Possible World Record Tarpon Released in Florida
Capt. Justin Moore released one of the largest tarpon ever caught on Florida's Gulf Coast at the end of June off Anna Maria Island. The monster tarpon was likely a state record of at least 250 pounds, and possibly a world record. But four fishermen took turns fighting it, which negates a record, and Moore didn't have a tarpon tag to keep it.
Source: The Ledger/Polk Outdoors
"I wouldn't have killed the fish anyway. It's just not worth it to me,'' said Moore, from Holmes Beach and one of the most expert and experienced charter captains on the Gulf Coast.
Moore thought the measuring process was being videoed on an iPad, that he could get still photos off the video. However, the angler shooting the video had inadvertently failed to turn it on until the end.
But Moore measured it, in the water -- 96 inches long with a girth of 53 inches.
"I would have guessed 250-270. But you can really only speculate,'' said Moore, who's released thousands of tarpon over the years.
Plugging the length and girth into an iPhone app from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust showed the tarpon could have weighed 340-360 pounds.