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Sebastian Inlet

Tarpon turns tables on fishing guide

By Bill Sargent
FLORIDA TODAY



SEBASTIAN -- Who says fishing isn't a contact sport.

Scott MacCalla, a fishing guide from Titusville, is convinced otherwise.

While fishing alone near Sebastian Inlet last Saturday night, a 50-pound tarpon turned the tables on MacCalla by jumping inside his flats skiff, making a shambles of the boat and scrambling MacCalla's nerves.

"It went ballistic for about 30 seconds, throwing scales, blood, slime and tarpon poo everywhere," MacCalla related.

"Luckily, the fish stayed in between the console and the back part of the cockpit, not going under the gunwales and not destroying everything."

It had been an impromptu decision to go fishing in the middle of the night that led MacCalla to the unnerving encounter he'll never forget.

"Every once in awhile, I get a sudden urge to go fishing," he explained. "Rain, wind, and even the clock reading midnight cannot cure the urge. Only fishing will."

With that, MacCalla, a flyfishing specialist who operates Backcast Charters, grabbed a couple flyrods, hooked up his boat and headed for the Sebastian Inlet area.

Tarpon were rolling, but not the larger ones MacCalla was expecting, so he pulled out a 9-weight fly rod, wishing later he had chosen his stronger 11-weight.

"I positioned the boat up current of (the tarpon) and started casting. I made about 10 casts and I hooked up," he said.

MacCalla knew the fish wasn't a giant, but he knew too that it would be a problem for the 9-weight tackle.

"I fought the fish for about half an hour, all the while keeping in mind that I was alone. So, I'm trying to figure out just what I'm going to do with a 50-pound tarpon by myself."

While putting more pressure on the fish in an effort to tire the gamester, MacCalla felt the line go limp. He thought the hook had pulled loose.

It hadn't.
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Instead, the tarpon was streaking toward the surface and, like a Poseidon Missile, it skyrocketed out of the water and into the boat.

"Now, I really am thinking 'What am I going to do with a 50-pound tarpon in my boat by myself.' "

During its rolling and thrashing, the 41/2-foot fish threw the fly from its mouth. Then it calmed enough that MacCalla could get a grip on the lower jaw of the fish.

"I lipped the fish, pulled it over the side and into the water. I revived it and it swam away OK," MacCalla said.

"Maybe I should have stayed home, MacCalla mused.

"Nope," he laughed.
 

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I died laffin when i read that in the paper this morning..............:D
 

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I bet he takes someone fishin with him next time .:D
Thanks for the laugh BentHook :p
 

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I read a simuler story about a guy who caught a bull shark that jumped into his boat! kinda scarry! That is why I LOVE FISHING! You never know what will happen!
 
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