Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 997 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(132 reviews)
Daytona Beach
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trips from $289
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(28 reviews)
Navarre
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trips from $600
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Key Biscayne
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(28 reviews)
Bokeelia
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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 25,519 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida

Go with a fishing guide and make sure he knows that you have never fished before.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Go with a fishing guide and make sure he knows that you have never fished before.
NANCY  S.
NANCY S. Sebastian, FL
i had a great time, caught the fish i was looking for with a great captain. i would highly recommend fishing in miami in januarty as the rest of the country is freezing .
Excellent
5.0 / 5
i had a great time, caught the fish i was looking for with a great captain. i would highly recommend fishing in miami in januarty as the rest of the country is freezing .
Steven  B.
Steven B. Agoura, California
Call Captain Brandon at Reel Fishing Charters as he is knowledgeable and professional and provides a great experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Brandon at Reel Fishing Charters as he is knowledgeable and professional and provides a great experience.
Frank  B.
Frank B. Beaconsfield, QC
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught a bunch of Spanish Makerel and a few blue fish. The captain knew when and where to catch them and stayed on them when we did.
Kevin  L.
Kevin L. Ottawa, ON
Make sure you bring hat, sunblock, polarized sunglasses, snacks and your own beer if you want.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you bring hat, sunblock, polarized sunglasses, snacks and your own beer if you want.
Timothy  S.
Timothy S. Hopewell Junction, NY
If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you're not from the area, expect it to be real warm and multiple patterns happening at the same time.
Chad  W.
Chad W. Murfreesboro, TN
Due to bad memories of seasickness suffered on deep sea fishing trips I took when I was a kid, I chose Lake Clarke Shores and Captain Ricky for my daughter's first fishing trip. Couldn't be more pleased.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Due to bad memories of seasickness suffered on deep sea fishing trips I took when I was a kid, I chose Lake Clarke Shores and Captain Ricky for my daughter's first fishing trip. Couldn't be more pleased.
Eric  N.
Eric N. Pittsburgh, PA
Give the captain details of exactly what you are looking for and make sure they can deliver that experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Give the captain details of exactly what you are looking for and make sure they can deliver that experience.
Mark  G.
Mark G. Mount Prospect, IL
Go with David Paycheck, you’ll have a great time and will catch a ton of fish!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with David Paycheck, you’ll have a great time and will catch a ton of fish!!!
Kevin  M.
Kevin M. Orlando, FL
Let the captain teach you how to cast, put bait on, and sit back and enjoy!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Let the captain teach you how to cast, put bait on, and sit back and enjoy!
John  R.
John R. Orange City, FL
Check the weather forecast as it can be somewhat unpredictable in the winter months.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather forecast as it can be somewhat unpredictable in the winter months.
Peter  B.
Peter B. Santa Clara, California
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about expectations vs. what he thinks he can get you. They are very helpful and work together with other captains to see where they can go to make sure everyone is having fun.
Joe  F.
Joe F. Mount Laurel Township, NJ
Take Dramamine the night before going out, tip that was given to us and we made it through the day well.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take Dramamine the night before going out, tip that was given to us and we made it through the day well.
Steve  A.
Steve A. Barton, ND
The fishing here was excellent. Calm water and endless bites. Great for family or those that enjoy reeling in the fish. We didn’t troll today, our preference was for everyone to catch many fish. We caught our limit!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing here was excellent. Calm water and endless bites. Great for family or those that enjoy reeling in the fish. We didn’t troll today, our preference was for everyone to catch many fish. We caught our limit!
AnnMarie  H.
AnnMarie H. Vienna, VA
Get in touch with jump on charters and Captain Benny. You will be very happy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get in touch with jump on charters and Captain Benny. You will be very happy
Scott  C.
Scott C. Shawnee Hills, OH
Be prepared for wet, dry, cool or warm climate. Remember that some days you fish and some days you catch and always remember it is the experience and making memories of a lifetime!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for wet, dry, cool or warm climate. Remember that some days you fish and some days you catch and always remember it is the experience and making memories of a lifetime!
Melinda  B.
Melinda B. Farmington, MO
We have fished a few places in SW Florida in the past year. Englewood is a gorgeous community without the hectic feel of Naples or Ft Myers. We had fish on all day long. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a more laid back fishing day, where you catch a lot of fish, which is more of what my family enjoys.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We have fished a few places in SW Florida in the past year. Englewood is a gorgeous community without the hectic feel of Naples or Ft Myers. We had fish on all day long. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a more laid back fishing day, where you catch a lot of fish, which is more of what my family enjoys.
Becky  P.
Becky P. Tice, FL
Don’t hesitate to book a trip in December as the weather is wonderful and the fishing fantastic. Lock it in now and make some memories!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t hesitate to book a trip in December as the weather is wonderful and the fishing fantastic. Lock it in now and make some memories!
Jason  E.
Jason E. Rocky Mount, NC
Take a lot of shiners, it is a live bait lake. Have fun. Some times Mother Nature changes your plans, but a bad day on a lake is still better than any day at work. (Note) This is the first trip my captain took that he only boated 3 fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Take a lot of shiners, it is a live bait lake. Have fun. Some times Mother Nature changes your plans, but a bad day on a lake is still better than any day at work. (Note) This is the first trip my captain took that he only boated 3 fish.
Melvin  K.
Melvin K. Tremont, PA
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of sunshine and beautiful waters - we even saw dolphins. Super easy to get to boat and free parking to boot.
Julie  M.
Julie M. Rosemount, Minnesota