Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters

Miami Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Miami

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Miami

Tarpon Fishing in Miami

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

The game fish you want to target on your next vacation to Florida has to be Tarpon. More specifically, you have to try the Tarpon fishing Miami has to offer. This is a hard-fighting, high-jumping fish that will break the line in over 60% of hook-ups and can be found in a range of places in Miami.

What to Expect  

The best time to go hunting for Tarpon is between May–July. This is when they come into the marshes and shallow waters to spawn. With the right captain though, you can find Tarpon year round, in either the flats or further out into deeper waters.

Depending on the time of year and where you’ll be fishing, you’ll either be spending the day on a flats fishing boat or a center console. The flats boat can take a maximum of four anglers out, whereas the center console can take up to six.

Most of the flats boats will have a sight casting platform to give you that extra edge in finding your prey. If your going out during rough weather, especially in deeper waters, the boat may also have a Tarpon cage to help keep you in place. If you really want to challenge yourself, spend your trip fly fishing for Tarpon. This is best left to the experienced anglers, as the conditions for fly fishing can be tough for beginners.

One of the best times to go Tarpon fishing in Miami is during the evening. With the lights from the bridges and downtown brightening up the waters, you’ll even be able to sight fish long after the sun sets. This is when the Tarpon are feeding and therefore most active, which will give you the best chance of reeling one in.

How to Prepare

When on the flats boats, be aware of the limited space and only pack the essentials. You’ll want to bring your camera, as Tarpon must be released once caught. Tarpon over 40 inches should be kept in the water – the captain will gauge the size of the Tarpon for you and let you know if you can bring it on board.

Let the captain know what type of fishing you’d like to do and your current fishing experience level. The captain can then make sure the right gear is on board for you to use. If you’re bringing your own rods and reels, inform the captain prior to the trip so he can make space for them.

The time of year will alter the bait and lures the Tarpon go for. You could use live bait, flies, or artificial lures. Beginner anglers will use live bait to entice Tarpon, such as mullet, shrimp, and crabs.

The “Silver King” is ready and waiting to test your lines and skills in the Miami waters. Book a Miami Tarpon fishing trip today and fish with a local captain who can take you to the best spots – whether you’ll get the fish to the boat is up to you.

Miami Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Miami varies moderately throughout the year. High season is March to May. Low season is January and September to December. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Tarpon Fishing in Miami

Swordfishing Trip
Patrick S. fished with Twysted Lyfe Charters Miami Beach, LLC on March 22, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Just get out there. Tell the captain what you’re looking to do and they’ll point you in the right direction.
Great Adventure
IRINA T. fished with Reward Fishing Fleet - Party Boat on March 13, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be sure you and people in your group have no sea sickness, or they can suffer a lot.
Captain George is an awesome guy!
Susan C. fished with Lucky Hook Charters on February 16, 2021
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I was given advice from friends that fishing above the keys would not be that ideal. However, we had a great time and expect to catch more fish in the area soon.
Awesome experience
Zarmina R. fished with Hot Shot Charters on January 6, 2021
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
It was our first experience. Deep sea fishing has such different techniques. Great experience.
Half day trip with Captain Mike!
Alexis T. fished with Urban Legends Fishing Charters on July 3, 2020
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It is a great experience! Dont forget your sunscreen!?
Fishing with Wayne
Bernard Van De Boogaard fished with Reward Fishing Fleet - Party Boat on October 11, 2019
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On this particular day it was very windy and not good for shing. But after all it is mother nature. would do it again though
Great memories
Jamie A. fished with Frick and Frack Fishing Charters on August 16, 2019
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Be prepared to work your arms the water is deep
Single trip with Captain Bryan
Lou L. fished with Twysted Lyfe Charters Miami Beach, LLC on July 31, 2019
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Plan ahead as finding a split charter is a hit or miss proposition.