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Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

One gulp. Then two more.

It is tarpon country and sighting tarpon rising to gulp air into their swim bladders is like seeing piles of Christmas presents underneath a tree for a pre-schooler.

Finding tarpon is half the battle as these fish cruise like hungry maniacs for crab, shrimp and small fish. However, tarpon are not famous for what they do underwater- it's what they do above the surface that gets the fishing junkies talking.

Tarpon leap, jump and throw themselves up and out of the water with heaving, spectacular shows. Anglers invest in perfect tarpon tackle to take on a fighting tarpon; it's worth every penny to see the tarpon rip and soar through the air, breaking physic equations with their surprising hops. Hooking a tarpon is a delicate task, their hard mouths make it difficult to properly set the hook.

Don't do a big hook set like you see in the movies and let the hooked bait do the work for you. Besides light saltwater spinning or baitcasting tackle, many tarpon enthusiasts fish for them with a light saltwater fly rod or with spearfishing.

Tarpon are a special saltwater gamefish well worth the trip to warm, tropical waters.

Basic Info

Scientific name: Megalops

Size: common length 130 cm

Weight: 161 kg

Lifespan: 55 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, Salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): Western Atlantic coast – from Virginia to Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, eastern Atlantic coasts – from Senegal to South Angola, eastern African coast throughout southeast Asia, Japan, Tahiti, Australia