Puerto Rico Tarpon Fishing Charters

Puerto Rico Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Puerto Rico Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico

Tarpon
  • Size 25 to 80lbs
  • Food Value None
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

(Megalops atlanticus)

If you’re looking for world-class fishing just a stone’s throw from town, Tarpon fishing Puerto Rico has to be on your bucket list. The “Silver King” rivals even the mighty Blue Marlin in the hearts of local charter captains and it’s easy to see why. These scaly freight trains can be caught year-round in the island’s murky lagoons. Time your trip right, and fish over 150 lbs are a real possibility!

What to Expect from a Tarpon Trip

The great thing about Tarpon in Puerto Rico is that you don’t need to travel far to find monsters. San Juan Bay is the island’s biggest and best Tarpon hotspot, and it’s right in the middle of town!
 
You will usually be fishing in the Torrecilla and San Jose Lagoons, hitting deep holes left over from dredging in the ‘60s. These are Tarpon magnets. And if the first spot isn’t hot, you just hop over to the next one and try again.
 
There are two main seasons for Tarpon fishing in Puerto Rico. Smaller, schooling Tarpon flood the lagoons October through December. By January, the big boys show up, starting a solid 5 months of epic battles against some of the toughest fish you’ll ever fight. 

Tarpon Fishing Techniques

Live baits and lures are both popular on local Tarpon charters. The top bait fish are sardines, mullet, threadfin herring, and anchovies. Live baiting work great in the morning, but dead baits fished on the bottom can be just as effective as the water warms up.
 
Different guides will swear by a literal boatload of different lures, from hard-bodied jerkbaits like Yo-Zuri Sashimis and Jointed Crystal Minnows to soft plastics like D.O.As and Slug-Gos. Fly Fishing is an obvious must for many Tarpon lovers. Clouser Minnows, Deceivers, the infamous Black Death––the waters are almost always cloudy, so dark colors are key, but other than that you can take your pick.
 
You can find fish from 15 lbs to 150 lbs swimming around next to each other, so advising on rods and reels isn’t easy. Most specialist guides (and there are quite a few of them) stock a variety of weights which they will employ throughout the day.
 
Puerto Rico’s urban lagoons are something every servant of the Silver King has to experience. The fish are bigger than you can believe, and pack into the holes that seem custom-built for incredible angling. You’ll have the whole of San Juan as your backdrop, and a lifelong Tarpon fanatic for a guide. If you somehow manage to not enjoy it, we’d love to hear how!

Puerto Rico Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Puerto Rico varies moderately throughout the year. High season is January to May. Low season is July to September. There is no closed season.
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Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

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3/4 day trip with Captain Carlos
Peter F. fished with The Drop Fishing Charters on February 16, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
If you are looking for a Captain who's passion is putting his customers on fish than Captain Carlos is your man. My experience with Carlos was the high point of my trip to this beautiful paradise. I look forward to returning next year to put in some more time in fishing these productive waters. Fish on Captain, Fish on. Peace
Half day trip with Captain Angel
Dave B. fished with AC Fish Finders – Freshwater on February 16, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was a beautiful location with plenty of fish.
Half day trip with Capt. Pacoc
Al R. fished with Tarpon Tours on February 13, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I personally didn’t fish the n Loíza, but did fish in El Naranjito resovoir.
A trip to remember!
David W. fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on July 24, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
I would recommend this charter team and ask lots of questions.
Great half day
Renato A. fished with Go Tarpon Puerto Rico - 22’ on July 16, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
You can't miss if you are with the right captain
Half day trip with blue water crew
Troy K. fished with Blue Water Fishing Puerto Rico on July 15, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be ready for choppy water but the fish will bite
5 hour trip with Captain Luis
Daniel S. fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on July 10, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Definitely use this company. Make sure to stay hydrated. Enjoy yourself. It is hard not to when you fish with Captain Luis.
Great day with with Captain Carlos Torres
Jason W. fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on July 7, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
This was our first tarpon fishing trip and we had a great trip so I would highly recommend Bayside Charters 2 and Carlos Torres as your guide.

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