tar·​pon | \ˈtär-pən \
plural tarpon or tarpons

Definition of tarpon 

: a large silvery elongate bony fish (Megalops atlanticus of the family Elopidae) that occurs especially in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and warm coastal waters of the Atlantic, reaches a length of about six feet (two meters), and is often caught for sport

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Troll or drift with pogies for tarpon, snook, redfish, jacks, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and bonito are all possible. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 15," 14 July 2018 Watson sees the shark at a distance now, thrashing about with the tarpon in tow. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "'Holy [bleep!]' Video shows hungry hammerhead shark playing with its prey," 22 June 2018 Fishing nearshore is still producing tarpon, snook and king mackerel. Mark Blythe, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 5," 4 July 2018 Bird-watch at Gasparilla Island State Park, paddleboard the Gulf of Mexico, fish for trophy tarpon, or day-trip to nearby Cayo Costa for nine miles of pristine sand. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 Snorkelers have seen a variety of creatures, including large barracuda and tarpon. Bob Rountree And Bonnie Gross, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Monroe County: Florida Keys offers miles of snorkeling grandeur," 6 May 2018 Others are Big Poppa 6 and Big Poppa 8, saltwater popping lures for surface action to attract dorado, tarpon, redfish and more. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio company hooks a winner with natural sounds in lures," 26 Apr. 2018 Saltwater fishing for tarpon, cobia, redfish and sea trout is also available in the spring and summer. Smithsonian, "Discover Palmetto Bluff’s great outdoors," 1 Apr. 2018 Charter a boat in the Tarpon Capital of the World Boca Grande Pass has long been considered the world’s best place to catch Atlantic tarpon. Smithsonian, "Discover more reasons to get away to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel this fall.," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of tarpon

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tarpon

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