The Silver King: Tarpon Fish Fast Facts

Zeb joins a local fishermen checking his nets on Lake Nicaragua. Photograph by NGT
Zeb joins a local fishermen checking his nets on Lake Nicaragua. Photograph by NGT

Tonight on Monster Fish, Zeb Hogan is on the hunt for a massive tarpon in the Nicaraguan rainforest. Tarpon are incredible predators, known for their strength and acrobatic battles with fishermen. Although these creatures are native to the Pacific, there are legends of 300-pound giant tarpon living in the fresh waters of Lake Nicaragua.

 

A  local fishing guide carefully handles the monster tarpon with gloved hands. Tarpon are reported to grow to over 8 ft. long and weigh 350 pounds. The official IGFA record, however, is for a 286-pound tarpon. Photograph by NGT
A local fishing guide carefully handles the monster tarpon with gloved hands. Tarpon are reported to grow to over 8 ft. long and weigh 350 pounds. The official IGFA record, however, is for a 286-pound tarpon.
Photograph by NGT

Even expert anglers can take up to eight hours to hook one of these powerful fish. Enlisting the help of local fishermen, Zeb hopes these local experts will be the key to bringing in the giant. If legends are true, this giant lake tarpon will be the fight of a lifetime for Zeb.

Don’t miss Monster Fish: The Tarpon King, Monday August 4th at 9P on NatGeo WILD.

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