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Massive Tarpon from Florida’s Anna Maria Island

Thursday, just off Anna Maria Island in Florida’s Manatee County, Captain Tyler Kapela and his charter client caught a fish that onlookers along the beach thought might be a shark because of its size. Kapela told 10 Tampa Bay that this was the “fish of a lifetime” for his client.

In fact, it was the fish of a lifetime for any guide, as well. Based on length and girth measurements, Kapela estimated the weight of the fish at an impressive 211 pounds, one of the largest tarpon recorded in Florida in recent years.

The fish was 84 inches to the fork, that is, from the front of the lip to the fork of the tail. While heavy-weight tarpon have become more numerous over the last 20 years because of the state’s catch and release policy on the species, one this big is a rarity still.

The fish was released after photos, according to Kapela.

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