Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Charters

Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

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.

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.
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Reviews of Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Half Day Trip with Jason
Stephen W. fished with Katz Charters on November 9, 2021
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Definitely go out on charter with an experienced Captain.
Islamorada Fun on Fish Dauntless
Mick K. fished with Fish Dauntless on October 23, 2021
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Weather is excellent. Crowds are low so easy to get around. Food everywhere is excellent. And the fishing is off the charts. One of the best places in the WORLD. Islamorada offers so many places to stay from High End Luxury hotels, to mom and pop motels to camping and RV parks. You cannot go wrong.
1:00pm Half Day trip with Captain Troy
Meghan I. fished with Miller Time Sportfishing on August 8, 2021
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Morning trips are the beer time for fishing.
Great Experience
Tom R. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 30, 2021
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If fishing in July like we did, plan a morning half day trip. A full day trip will be extremely hot and fishing becomes more difficult as the day heats up. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Perfect day on the water
Tammy K. fished with Bank And Bight Backcountry Charters on July 26, 2021
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You can never have a bad fishing day in Islamorada. Paradise and fishing...come on now. Highly recommend hitting the water and enjoying the sites and fishing!
July fishing trip
Bryan S. fished with Pirate For Hire Charters on July 17, 2021
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Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Successful half day trip
SCOTT F. fished with Overtime Sportfishing Charters on July 13, 2021
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You can't go wrong with Overtime SportbFishing
Awesome shark bite
Brian R. fished with Singing Reel Charters on June 28, 2021
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Ask the locals they will tell you the best charters to catch fish on