Puerto Mutis, Panama (PA)
The tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) is a silver coloured predator who loves hunting for fish and crustaceans in lagoons, rivers, ports, estuaries and other shallow waters. They inhabit the coastal waters in the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Argentina and from Senegal to Angola . Tarpon can grow up to 2,5m and weigh over 150 kg (350 lb).
The silver king is without a doubt one of the most sought after game fish; not only because of their size, but also because of their incredible strength. Tarpon are famous for making spectacular leaps into the air during the fight.
Although a wide variety of fishing techniques can be used to fish for tarpon, the most famous and spectacular way to catch them is fly fishing in the flats.
Distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical coastal waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, tarpon live in estuaries and near-coastal waters off river mouths and beaches, and in channels, passes and bays. The best tarpon fishing destinations are Texas, Southern Louisiana, Florida, Key West in the Florida Keys, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Costa Rica, Senegal, Angola, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone.