[pagebreak] Pate was convinced he had a new world record and that he needed to weigh the tarpon on certified scales. To do that, of course, he had to boat it. "I thought, 'How in the world am I going to get this tarpon in over the side by myself? It would be tough enough with two men,'" says Pate. "I looked over my shoulder and saw that one of the guides was coming toward me as fast as he could go, but he was still a ways off. Without waiting, I put both my hands on the gaff handle, planted my foot against the gunwale and pulled. About the same time, the tarpon got its second wind and rushed forward-right into the boat."