Is tarpon fishing the most exciting thing you can do with a rod and line?...well it certainly seems like there's a lot of evidence to suggest just that. These prehistoric beasts offer an incredible challenge to the saltwater sport angler. Not only are they difficut to tempt, then difficult to hook but their fighting prowess is second to none having an incredible burst of speed and amazing ability to jump. There are two distinct species, the Atlantic Tarpon (Megalops Atlanticus)
and the Indo Pacific (Megalops Cyprinoides
) and these fish can reach huge sizes with the rod caught record standing at a whopping 286 lb. In fact in 2017, an angler in the Gabon claimed to have caught one
at 326lb although this has not been officially verified. Tarpon are born offshore but often move into lagoons and sometimes freshwater during the juvenile stage before moving back out as they reach adulthood. One unique and unusual feature of a tarpon is that it has a swim bladder that is used as respiratory organ and they are often spotted by anglers breaching the surface to 'breathe'. There are several main techniques for tarpon fishing including fishing with live baits such as mullet or crabs, using lures or fly fishing. This playlist contains some fantastic tarpon fishing films and TV shows. Enjoy!