Monday July 16, 2018
Tarpon, Sabalo, Silver King
Tarpon have one single dorsal fin (the fin on the top) that extends into long filament. A tarpon's back is dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the side. Their color may vary and be brownish gold in estuarine waters. Tarpon have huge scales that are often kept as trophies by anglers and a large mouth that points upward.
Primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found. We find our larger tarpon off the beaches in the summer. They are often found rolling on the surface and gulping air in while lurking for food or taking it easy between feeding sessions.
Tarpon can often be found in brackish or freshwater near mangroves or in residential canals. Look for tarpon to show up almost anywhere on the lagoons and beaches in Florida, but tarpon "promise land" is found in the Florida Keys and other locations around Florida. While the Orlando, Cocoa Beach area is not as consistent for these gamefish as south Florida areas, we nevertheless we catch our share of tarpon in the Central Florida area when the timing is right and they're around. Tarpon tend to move into the Central Florida area and move out... The Florida Keys tends to hold them year around.
Tarpon are slow growers and mature between 7 to 13 years of age. Spawning occurs between May and September when females may lay more than 12 million eggs each. Tarpon can tolerate wide range of salinity from fresh to very salty estuary waters. Juvenile tarpon are commonly found in fresh water and can breathe air at surface. Tarpon feed mainly on fish and large crustaceans.
Requires $50 tarpon tag to possess or harvest and two fish possession limit.
Published by: Captain Richard Bradley of Lagooner Fishing Guides© on 2017-02-16 05:17:41
More Tarpon Information
The silver kings of the salt are tarpon and while East Central Florida has it's share of tarpon, the Florida Keys are probably the most consistant place to tangle with one of these jumpers. And jumping is what tarpon do the best!
Tarpon are one of the most sought after inshore gamefish in the world and it's no wonder because of their shear size, strength and acrobatic abilities. Tarpon can teach any angler humblness when hooked up. We've had two and a half hour fights end with the tarpon getting the better of the angler or three second fights that end with a spectaclar jump and a broken line or thrown hook. If you're looking to fish for tarpon on Florida's east coast, consider coming in the mid-summmer for near shore beach fishing or November nights at Sebastian Inlet. We have no "tarpon promises" in our area but we've plenty of fishing to keep you busy while pursuing our silver kings of the saltwater, the mighty tarpon.