Tarpon Fishing in San Juan
San Juan is the hottest tarpon fishery outside of the US. School size fish are present in the Torrecilla and San Jose lagoons year round, while the big kings make their appearance in February and hang around until mid-May, only to return for an encore later on, in October. What's attractive about these, otherwise shallow, waters are huge holes left behind as remnants of dredging in the 60's. These host ledges and less warm water for the fish to hide out during the hotter months.
Tarpon don't grow as much here as they do in the US waters, seeing as a catch above 100lbs is considered a trophy, but the summer and fall migrations do produce larger fish.
You should go after the kings either early in the morning or after sunset. Morning trips will be most productive on live bait, but you can use soft plastic lures as a substitute any time. After heavy rains, the waters will be muddy, so the artificial alternative will be a better choice.
- Tarpon fishing in San Juan varies moderately throughout the year. High season is February to May and October. Low season is July to August and December. There is no closed season.