Sarasota Tarpon Fishing Charters

Sarasota Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Sarasota

Tarpon Fishing in Sarasota

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

If you’re into Tarpon fishing Sarasota is probably already on your map for summer vacations. The annual Tarpon migration is one of the most important events of the year here. Every summer, the Sarasota Bay area is swarmed by schools of Tarpon a hundred strong. Anglers also migrate here in similar numbers. Some look to compete, while others are just after the thrill of battling a 200-pound Silver King.

When to target Tarpon

The Sarasota Tarpon buzz starts mid-April, with the first few fish being caught in the area. By May the season is in full swing, and anglers from around the country turn up to give them a royal welcome. It also kicks off the prestigious Sarasota Tarpon Tournament, which has been running since 1930. This is when you will find the best Tarpon fishing Sarasota has to offer. The fish stick around longer than the crowds, though, and by late June you will have more of a chance of fishing in peace.

How to target Tarpon

You have a couple of different options of how to fish for Tarpon. Sarasota Tarpon fishing charters are a seasonal specialty, and every guide has their own take on the best way to go after them. 
The first, and perhaps the easiest way to hook yourself a Silver King is by using spinning gear and live blue crab or herring. Every guide worth their salt will have their favorite “honey holes” where you can find these fish in good numbers. Once you’re in place, it’s a case of dropping your bait just past the fish as they “daisy chain” their way along, then pulling it across their path. Easy, right? You wish!
Fly fishing is another way of targeting Tarpon in the shallow sandbanks and grass flats of the Sarasota Bay. The theory behind it is much the same, but the placement needs to be even more precise. Too close, and you risk spooking them. Too far away, and you may not get their attention. It’s all worth it when you finally land it right, though. You can’t beat the thrill of placing your fly just so, and watching it sink lazily in front of these silver behemoths. 

Sarasota Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Tarpon fishing in Sarasota varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to February and November to December. There is no closed season.
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Half day offshore with Capt Chris and “D”
Kelly H. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on November 27, 2020
Make sure you get a Captain that knows his stuff! Trust the crew and have fun no matter what you catch!
Jack fish- should have cooked them up but we released them:)
Keith S. fished with Rodbender Fishing Charters on November 13, 2020
Make sure your captain knows the best areas to catch your “menu” fish. You may want to call ahead to discuss.
July fishing trip
Don S. fished with Reel Tight Fishing Charters – Sarasota on July 8, 2020
First time do the 4 hour trip. Lots of action and does'nt wear you out.
Half Day with Capt Chris
Keith B. fished with Paradise Fly Sport Fishing on May 12, 2020
The only problem with May is the love bugs but they really weren't that bad, though we didn't hit them at the height of their season. After a couple of months of enforced lockdown due to the virus, this was a more than welcomed diversion.
Suncoast Fishing Adventures. Greatest Charter of all!!
Susan B. fished with Suncoast Fishing Adventures on February 4, 2020
I recommend they charter Suncoast Fishing Adventure!!!!
Half day trip with Tony
Kenji P. fished with TNT Freedom Fishing Charters – Siesta Key on July 6, 2019
Fish aren't as predictable as other seasons.
Half day trip
Bill M. fished with Reel Knowledge Fishing on June 24, 2019
Come on down. You won't be disappointed.
Fishing with Camille
Kevin S. fished with High Class Hooker Charters - Sarasota on May 20, 2019
Book early and take a morning half day trip.