Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Charters

Islamorada Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Islamorada

Islamorada: 117 fishing charters available

Ivory Keys Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(153 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $550

Singing Reel Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(213 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $500

Reel Attack Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(105 reviews)
Islamorada
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Miller Time Sportfishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(139 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600

Dauntless Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(280 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600

Kekoa Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(281 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $450

Capt. Larry Sydnor

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(42 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $700

Off The Hook – Islamorada

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(13 reviews)
Islamorada
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trips from $600

Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Tarpon
  • 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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Seasonality

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.
Islamorada
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Based on 25,065 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Islamorada

Look for a Captain targeting the type of fish you want to catch. Also understand the trip your booking meaning don’t hire a flats boat if you want to go off shore.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Look for a Captain targeting the type of fish you want to catch. Also understand the trip your booking meaning don’t hire a flats boat if you want to go off shore.
Roger  D.
Roger D. Tampa, Florida
The reef is almost a sure thing. Late afternoon shark fishing works too, winds were lighter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The reef is almost a sure thing. Late afternoon shark fishing works too, winds were lighter.
John  H.
John H. Key Largo, Florida
Be ready to adapt to the weather. Trust the captain's judgement. He fishes every day here.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be ready to adapt to the weather. Trust the captain's judgement. He fishes every day here.
George  S.
George S. Quarryville, PA
Expect wind and change of plans but go anyway. A good captain will still put you on fish without beating you up or getting you sick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect wind and change of plans but go anyway. A good captain will still put you on fish without beating you up or getting you sick.
Scotty  W.
Scotty W. Shinrock, OH
Try all 3 if you can. In shore, Flats and reef to get a feel for the wide variety of fishing the Keys has to offer
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try all 3 if you can. In shore, Flats and reef to get a feel for the wide variety of fishing the Keys has to offer
Dan  R.
Dan R. Woodway, WA
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Mick  K.
Mick K. Clifton Heights, PA
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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Tom  R.
Tom R. Lansdowne, VA
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!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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!
Tammy  K.
Tammy K. McKinney, TX
Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just relax and let the captain put yu right where you need to be to catch great fish
Bryan  S.
Bryan S. Highlands, Texas
Bring sunscreen and Off. Be yourself, be patient and enjoy nature and your loved ones.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring sunscreen and Off. Be yourself, be patient and enjoy nature and your loved ones.
David  W.
David W. Boynton Beach, FL
Check out Captain Scott, he is very knowledgeable and will find you fish. He is a great guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out Captain Scott, he is very knowledgeable and will find you fish. He is a great guide.
Joe  P.
Joe P. Inverness, FL
Don’t forget your sunscreen before you go & always remember to be prepared for anything....it’s called “Fishing”
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t forget your sunscreen before you go & always remember to be prepared for anything....it’s called “Fishing”
Dawn  L.
Dawn L. Miami, FL
Take a guide, you can't get to the places without knowledge of these waters. Be smart
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a guide, you can't get to the places without knowledge of these waters. Be smart
David  B.
David B. United States
Do your homework. Don't settle for the cheaper price. Those boats are cheap for a reason. Found that out the hard way back in February this year.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do your homework. Don't settle for the cheaper price. Those boats are cheap for a reason. Found that out the hard way back in February this year.
Terry  M.
Terry M. Fort Lauderdale, FL
This was my first time fishing so I don’t know - but I had a great time and we caught lots of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was my first time fishing so I don’t know - but I had a great time and we caught lots of fish
Jessica  S.
Jessica S. San Juan
Wear long sleeves in a breathable shirt and polarized sunglasses for those that haven't been out on the water. The sun will get you and it reflects of the water pretty heavily.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear long sleeves in a breathable shirt and polarized sunglasses for those that haven't been out on the water. The sun will get you and it reflects of the water pretty heavily.
Kenneth  W.
Kenneth W. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Call Captain Tony with Singing Reels. That way you won't wonder if you are taking a chance or not. He is the best!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Tony with Singing Reels. That way you won't wonder if you are taking a chance or not. He is the best!
Kelly  R.
Kelly R. Wilmington, Delaware
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water!! Have a good time, and trust your crew!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Bring plenty of sunscreen and water!! Have a good time, and trust your crew!
Dustene  C.
Dustene C. Miami, Florida
Enjoy yourself. Let the Captain know in advance what you want to do and follow his advice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Enjoy yourself. Let the Captain know in advance what you want to do and follow his advice.
David  C.
David C. Miami Beach, Florida
Call Captain Mark at Dauntless Charters and dress appropriately. The Florida sun can be brutal. Sunscreen, UV clothing, and head covering is a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call Captain Mark at Dauntless Charters and dress appropriately. The Florida sun can be brutal. Sunscreen, UV clothing, and head covering is a must.
Jennifer  L.
Jennifer L. Orlando, Florida