Tarpon Fishing Costa Rica


Tarpon fish can grow to be 4 - 8 ft long and can weigh any from 60 - 280 lbs depending on their life cycle. They grow to massive size, with the current IGFA world record 286 lbs 9 oz. Tarpon are also called Silver King, Silver Sides or Sabalo (Spanish).

Their habitats are characteristically warm, shallow, dark bodies of water with sandy mud bottoms. Tarpon commonly ascend rivers into freshwater. As they progress from the juvenile stage to adulthood, they move back to the open waters of the ocean, though many remain in freshwater habitats.

Many fishermen enjoy Tarpon fishing because of the fight once a Tarpon is hooked, you can expect jumps up to 10 feet in the air, somersaults, and very loud gill rattling from their very unique swim bladder.

Tarpon fishing is unique to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica and is hugely popular because of the thrilling fight and the Tarpons enormous size.

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