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On this map you see where there were observations of Tarpon around the world, to give you an idea in which continents, countries and waters you can find this fish species.
Years 2000 until now, source: GBIF
Tarpon, often referred to as "Silver Kings", are a dream-catch for many fly anglers, offering explosive strikes, acrobatic leaps, and intense fights. They are found in warm coastal waters, typically in shallow areas with sandy or muddy bottoms.
When it comes to gear, tarpon fishing requires sturdy equipment due to the fish's size and strength. A 10 to 12-weight fly rod, matched with a large arbor reel with a strong drag system and plenty of backing, is recommended. Choose a floating tropical line designed to withstand hot conditions, as tarpon habitats are typically warm.
Sight fishing is a common approach when fly fishing for tarpon. These fish are often found in schools, cruising near the surface in clear, shallow water. Patience and a stealthy approach are essential, as tarpon are easily spooked.
Tarpon have hard, bony mouths, so setting the hook requires a strong strip set. Once hooked, prepare for a fight. Tarpon are famous for their leaps and long, powerful runs.
Here are some of the most effective tarpon flies:
The Florida Keys are known worldwide as a top destination for tarpon fishing. Other hotspots in the U.S include the Texas coast and the Louisiana marshes. Internationally, Belize, Costa Rica, and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico offer fantastic tarpon fishing.
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