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SARGEANTof The Tampa Tribune
JUN 8, 2002
Rob McCue of Tarpon Springs and angler Daniel Saey of
Charlottesville, N.C., brought an even larger tarpon to the boat
at Boca Grande on Thursday. The fish measured 90 inches to the
fork and had a girth of 46 1/2 inches. Based on the weight
formula, that would have put it at about 243 pounds, making it the
largest tarpon ever landed at the big pass and possibly matching
the largest landed in U.S. waters. A 243-pounder was landed at Key
West in 1975.
However, McCue decided not to bring the fish in for weighing, so
his record will remain unofficial. He did photograph it, however,
and the catch and measuring was witnessed by dozens of nearby
anglers who verified the size. The tarpon ate a breakaway jig on
the edge of the Lighthouse Hole. Saey fought it for about 20
minutes on 40-pound-test line.
Amazingly, McCue said one of his anglers hooked an even larger
fish two days earlier.
``That fish just swam to the surface within 30 seconds and laid
there, and it was a lot longer than this one,'' said McCue. ``It's
hard to say how big it was in the water like that, but it was
right under the bow and both my mate (Brian Timmons) and I
estimated it at 8 feet.''
Unfortunately, the jig fell out of the monster's mouth, so there
was no chance to measure or photograph it. For details, visit
Bounty Hunter, Miller's Tarpon Tide Tournament #4.
far left: Will Lognecker (sorry Willie---you were unintentionally
cropped), mate Brian Timmons, Brent Forry (with the check), angler
Dawn Stone, team leader Greg Crouch, and Capt. Robert McCue.
Bounty Hunter, Miller's Tarpon Tide Tournament #5.
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Left: Brian Timmons, Capt. Robert McCue, Will Lognecker, Brent
Unfortunately, last Saturday's Ladies Day (Tarpon Tide Tournament
#6) was not as bountiful. A tropical low moved over the Gulf
around noon on Friday and by Saturday morning the strong southwest
winds and heavy rain had run every single tarpon out of the Pass.
The ladies fished relentlessly in some adverse conditions (and
without fish) with a smile, class and dignity. The only complaints
were on the radio from the male captains who were disgusted with
Mother Nature. In all 38 teams fished. There were no fish hooked
or landed. 1st, 2nd and most release prizes were drawn from a hat
when sudden death overtime produced no fish as well. All my life I
have never been lucky and achieved what I have through hard work.
Though I'd likely decline a lottery placing, we did not have that
decision to make.
Since, Mother Nature has continued with her fury. At this writing,
Father Time has cleared the skies. We are forecasted to see
easterly winds. This accompanied with strong tides and a possible
crab run on the moon should bring the fish back to the shoreline.
There is much reservation in this wait and see situation. The
timing of the blow occurred while many fish had already headed
offshore to spawn and had not yet returned. For now we sit and
wait and see what cards the fish gods will deal us. In addition to
filling the dreams of many, two regular and the $100,000 tourney
all remain in question.
*20JUN02 Update-------The weather
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