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Marathon Tarpon

from Fishing the Flats

23:16     USD 2.49 to buy     USD 1.29 to rent     
It's late Spring, the temperature is on the up, so host Henry Waszczuk heads down to the Florida Keys hoping to catch some monster Tarpon. He joins top guide Chris Morrison, based in Marathon, a city in the Keys set over 13 islands, known for their beaches and barrier reef. The gulf side here is a bit deeper than further north, so the larger fish tend to hold up during migration. Their choice of bait for the day is live mullet and crab and they're quickly into a fish. Tarpon are incredibly strong, hard fighting fish, so there are plenty of jumps in an attempt to throw the hook. But it is the second fish of the day that provides the most excitement, hooked amongst the pillars of the road bridge where it was lying in wait for food, this Tarpon leads them a merry dance, in and out of the pylons, under and around the bridge a few times, calling on great boat handling skills from Chris. And it pays off as they are able to land this monster in the shallows and get a great up close look at it. Henry's tip of the week is to show you how he ties his favourite knot, the Bimini Twist and chef Brad Townsend's recipe is a grilled crab crusted Cobia steak.

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