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Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa



Tarpon

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

Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

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!
 

Tarpon

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

Tampa Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Tampa varies moderately throughout the year. High season is May to August. Low season is January to March and November to December. There is no closed season.

What People Are Saying About Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

"Very nice trip with Captain Kenny during the run up to the big snow storm up north."

David Abrams fished with Inshore Society - Tidewater Boat on March 4, 2019

A calm and beautiful day on the bay. Too early for tarpon but Kenny put us on plenty of snook and a few red fish. Couldn't help but notice that we were out producing charters of four or more. Good job Captain Kenny. He knows his stuff. Nice boat and equipment. I hope to return and land a few tarpon. He even put me on to a golf course near where I was staying. Recommended

"Half day with Capt Chris"

John Seibold fished with Capt. Chris Camps Triple C Charters on March 7, 2018

Had an awesome day fishing with Captain Chris. Really knew where to go and when. Looking forward to some Tarpon fishing in a couple months.

"Great Time. Pretty sure you'll enjoy it"

Joseph F Jones fished with Capt. Chet Jennings Sport Fishing on August 13, 2016

We had a couple Tarpon on, but they ARE tricky and got off, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Didn't see anyone else that even got one on. We got a good bit for our cooler too. Think you'll have a great time. Good luck, J.
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