Reeling in a tarpon, Homosassa, Florida
Many people love fishing for tarpon—the flies used to catch them are small, the waters where they swim aren’t deep, and they are enormous. The biggest specimen ever caught was around 300 pounds, but catching one requires endurance. These fish are great leapers, and famous for putting up a good fight.
Lower Skagit River, Washington
The Skagit River, which flows from British Columbia through Washington State and empties into the Puget Sound, is the only large river in Washington with healthy populations of five types of salmon (chinook, coho, chum, pink, sockeye) and two kinds of trout (steelhead and coastal cutthroat). Every year from May to December up to one million salmon swim the Skagit to spawn. The biggest variety is the chinook, or king salmon; one can weigh up to 125 pounds.