How do I fish for Tarpon?

What kind you tell me about the Tarpon? I’ve heard this is an amazing fish to try and catch!

Actually, the Tarpon is probably one of the most popular saltwater game fish in the world.  The fact that it sticks fairly close to the shoreline also makes it a fish that is virtually available to just about anyone who wants to take a shot at catching it.  The tarpon will often be found hanging close to docks, bridges, beaches, piers, passes and even jetties but have also been known to frequent open marine water, coral reefs, and even some freshwater lakes and rivers.  Florida is host to some of the best Tarpon fishing in the world.  Dating back to prehistoric times, the Tarpon is  the only fish that actually has an air bladder.  This bladder lets the Tarpon absorb oxygen which makes it quite capable of living in water with very little oxygen content.  Tarpons grow slowly but have been known to reach up to 280 pounds and over 8 feet in length.  Tarpons weighing over 100 pounds are caught fairly often.  The Tarpon is green or blue on the top and silver on it’s sides.  It has a large mouth and an elongated jaw.  The popularity of the Tarpon among game fishermen is attributed to it’s tendency to leap into the air when it’s hooked and the battle that it’s willing to put up to stay out of your boat.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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