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

July fishing trip
Jamey G. fished with Chum Em Up Charters on July 29, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Tell the captain what you are looking for and want to catch. Captain Andy put us on the fish we was looking for.
Fishing with Mike
Steven G. fished with Sea Spirit Deep Sea Fishing on July 29, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Expect them to put on the spot, too hook them up!!!!!!!!!
6 Hr Trip
Jamie S. fished with Reel-Axing Fishing Charters on July 28, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Start out with a 4 hr trip to get your feet wet with deep sea fishing. Be prepared if you have rough seas. Dramamine is your friend!
half day trip with Captain Rich
Stephen T. fished with Reef Relief Charters – 25' on July 28, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
yes i would recconmend this to anyone totry.
Half day trip with Capt. Tony
Bill E. fished with Skyway Sportfishing on July 27, 2021
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Take lots of water and be flexible in where to go due to the storms.
Great Half Day Trip with Capt. Ben and Mate Reese
Richard B. fished with 100 Proof Charters on July 27, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Drink a lot of water. Start with a smaller trip before you do a full-day unless you've fished before. Have a plan for what you are going to do with the fish you catch (give them away or take them to a restaurant to have them cooked).
Half Day Trip w Captain Mike
Jim M. fished with My Chance Charters on July 27, 2021
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Dolphins, sea turtles, tuna and sharks in three hours -- productive, diverse fishery!
Best Trip Ever!
Jerry K. fished with Captain Black’s Fishing on July 26, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Get booked with Captain Black. You will not be disappointed.