Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 969 fishing charters available

JP's Backwater Adventures

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Naples
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trips from $500

Florida Adventure Outfitters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(27 reviews)
Fort Lauderdale
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River City Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(36 reviews)
Jacksonville
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trips from $450

Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from $500

Tarpon Fishing in Florida

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

Ready to come face-to-gills with the “Silver King” and put your angling skills to the ultimate test? Then going after Tarpon should be your next adventure. These goliaths of the flats are the greatest challenge inshore fishermen can face, and there’s no better place for it than the Sunshine State. If you’re coming here for the first time, we recommend booking a trip with one of the Tarpon fishing charters Florida has to offer.

You’ll find the magnificent Tarpon in inshore waters throughout the state, from Jacksonville Beach to the Panhandle. These acrobats are famous for their powerful headshakes, aerial acrobatics, and size. They can grow to be over 100 pounds. Tarpon are most active in spring and summer (depending on the location), but you can target smaller specimens all year.

While you can book a shorter Tarpon fishing trip and have decent results, dedicating a full day to it is usually far more productive. There are many guides that specialize in targeting Tarpon, and they’ll know exactly where to go and how to put you on the bite.

Practically the whole state of Florida is one big Tarpon fishing hotspot, but there are some destinations that stand out. The Keys, Boca Grande, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades along with the Ten Thousand Islands, Islamorada, and Tampa Bay are just some of the epicenters. All you need to do is pick a location, book your charter, and may your epic Tarpon fishing trip begin!

Rules & Regulations

The most important thing to remember is that all Tarpon are strictly catch and release in Florida. The only way to keep one is if you’re looking to break the IGFA record, but for that, you’ll need a special Tarpon tag. Only one tag per person per year is available. 

Florida Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Florida varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.
Florida
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida

Contact David! Enjoy the beautiful weather, superb temperatures, and great Florida fishing!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact David! Enjoy the beautiful weather, superb temperatures, and great Florida fishing!!
Matthew  C.
Matthew C. Kissimmee, Florida
The late autumn is rough. Make sure to have rain gear and be prepared for rough water.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The late autumn is rough. Make sure to have rain gear and be prepared for rough water.
Joseph  I.
Joseph I. Pike Road, AL
weather was great! may have been different pre hurricane but no complaints!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
weather was great! may have been different pre hurricane but no complaints!
HOLLY  W.
HOLLY W. Weston, WI
Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring over the counter motion sickness medicine, even if you don’t get motion sickness. We caught fish in the afternoon, but we heard the morning is the best time to fish.
Margie  M.
Margie M. Littleton, CO
Good area with a couple of nice lakes loaded with fish and super close to theme parks etc if doing a family trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good area with a couple of nice lakes loaded with fish and super close to theme parks etc if doing a family trip
Ian  D.
Ian D. Brooklyn, New York
Patience - the fish are out there and they are biting. Full moon allows the predators to hunt all night so expect slower days when the moon is full, or near full.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience - the fish are out there and they are biting. Full moon allows the predators to hunt all night so expect slower days when the moon is full, or near full.
Andrew  L.
Andrew L. Acton, MA
Find a Captain with a first mate and book a six hour Offshore/reef/wreck combo. If you are going with children and/or females look for a charter book with a toilet. Try to get above a 30 foot boat.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find a Captain with a first mate and book a six hour Offshore/reef/wreck combo. If you are going with children and/or females look for a charter book with a toilet. Try to get above a 30 foot boat.
Troy  S.
Troy S. Gladwin, MI
Book Inverted Fishing with Captain Martin Lane. Very professional and great boat and gear!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Inverted Fishing with Captain Martin Lane. Very professional and great boat and gear!
James  P.
James P. Altamonte Springs, Florida
I don't like fishing and it was the best time ever. They knew exactly where to take us to catch the fish. I caught a lot of fish. Put this on your "to do" list. Eric and Bobby are the best. Thank you both.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I don't like fishing and it was the best time ever. They knew exactly where to take us to catch the fish. I caught a lot of fish. Put this on your "to do" list. Eric and Bobby are the best. Thank you both.
John  W.
John W. Vinemont, AL
I would reccommened talking to the guys at old hat. They are very accommodating and will cater a trio to what you want
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would reccommened talking to the guys at old hat. They are very accommodating and will cater a trio to what you want
Jeff  K.
Jeff K. Norton Shores, MI
Lake Toho is a real experience. The fish are hungry and the captain knew where to go. Had a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lake Toho is a real experience. The fish are hungry and the captain knew where to go. Had a great time.
Gerald  D.
Gerald D. Lakeland, FL
Such a great experience having this tour with Captain Jayson . We really learned so much about all the keys along with the history of Cedar Key. Learned about the fish, birds and other wildlife in the area. Saw dolphin and many birds and fish. Highly recommend this type of tour with Capt. Jayson.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Such a great experience having this tour with Captain Jayson . We really learned so much about all the keys along with the history of Cedar Key. Learned about the fish, birds and other wildlife in the area. Saw dolphin and many birds and fish. Highly recommend this type of tour with Capt. Jayson.
Irene  L.
Irene L. Homosassa, Florida
Take ginger ale or ginger chews with you. Motion sickness pills don't work as good. Decide what you are going to do with the catch you keep before you go. Expect to have to throw back a lot that are too small or out of season.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take ginger ale or ginger chews with you. Motion sickness pills don't work as good. Decide what you are going to do with the catch you keep before you go. Expect to have to throw back a lot that are too small or out of season.
Randall  B.
Randall B. La Grange, KY
Captin Brandon did an amazing job! Had a great time catching Red Fish! Will definitely come back and recommend to anyone! Had a blast!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captin Brandon did an amazing job! Had a great time catching Red Fish! Will definitely come back and recommend to anyone! Had a blast!
Brandon  B.
Brandon B. Whitesboro, TX
This year in September it was over 90 degrees everyday so far. So dress and protect accordingly. You have to learn how to fish this area if you don't know gulf fishing/salt water fishing. I look forward to next trip to Destin and trying my luck again.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This year in September it was over 90 degrees everyday so far. So dress and protect accordingly. You have to learn how to fish this area if you don't know gulf fishing/salt water fishing. I look forward to next trip to Destin and trying my luck again.
Patrick  H.
Patrick H. Decatur, MI
The first thing is to learn is that you have to learn Destin. You may not kill it the first time. You need seasonal clothing and food/refreshments. Warm months require covering and hydration. Right tackle, etc.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The first thing is to learn is that you have to learn Destin. You may not kill it the first time. You need seasonal clothing and food/refreshments. Warm months require covering and hydration. Right tackle, etc.
Patrick  R.
Patrick R. Decatur, MI
The lake we fished was well stocked, many areas to target fish, and the water was calm. Perfect fishing weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The lake we fished was well stocked, many areas to target fish, and the water was calm. Perfect fishing weather.
Anthony  M.
Anthony M. Orlando, Florida
Absolutely try lobstering if you’ve never been. Our captain was amazing!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely try lobstering if you’ve never been. Our captain was amazing!!!
Rachel  M.
Rachel M. Milton, FL
Great place to come take in the history of key west. September is a good month for calm seas and good fun. Lobstering, reef fishing, and offshore are all good this time of the year on a good boat with a good crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to come take in the history of key west. September is a good month for calm seas and good fun. Lobstering, reef fishing, and offshore are all good this time of the year on a good boat with a good crew.
Chrystal  M.  A.
Chrystal M. A. Stephenville, TX
Go with a patient and helpful Captain, like Cap Booker, to help and teach you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a patient and helpful Captain, like Cap Booker, to help and teach you.
Patricia  S.
Patricia S. Key West, Florida