Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

Valenciennes, 1846; MEGALOPIDAE FAMILY; also called silver king, cuffum
Occurs in warm temperate tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal fish can be found both inshore and offshore. Because of its ability to gulp air directly into the air bladder by “rolling” at the surface, the tarpon is able to enter brackish and fresh waters that are stagnant and virtually depleted of oxygen. Such areas are relatively free of predators, thus offering a convenient refuge for the young.
The body is compressed and covered with very large scales. The lower jaw juts out and up. The... Read More

 
 

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
M-01 kg (2 lb)
48.08 kg (106 lb 0 oz)
Marathon Key, Florida, USA
10-Jun-1992
M-02 kg (4 lb)
58.28 kg (128 lb 8 oz)
Marathon Key, Florida, USA
06-Apr-1992
M-03 kg (6 lb)
63.45 kg (139 lb 14 oz)
Marathon Key, Florida, USA
10-Apr-1997
M-04 kg (8 lb)
66.84 kg (147 lb 6 oz)
Key West, Florida, USA
26-Mar-1982
M-10 kg (20 lb)
110.22 kg (243 lb 0 oz)
Key West, Florida, USA
17-Feb-1975
W-01 kg (2 lb)
25.40 kg (56 lb 0 oz)
Marathon, Florida, USA
18-May-1991
W-02 kg (4 lb)
60.87 kg (134 lb 3 oz)
Marathon Key, Florida, USA
20-Apr-1996
W-03 kg (6 lb)
65.09 kg (143 lb 8 oz)
Marathon, Florida, USA
24-Apr-2002
W-04 kg (8 lb)
64.22 kg (141 lb 9 oz)
Marathon Key, Florida, USA
21-Apr-1996
 

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)
14.51 kg (32 lb 0 oz)
Sebastian River, Florida, USA
05-Jul-1990
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)
54.06 kg (119 lb 3 oz)
Marathon, Florida, USA
06-Oct-2013
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)
39.92 kg (88 lb 0 oz)
Florida Bay, Flamingo, Florida, USA
13-Oct-2011
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)
57.60 kg (127 lb 0 oz)
Marathon, Florida, USA
15-Apr-1985
Tippet M-06 kg (12 lb)
88.22 kg (194 lb 8 oz)
Pine Island, Florida, USA
10-May-2010
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)
86.45 kg (190 lb 9 oz)
Homosassa, Florida, USA
13-May-2003
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)
91.85 kg (202 lb 8 oz)
Chassahowitza, Florida, USA
11-May-2001
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)
1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz)
Sugarloaf, Florida, USA
05-May-2013
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)
6.24 kg (13 lb 12 oz)
Big Pine Key, Florida, USA
14-Jun-2009
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)
10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz)
Key West, Florida, USA
22-May-2013
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)
22.23 kg (49 lb 0 oz)
Key West, Florida, USA
31-May-2016
Tippet W-06 kg (12 lb)
33.57 kg (74 lb 4 oz)
Sugarloaf Key, Florida, USA
23-Mar-2005
Tippet W-08 kg (16 lb)
69.29 kg (152 lb 12 oz)
Flamingo, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
08-Feb-2014
Tippet W-10 kg (20 lb)
45.08 kg (99 lb 6 oz)
Islamorada, Florida, USA
22-Mar-2000
 

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line Class
Weight
Location
Catch Date
Angler
F-Junior
85.36 kg (188 lb 3 oz)
Grand Isle, Louisiana, USA
06-Aug-2016
M-Junior
100.97 kg (222 lb 9 oz)
Clearwater, Florida, USA
07-Jun-2002
M-Smallfry
71.70 kg (158 lb 1 oz)
Grand Isle, Louisiana, USA
01-Aug-2014