Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mason the tarpon slayer

This past weekend, three generations of the Edwards clan from Montgomery, AL. came to Apalachicola to take on the silver king. They consisted of grandpa Chuck, son Charlie and grandsons Mason and Sam.

After an early start the fish didn't get turned on until about 0930, when Charlie hooked a bull shark. While he was fighting it, Mason's rod went off...but it sure wasn't a shark!

Two hours later an exhausted Mason led an equally exhausted tarpon to the side of the boat.

Just as the leader was grabbed, the tarpon tried to make one final run. The 60 pound bite tippet parted and the tarpon headed for deeper water. After nearly 2 1/2 hours, 11 year old Mason had bested a tarpon twice his own weight. A day he will remember for years to come.


  1. What an exciting story and pictures. Thanks for sharing them. I've always dreamed of doing that since seeing Jack Youngblood fishing on ESPN when I was in high school.

  2. Tarpon are my favorite inshore fish and what we target this time of the year. We have an excellent fishery for them.