Tarpon Specialist

Tarpon Specialist is a charter service that runs inshore trips out of the Fort Walton Beach and Destin areas. Captain Sam Rudder aims to provide all his guests with a truly unique and thrilling Florida experience. As the name itself implies, Capt. Sam is wholly focused on going after the prize catch of Florida inshore fishing - the Silver King.

His purpose-outfitted skiff is an extremely stable and well-built boat with a flawless safety reputation. It’s an 18’ Cape Horn bay boat outfitted with a single 115 HP Yamaha outboard engine. Its shallow draft and stealthy hull allow you to access and hunt anything that swims in the local waters.

Tarpon fishing is easily the most exciting and challenging fishing that the Emerald Coast has to offer. These fish put up a massive fight, all of them are hard earned, and each one of them is the fish of a lifetime. You will usually sight fish for these giant fish in shallow water, using top of the line, battle-tested, light tackle spinning gear. You may also encounter Kingfish or Jacks along the way.

Captain Sam will provide you with all the rods, reels, and tackle needed for quality Tarpon fishing. There’s always water and beer aboard, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks if you’re so inclined. Let Capt. Sam show you why so many anglers choose to call Destin home.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 30 - Jul 30
    $700
    up to 3 persons
    On these trips, every fish you catch is the fish of a lifetime. A truly special Florida experience, sight fishing these giants in shallow water is the most exciting angling that Destin has to offer. Using top of the line spinning reels and light tackle, this will be a fight you will never forget. Book your tarpon trip today and see why Capt. Sam is the Tarpon Specialist!
  • Private trip
    Inshore Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:15 PM
    $300
    up to 3 persons
    Our inshore action often heats up after the sun goes down. All of our inshore trips are in calm water and are an awesome experience!

About the Captain

Sam Rudder
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
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6 Customer Reviews
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Member since May 2018
Growing up here, fishing every day is just what you do! From a very young age I've gotten to experience what the water in this area has to offer. From the backwaters of the bay to fishing far offshore, Destin really is the worlds luckiest fishing village and we are lucky to be here. In everything I fish for I'm very technical and studied about that species. Come fish with me and I'll show you the best of what this area has to offer!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish
Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Vermilion)
Speckled Trout

Tarpon
Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Bay boat) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Fort Walton Beach to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
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Catch and release shark on fly
Awesome experience!
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Grapevine, Texas
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GREAT TRIP (APRIL) CAUGHT TO THE LIMIT

April 24, 2018
Went fishing for trout and red fish and caught plenty.  Captain Sam was knowledgeable about location and the fish habits. ...
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Allen City, KY
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Awesome experience!

VERIFIED   July 5, 2018
Tarpon dream catch.  We hooked up two tarpon and got one to the boat.  Watch them breach the water is a cool experience...
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Harrison, AR
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Night trip with captain Sam

VERIFIED   July 5, 2018
July 5th trip. Lots of competition for the lights but we still caught fish. Great times.
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Steven E.
Alpharetta, GA
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Night fishing with Captain Sam

VERIFIED   June 17, 2018
Had a blast!  Highly recommend it.
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Burt M.
Pensacola, Florida
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 28, 2018
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