UP THE ST. LUCIE RIVER

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jasonsnook  jimtrout  

    Last night was a bit of an adventure.  We went up the the St. Lucie River this time looking for some action and found the mullet being demolished by tarpon and snook.  We had a six to seven foot tarpon come about five feet from landing in our boat.  I was in the process of landing a 33 in snook at the time.  While leaning over the side of the boat to pick up the snook, this tarpon inhaled one of our other baits.  At the same time leaping almost in the boat.  I threw the snook in the live well box because I wanted a picture of it, and we started chasing the tarpon.  He took us for a ride about twenty minutes long jumping all over the place.  We could finally see that he was showing signs of fatigue when disaster struck.  He shook his head and the fatal sound of line popping rang out to our disbelief.  He leaped and shook his head one more time as to say I'll be here all week giving us the nod.  They don't call it fishing for nothing.  So we took the big snook we had in the live box, snapped a couple a pictures and released him.  We also landed and released a really nice sea trout about 26 inches long and Palm Beach released a 10-15 pound tarpon.  We had a pretty exciting night. I can really say the big one got away!

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