Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in San Juan

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in San Juan



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

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.



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

San Juan Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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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.

Reviews of Fishing in Tarpon Fishing in San Juan

"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.


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.

"Rafa is a top notch guide"

Chris Wadley fished with Go Tarpon Puerto Rico – 20’ on March 29, 2019

If you’re serious about cathing Tarpon in San Juan, you need to book with Rafa. He’s puts in the work to find the fish, help you land fish and makes it an enjoyable experience all around. Rafa has one of the best work ethics I’ve seen and his results prove it.

"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!
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