Facts about flats fishing favorites.
With their stamina, beauty and tremendous aerobic ability, tarpon are considered one of the world’s top game fishes.
Highlights of top tarpon catches and other milestones in the history of tarpon fishing.
There’s a one-sided battle playing out in the Florida Keys each spring and summer.
Beauty above and below the waterline draws anglers and divers to Marathon’s rich natural resources.
Only two species of tarpon comprise the family Megalopidae—the familiar Atlantic tarpon and the Pacific tarpon (a.k.a. oxeye herring). The Pacific version is nearly identical to the Atlantic, but it grows to less than 10 pounds. The Atlantic “silver king” can easily exceed 200 pounds. Atlantic tarpon are being caught with increasing frequency in the Pacific, along the coasts of Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica, having transited through the Panama Canal. It is suspected that the popular game fish are breeding in estuaries along this area of Central American coastline.
Tarpon are tropical/subtropical coastal dwellers, frequenting nearshore reefs, beaches, bays and estuaries. They can gulp air at the surface, taking it into their swim bladder (no other marine species can do this). Tarpon can then “breathe” that air, assimilating it from the swim bladder by rows of lung-like tissue. This allows tarpon to thrive in low-oxygen waters where other predators cannot. The IGFA all-tackle world record, weighing 286 pounds, 9 ounces, came from Guinea-Bissau on the western coast of Africa in 2003.
How experts consistently locate tarpon in the great Everglades wilderness
14 of the top tarpon fishing locations from Mexico to Africa.
When a silver king explodes on your plug, you’ll wonder why you ever used bait.
You can find some of the world’s most exciting fishing around southwest Florida’s bridges at night
The only time to hang a tarpon on a scale is when it’s a world record.
Targeting Silver Kings in Blackness in Miami’s Biscayne Bay
A group of anglers visits the island, post hurricanes, to find the great tarpon fishing undiminished.
FECOP, a Costa Rica sport-fishing advocacy and conservation organization, has announced an unprecedented study to unlock secrets of Atlantic tarpon now living in the Pacific.
Catch the excitement of tarpon, one of the most prized and explosive of the world’s great game fish.
These guys captured the Florida Keys tarpon migration in all its glory.
Three friends fishing off Nicaragua taped out their giant tarpon at an amazing 9 feet, 2 inches.
If you want to catch silver kings, it’s a good bet you’ll find them in their old stomping grounds: Alabama