100lb tarpon breaks everything
Klaus & Christina Vander from Austria are enjoying a cool drink on the Club’s verandah after a good day’s fishing in the Marls. Below them the ocean gently laps the beach, birds sing in the coppice and the sun shimmers out to sea. An idyllic end to a successful day.
Christina spots two huge fish cruising just 20 feet from the shore. Klaus lunges for the Swarovski binoculars, scans the water, shouts “Tarpon!”, races downstairs to the rod rack, grabs his new Loop fly rod rigged for shark fishing, tears off down the 69 steps to the beach, races left for 50 yards, looks back up to see Christina pointing, spots the fish, casts perfectly and hooks the bigger of the fish at the very first attempt. All in less than 90 seconds.
With a mighty roll the fish heads for Africa. Klaus sets the hook. Bang. The Loop shatters into four pieces. Klaus is left with just the butt, trying to play what is probably the biggest fish ever hooked on the Club beach on a fly rod. An unequal contest ends badly, with groans from the spectators on the verandah. Klaus slowly returns, smiling gently. Time to finish that beer…
Sh–, as they say in these parts, happens.