|RIGHT ANGLER: Change the angle of the rod to keep a fish off-balance. Photo: Jenny Everett |
I've seen 40-pound fish fight like tarpon three times their size and true behemoths that lolled more than battled. No matter the size, when you get a fish that doesn't quit you'll need to employ a few tricks to finish the battle quickly. Keep your rod lowered to either side of your body to apply the most pressure. Also try to keep the fish off-balance by changing the angle of the rod. This often encourages tarpon to jump, which helps tire them out. Near the end of the battle, thumbing the spool for added pressure also helps. And, remember, when you rest the fish rests, so fight it hard. Tarpon are too game to deserve anything less.