tarpon
(Megalops atlanticus)


Valenciennes, 1846; MEGALOPIDAE FAMILY; also called silver king, cuffum Occurs in warm temperate tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal fish can be found both inshore and offshore. Because of its ability to gulp air directly into the air bladder by “rolling” at the surface, the tarpon is able to enter brackish and fresh waters that are stagnant and virtually depleted of oxygen. Such areas are relatively free of predators, thus offering a convenient refuge for the young. The body is compressed and covered with very large scales. The lower jaw juts out and up. The...Read More

All-Tackle World Records

Line ClassWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
All-Tackle129.98 kg (286 lb 9 oz)Rubane, Guinea-Bissau20-Mar-2003Max DomecqRecord DetailsHistory Details

Line Class World Records (Conventional Tackle)

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-01 kg (2 lb)48.08 kg (106 lb 0 oz)Marathon Key, Florida, USA10-Jun-1992George Hogan, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
M-02 kg (4 lb)58.28 kg (128 lb 8 oz)Marathon Key, Florida, USA06-Apr-1992George Hogan, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
M-03 kg (6 lb)63.45 kg (139 lb 14 oz)Marathon Key, Florida, USA10-Apr-1997George Hogan, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
M-04 kg (8 lb)66.84 kg (147 lb 6 oz)Key West, Florida, USA26-Mar-1982Anton ZukasRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-06 kg (12 lb)85.5 kg (188 lb 7 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone18-Apr-1997Michel DelaunayRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-08 kg (16 lb)105.2 kg (231 lb 14 oz)Pointe Noire, Congo04-Apr-2012Daniel LopuszanskiRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-10 kg (20 lb)110.22 kg (243 lb 0 oz)Key West, Florida, USA17-Feb-1975Gus BellRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-15 kg (30 lb)128.36 kg (283 lb 0 oz)Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela19-Mar-1956Mario SalazarRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-15 kg (30 lb)128.5 kg (283 lb 4 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone16-Apr-1991Yvon SebagRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-24 kg (50 lb)122.92 kg (271 lb 0 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone31-Mar-1993Pierre ClostermannRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-37 kg (80 lb)130 kg (286 lb 9 oz)Rubane, Guinea-Bissau20-Mar-2003Max DomecqRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-60 kg (130 lb)120.8 kg (266 lb 5 oz)Lodge des Dauphins, Guinea-Bissau30-Mar-2006Jean-Pierre VuillaumeRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-01 kg (2 lb)25.4 kg (56 lb 0 oz)Marathon, Florida, USA18-May-1991Ms. Elizabeth HoganRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-02 kg (4 lb)60.87 kg (134 lb 3 oz)Marathon Key, Florida, USA20-Apr-1996Ms. Elizabeth HoganRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-03 kg (6 lb)65.09 kg (143 lb 8 oz)Marathon, Florida, USA24-Apr-2002Ms. Barbara HewlettRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-04 kg (8 lb)64.22 kg (141 lb 9 oz)Marathon Key, Florida, USA21-Apr-1996Ms. Elizabeth HoganRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-06 kg (12 lb)85 kg (187 lb 6 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone19-Mar-1997Ms. Andree DelaunayRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-08 kg (16 lb)75.5 kg (166 lb 7 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone11-Mar-1997Ms. Andree DelaunayRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-10 kg (20 lb)104.32 kg (230 lb 0 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone24-Mar-1994Ms. Pascale AlarconRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-15 kg (30 lb)112.94 kg (249 lb 0 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone01-Apr-1994Ms. Frederique JarlandRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-24 kg (50 lb)102.06 kg (225 lb 0 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone11-Apr-1994Ms. Andree DelaunayRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-37 kg (80 lb)99 kg (218 lb 4 oz)Sherbro Island, Sierra Leone21-Mar-1997Ms. Andree DelaunayRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-37 kg (80 lb)99 kg (218 lb 4 oz)Port Michel, Gabon12-Jan-1984Jeannine DupuyRecord DetailsHistory Details
W-60 kg (130 lb)110 kg (242 lb 8 oz)Sherbro, Sierra Leone06-Jun-2010Chrissie JacksonRecord DetailsHistory Details

Tippet Class World Records (Fly Tackle)

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-01 kg (2 lb)14.51 kg (32 lb 0 oz)Sebastian River, Florida, USA05-Jul-1990Dave ChermanskiRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-02 kg (4 lb)54.06 kg (119 lb 3 oz)Marathon, Florida, USA06-Oct-2013Thane MorganRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-03 kg (6 lb)39.92 kg (88 lb 0 oz)Florida Bay, Flamingo, Florida, USA13-Oct-2011Thane MorganRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-04 kg (8 lb)57.6 kg (127 lb 0 oz)Marathon, Florida, USA15-Apr-1985Del BrownRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-06 kg (12 lb)88.22 kg (194 lb 8 oz)Pine Island, Florida, USA10-May-2010Thomas M. Evans, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-08 kg (16 lb)86.45 kg (190 lb 9 oz)Homosassa, Florida, USA13-May-2003Thomas M. Evans, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
Tippet M-10 kg (20 lb)91.85 kg (202 lb 8 oz)Chassahowitza, Florida, USA11-May-2001James Holland, Jr.Record DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-01 kg (2 lb)1.36 kg (3 lb 0 oz)Sugarloaf, Florida, USA05-May-2013Dotty BallantyneRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-02 kg (4 lb)6.24 kg (13 lb 12 oz)Big Pine Key, Florida, USA14-Jun-2009Dotty BallantyneRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-03 kg (6 lb)10.21 kg (22 lb 8 oz)Key West, Florida, USA22-May-2013Dotty BallantyneRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-04 kg (8 lb)22.23 kg (49 lb 0 oz)Key West, Florida, USA31-May-2016Dotty BallantyneRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-06 kg (12 lb)33.57 kg (74 lb 4 oz)Sugarloaf Key, Florida, USA23-Mar-2005Dotty BallantyneRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-08 kg (16 lb)69.29 kg (152 lb 12 oz)Flamingo, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA08-Feb-2014Heidi NuteRecord DetailsHistory Details
Tippet W-10 kg (20 lb)45.08 kg (99 lb 6 oz)Islamorada, Florida, USA22-Mar-2000Ms. Jodi PateRecord DetailsHistory Details

Junior & Smallfry World Records

Line ClassMin. Req'd WeightWeightLocationCatch DateAnglerRecord DetailsHistory Details
F-Junior 85.36 kg (188 lb 3 oz)Grand Isle, Louisiana, USA06-Aug-2016Ivy Elizabeth RobichauxRecord DetailsHistory Details
F-Smallfry 46.6 kg (102 lb 11 oz)Barra do Kwanza, Angola28-Dec-2007Lydia NicolsonRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-Junior 100.97 kg (222 lb 9 oz)Clearwater, Florida, USA07-Jun-2002Joey RufinRecord DetailsHistory Details
M-Smallfry 71.7 kg (158 lb 1 oz)Grand Isle, Louisiana, USA01-Aug-2014Hunter David SchouestRecord DetailsHistory Details

* Indicates world records that were granted before the IGFA established minimum ratio requirements.