This article is a list of interesting facts about tarpon.
- Fossil research shows that tarpon have been swimming in our
oceans since prehistoric times.
- Tarpon can reach sizes up to 8 feet and can weigh up to 280
- The life span of a tarpon can be in excess of 50 years. The
oldest tarpon in captivity lived to be 63 years old.
- Due to its majestic appearance of size and color, the tarpon is
nicknamed "silver king."
- Tarpon are primarily found in shallow coastal waters and
estuaries, but they are also found in open marine waters, around
coral reefs, and in some freshwater lakes and rivers.
- Tarpon range from Virginia to central Brazil in the western
Atlantic, along the coast of Africa in the eastern Atlantic, and
all through the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea.
- Because of its strength, stamina, and fighting ability, the
tarpon is one of Florida's premier game fish.
- Tarpon have a special ability to gulp air at the surface when
they are in a habitat that doesn't provide enough oxygen.
- In their larval stage, tarpon are transparent, have a
ribbonlike body and prominent fanglike teeth, and are less than an
- Tarpon can only be fished recreationally in Florida. The
majority of recreational anglers practice catch and release since
the fish is not considered to be of any food value. However,
anglers can possess them for trophy purposes at the cost of $50.00
per tag, per fish. Without this tag, possession is illegal.
- If tarpon tags are purchased, anglers need to mail their return
cards to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute by the end of August each
STATE RECORDS FOR TARPON
Gus Bell, 2/17/1975
Jim Holland, Jr., 5/11/2001
Fishing regulations may change annually. Visit http://marinefisheries.org/lines.htm
to view the most current recreational fishing regulations.