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Rigging for Tarpon

There are excellent and proficient tarpon fishermen and guides who all use different styles, and they work for them.

August 4, 2003

Earle Fletcher of Spring Hill, Florida, asks: Which knots do you prefer for attaching a tarpon leader to the shock leader, asnell or a loop? Also, which hook style do you prefer, a straighteye or an up eye?

Lefty: There are excellent and proficient tarpon fishermen and guides who all use different styles, and they work for them. I prefer a loop knot and think the Non-Slip Knot is best,although a Duncan Loop (uni-knot) works well, too. As for hooks, for big tarpon I prefer a size 3/0 hook of the finest steel I canget. My personal preference is a Gamakatsu – but you can’t go wrongwith Owner, Mustad or Tiemco hooks. With a loop knot, the eye ofthe hook is less important, but I prefer a straight or ringeye.

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