3 Fun Facts About Tarpon

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Tarpon season is here at last!

There’s nothing like feeling a giant at the end of your line and battling it out right there in the boat. If you yearn for adventure and you can’t turn away from a good fight, then you’ll love tarpon fishing in Clearwater. At Yachtfish.com, we provide a variety of incredible fishing charters all over Florida, and tarpon fishing with our experts is an experience that should not be missed. To celebrate the start of another tarpon fishing season, we’ve come up with these fun facts about tarpon:

#1. A tarpon may be the biggest fish you’ll ever catch.

Most people are well aware of the fact that tarpons are big fish, but not many people appreciate just how big they can get. Tarpons can grow anywhere from four to eight feet long, and they can weigh anywhere from 60 to 280 pounds! The scientific name for Atlantic tarpon is Megalops atlanticus, which seems fitting when you know just how big they can get.

#2. Tarpons are fighters.

If you are looking for a relaxing day out on the boat, tarpon fishing may not be the ideal sport for you. Tarpons will make you work to reel them in, and they are known for somersaulting and jumping to free themselves. It’s the fight just as much as the size that makes them the ideal target for fishermen and women looking for a challenge.

#3. Tarpons can live for years.

Most people don’t think of fish as living very long lives, but female tarpons can live for over 50 years and smaller males typically live for around 30 years. The oldest recorded tarpon living in captivity lived for 63 years!

Are you ready to catch a tarpon of your very own? Contact Yachtfish.com today to get started!

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Captain Matt Douglas is the founder of YACHTFISH and is a licensed United States Coast Guard 100 ton Master Captain. Captain Matt grew up on the waters of Tampa Bay and lived and worked in Costa Rica for over 11 years. He has extensive experience in Central America, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Florida. Captain Matt is a tournament-winning captain who has an intense passion for boating, fishing and creating life time memories for his Clients. These passions, combined with his experience, were the catalysts for YACHTFISH. Captain Matt is laser-focused on what he enjoys the most, and knows the best, in Tampa Bay and Costa Rica.
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