Tarpon are large fish of the genus Megalops. There are two species of Megalops, one native to the Atlantic, and the other to the Indo-Pacific oceans. They are the only members of the family Megalopidae.

There are two species of tarpons, the Megalops atlanticus (the Tarpon) and the Megalops cyprinoides (the Indo-Pacific tarpon). Megalops atlanticus is found on the western Atlantic coast from Virginia to Brazil, throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, throughout the Caribbean. It is also found along the eastern Atlantic coast from Senegal to South Angola. Megalops cyprinoides is found along the eastern African coast, throughout southeast Asia, Japan, Tahiti, and Australia. Both species are found in both salt and freshwater habitats usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes. They are able to survive in brackish water, waters of varying pH, as well as habitats with low dissolved O2 content due to their swim bladders which they use primarily to breathe with. The habitat of the tarpon varies greatly with the developmental stage they are in. Stage one larvae are usually found in clear, warm, oceanic waters relatively close to the surface. Stage two and three larvae are found in salt marshes, tidal pools, creeks, and rivers. The habitats are characteristically warm, shallow, dark bodies of water with sandy mud bottoms. It is quite common for tarpon to 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

Tarpons grow to about 5-8 ft. long and weigh 80-280 lbs. They have dorsal and anal soft rays and have a bluish or greenish back. Tarpons possess distinctive lateral lines and have shiny silvery scales that cover most of the organism except for the head. Tarpons have large eyes with adipose eyelids and a broad mouth with a prominent lower jaw that juts out farther than the rest of the face.

Belize River Lodge

Belize

Belize River Lodge is nestled into the rain forest just outside Belize City. It is the easiest Belizean lodge to get to, with nearly limitless flats, mangrove shorelines, and jungle rivers just a ten minute boatride away. Adult (100+ pound) tarpon are...
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Campeche

Mexican Yucatan

On the western side of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula at about 19 degrees north latitude, approximately 300 miles South and East of Cancun, you'll find the old Spanish colonial city of Campeche. For a very old city, it took fly fishers a long time to...
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Casa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Casa Blanca and its sister lodge Playa Blanca are the Caribbean`s premier fly-fishing lodges. Located on the private island of Punta Pájaros, Casa and Playa Blanca feature the closest access of any area lodge to the famed flats of both Ascension and...
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Copal Tree Lodge

Belize

This deluxe jungle lodge represents the finest accommodations of any of southern Belize's hard-core permit destinations, and has some of the best facilities for non-anglers and eco-tourists as well. The southern region of Belize around the sleepy town of Punta Gorda remains relatively un-impacted by tourism.
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El Pescador Lodge

Belize

El Pescador is the perfect destination for both serious anglers and those looking to enjoy a combination of fishing, relaxing, and eco-touring. The lodge boasts year-round action for resident tarpon, bonefish patrol the mangrove lined shores and...
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Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

ESB Lodge will finally allow saltwater anglers quick and easy access to the last frontier of Caribbean flats fishing – Espiritu Santo Bay. This fishery can provide fantastic action for all four of the Caribbean's famous flats species – permit, tarpon,...
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Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

On the northern tip of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula at about 21 degrees north latitude, only 40 miles NW of Cancun, you’ll find one of the best kept secrets in Mexico. The beautiful Isla Holbox. The perfect laid back island town, REAL Mexico,…
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Isla Blanca

Mexican Yucatan

Isla Blanca is positioned in an area that is world famous for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and other saltwater species. The flat's "grand slam" of bonefish, tarpon and permit is fairly common in this part of the world, and Isla Blanca offers a great...
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Los Roques

Venezuela

Los Roques is an off-shore national park located about 85 miles from the Venezuelan mainland. It was first "discovered" by the fly fishing community in the mid-1980's, and immediately was reported to be one of the great bonefisheries on Earth.
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Palometa Club

Mexican Yucatan

About a 3 hour drive south of Cancun, on the oceanside beach of the little fishing village of Punta Allen sits the Palometa Club. Its location is perfect for searching Ascension Bay for the fish it is famous for; Bonefish, Tarpon and the lodge's namesake...
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Pesca Maya Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

There are few areas of the world where there are as many square miles of shallow water flats as there are in the Mexican Yucatan. And right in the middle of it is Pesca Maya Lodge. It has been there for 25 years, with a view of the Palancar reef, which is...
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Playa Blanca Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Playa Blanca is a beautiful full service resort located on a secluded white sand beach with several guest bungalows and a central lodge for meals, meetings and cocktail hours. Playa Blanca is located 10 miles south of Casa Blanca (its sister...
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Tarpon Cay Lodge

Mexican Yucatan

Tarpon Cay's fishing program is based out of San Felipe Mexico, a small fishing village on the North West point of the Yucatan Peninsula. A mecca for baby tarpon, but the area is quiet, not overcrowded and touristy, just a real Mexican village.
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Tarpon Caye Lodge

Belize

Tarpon Caye Lodge in Belize is a saltwater fly fishing camp custom-tailored for the serious flats fishermen and, more specifically, hardcore permit fisherman. The location is perfect, as you are never more than a short boat ride to the permit flats.
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The Delphi Club

Bahamas

The fabled Marls on the west side of Abaco offer more than 200 square miles of backcountry bonefishing flats, just minutes from the lodge. This is a massive complex of islands, channels and flats that are home to more bonefish than you can imagine. South of...
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Turneffe Flats Lodge

Belize

On the seaward side of the largest and most biologically diverse atoll in the Caribbean Sea is built one of the most beautiful and complete lodges in Central America; Turneffe Flats Lodge. For over 20 years it has evolved from a few "rough" structures...
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Zapata

Cuba

Fly Fishing the Run's operation in San Lozaro, fishing the Cienaga de Zapata National Park just outside of the Bay of Pigs, is exactly what we've been looking for. Over the past few years, we've seen a huge influx in interest from anglers curious to explore the...
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