Where were you fishing for the Tarpon? The smaller fish tend to be in the creeks and laggons near the hotels but thre are some huge mothers by the Rocks at Pilar Beach or if tou can fish by the speedboats at night in the chanel by the cause way. Those Cow fish dont half pull butpound for pound Ballyhoo on ultralight geat take some neating, it makes catching bait great fun.
yep pilar what a area, we were lucky the one evening to be there when the tarpon were hitting a shoal of sardines we hit into tarpon after tarpon, the runs were electric and when a fish threw the popper another 1 jumped on straight away... paradon is the place the mecca for the big fish. we off to the same resort in june... for the chap who is going you must take braid 60lb plus and a couple of spare spools... the snowbee deep blue tarpon travel rod is a great choice or the shimano travel beastmaster.. they both handled 100lb plus fish... you can catch the bones on light spinning tackle with some prawn.. the best guide is a bloke called donesky...