Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Concrete Bucket

Even though this is a very small tarpon, these photos are a great example of how big their mouths are and how few soft places are in there for a hook to find.  The inside of their jaws feels just like a broken cinder block and is nothing more than skin over very hard bone.  This juvenile tarpon was caught just north of Matlacha and fell for a Toad pattern tied on a 2/0 Owner SSW cutting point hook.  These are the only hooks I use for my tarpon flies and if you stick them hard enough they usually hold.