Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 1085 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(121 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(102 reviews)
Naples
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(225 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $300
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(215 reviews)
Santa Rosa Beach
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trips from US $385

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
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,532 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida

Windy. But a great captain and crew. They made it possible in those winds.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Windy. But a great captain and crew. They made it possible in those winds.
Grand Slam Charters
Grand Slam Charters
The crew performed on a top notch level, catering to everyones needs based on experience, comfortability and even sea sickness. Cole was an expert when it came to the fishing, and Chase was a work horse ensuring our group had the ultimate experience. Captain Mike handled the rough waters well, and made his boat feel like home. If were ever in the Keys again, wed rent this charted 10 times over.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The crew performed on a top notch level, catering to everyones needs based on experience, comfortability and even sea sickness. Cole was an expert when it came to the fishing, and Chase was a work horse ensuring our group had the ultimate experience. Captain Mike handled the rough waters well, and made his boat feel like home. If were ever in the Keys again, wed rent this charted 10 times over.
Blind Squirrel Charters Key Wests largest
Blind Squirrel Charters Key Wests largest
As long as you listen to your guide you’re going to have a great time and catch a lot of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As long as you listen to your guide you’re going to have a great time and catch a lot of fish
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters
Have a great time! The crew will take excellent care of you, and they won't give up trying, no matter what!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a great time! The crew will take excellent care of you, and they won't give up trying, no matter what!
NSB Shark Hunters – Captain Dustin
NSB Shark Hunters – Captain Dustin
Captain Chris provides everything needed to fish and knows the area well and will travel to multiple locations to find the fish. Captain Chris is very patient with new anglers and helps in every aspect including baiting, casting, fish removal, and explaining what type of fish you catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Chris provides everything needed to fish and knows the area well and will travel to multiple locations to find the fish. Captain Chris is very patient with new anglers and helps in every aspect including baiting, casting, fish removal, and explaining what type of fish you catch.
Captain Chris Fishing Charters LLC
Captain Chris Fishing Charters LLC
Don't be afraid to ask your captain lots of questions -- our captain was very knowledgeable (about the fish, water, equipment, seasons, local area, etc.) and quite friendly. He was eager to teach us about fishing these waters at this season and was also willing to engage in conversation along other lines.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't be afraid to ask your captain lots of questions -- our captain was very knowledgeable (about the fish, water, equipment, seasons, local area, etc.) and quite friendly. He was eager to teach us about fishing these waters at this season and was also willing to engage in conversation along other lines.
Salty Charters Of Jacksonville
Salty Charters Of Jacksonville
Great time to be on the water. Nice and cool in the morning and comfortable in the afternoon
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time to be on the water. Nice and cool in the morning and comfortable in the afternoon
AJ’s Bass Guides
AJ’s Bass Guides
The boat is very well stocked and the captain is very professional and prepared, bring anything extra you want to enjoy the trip. Pro tip from the captain - if you need Dramamine - take a dose the day before and at least 30 minutes before the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The boat is very well stocked and the captain is very professional and prepared, bring anything extra you want to enjoy the trip. Pro tip from the captain - if you need Dramamine - take a dose the day before and at least 30 minutes before the trip.
Big Fin Charters
Big Fin Charters
Not grouper season which was the only bummer. But certainly had nothing to do with our amazing crew!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not grouper season which was the only bummer. But certainly had nothing to do with our amazing crew!
Second Nature Charters
Second Nature Charters
Choose sport fishing to catch big fish. From experience, previous wasn’t as good as this trip
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose sport fishing to catch big fish. From experience, previous wasn’t as good as this trip
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Reel Floridian Fishing – Fll
Ask the captain for the right clothing. I expected sunny, hot weather, but I forgot a rain jacket for the cold morning breeze. The captain prepares everything else.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask the captain for the right clothing. I expected sunny, hot weather, but I forgot a rain jacket for the cold morning breeze. The captain prepares everything else.
Local Fishing Charters
Local Fishing Charters
We have done 3 trips via Fishing Booker and caught different fish every time. Every trip has be fun and even the trash fish such as shark and sting ray will keep you entertained.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have done 3 trips via Fishing Booker and caught different fish every time. Every trip has be fun and even the trash fish such as shark and sting ray will keep you entertained.
D&R Charters Fernandina Beach, Fl
D&R Charters Fernandina Beach, Fl
Go out fishing with an open mind. Day to day the fishing changes. Weather is a big/huge factor. Be patient with your Captain. They are doing their best with what the day brings. You might catch fish non stop for your trip, or get only a couple. It's fishing. And be polite. May God bless your fishing adventures.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go out fishing with an open mind. Day to day the fishing changes. Weather is a big/huge factor. Be patient with your Captain. They are doing their best with what the day brings. You might catch fish non stop for your trip, or get only a couple. It's fishing. And be polite. May God bless your fishing adventures.
East Pass Inshore Charters
East Pass Inshore Charters
Definitely lose your fresh water habits! We had an awesome time catching some monters the entire morning.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely lose your fresh water habits! We had an awesome time catching some monters the entire morning.
RocketCity Charters – Cocoa Beach
RocketCity Charters – Cocoa Beach
Yes. Just make sure the boat you’re chartering is size appropriate for the number of people you’re bringing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Just make sure the boat you’re chartering is size appropriate for the number of people you’re bringing.
Off-Ice Charters
Off-Ice Charters
If you're a first time fisher or even experienced, definitely consider going out. Definitely not bobber in the water fishing. Alot of casting and reeling. Would recommend 3/4 so you have plenty of time to be out there.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're a first time fisher or even experienced, definitely consider going out. Definitely not bobber in the water fishing. Alot of casting and reeling. Would recommend 3/4 so you have plenty of time to be out there.
Reel Attack Charters
Reel Attack Charters
Be patient and listen to the advice your captain has to say even if your an experienced angler there is something always to learn especially locations and conditions during the times your out.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be patient and listen to the advice your captain has to say even if your an experienced angler there is something always to learn especially locations and conditions during the times your out.
Down South Charters
Down South Charters
Listen to your guides instruction. Bring lots of drinks to stay hydrated and plenty of sun protection.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your guides instruction. Bring lots of drinks to stay hydrated and plenty of sun protection.
Flatzlife Charters
Flatzlife Charters
Book this trip if you want to experience the thrill of the big tug! The caption was great with my 2 sons and kept them wore out tugging big fish in all day! Highly recommended!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book this trip if you want to experience the thrill of the big tug! The caption was great with my 2 sons and kept them wore out tugging big fish in all day! Highly recommended!
Fishin Mission Offshore Charters
Fishin Mission Offshore Charters
The 6 hour trip was just right for our group of teens- very active and engaging.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 6 hour trip was just right for our group of teens- very active and engaging.
Captain Mike's Charters
Captain Mike's Charters