Mother &*$%@#$ big tarpon.
That's why you go to Holbox, for a shot at one of the biggest, strongest, and most challenging fish on the planet on a fly rod. Tarpon, especially the big ones, don't come easy. For many anglers with a freshwater background (Fast Jimi and I very much included) the transition to bigger, heavier, and more powerful rods and a strip set are the first couple of adjustments that anglers need to make to be successful.
As Jimmy already told you, the first big tarpon of the trip was a pretty short experience. A cast in front of a school of rolling fish, a thump as a 100-something pound fish engulfed my purple death, and a solid strip set drove a 6/0 600SP deep into the hard mouth of a monster tarpon.
Within a couple seconds, I was in my backing, in the process of losing just about every guide on the rod, and my brand new line. The fish jumped three of four times in the process, and Jimmy was able to snap these pictures as the fight ended with a sickening crack.
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