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The Big and Bad Tarpon

Aug 29, 2008
Like a lot of fight in your fish? Well, the might Tarpon is just the fish for you. We are talking about a monster fish that can come in at over 200 pounds and give you a workout you will not soon forget.

I do not like big fish. I like huge fish. The Tarpon fills the bill. Imagine hooking Junior Seau and trying to real him in. The largest Tarpon have come in an almost 300 pounds and 8 feet in length. Oh, they also happen to love to fight.

The Tarpon seems like it would be some form of shark or monstrosity. In truth, it is actually a member of the herring family. A very big member. They are particularly oily, so only are claimed as a game fish for the most part.

Tarpon are resilient fish. They are one of the few fish that can survive the oxygen depleted zones in the water. They do so by surfacing and breathing directly from the air. It is a very odd site to see, something like a small submarine berthing if it is a big fish.

You can take a Tarpon with both flies and spin casting. Heavy duty tackle is the name of the game, but it really doesn't matter. You are only in it for the fun of the chase and most Tarpon will spit the bit sooner or later.

For bait, the Tarpon is partial to squid. In fact, it is pretty ravenous around squid. It can also be receptive to shrimp and basic bait fish. It is a big fish, which means it needs to eat a lot and is not particularly finicky when it comes to food.

Ah, but there is something really special about the Tarpon. The habitat of the Tarpon is along the shoreline. It stays close in, which means it has limited routes to escape in. This results in lots of running and spectacular jumping.

Even better, the habitat of the Tarpon means everyone from experts to beginners can have a go at them. You just have to walk down to the water and start having at it. Some even fish from kayaks now.

As you can probably tell, I view the Tarpon as one of the great fish. It is not much when it comes to eating, but who cares. The experience of fighting one is something you will be babbling about for weeks on end.
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