TARPON SHALOWS, 12” x 24”, 2010
Tarpon are found in both saltwater and freshwater habitats, usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes. Tarpons grow to about 4–8 ft long and weigh from 60–280 lbs. They have dorsal and anal soft rays and have bluish or greenish backs. Tarpons possess distinctive lateral lines and have shiny, silvery scales that cover most of their bodies, excluding the head. They have large eyes and broad mouths with prominent lower jaws that jut out farther than the rest of the face. Tarpons jump up out of the water about half a dozen times when hooked making them very challenging to catch.
Fishing for Tarpon is guaranteed excitement for seasoned fishermen and to those who have never even been before. There is nothing like the thrill of a tarpon exploding out of the water after the hook set. Tarpon fishing has all the thrill of hunting and stalking, along with the skill of fishing that makes the anticipation factor leave your body pumping with adrenaline.