Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Charters

Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

Tarpon Fishing in Fort Myers

Tarpon
  • Size 25 to 80lbs
  • Food Value None
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Flats, Backcountry

(Megalops atlanticus)

If you’re in the area, be sure to get in on the Tarpon fishing Fort Myers has to offer every year. Famously known as the “Silver King,” the Tarpon in these parts average 120 lbs in size, some of them tipping the scale way past 200 lbs. As it happens, the biggest of them are actually female—so it’s the queens of this species you want to catch!

When and Where to Fish for Tarpon

Tarpon show up off the coast of Fort Myers in spring (usually mid April) as they make their way north, flooding the inshore inlets, backcountry, and canals. You’ll find them in the shallow waterways surrounding Fort Myers through early October, gorging themselves on baitfish. Many anglers fish for these Silver Kings (and Queens) right off the beaches, too. The biggest Tarpon tend to move toward Boca Grande Pass in May, where you’ll find hundreds of charter boats and the fastest-paced fishing of the season.

Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Charters

Many captains in Fort Myers offer special Tarpon fishing trips in spring and summer, dedicated exclusively to catching a Silver King. Six and eight-hour trips are ideal to make sure you have plenty of fishing time. Many anglers recommend getting out on the water early in the day.

Trips usually cost $100 an hour, sometimes more. Prime Tarpon fishing months in Fort Myers are May-July, so be sure to book your trip well in advance.

How to Fish for Tarpon

There are numerous ways to catch a Tarpon, and your captain may decide which method is best based on the tides, weather, and other factors.

Many anglers enjoy fishing for Tarpon in Fort Myers on light spinning and fly tackle. Early in the season, you’re likely to sight cast for them on the flats and in the backcountry. You can target larger Tarpon using heavy tackle.

This fish bites anything from lures and frozen bait to live Crab, Shrimp, and Pilchard. Live bait tends to prove more effective, but bear in mind that this can drive charter prices up or add extra fees to your trip.

The key to catching this fish is persistence—it may take you longer than expected to hook into one, and when you do, be ready for a fight!

Tarpon fishing in Florida is strictly catch and release. Tarpon larger than 40” should not be removed from the water. If you’re aiming to break the IGFA Tarpon record and intend to keep your catch, be sure to purchase a Tarpon tag ($50, price subject to change).

Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Fort Myers varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Tarpon Fishing in Fort Myers

Half Day Fishing Trip with Captain Christie
Juliet B. fished with Just Livin The Dream Charters 1 on August 14, 2021
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Had a great time but it certainly was hot!! Would like to try the same thing during the fall or spring.
3/4 Day Trip with Captain Tyler Carner
Elizabeth H. fished with Indigenous Charters on December 28, 2020
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Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
Another wonderful experiance
Robert P. fished with Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters on July 5, 2020
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Boat, pier or beach there are lots of great places to fish in this area.
Half day trip with Captain Charles
Thaddeus K. fished with Capt Charlies Fishing Charters on July 2, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Read the reviews and book with the best. You'll not regret it.
4 Hr
Greg M. fished with Maxed Out Charters – Fort Myers on June 12, 2019
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Ask exactly what is open to catch and what you can actually keep.
4 hr afternoon Trip with Mike and chris
Durwin Y. fished with Just Livin The Dream Charters 2 on April 23, 2019
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Sunscreen sunscreen and a hat and have fun
Outstanding experience
Joachim Z. fished with Capt. Bill Walker's Fishing Charters on April 21, 2019
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Stay inshore (Bay waters) with an experienced Capt.
Half-Day Trip with Captain Drew
Rachel K. fished with Chum Crazy Charters on April 18, 2019
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Go with a charter, and we would recommend Chim Crazy with Captain Drew!

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