Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Charters

Fort Myers Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Fort Myers

Fort Myers: 189 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(16 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(178 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $475
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(33 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(150 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $350
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $450
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(67 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(322 reviews)
Fort Myers
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5.0 / 5
(54 reviews)
Fort Myers
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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.
Fort Myers
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 26,609 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Fort Myers

Request Capt Dillon at salt water excursion as your guide, he works really hard to make your trip a good one memorable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Request Capt Dillon at salt water excursion as your guide, he works really hard to make your trip a good one memorable.
Calvin  F.
Calvin F. Bristow, OK
If your fishing in the Ft Meyers area in the spring stay around the Mangroves as they are plenty of fish to be caught and a large variety active!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If your fishing in the Ft Meyers area in the spring stay around the Mangroves as they are plenty of fish to be caught and a large variety active!
Paul  S.
Paul S.
Sun screen and a great attitude. Can't get down if you aren't catching fish. Just keep at it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sun screen and a great attitude. Can't get down if you aren't catching fish. Just keep at it
Adam  A.
Adam A. Appleton, WI
Look at the fishing reports for the time of year you are planning on coming to select a target species
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look at the fishing reports for the time of year you are planning on coming to select a target species
Scott  W.
Scott W. Tampa, FL
Do your homework and get the right captains. Read the reviews and ask questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your homework and get the right captains. Read the reviews and ask questions.
Erick  B.
Erick B. Highland Charter Township, MI
Get out on the water with one of the many very professional captains and give it a try. Truly a memorable experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out on the water with one of the many very professional captains and give it a try. Truly a memorable experience.
Brien  S.
Brien S. Minneapolis, MN
Book the whole 8 hour trip, so you have a better chance of catching more fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book the whole 8 hour trip, so you have a better chance of catching more fish.
Bryan  Y.
Bryan Y. Auburn, ME
Spend the extra money and use a guide to learn the techniques for each species.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the extra money and use a guide to learn the techniques for each species.
Terry  D.
Terry D. Fort Myers, Florida
I'm not an expert, but I think Fort Myers would have something to offer year round.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I'm not an expert, but I think Fort Myers would have something to offer year round.
Erik  H.
Erik H. Hebron, IN
Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a trip with someone who knows the waters first. You'll learn a lot.
Elizabeth  H.
Elizabeth H. Glenview, IL
Watch the weather patterns and try to get a few warm days in a row to make the snook more active. Still early forTarpon and the normally reliable sea trout are still recovering from the red tide last year so maybe next year might be better it you prefer that species. We had a great time catching lady fish when the water temps dipped and put the snook off their feed. Be prepared for some wind this time of year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the weather patterns and try to get a few warm days in a row to make the snook more active. Still early forTarpon and the normally reliable sea trout are still recovering from the red tide last year so maybe next year might be better it you prefer that species. We had a great time catching lady fish when the water temps dipped and put the snook off their feed. Be prepared for some wind this time of year.
Jon  S.
Jon S. McLean, VA
Try the inland fishing in the shallows to site fish along the Mangroves, you never know what may be leaving in the shadows of each cast.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try the inland fishing in the shallows to site fish along the Mangroves, you never know what may be leaving in the shadows of each cast.
Michael  D.
Michael D. Ringle, WI
Look over the available trips, read the reviews carefully, check out the local fishing web sites to see what is running and be aware of the weather and conditions (same as anywhere you want to fish).
Very good
4.0 / 5
Look over the available trips, read the reviews carefully, check out the local fishing web sites to see what is running and be aware of the weather and conditions (same as anywhere you want to fish).
Fred  B.
Fred B. Fort Myers, Florida
Pay attention to the tides and weather if you can. Captains like Mike are very knowledgeable about the area and can give you valuable information to help plan yoir fishing trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to the tides and weather if you can. Captains like Mike are very knowledgeable about the area and can give you valuable information to help plan yoir fishing trip.
Erik  H.
Erik H. Eldersburg, MD
Fishing is fishing--sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you enjoy the view. In our case we had a lot of action but the fish were just short of keepers. But it was a nice day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing is fishing--sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you enjoy the view. In our case we had a lot of action but the fish were just short of keepers. But it was a nice day.
Gary  M.
Gary M. Naples, FL
Can you guide and make sure they know about the weather, the tide, and water conditions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can you guide and make sure they know about the weather, the tide, and water conditions.
Ron  W.
Ron W. Miami Beach, FL
What ever species you want they are all here this time of year. Just have to hope they are biting.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
What ever species you want they are all here this time of year. Just have to hope they are biting.
David  P.
David P. Elizabeth, CO
It's hot. Don't leave without sunscreen and a shady hat. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's hot. Don't leave without sunscreen and a shady hat. Otherwise, it's beautiful. Have fun.
Ahson  A.
Ahson A. Fort Myers, FL
Better than expected, never been in Florida this late in season. Like most northerners late March is time to go home, not anymore, I,m staying to fish!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Better than expected, never been in Florida this late in season. Like most northerners late March is time to go home, not anymore, I,m staying to fish!
Kerry  D.
Kerry D. Naples, FL
Listen to your Captain and follow his advice on what’s hot during the time you plan to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to your Captain and follow his advice on what’s hot during the time you plan to fish.
Jim  D.
Jim D. Miami, FL

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