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Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa

Top Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa



  • 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!


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

Tampa Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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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.

What People Are Saying About Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

"6 hour Tarpon trip"

Kyler Johnson fished with Take A Day Off Fishing Charters on June 2, 2020

By far the most memorable fishing trip of my life. Capt. Dominguez was great company and took us in with open arms. Being 18 and from the other side of the country, we haven’t had a fight like Tarpon and he trusted us and coached us through it. also an awesome crew member joe!! really loved this trip and if i’m back in florida i know who i’m looking for!!

"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.
Based on 16,009 reviews by FishingBooker anglers