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Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico



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

Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico

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!


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

Puerto Rico Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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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.

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Puerto Rico

What People Are Saying About Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico

"Fishing with Angel"

Michael Walker fished with Caribbean Fishing Adventures – 20’ on February 24, 2020

Take landing a Tarpon off my bucket list. In less than 4 hours we fought with 6 , brought 5 into the boat for pictures including a 45 pounder that took 25 minutes to bring in ..... Unbelievable fishing experience.....

"Great 4 hour lagoon trip!"

Steve Stoler fished with Caribbean Fishing Adventures – 20’ on January 3, 2020

Our captain was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and friendly. We caught several Tarpon and had a blast. I highly recommend the trip!

"3/4 day with Ricardo."

Joseph S Wood fished with Blue Rush PR Fishing Charters on January 3, 2020

You were planning to do a 3/4 day fishing trip deep sea fish she But upon recommendation because the seas were so rough we fished inshore. It was a slow day of fishing but Ricardo got us on some nice tarpon. hooked but didnt land a Tarpon that was Around a 100 pounds. it was a slow day but that is how fishing is. Ricardo was great would go out with him again.

"Tarpon Time!"

Keith Powell fished with Boriken Fishing Charters on December 31, 2019

This was my first trip to Puerto Rico and I caught my first ever Tarpon right at daybreak. Captian Gabriel worked super hard to make sure we had the best chance to catch fish and taught me alot along the way! I wouldn't suggest another charter and thanks to the Captain for an unforgettable experience! Keith Powell

"Half day am "

Jonathan Kitzen fished with Boriken Fishing Charters on December 29, 2019

Had lots of fun and hooked three fish. I have gone out in this area 3x before with other captains and Alejandro was by far the most easy going and pleasant of all of them. I would gladly go again anytime. We hooked two Tarpon and one little shark. Its a great boat for 2-3 people to have a great morning fishing


Mark Johnson fished with Bayside Fishing Charters 2 on August 28, 2019

I came to Puerto Rico to catch a nice Tarpon, and the captain made it happen. Only post one picture, however we got many Tarpon on the boat. That day we hooked up 15-20 times. It was a good time, and a lot of action. Made for a really nice day.

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