Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida

Florida: 1088 fishing charters available
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(188 reviews)
Placida
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trips from US $550
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(111 reviews)
Holmes Beach
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trips from US $450
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Belleair Bluffs
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trips from US $350
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(62 reviews)
St. Petersburg
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trips from US $599

Tarpon Fishing in Florida

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

Ready to come face-to-gills with the “Silver King” and put your angling skills to the ultimate test? Then going after Tarpon should be your next adventure. These goliaths of the flats are the greatest challenge inshore fishermen can face, and there’s no better place for it than the Sunshine State. If you’re coming here for the first time, we recommend booking a trip with one of the Tarpon fishing charters Florida has to offer.

You’ll find the magnificent Tarpon in inshore waters throughout the state, from Jacksonville Beach to the Panhandle. These acrobats are famous for their powerful headshakes, aerial acrobatics, and size. They can grow to be over 100 pounds. Tarpon are most active in spring and summer (depending on the location), but you can target smaller specimens all year.

While you can book a shorter Tarpon fishing trip and have decent results, dedicating a full day to it is usually far more productive. There are many guides that specialize in targeting Tarpon, and they’ll know exactly where to go and how to put you on the bite.

Practically the whole state of Florida is one big Tarpon fishing hotspot, but there are some destinations that stand out. The Keys, Boca Grande, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades along with the Ten Thousand Islands, Islamorada, and Tampa Bay are just some of the epicenters. All you need to do is pick a location, book your charter, and may your epic Tarpon fishing trip begin!

Rules & Regulations

The most important thing to remember is that all Tarpon are strictly catch and release in Florida. The only way to keep one is if you’re looking to break the IGFA record, but for that, you’ll need a special Tarpon tag. Only one tag per person per year is available. 

Florida Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Florida 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.
Florida
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 28,244 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida

Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get on a boat with someone who knows what there doing you’ll have a blast
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Captain Jack’s Fishing Charters
Weather prevented offshore fishing, nothing to do with the charter we booked, but inland was fun
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather prevented offshore fishing, nothing to do with the charter we booked, but inland was fun
Game On Fishing Charters
Game On Fishing Charters
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February isnt the best time, but if you’re just looking to get out and try deep sea fishing as a novice, you will catch something and it’s still great fun!
Barracudaville Charters
Barracudaville Charters
Book a charter with Trent. Take your catch to a local restaurant after. Awesome time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a charter with Trent. Take your catch to a local restaurant after. Awesome time
Capt. Trentin Leary
Capt. Trentin Leary
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely check the weather, it's been cooler this year, luckily we were prepared.
SWFL Premier Charters
SWFL Premier Charters
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pick up is currently in Captiva, so the drive can be long from Fort Myers with the traffic. Overall, it was a wonderful time though!
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
Capt Charlies Fishing Charters
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It can get really windy and a bit chilly this time of year. If the forecast is windy and under 70 degrees, highly recommend dressing in layers and prepare for a bit of a rougher ride on the water.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Highly recommend booking with Captain Torin. Caught enough fish to feed easily four people. Excellent fight with 38” snook
One More Charters
One More Charters
Captain Kevin knows his stuff. Listen to him and you will have a great time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Kevin knows his stuff. Listen to him and you will have a great time
Finders Keepers Charters
Finders Keepers Charters
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have fun whilst enjoying the splendid scenery! Captain Scott was very professional and an experienced captain. Once we got to our spot he put us on some beautiful fish. We even got to have some fun catching the apex predators of the limitless gulf. 4 hours felt like 30 minutes the amount of fun we had! Thank you Captain Scott for making it a great experience for a first time fisher!
Too Lethal Charters
Too Lethal Charters
Fishing in the river on weekends may be a challenge because of boat traffic, but the fishing in the ocean was great.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing in the river on weekends may be a challenge because of boat traffic, but the fishing in the ocean was great.
Live Action Charters
Live Action Charters
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Long winter tides make for slow moving water. Capt's can still find the fish, but feeding activity (action) greatly increases with speed of moving water.
Captain Sandy
Captain Sandy
Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the weather before you go, the day before we went the winds were rough, but the day we went was perfect 8-10 mph winds. Water was a really clear and clean.
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Fishpimp Light Tackle Sport Fishing
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great for us but the weather this year has been very cold so I could see how the fishing in Feb may be more difficult than in warmer months. All in all we had a great day on the water and caught lots of fish.
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Flamingo fishing was more than perfect for our first time fishing in the ocean. Crew was more than happy to help and everyone on the boat was catching fish!
Flamingo Fishing
Flamingo Fishing
If you want a good day out on the water, smell the salt air and enjoy the good weather this is the place to go.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want a good day out on the water, smell the salt air and enjoy the good weather this is the place to go.
Wildfish Adventures
Wildfish Adventures
Water was a little cooler, fishing was slower. Needed about 5 more degrees.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Water was a little cooler, fishing was slower. Needed about 5 more degrees.
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Captain Kyler's Fishing Charters
Captain Joseph can get you into most fish any time of the year. Don't hesitate to book a trip with him.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Joseph can get you into most fish any time of the year. Don't hesitate to book a trip with him.
Calusa Coast Charters
Calusa Coast Charters Bradenton, Florida
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It depends on the day, it’s colder climate so dress accordingly. Sometimes it’s rainy, and the day we went the water was super choppy. However, that’s the luck of the draw.
Niche Fishing Charters
Niche Fishing Charters
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Cool or colder weather not for most beginners. But Captain Gregg will put you on the Bite. He will instruct and guide you. You will see a lot of action. This type of fishing good for all ages. If you can do cold water fishing.
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island
Fish On Adventure – Captiva Island