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Until around 1910, the sweet and salty coastal town of Port Aransas went by the name Tarpon, because of the abundance of the big, torpedo-shaped fish that once attracted droves of anglers to Mustang Island. Although tarpon mostly disappeared from these waters decades ago—these days you’re more likely to catch redfish, red snapper, or trout—you can still find signs of the mighty Megalops atlanticus here. At the historic Tarpon Inn, silver-dollar-size scales from trophies caught locally (including one that President Franklin D. Roosevelt reeled in during a trip to Texas in 1937) cover an entire wall in the lobby. The nearby Port Aransas Museum devotes an exhibit to the tarpon heyday, which lasted from the 1880s to the 1950s. You can sit in the back…
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