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Species Facts

Science Name: Megalops atlanticus
Other Names: poons, silver king, sabalo
Ideal Temp: 75 to 90
World Record: 283 lbs. Venezuela
Environment: inshore, coastal
Techniques: medium tackle, casting, heavy tackle fly

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Grade The Review | Posted: October 13, 2004

If you have tarpon in your area but can not get them to bite on an artificial lure, and don't have live bait, try a small piece of rib meat from a dolphin or snapper. This may sound unusual but I have had many hookups with this technique. It is a deadly combination with a circle hook and any where from 50 to 80 lb flourocarbon leader.