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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 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

"Full day"

Mike Hodges fished with Charlton’s Reef Charters on November 12, 2019

Both inshore and offshore fishing Captain took his time finding the right spots. Was friendly and helpful. Very good trip

"Capt Sam"

Persaud Mahesh fished with Baytime Charters on November 10, 2019

Capt Sam was awesome despite bad weather conditions for fishing. He got us to some great locations to fish. We had a great time for a half day trip. This guy knows his business.

"4 hour trip with Joe"

Adam Rezi fished with Slobby Joe Charters - Tampa on November 10, 2019

Captain Joe is a very good guide! He knows a lot of good places, and he took us there. We caught a lot of nice big fish on the 4 hour fishing. He's kind, humorous and sometimes sings. 😀 We'll definitely be back!

"Very Patient with first time fishermen!"

Robert Kaplan fished with Baytime Charters on October 27, 2019

Sam was great. Very patient with us as we had never fished before and weren’t any good at casting or hooking the snook. But by the end of the day, my 2 friends and I had all hooked and reeled in at least one fish. He wouldn’t leave until we did. And Sam had hooked at least one or 2 more where he handed us the rods to reel in. Great day.

"Half day in the bay"

Bart Hodgins fished with Downtown Tampa Charters LLC on October 24, 2019

Super nice captain perfect for me and my 12 year old. Here is the thing...he picked us up on the river walk near own hotel!! Huge game changer to help with timing. 4 hours of catching and lots that got away! Highly recommend for a knowledgeable laid back experience .

"Half day trip with captain sam"

Isaias Mejia fished with Baytime Charters on October 26, 2019

Had a great time with captain sam. He had several fishing pots to try out. My son and my wife and I had a lot of fun. We will definitely book with captain sam again. We recommend booking your trip with captain sam. He was knowledgeable and friendly.
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