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Top 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.

What People Are Saying About Tarpon Fishing in Puerto Rico

"Half day trip with Captain Luis. "

Martin Monsey fished with Bayside Fishing Charters on January 16, 2019

Great day catching Tarpon and Jack! Highly recommend others to book these guys. I took my wife who hates to fish and she had a great time!

"5 hour trip - very cool"

Michael Gall fished with Caribbean Fishing Academy Charters on December 22, 2018

Louis was a great host for our group. Patient, helpful and very good at navigating the area. Fished in the bay and out in the ocean. Caught a few fish and 1 shark. Missed a bunch of sharks as we could not get them to fully bite the fish. Tarpon are out there and we couldn’t get one to stay on the line. A great little overview of the area on our way back in.

"Great Morning Tour"

Jacqueline Ayers fished with Go Tarpon Puerto Rico - 22’ on August 21, 2018

Rafa was very knowledgeable and helpful for first time Tarpon fishing trip for 2 adults who only occasionally fish. He was very aware of the surroundings and knew the biting spot to try. He made our trip to San Juan memorable and we got the best photos!

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