What spirit possesses the tarpon? A fierce fish, known to taunt fishermen by hiding in the depths, only to finally take the bait and thrash its way upward into trees, onto shore, and on occasion even onto a boat, the tarpon is a kind of living enigma, passionate and utterly unpredictable. Anglers remark that the fish’s tendency to struggle and its notable size tires them, but if they are honest with themselves, there is something in the tarpon’s fighting spirit that proves irresistible. Catching a tarpon is the true measure of a fisherman’s strength and soul; without tenacity, flexibility, and courage, a man can never hope to land such a fish.
Baby tarpons usually weigh under 15 pounds, while the majestic full sized silver king can register at 150 pounds or more. Different fishing wire is recommended for each size; a 20 pound line is best for the heaviest fish, while a 12 pound will do for the smallest versions. Research has shown that tarpons do not even need to the rise to the surface for air; they do it partly out of adolescent reflex, and partly because they like to. When they are in the mood, tarpons emerge onto the surface of the water in a process known as ‘rolling.’ Sometimes, they do it in groups, with many hundreds of fish popping up for a quick roll in the sun. To try and bait them during this process is an exercise in frustration; a tarpon can be a single-minded creature. When a tarpon is rolling, biting is generally not on the agenda. However, when a tarpon does bite, a fisherman will need every ounce of concentration to bring the fish in. The tarpon’s considerable size makes each jump and thrash a difficult weight to bear.
Fishing for tarpons in Puerto Rico is an especially pleasurable way to spend time and energy. Chartered tarpon fishing expeditions occur on a regular basis, and are recommended for those fishermen who are unfamiliar with the area. The San Jose Lagoon and the Torecilla Lagoon are favorite haunts of the fish, and offer a relative abundance of baiting opportunities for the reclusive tarpon. This is partly due to the fact that the lagoon covers a former airport runway, which provides a shallow channel 22 feet at its deepest point. Bait fish swim in these trenches, often attracting a squadron of tarpons who pursue them mercilessly.
Advances in communication technology have made a variety of cost-effective features available to companies of all sizes. These newly available features provide benefits including greater productivity and flexibility for employees and enhanced reporting for the business.
The following is a list of these new features:
Session Initiation Protocols – Session Initiation Protocols (SIP’s) enable the control of multimedia events such as video and voice conferences on Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) networks. SIP’s also allow users to manage their phones activities including collection and deletion of voicemails, accessing call logs, and directories.
Messaging - Messaging enhancements now allow for a variety of activities which can increase productivity. Enhancements allow users to dial phone numbers from their browser page without the need for a modem or external dialer. Unified messaging can be used to send voicemails to emails in “Outlook” for listening as long as a sound card is installed. “Send calls exception lists” allow for the bypass of voicemail for designated users so that the recipient can receive calls directly from people on that list. This screening process allows for urgent or expected calls to be directly routed to the recipient.
Mobility – Mobility features include Smart Phones which serve as an extension of the phone network without accessing wireless provider systems. Wi-Fi enhancements can be used for cordless phones to extend their range, freeing users from being anchored to a specific area. A twinning feature allows for calls to ring on land lines and mobile handsets simultaneously which prevents missed calls and improves both employee flexibility and productivity.
Corporate Features – Features include the ability to store recorded calls in voicemail boxes for use at a later time. These calls can be used for verification, training, and other purposes. Call observation allows for multiple listeners from different locations to observe calls.
Networking Multiple Phone Systems – New networking capabilities allow for the interaction of multiple phone systems with each other. This feature can improve productivity and communication as the systems are structured to exchange user names and extensions from multiple office locations. Additionally, these networks can then serve as redundant backups for each other once integration is complete.
These new features can work to save companies money by alleviating the necessity to add entirely new systems. The second bonus is that these features can result in better bottom lines for businesses due to productivity gains.