Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Silver King: The Rise of Tarpon Fishing in SW Florida

In 1885, a single, sensational catch at Sanibel Island’s Tarpon Bay made international news — and revolutionized sport fishing. For the first time on record, a mighty, silver-sided tarpon was taken on a rod and reel, a feat that created a frenzy for the fierce-fighting fish — and made southwest Florida the epicenter of a brand-new sport. The newly crowned Silver King of fish lured celebrities and presidents, and transformed Southwest Florida into the birthplace of big game fishing. Written and produced by Lynne Howard Frazer, narrated by Peter Thomas.  Airs Wednesday, April 25 @ 8 pm on WGCU-TV.  Click on the image or here to the view the video.