8 Year Old Catches 140 Pound Tarpon in The Everglades

April 18, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
8 Year Old "JJ" went fishing with his father aboard Captain Rich Smith's of www.Everglades-FishingGuide.com flats skiff and had no idea what he was in store for.

His Angling Adventure took place in the deep backcountry Everglades Fishing area South Florida inside Everglades National Park. They boarded the boat in the early morning hours and traveled across numerous ponds and creeks passing birds, alligators, and other wildlife along the way. When they arrived at the fishing hole there were prehistoric looking Tarpon rolling and jumping everywhere. On the second cast the Rapala lure was inhaled by a massive 140 pound Tarpon. The fish exploded out of the water and screamed out over 200 yards of line.

"JJ" kept his composure the entire time and never let up an inch. When the Silver King jumped "JJ" reacted by bowing gracefully to the fish. He fought this fish for nearly two hours before Captain Rich Smith was able to successfully release the fish unharmed for someone else to fight another day. If you would like to learn more about Tarpon Fishing check out Everglades Fishing Charters website

"This was the greatest fish I have ever seen." Said JJ's father Marcus Vere who were visiting Miami and The Florida Keys and booked a Everglades Fishing Charterwith Angling Adventures, which is owned and operated by Capt. Rich Smith. During their two- day trip they also caught Snook, Redfish, Trout, Snapper, Grouper, Ladyfish, and Jacks while Flamingo Fishing and Everglades Fishing.

Marcus said, "It was a wonderful experience to see my son pulling on such a massive fish. I can't wait to come back next year and get my own."

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Angling Adventures with Captain Rich Smith offers Backcountry Flats Fishing in the Miami Biscayne Bay area, Flamingo Fishing Everglades National Park area, and The Florida Keys. Light Tackle or Fly Fishing. Women, children, and all skill levels are welcome.