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SPORT WITH TARPON It must not be supposed that tarpon are caught
every day; indeed you have sometimes to angle in vain for several
days without a strike. They are, in fact, like all other fish in
the world, capricious, and you have to exercise the virtue of
patience, and be thankful when you get them in the humour. The
tackle used for this big strong fish should be of the Tar n very
best; hence my advice to the English angler Tackle, proceeding to
Florida is to expend a portion of his time on landing in New York
so as to put together his equipment thoroughly. The rod is
generally a bamboo pole, as shown in the frontispiece illustration,
with a short butt of about The Rod. 1- feet in length, and the
entire length of the implement should not be more than 7 feet.
After the moreor less limber salmon and trout rods of the old
country, this rod handles very strangely at first, but you will
soon fall into the right manner of using it; it proves very
powerful, and it is surprising how far you can cast with it. A
tarpon rod can be bought in New York for 2 or less, and those at
the figure I name, as I can vouch from experience, are really good.
As there is always a chance of killing a 200 Ib. tarpon, or
something heavier still; as, moreover, there are accidents by flood
and field to be always guarded against by the prudent sportsman, I
should advise taking three rods and sets of tackle, although I only
took two. Mr. E. Vom Hofe, of New York, is, as already stated,
himself a very successful tarpon fisher; he has therefore taken
great pains to perfect all details of tackle for tarpon fishing
after consultations with brother anglers, and, from his and their
experience, is therefore both practical and reliable. The best
class of butt, includ...
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