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Here is some information about the tarpon fish:
Effective Sept. 1, 2013, the FWC made tarpon catch-and-release only. Fishermen are allowed to temporarily possess a tarpon for:
The tarpon diet includes small fish (mullets, pinfish, and sardines), crustaceans, and small prey, including shrimps, crabs, and worms.
Drift-fishermen sometimes prefer live bait of small crabs and small fish. All tarpon will bite dead baits, such as a mullet head or half mullet. When trolling or surfcasting with heavier gear, large jigs, spoons, and lipped plugs work well. Tarpon have extremely bony mouths and swallow their prey whole, so setting the hook can be a challenge.
Gills are the tarpon’s major respiratory organ, but a tarpon can also breathe air. It uses a swim bladder that has a direct connection from the specialized bladder to its esophagus or throat so a tarpon can come to the surface and roll or gulp air to fill this swim bladder.
Tarpon appear to use the most backwater habitats for the first year of their life and then move to a wider array of habitats for years two and three. When they become adults, they may migrate long distances, sometimes in schools for the rest of their lives. Adult tarpon eventually return to fresh water, swimming up rivers, in search of baitfish.
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