Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23

If you want to find out what makes Tarpon fishing so special, then look no further than Backwater Tarpon Fishing Charters. Owned and operated by Captain Clery Morales, it offers you fun and exciting fishing trips out of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a special focus on might Tarpon. Under the guidance of local experts, you’ll have a memorable time tackling the Silver King on his own grounds.

You’ll fish from the captain’s 23’ Ranger Tournament Edition bay boat used for backcountry fishing. It was restored in 2021, can fit up to 5 anglers, and is powered by a 300 HP Suzuki engine. Apart from navigation technology, it’s equipped with a wireless trolling motor, a livewell, and an ice-box.

The vast lagoon you’ll explore perfectly suites marine life and provides endless sources of bait for the resident fish throughout the whole year. While the Silver King is your main target, you can also go after Jack Crevalle, Snapper, Snook, Ladyfish, and more. The local Tarpon population ranges anywhere from 20 lbs to as much as 180 lbs. You’ll use light tackle spinning and fly fishing and you’ll be releasing all the fish you catch.

Captain Clery will provide you with all the fishing tackle and bait, including that for fly fishing, as well as licenses and drinks. You should only bring some snacks, a pair of polarized sunglasses, and some sunscreen. One dance with the Silver King and you’ll always return for more.

Backwater Tarpon Fishing Charters is waiting for you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $410
    Spend an exciting morning on the rich inshore waterways of northern Puerto Rico as you battle some tough-fighting monsters. Tarpon, Snook, Ladyfish, Jack Crevalle, and many more prized species dwell in these waters home, so get ready for an action-packed moring on the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $410
    This fast-paced trip involves four hours of fishing some of the best inshore waters around. Your main target is the Silver King, but it's not the only one out there. You and the crew will leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. and return at 11:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $410
    This fast-paced trip will give you four exciting hours to explore some of the best inshore waters in the area. While your main target is the Silver King, you'll also have plenty of other interesting species to chase. The trip runs from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $530
    The perfect middle ground between longer and shorter trips, the 6-hour trip gives you that extra edge you need for the best results. The Silver King is your main target, but you might see other species too. The departure time is 7:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., whatever suits you the best.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $530
    This popular trip will see you spend 6 hours on the water, exploring the exciting and productive inshore waters of Puerto Rico. These shallow fishing grounds are abundant with exciting game fish, and you'll get to test your skills on the fly for beauties such as Snook, Tarpon, JC, and Ladyfish. Take advantage of the best fly gear and plenty of tried and tested lures and get ready for the battle of a lifetime against these prized fish.
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About the Captain

Clery Morales
San Juan, Puerto Rico
19 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
165 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2015
"Owning and operating a fishing charter in San Juan PR is a dream come true. I was corrupted at an early age watching my fishing heroes on ESPN outdoors wrangle saltwater species of every variety – and from the time I landed my first Tarpon at the age of 6, I knew there was nothing else I’d rather do with my life." Captain Clery Morales

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cero Mackerel Cero Mackerel
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Ladyfish Ladyfish
Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Ranger (Bay boat) originally built in 2008, and restored in 2021. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day Morning Trip
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Half day with captain David
Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
71%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Bill R.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Great time with Jose

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (PM) on April 3, 2022
It was a great trip and Jose made the trip enjoyable along with some great fishing.  I really appreciated the stories and...
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Jeremy L.
Vernon, VT
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Morning Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM) on May 8, 2022
Fantastic fishing trip! Our captain was amazing! He was constantly working to make sure we caught fish, ensuring bait was alive...
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Sean N.
Andover, MA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM) on June 7, 2022
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Darin W.
Saint Paul, MN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Boat
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Great sport fishing!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM) on September 21, 2021
Caught lots of tarpon. Very acrobatic fish and super fun to catch. Captain was awesome!
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Dave H.
Suwanee, GA
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day with captain David

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM) on July 28, 2021
Fished cut bait, David found fish and we stayed in one spot had about 10 fish pick up the bait, hooked up with 6 fish. In...
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FAQs about Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23

Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23 offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group, additional $35 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Fly Fishing (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $35 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $35 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $35 per person after 1 guest - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (6 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $35 per person after 1 guest - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fly Fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23 include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23 offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23 offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Backwater Tarpon Bay Boat Ranger 23 include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cero Mackerel
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon