVEAIN T NOTHING WRONG
WITH THAT.IT S MAY RIGHT NOW AND IT S ABSOLUTE PEAK TARPON TIME WOULDN T YOU
SAY?I D SAY SO.[LAUGHS]WITH WHAT WE VE SEEN THE LAST COUPLE
OF HOURS?LAST COUPLE OF HOURS WE VE SEEN THEM JUST PARADING BY THE BOAT AND
YOU JUST GOTTA KEEP THROWING AT THEM AND THROWIN AT EM AND THROWIN AT EM UNTIL YOU FINALLY
FIND THAT ONE THAT S HUNGRY AND EATS. SLOWLY BUT SURELY.THIS ONE DOESN T WANT
TO PLAY NICE.I GUESS MY NEW FLATS BLUE FLY ROD DID THIS ONE PRETTY GOOD HUH?
I WOULD SAY SO.FOR A TEN WEIGHT, THIS ONE SURE FEELS LIKE A TWELVE
WEIGHT TO ME BUT IT CAST LIKE A GOOD TEN WEIGHT. WHEN THEY RE READY, THEY ARE READY AND WHEN
THEY RE READY A LOT OF TIME THEY WILL COME UP AND LAY ON THE SIDE OF THE BOAT HERE. GOT
HIM THAT TIME?UGH! UH OW!IS HE DONE? IS HE DONE? HONSON S WRESTLING,
IT S A WRESTLING MATCH.HE AIN T GONG NOWHERE NOW.[LAUGHS]WOOOOH!
GOOD JOB, HONSON LAU! HERE LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET THAT FLY OUT OF THER.
RIGHT THERE IN THE CORNER OF THE MOUTH.PERFECT! PERFECT HOOK, NOW GUYS THESE TARPON
ARE SO UNIQUE TO THIS AREA AND I TELL YOU WHAT, THERE S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN
CATCH THEM HERE. YOU CAN CATCH EM ON THE FLATS LIKE WE RE DOING RIGHT NOW, YOU VE GOT EM
AROUND THE BRIDGES, YOU CAN LIVE BAIT EM AND HONSON LOVES DOING THE FLY ROD AND FOR YOU
FLY RODDERS OUT THERE THAT HAVE BEEN BEGGING FOR A FLY SHOW, HERE YOU GO . . . THE KING
OF THE FLATS RIGHT HERE BABY. ONE THING THAT I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ABOUT TARPON HONSON IS HOW
THEIR HEAD LOOKS LIKE IT S BEEN CHIZZELD OUT OF A BLOCK OF ICE. THAT IS SO BEAUTIFUL . . . ONE
OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FISH IN THE WORLD. THAT S WHY THEY CALL THEM THE GLAMOUR FISH! LET
S GET SOME WATER THROUGH HIS GILLS AND GO GET ON OUR STAKE. HE S NOT GOING TO TAKE TOO
LONG WITH THE OXYGEN IN THE WATER.YEAH, THESE FISH USUALLY REVIVE PRETTY GOOD
HERE IN THE OCEAN.WELL OFF HE GOES THERE BROTHA!NICE!THAT WAS
PRETTY AWESOME. HEY YA LL GET A CHANCE TO DO THIS. WE RE IN ISLAMORADA. RIGHT OFF OF
ISLAMORADA SITTING HERE ON THE FLATS CATCHING THESE BIG TARPON, CAPT. HONSON LAU, YA LL
STAY TUNED, WE RE GOING TO RIGHT BACK WITH SOME MORE ADDICTIVE FISHING, AND HOPEFULLY
SOME MORE MEGALOPOS ATLANTICUS, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE TARPON. BE RIGHT BACK!
LET S GO THEN. MUSICWELCOME BACK YA LL. AS YOU CAN TELL THE WIND IS JUST BLOWING
ALL KINDS OF CRAZYNESS OFFSHORE, SO WE VE MOVED BACK IN THE BACK COUNTRY AND IT S A
LITTLE BIT QUIETER IN HERE BUT WE RE GOING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS? HONSON SAID THESE FISH
LIKE TO MOVE UP THIS BANK WITH THE TIDE FLOWING AND THEY SHOULD EAT PRETTY GOOD HUH?
TYPICALLY, BIGGER FISH IN HERE. BIGGER FISH EAT BETTER.MOGANS?MOGANS.
BLAIR, I THINK I VE GOT ONE COMING? KINDA LOOKS LIKE A SHARK THOUGH. POINT YOUR ROD,
LEFT, RIGHT AROUND THAT POINT.O.K. I GOT IT.YEAH THERE HE IS. IT S GOT
THAT TAIL SWAGGER GOING SIDE TO SIDE.AWFUL BLACK BACK THOUGH, WHAT DO THEY SAY
WHEN IN DOUBT?WHEN IN DOUBT, WHIP IT OUT!WHIP IT OUT AND LET S SEE
WHAT HAPPENS?HE ATE IT, HE ATE IT, HE ATE IT.FISH ON BABY!HIT
EM BIG FISH! GREAT SHOT BLAIR GREAT SHOT!COME ON BABY. THAT S A BIG ONE BROTHER.
[BIG LAUGH]CHASE HIM WITH THE TROLLING MOTOR.WAS THAT AWESOME OR WHAT? I
THINK THAT S AN OR WHAT . PUSH DOWN. THERE YOU GO. WELL SIR I THINK WE GOT US A MOGAN?
[LAUGHS] WHAT DO YOU THINK?I THOUGHT IT WAS A SHARK AT FIRST.HE ATE IT,
HE ATE IT, HE ATE IT [BIG LAUGH]THAT WAS A GREAT SETUP MAN!THEN I SAW
HIS MOUTH OPEN AND I WAS LIKE OH MY GOD HE ATE IT.[LAUGHS] DID YOU REALLY WANT
TO HOOK THIS ONE? LOOK AT HIS BACK?I THINK I DID. HE S ONLY ABOUT A FOOT AND
HALF ACROSS ISN T HE?I M GOING TO GET ON THE MOTOR.YOU JUST WANT TO
SEE ME GET INTO THIS GREEN LINE DON T YOU?THAT S BASICALLY IT. I DON T THINK
THAT REEL HAS EVER SEEN THAT GREEN LINE?[REEL SCREAMIN] IT S FIXING TO. OHHHH!
NICE JUMP. YOU RE GOING TO GET INTO THE GREEN SOON.THERE S THE GREEN.THERE
S GREEN.YOU ONLY GOT SEVENTY FIVE YARDS LEFT NOW?NO, YOU GOT TWO HUNDRED
YARDS LEFT. HE S RUNNING TOWARDS THAT OTHER BOAT.GOING TO THE RIGHT A LITTLE.
BLAIR, THAT S A REALLY BIG FISH!IT S A MONSTER, BROTHER.I THINK YOU
VE GOT ABOUT TWO HUNDRED YARDS WHEN YOU RE IN THAT GREEN.YEAHI M GOING
TO TAKE IT OUT OF GEAR. I M GONNA USE THE TROLLING MOTOR AGAIN CAUSE WE RE KINDA CLOSE
TO THIS OTHER BOAT.YEAH, HOPE HE DON T TRY AND THROUGH AT IT?[LAUGHS]
I THINK HE S THROWING AT IT, DUDE?THROWING AT OUR FISH.YEAH.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?LET S HOPE HE DON T CATCH MY LINE? WELL, I DIDN
T SEE THE GREEN LINE ON THE LAST FISH, BUT I M SEEING THE GREEN LINE ON THIS FISH. THIS
ONE S OVER A HUNDRED EASY.EASY.EASY OVER A HUNDRED.EASY, BIG FISH.
AS A MATTER OF FACT, I THINK WE RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK RIGHT NOW AND PAY TRIBUTE
TO SOME OF OUR SPONSORS OUT THERE. WE LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH SOME MORE ADDICTIVE FISHING
AND WE LL SHOW YOU THIS BEAST!LET S GO THEN. MUSICADDICTIVE
FISHING IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY D.O.A. LURES, THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. FLORIDA S SPACE COAST,
ORLANDO S CLOSEST BEACHES. STAR BRITE, THE WORLD-WIDE LEADER IN MARINE, AUTOMOTIVE AND
RV CARE PRODUCTS. FINS, THE WORLD S FIRST SITUATIONAL SPECTRA-FIBER FISHING LINE. COSTA
DEL MAR SUNGLASSES, SEE WHAT S OUT THERE AND BY SEAGUAR, THE INVENTOR AND WORLD LEADER
IN FLUOROCARBON FISHING LINE.RIG IT RIGHT BY WRIGHT AND MCGILL.
ISLAMORADA, WHAT CAN I SAY AND WITH THE BUGGY WHIP. THERE S NO BETTER WAY TO CATCH A TARPON
THAN WITH A FLY ROD. THE NEW WRIGHT AND MCGILL FLATS BLUE FLY RODS, THEY RE COMING OUT SOON,
SO Y ALL CHECK EM OUT THEN THEY HIT THE STORES. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EM. WE RE USING ABOUT 7
FEE OF SEAGUAR FLOROUCARBON LINE AND WHAT THE SEAGUAR DOES, IT S GOT A GREAT WHIPPING
ACTION THAT WILL ACTUALLY LAY THE FLY OUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF YA AND IT JUST LAYS IT OUT
PERFECTLY. DOESN T REALLY MAKE IT SPLASH AND HIT AND SPOOK THE FISH AND IT WAS DEFINITELY
GETTING THE JOB DONE TODAY. AND FINS, THEY MAKE A GREAT LINE, THIS IS THE XS. YOU VE
SEEN ME USE IT OUT COBIA FISHING. YOU VE SEEN ME USE IT ON ALL MY SPINNING GEAR BUT WHAT
IT WORKS WELL ON ALSO IS FLY REELS. IT S REAL TIGHT IN DIAMETER AND IT HOLDS A LOT OF IT
AND YOU DON T HAVE TO SPEND A BUNCH OF MONEY ON A DACRON OR ANY EXPENSIVE FLY LINE ALL
YOU NEED IS A LITTLE BIT OF XS TO PUT ON THERE AND YOU GOT PLENTY OF BACKING. THE FLY I WAS
THROWING. HONSON TIES UP THESE LITTLE FLIES. HE CALLS IT A LITTLE GREEN COOKIE. THOSE BIG
GIANT TARPON WE RE LOVING THIS LITTLE GREEN COOKIE. FINS ALSO MAKE A GREAT LINE OUT THERE
CALLED HOLLOWCORE THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY USE FOR BACKING AS WELL. WORKS GREAT FOR SWORDFISHING
AND OF YOU GUYS OUT THERE THAT ARE BIG OFFSHORE FISHERMAN YOU KNOW WHAT HOLLOWCORE IS. HEY,
FINS MAKES IT, SO ITS GOT TO BE BEST. GIVE IT A TRY, ITS REALLY GOOD STUFF. THERE S YOUR
BAIT CHECK FOR TODAY. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE REST OF THE SHOW AND A BIG TUG A WAR COMING UP.
REMEMBER ONE THING THOUGH, EVERY FISHING SEASON STARTS RIGHT HERE AT DICKRIG
IT RIGHT BY WRIGHT AND MCGILL.SUBMIT TO THE MOGAN MAN!YOU GOT WHITE YET?
NOT YET. WELCOME BACK, WE RE CHASING DOWN OUR MOGAN POON ON THE END OF THE LINE
STILL. WE ABOUT GOT OUR WHITE LINE BACK, BUT THE FLATS BLUE FLY ROD IS KICKING SOME TAIL
TODAY.GET THAT WHITE LINE IN THE GUIDES. THAT MEANS HE S ABOUT 75 YARDS AWAY.
ATE THE LITTLE GREEN COOKIE, THAT S WHAT MY FRIENDS CALL IT. IT S JUST A GREEN TOAD, BUT
. . .O.K. WE RE GETTING CLOSE. OH YEAH, THAT S A GROWN ONE THERE BROTHER. THAT
IS A GROWN ONE. COME ON BABY! WE JUST GOT FORTY POUND LEADER, DON T WE?40 POUND
SEAGUAR ON THERE.ALRIGHT COOL. WHOAAA BABY, COME ON! GOD THAT IS SO CLOSE TO WHERE
YOU CAN GET EM BUSTED OFF ON THEM RIGHT THERE BECAUSE THEY RE STILL REAL GREEN. YOU RE REAL
CLOSE TO THEM LIKE THIS AND YOU WANT TO PUT SO MUCH PRESSURE ON THEM, BUT YOU JUST CAN
T. YOU PUT A LITTLE SIDE PRESSURE ON HIM. YOU GET A LITTLE BOW IN THE LINE LIKE THAT
AND IT GIVES YOU EXTRA DRAG WHERE YOU DON T HAVE TO GRAB YOUR FLY LINE HERE TO GIVE
YOURSELF SOME EXTRA DRAG. WITH THAT BIG BOW IN THE LINE, IT ACTUALLY WILL TIRE THEM OUT
A LITTLE BETTER. THAT S WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE MAKE A MISTAKE AND COME A LITTLE TIGHTER ON
THEIR DRAG AND IT ACTUALLY DOUBLES THEIR DRAG WHAT THEY RE GETTING AND IT ENDS UP POPPING
THE LEADER OFF. WOOOOO, THAT S A HUNDRED POUNDS EASY BUDDY! HE AIN T NO WHERE NEAR DONE YET.
HE S PLAYED THIS GAME BEFORE.WHAT S THAT?HE S PLAYED THIS GAME
BEFORE. HE S JUST CONSERVING HIS ENERGY.IF Y ALL EVERY GET A CHANCE TO COME DOWN HERE
AND DO THIS, YOU CAN BRING YOUR OWN BOAT DOWN HERE AND LEARN HOW TO DO THIS, BUT IF YOU
COME WITH A FISHING GUIDE, SOMEBODY LIKE HONSON HERE THAT S BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS AND
YEARS AND YEARS, THEY KNOW THE EXACT SPOTS TO GET AND THEY CAN YOU HOW TO DO THIS RIGHT
AND THERE S CERTAIN ETIQUETTE UP AND DOWN THE FLATS HERE THAT YOU REALLY GOT TO FOLLOW
BECAUSE THIS AREA HERE WE RE FISHING IS KNOWN AS A FLY ROD AREA, AND YOU DON T WANT PEOPLE
FISHING BAIT IN HERE CAUSE IT JUST MAKES IT TOUGH FOR FLY RODDERS, SO THAT S WHY WE RE
IN HERE THROWING A FLY ROD TODAY. THIS FISH HAS ABOUT RUN US ALL OVER THIS LITTLE BASIN
HERE. YOU SEE THAT FLY LINE WHERE THIS GREEN LINE IS NOW. I WAS DOWN INTO THAT GREEN LINE
THAT S WHAT TWO HUNDRED YARDS OUT?THAT S TWO HUNDRED YARDS OUT, THIS FISH MADE
A DASH FOR GLORY.[LAUGHS] HE WAS TRYING TO GET BACK TO CHANNEL FIVE.
[LAUGHS] THAT S WHERE HE CAME FROM.OH, WHAT A FISH. IT S AMAZING HOW BIG THEY
GET WHEN THEY RAISE THEIR HEAD OUT OF THE WATER LIKE THAT.THIS FISH HAS A LOT
OF GIRTH FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. NOT A LOT OF LENGTH, BUT A SHORT FAT ONE.YOU KNOW
THEY MAKE THESE IN A TWELVE WEIGHT AS WELL. I DON T KNOW WHY I JUST BROUGHT THE TEN
THAT TEN HAS GOT PLENTY OF POWER.THIS GUY HERE, I D LIKE TO HAVE A TWELVE WEIGHT
ON IT. [LAUGHS]A TWELVE WOULD DEFINITELY BE A LOT LESS CONDUSIVE TO YOUR HEALTH. [LAUGHS]
YEAH, THEY MAKE THEN IN AN EIGHT, NINE, TEN AND TWELVE WEIGHT.VERY
NICE. THEY ARE REAL POWERFUL RODS MAN. EVERY TIME THEY COME UP AND GULP LIKE THAT, IT S
LIKE THEM TAKING A SPORTS DRINK OR A FIVE HOUR ENERGY OR SOMETHING.THAT IS
A HUGE TAIL. THAT TARPON S TAIL IS NOT PROPORTIONATE TO ITS BODY.IT ISN T. OH, YEAH!
THAT S WHAT YOU LIKE TO SEE THEM DO AT THE END OF A FIGHT, RIGHT?OH, YEAH.
YOU GOT TO BE REAL CAREFUL THOUGH WHEN YOU RE AT THIS POINT IN A FIGHT. YOUR LEADER IS
GETTING AGED. TARPON HAVE GOT LIKE A SANDPAPER MOUTH, SO THEY CAN REALLY FRAY THAT LEADER
UP, AND YOU CAN T PUT THAT FORTY POUNDS OF PRESSURE ON HIM LIKE IF IT WASN T CHAFFED
UP. YOU GOT TO BE REAL CAREFUL. THIS IS WHERE A LOT OF THEM GET OFF BECAUSE YOU RE ABLE
TO SEE THEM. THEY RE RIGHT NEXT TO THE BOAT. YOU THINK YOU CAN DO THAT ONE LITTLE EXTRA
TUG ON THEM TO GET THEM TO THE BOAT.OH, THERE HE WENT RIGHT THERE . . . AN HOUR
AND HOUR AND A HALF. OH, MAN IF THAT WASN T A HEART BREAKER DUDE?BROTHER, THAT
WAS AWESOME. YOU DID AN AWESOME, ALL YOU COULD. YOU GOT THE BEST OUT OF THAT FISH.
THAT WAS AWESOME. LET S SEE WHERE THIS THING BROKE. WE HAD TO SWITCH TO FORTY POUND TEST
LEADER. WE WERE THROWING AT THESE FISH EARLIER AND THEY WERE SPOOKING, SO WE HAD TO SWITCH
DOWN. WE HAD SIXTY ON THERE, BUT WE SWITCHED IT DOWN TO FORTY AND LET S SEE WHAT HAPPENED?
I BET HE JUST WORE THROUGH IT.TAIL WHACKED IT.TAIL WHACKED IT. WELL,
COULDN T DO NOTHING ABOUT THAT. HEY IF Y ALL EVERY WANT TO DO THIS, MAKE SURE YOU GIVE
HONSON LAU A CALL BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE THE FISH ARE AT DOWN HERE. HE S BEEN DOWN HERE,
FIVE YEARS?FIVE YEARS GUIDING, TWELVE YEARS FISHING.WHAT S YOUR WEBSITE?
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GIVE HIM A SHOUT IF YOU CAN AND COME DO THIS BECAUSE IT LL . . . IT LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS
FOR WORDS! IT S THE FISH OF A LIFETIME. Y ALL COME DO IT AND DON T FORGET ABOUT THE
WEBSITE, ADDICTIVE FISHING DOT COM. HONSON LAU, LOOK HIM UP COME CATCH A POON OUT OF
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