National Geographic : 1922 Jan
TARPON OR SILVER KING (Tarpon atlanticus) To the salt water angler, the Tarpon is the most sought after of all game fishes. As it dashes about and leaps from thewater, trying toshake itself free from the hook, its large scales glisten in the sunlight like molten silver. The Tarpon reaches a length of more thaneight feetand aweight oftwo hundred pounds. It is not considered a good food fish, the flesh being dry and coarse. It lives among the Florida Keys, in baysabout theentrance ofrivers, sometimes entering the rivers for a considerable distance, and frequents brackish waters. Little is known of its breeding habits. Itfeeds onsmall fishes, mullet being considered the best bait, and is found from Long Island south to Brazil, in the West Indies, and on the east and west coasts ofFlorida, being common among the Florida Keys.