“There are exceptions to everything we are going to tell you today and tomorrow.”

The speaker was a dignified man, but one with a serious problem. David Prevost was a tarpon addict. 

He is also the current state record holder for tarpon, a 246.6-pound monster he caught in October of 2015. 

“The exceptions are what keeps us coming back; the mystery of it. I’ve seen being out here all day and not catch a fish, then at 3 o’clock, they are everywhere.”

We were talking tarpon in Prevost’s Grand Isle camp. With him there were Jeff DeBlieux, his partner the day he caught the record fish, legendary tarpon fisherman Lance “Coon” Schouest, and Schouest’s brother Joe “Dookie” Schouest, Jr. 

I would be on the water the next day with Prevost and DeBlieux. Coon Schouest would be fishing on his own boat with a charter customer.

Sixty-one-year-old Prevost, a consulting CPA, has been fishing tarpon since 1980, after fishing the first time with Ronnie Roger, who he described as “one of the old time tarpon fishermen.” 

“The excitement of the jump and the thrill of catching them attracted me,” he smiled. “I always told my wife that I wanted to catch the state record. The day I did, Jeff and I caught 8 fish and it was the last one.

“I measure the girth of a tarpon with a tape around its belly to estimate weight. It has to be 43 or 44 inches to be over 200 pounds. I made up my mind not to boat a fish unless it taped as a