Sanibel Tarpon Fishing Charters

Sanibel Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Sanibel

Sanibel: 175 fishing charters available

SWFL Premier Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(143 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $475

Saltyboy Charters – Sanibel/Captiva

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(84 reviews)
Sanibel
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trips from $550

Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(273 reviews)
Fort Myers
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Day Shape Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $500

Trouty Water Fly and Light Tackle

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $500

GoliathFishing - Sanibel

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(50 reviews)
Sanibel
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trips from $525

Sanibel Fishing Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(16 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $450

Kraken Coastal Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(21 reviews)
Fort Myers
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trips from $500

Tarpon Fishing in Sanibel

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

Sanibel has been described as the birthplace of Tarpon fishing. The first recorded catch on rod and reel happened right here in Sanibel’s Tarpon Bay way back in 1885 and anglers have been perfecting the art ever since. Sanibel Tarpon fishing is viable year-round, with a permanent population settling down in the island’s shallows. It is the yearly migration which makes the area famous, though, and its proximity to the famous Boca Grande Pass is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big Silver Kings.

When should I visit?

The “summer migration” can be a bit of a misnomer here in Sanibel. The first big schools are often seen as early as March, and can stick about as late as October before finally moving on. During this time, fish and anglers take to these waters in insane numbers, with schools a hundred strong found in any depth of water. 
 
If you are after the biggest and meanest out there, the king of kings, then this is the a very special time and place to visit, but there is no bad time to target Tarpon in Sanibel. Even in the depths of winter, you can catch fish as big as 100 pounds here. If your priority is to fish in peace without worrying about other anglers spooking or hooking the best catch, wait for the yearly migrations to subside before heading down to Sanibel. 

Where will I fish?

Boca Grande Pass draws anglers like flies to honey every summer and has earned the nickname Tarpon Capital of the World. If you are around in the early summer months and want to witness one of the craziest events in inshore fishing, head to the pass and take part in the madness, as schools several hundred strong are met by an army of anglers wanting their slice of angling heaven. 
 
Sanibel has much more going for it than just one pass, though. Spots like Tarpon Bay are as worthwhile today as they were back in the 19th century, and the tidal waters of the Caloosahatchee River are the winter home for many resident Tarpon.

How will I catch them?

There are many ways to target Tarpon, but fly fishing is the favorite in these waters. Hefty 12-weight rods and big, three-inch-long Black Death flies make for the most challenging and enjoyable angling you could ask for. If regular tackle is more your style, beefy 50-pound tackle with spinners, plugs, or live Blue Crabs or Pinfish will have you hooked on a winner faster than you could believe.

How much will it cost?

The standard rates for Sanibel fishing charters are $100 an hour, with $50 or so knocked off the price of ¾ and full day trips. During high season, some charters will run specialist Tarpon trips with tackle, bait, lures and flies set up to make the most of the huge migration. This is well worth the money for experts, but a standard trip will do just as well for entry-level anglers, and will normally cost a little less.

Sanibel Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Sanibel varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to July. Low season is January to March and September to December. There is no closed season.
Sanibel
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Sanibel

Book Crushin' It Fishing Charters. My father in law and I are novice anglers and Capt Anthony made it look easy for us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book Crushin' It Fishing Charters. My father in law and I are novice anglers and Capt Anthony made it look easy for us.
Brian  J.
Brian J. Cape Coral, Florida
6 hours was perfect for our trip, we caught a a lot of fish and still had time to enjoy dolphins and other wildlife. Book Captain Anthony with Crushin it Fishing Charters he was great!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
6 hours was perfect for our trip, we caught a a lot of fish and still had time to enjoy dolphins and other wildlife. Book Captain Anthony with Crushin it Fishing Charters he was great!
Judy  D.
Judy D. Cape Coral, Florida
Book a charter with Crushing it Fishing Charters. Very educational for fishing methods.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter with Crushing it Fishing Charters. Very educational for fishing methods.
Nicholas  W.
Nicholas W. Lehigh Acres, FL
Plan a second day of fishing if you have time. Great experience.Wonderful location.Captain Mike picked us up at the boat dock at Tween Waters on Sanibel where we were lodging. No wasted time getting started.Every minute counts when your having this much fun.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Plan a second day of fishing if you have time. Great experience.Wonderful location.Captain Mike picked us up at the boat dock at Tween Waters on Sanibel where we were lodging. No wasted time getting started.Every minute counts when your having this much fun.
Ronald  P.
Ronald P. Fountain, Colorado
Plan a full day and spend the money! Be flexible and Let the captain do his thing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan a full day and spend the money! Be flexible and Let the captain do his thing!
Bill  T.
Bill T. Pompano Beach, Florida

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