It the tarpon is hooked, it'll jump, possibly 10 feet into the air. As the fish falls, "bow" to it by leaning toward it and pointing the rod-tip at the tarpon. This lessens the chances of line breakage due to the weight of the fish falling upon it. If the fish is still hooked, consider it good fortune. After a few more jumps, the tarpon may settle under the skiff and tow you. Lift on the fish from its side, either left or right, and keep steady pressure. After five minutes, change sides, pulling on the tarpon from the opposite direction. This seems to tire a fish quicker and works with many light-tackle species.