Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charters

Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa

Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

The Silver King – royalty in the Florida game fish kingdom, revered by seasoned anglers and beginners alike! The Tarpon fishing Tampa lays claim to offers reel-screaming action, acrobatic performances of huge fish, and battles of a lifetime. If you’ve never explored these waters, fear not! There are numerous experienced guides in the area ready to put you on trophy catches that make this fishery famous worldwide.
 

When to go

 
Fishing for Tarpon around Tampa is one of the ultimate inshore adventures. Tarpon visit the bountiful waters of the bay in May and they stick around until October. Summer months, when they’re migrating into the bay by the thousands, are the best time to land a monster.
 
Not only is the Silver King one of the strongest fighters you’ll ever have on the line, but the sizes they come in are equally impressive. Averaging at 60–120 pounds, these silvery bad boys will give you a run for your money. If you’d like to get a taste of this Tarpon action, half-day trips that last 4–5 hours are your way in. 
 
In June and July, when Tarpon fishing is at its peak, you can hook 250 lb mammoths. For anglers that are on the prowl for their next Tarpon record, full day trips are a must. With eight or more hours on the water, you get plenty of time to fight the Silver King and go home with some amazing fishing stories to tell.
 

What to expect

 
On average, you can catch 3–6 Tarpon per trip, but double-digit hookups are common as well. Whether you’re drifting, baitcasting, spinning, or fly fishing for your next record, the Silver King won’t be able to resist offerings in the form of mullet, crabs, and shad. If artificials are your weapon of choice, think surface and jerk plugs. Tarpon fishing is strictly catch and release, unless you have a Tarpon tag, which allows you to keep one fish per year if you are pursuing an IGFA record.
 

How to Prepare

 
The Tarpon fishing Tampa is known for is a feat of strength and wit, not to mention it’s incredibly fun. Virtually every local guide has tricks up their sleeve to put you on the bite, so prowling the waters of Tampa Bay under their vigilant eye is your best chance of catching something extraordinary. Make sure to bring plenty of food, drinks, and sunscreen on your angling jaunt. After that, the Tarpon riches of the bay are yours for the taking!
 

Tampa Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Tampa varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to August. Low season is January to April and November to December. There is no closed season.
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Reviews of Fishing in Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

Fishing with Ike
Mitchel C. fished with Tampa Bowfishing Charters on March 26, 2021
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Just do it its worth every penny and you can take that to the bank!
Fishing with Max
Donna R. fished with Downtown Tampa Charters LLC on December 27, 2019
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If looking for a bigger boat to go out farther don't forget to ask about the boat lol I was expecting a bigger boat (didn't ask or specify) and wanted them to go further out but from the two boys point of view I got exactly what I wanted...a great experience...
Captain Sam is the Absolute Best
Jason P. fished with Baytime Charters on July 5, 2019
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Great fishing but extremely hot so plan accordingly
Awesome experience
Angie H. fished with Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing on July 1, 2019
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Book with captain skunk beard. You wont regret it
Great Night!!!
Jason A. fished with Tampa Bowfishing Charters on May 7, 2019
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Book with FishingBooker.com. Easy to do and you will not be disappointed.
1hr refreshing Trip with Max Rowe.
William K. fished with Downtown Tampa Charters LLC on May 5, 2019
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Listen to the local Fisherman.watch the weather.
Fishing with Ariel
Ed P. fished with Capt Ariel Charter Boats Inc. on April 22, 2019
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Just like fishing anywhere else, book a great guide and have fun on the water !
Awesome trip!
Robert C. fished with Charlton’s Reef Charters on April 6, 2019
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If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.