The fact that you landed that fish on a 12-wt. brings up a question...
... As I think more and more about building a 12-wt. of my own, I realize that although I can economize on the rod simply due to the lower cost of building vs. buying one "off the rack", I'm going to have to sink some serious cash into a good reel to handle large tarpon. Because the rod and reel combo I'm looking at price out around $900, I will likely never own a heavier combo, unless I want a divorce. I would imagine that an outfit capable of subduing a 200-lb. tarpon can handle mostly anything offshore that would bother chasing a fly (i.e. tuna, sails, 'hoo, mahi, shark, and so on). Is that correct?