Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

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.
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Reviews of Fishing in Tarpon Fishing in Florida

5 hour trip with Capt Justin
Bobby M. fished with Paradise Fishing Charters on June 24, 2021
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I highly recommend chartering with Capt Justin. We had an excellent 5 hour trip.
June fishing trip
Mark J. fished with Destin’s Ultimate Guide Service – The Soggy B on June 23, 2021
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Don't let a smaller boat scare you away.
Great day fishing!
Billy H. fished with Able Body Charters/Native's Son on June 23, 2021
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Bring plenty of water and snacks and get ready to have a great time!
Fishing trip with Captain Jeff.
Brian S. fished with Boat Charter Destin on June 23, 2021
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When you get ahold of the big ones just keep reeling!!! Yay
4 Hour Trip
Anna G. fished with Wet Lines Fishing on June 21, 2021
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While we weren’t fishing for big fish, we were able to catch a bunch of fish to eat.
Full Day trip
Richard H. fished with Danica Anne Sportfishing on June 19, 2021
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Bring water, drinks, and a little luck with you. Everything else Capt has.
June fishing trip
Donald T. W. fished with Reel Therapy Fishing - 17' on June 19, 2021
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Go see captain Jim Peabody he will take care of you
Best 4hr trip with capt Gage!
Christopher P. fished with Outlaw Gunner Charters on June 18, 2021
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Book with Outlaw Gunner you won't be sorry!!!