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Tarpon — 10 Astonishing Videos

Catch the excitement of tarpon, one of the most prized and explosive of the world’s great game fish.

April 6, 2015

1 — Stunning footage of mullet showering like fireworks from the surface of Florida’s east coast with tarpon leaping amidst the fray.

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2 — “Extreme fishing” has become a cliché, but it applies when fighting/releasing big tarpon from kayaks and stand-up paddleboards off the coast of Florida.

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3 — Watch on a breezy day as a massive school of tarpon works its way toward a skiff over the sand in clear, green shallows while a fly rodder in the bow tries to connect with one.

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4 — Fabulous footage of tarpon, laid up and cruising, in the clear shallows of Mexico; fantastic slow-mo jumps plus some underwater scenes.

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5 — Two bull sharks of frightening proportions take no prisoners in an attack on a hooked tarpon, so determined they bang into the boat as the blood sprays at Boca Grande, Florida.

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6 — Tarpon like you’ve never seen them: Check out this massive, migrating school in deep azure waters 70 miles offshore, oblivious to the photographers.

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7 — Animal Planet footage and Jeremy Wade’s narration make a “killer torpedo” seem like a deadly adversary … a decent fight with a fair-sized tarpon becomes high drama (make that melodrama).

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8 — This short promo for Boca Grande Pass fishing has some cool footage that gives something of a feel for what this renown Florida fishery is like.

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9 — The prequel to “Tarpon Insanity 2;” look for tarpon showering bait and tense action alongside/among kayaks and SUPs.

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10 — Not much action here; rather another aspect of tarpon fishing. You may find of interest the shots of so many dead tarpon lined up at a recent Grande Isle (Louisiana) Tarpon Rodeo, an event which continues to award anglers for weighing in large tarpon.

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