Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best 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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Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 27,944 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida

Contact the Captain prior to booking to help customize your trip and help them best meet your expectations. Also know that fishing depends on the behavior of the fish, when they’re not biting, they’re not biting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact the Captain prior to booking to help customize your trip and help them best meet your expectations. Also know that fishing depends on the behavior of the fish, when they’re not biting, they’re not biting.
Paul  F.
Paul F.
It was a little choppy but I don’t imagine that had to deal with it being December. Sergio said the wind change didn’t help that so it’s tough to say. But it wasn’t too hot and it was so pretty.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a little choppy but I don’t imagine that had to deal with it being December. Sergio said the wind change didn’t help that so it’s tough to say. But it wasn’t too hot and it was so pretty.
Dillon  P.
Dillon P.
Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our trip was not specifically for fishing, more for a combination of shelling, fishing and bird/dolphin watching. We only caught a couple of fish, but we did not fish very long so were pleased with what we caught.
Belinda  L.
Belinda L.
Certain times of the year are better than others. We went during a slower time and still caught plenty of quality fish
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Certain times of the year are better than others. We went during a slower time and still caught plenty of quality fish
Domenic  C.
Domenic C.
Check with the captain in a private message or go to their Facebook and locate their phone number and talk with them directly to find out if the conditions are looking good enough to go out (offshore specifically otherwise they may talk you into an inshore trip). Don’t get me wrong inshore fishing can get you some great fishing and if you only have a certain amount of time to be in the area go fish on!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check with the captain in a private message or go to their Facebook and locate their phone number and talk with them directly to find out if the conditions are looking good enough to go out (offshore specifically otherwise they may talk you into an inshore trip). Don’t get me wrong inshore fishing can get you some great fishing and if you only have a certain amount of time to be in the area go fish on!
Brian  C.
Brian C.
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket and sunscreen. Florida weather can be unpredictable during winter. Make sure you have something if you are prone to seasickness it will make or break your trip.
Connie  W.
Connie W.
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with captain Joe. Joe and Jessica were both nothing but pleasant and accommodating.
Brian  J.
Brian J.
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a great destination for fishing. There’s a lot of variety to catch and you don’t need to travel far from shore. There’s less time traveling and more time fishing.
Ryan  R.
Ryan R.
Take Dramamine just in case so you don’t waste a second of your trip. We caught fish as fast as we could get our hooks in the water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take Dramamine just in case so you don’t waste a second of your trip. We caught fish as fast as we could get our hooks in the water!
Kimberly  M.
Kimberly M.
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To book with your company cause your mates that run the boats are very friendly & now the area very well
Richard  L.
Richard L.
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't worry about the weather or time of the year, you will have a great time regardless of conditions.
Kasey  Y.
Kasey Y.
Skill and experience matters, Captain Davy is the best choice. Great conversation, laughter, and a real knowledge of the waterways of New Symnra. He was faced with tricky weather conditions and we still caught fish. Thank you Captain!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Skill and experience matters, Captain Davy is the best choice. Great conversation, laughter, and a real knowledge of the waterways of New Symnra. He was faced with tricky weather conditions and we still caught fish. Thank you Captain!!
William  J.
William J.
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's fishing. The captain was knowledge about some great locations to land fish.
Christopher  K.
Christopher K.
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to make sure you get fish, book with a charter boat that take multiple people and has a variety of hours to go out. Check the ratings and read the reviews.
Julie  M.
Julie M.
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure you know what you're getting into. These fish are big and take work.
Matthew  S.
Matthew S.
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It was a little chilly and threatening rain, I suspect there are better times to be out on the water, but this happened to be the time we were in the area on vacation. No regrets!
Michael  R.
Michael R.
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Excellent opportunity to catch fish in early fall. Temps are pleasant and any day on the water is better than a lot of other things you could be doing.
Scott  H.
Scott H.
Weather was good for November but will probably do this again in the spring /summer when the ocean is a little calmer.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather was good for November but will probably do this again in the spring /summer when the ocean is a little calmer.
Mike  C.
Mike C.
Great if you’re not looking to target a big fish but want to catch a lot everyone caught 10+ fish in our short 4 hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great if you’re not looking to target a big fish but want to catch a lot everyone caught 10+ fish in our short 4 hour trip.
Tyler  H.
Tyler H.
Bring a cooler for drinks and snacks. However, you may not be able to enjoy because you will be too busy catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler for drinks and snacks. However, you may not be able to enjoy because you will be too busy catching fish
Joseph  R.
Joseph R.