Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Islamorada



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

Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Islamorada Tarpon fishing is the perfect intersection of inshore fishing and the excitement of sport fishing. It requires a lot of patience, involves crashed dreams and often a lost catch. But each single moment of a Tarpon fishing trip has the aura of going after a truly royal species.

Tarpon are brutes that move like ballet dancers. These fish are loved by anglers across the states, and admired by novice and pro anglers alike. Those silvery, shiny scales bring smiles to any angler's face each time as if it were the first, and Islamorada offers scores of these kingly fish.

When, where, and how to get Tarpon

As with many other species that inhabit Islamorada’s waterways, Tarpon are in season here year round. The best time to get them is when the summer comes, anywhere from June until end-July. But, as a rule of a thumb, as long as the water temperature is above some 70 degrees, you can still spot a big one. And what a sight it is! Often, anglers get to marvel schools of Tarpon swimming around, with an occasional display of acrobatics above the water followed by green splashes.

With Tarpon, it’s not about keeping, it’s about catching and releasing. Not only are Tarpon hard to fillet, they are a protected species and fishing for it is strictly regulated. What they lack in taste, they double make up in their strength.

As to where, go around bridges and channels if you’ve booked a shorter trip. On longer trips, head towards the Everglades. The safest time is early in the morning or later in the day, as the sun is setting down.

Tricks and trips for Tarpon fishing have been shared over and over again amongst anglers. Some may work, some may not, but Islamorada Tarpon fishing is one adrenaline pumping roller coaster ride. You can try live mullet on J hooks, live crab, or dead bait. Our advice? Give a couple of things a go and see what produces the best result.

Now, as with any royalty, you’re expected to bow. Same goes for Islamorada Tarpon, rightly known in these parts as the Silver King. Once you see the fish jump out of the water, point your rod towards the fish to take the pressure off the line and prevent the Tarpon from breaking loose. Local captains know how to get these fish and staying patient while listening to their guidance can often produce the desired result: you and a Tarpon in a same photo.

How to behave around his majesty

Tarpon are a catch and release only species. When you fish for them, you should use barbless, single non-offset circle hooks for natural bait, a dehooking tool, and the gear that won’t exhaust the fish too much. Make sure to keep all Tarpon over 40 inches in the water, and don’t drag the fish over the gunnel of a boat. If you notice large predatory Sharks feeding nearby, find another spot before fishing for Tarpon. It’s important to handle this iconic fish properly to enable the survival of the fisheries.



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

Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Tarpon fishing in Islamorada varies slightly throughout the year. High season is March to June. Low season is January and October to December. There is no closed season.

Reviews of Fishing in Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

"Half day trip with captain Charles Hertel "

Joe Davidson fished with Tekéze Charters on July 21, 2020

Our trip was awesome! Even with the weather not in our favor Captain Charles was able to put us on some big fish. I caught the Tarpon I had always dreamed of. If you want a down to earth, easy going captain, Captain Charles is your man. You won’t regret setting up a trip with him. I know I am sure hoping to be able to fish with him again!

"Half Day W/ Captn Gary S. "

Ryan Sacco fished with Ivory Keys Charters on November 30, 2019

We had an awesome experience with Captn Gary. The conditions were not ideal and we were able to put our targeted species in the boat in a very short amount of time. Gary really knows his stuff as he has been fishing the area before he could walk. Great time spent on the water with A really cool guide. We will definitely be reaching back out to him in May for some Tarpon . Thanks Capt!

"8 hr tarpon"

Rocky Baker fished with Tekéze Charters on May 19, 2019

Fantastic trip. Bite was tough due to full moon but the Capt. kept working until we hooked up. Awesome trip. Even caught a few sharks while waiting on the Tarpon to feed

"Half day Tarpon Trip"

Robert Hogan fished with Tekéze Charters on May 4, 2019

Had an amazing trip with Captain Charles. He put us o. The Tarpon all three of us got one. Boat was top notch and Charles made sure we all had fun. Can’t wait to do it again!

"Great day with Captain Keith"

Curtis Kelly fished with Bamboo Charters 2 on April 18, 2019

Awesome experience... I asked for Tarpon and I hooked up on a 140+ lb ... beauty... fish-on! Thanks Keith.

"3/4 day with captain Zach"

Brian Sklenar fished with Zoned In Charters on August 5, 2018

Unbelievable trip! As good as it gets! Zach put us on top of world class Tarpon
Based on 19,183 reviews by FishingBooker anglers