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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Local charter fisherman lands a big one

Local charter fisherman lands a big one

Lance “Coon” Schouest caught this 228.13-pound tarpon on a green-and-yellow Coon Pop lure about 7 miles from Grand Isle.

Slightly more than a week ago, Lance “Coon” Schouest navigated his boat about seven miles from off the coast of Grand Isle with hopes of tangling with a tarpon… and that he did.

Not long after being out, the line sank and he jumped into action quickly realizing he was fighting a monster fish.

“I hooked him about 40 yards from the boat and he made his first jump about 150 yards away,” Schouest said. “When he came out of the water, I knew he was a big one.”

When the fight was over, Schouest ended up with a 228.13-pound tarpon that weighed fewer than two pounds less of the 20-year-old state record tarpon caught in 1993. Schouest’s monster was 85 inches long with a girth of 48 inches.

“I was thinking he was over 230 pounds, but the scales don’t lie,” he said.

The catch marked the 17th 200 plus pound tarpon that Schouest, a charter fisherman, has personally caught.  Six of the top 10 tarpons in Louisiana have come from his boat.

“I’ve got a passion for tarpon fishing,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and there’s a lot of luck involved; but, I’d rather be lucky than good any day.”

Anyone interested in chartering a tarpon-fishing trip can contact Schouest at 985-688-7633.