Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charters

Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charters

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Tampa

Tampa: 209 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(113 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $445
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Tampa
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(42 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $250
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(229 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $445
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(164 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $400
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(86 reviews)
Tampa
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trips from US $488
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Tampa
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trips from US $500
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(172 reviews)
Tampa
trips from US $295

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.
Tampa
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 28,274 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Tampa

Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Tommy! He knows the waters and where to find the fish and will take care of everything to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Bait-N-Bite
Bait-N-Bite
Know the species caught in the time of your trip and the open and closed seasons.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Know the species caught in the time of your trip and the open and closed seasons.
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa
Take sun cream and a hat as the sun can still burn. No head on board so use the bathroom before hand. Listen to the skipper as her knows what he’s doing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take sun cream and a hat as the sun can still burn. No head on board so use the bathroom before hand. Listen to the skipper as her knows what he’s doing.
Sundaze Inshore Charters
Sundaze Inshore Charters
Definitely fish with Slot boys! Very knowledgeable of the area and knows what he is doing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Definitely fish with Slot boys! Very knowledgeable of the area and knows what he is doing!
Slot Boys Charters
Slot Boys Charters
It's a good inshore trip and starting downtown makes it easy for convention goers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It's a good inshore trip and starting downtown makes it easy for convention goers.
Downtown Tampa Charters
Downtown Tampa Charters
Try to go out early and on an over cast day if you can. BRING YOUR SUN SCREEN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to go out early and on an over cast day if you can. BRING YOUR SUN SCREEN
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters Miami, Florida
Find a good tackle and Bait shop. Fish early morning and afternoon Fish early morning and Evening
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Find a good tackle and Bait shop. Fish early morning and afternoon Fish early morning and Evening
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa Rifle, CO
Watch the moon . If it's a full moon the fish eat all night making them harder to catch during the day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Watch the moon . If it's a full moon the fish eat all night making them harder to catch during the day.
Baytime Charters – Tampa Bay
Baytime Charters – Tampa Bay LaGrange, GA
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tampa is full of fish, many different species. Makes for a great fishing experience.
Florida Professional Charters
Florida Professional Charters Lineboro, MD
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call captains prior to going out to see current species, conditions… and how to pay captains because app can be confusing
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing
Capt Tony Frankland Inshore Fishing Apopka, FL
Book the AM trip before the sun gets too hot. A tad cold heading out to the fishing spot but once settled it was a perfect weather.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book the AM trip before the sun gets too hot. A tad cold heading out to the fishing spot but once settled it was a perfect weather.
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa
Poseidon Fishing – East Tampa Elk Grove Village, IL
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Captain Ike would be an excellent choice for a beginner and experienced person wanting to get out on the water
Tampa Bowfishing Charters
Tampa Bowfishing Charters Underwood, MN
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...
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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...
Downtown Tampa Charters
Downtown Tampa Charters Charlotte, North Carolina
Book with FishingBooker.com. Easy to do and you will not be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with FishingBooker.com. Easy to do and you will not be disappointed.
Tampa Bowfishing Charters
Tampa Bowfishing Charters Tampa, FL
If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you can't catch fish in Tampa, something is wrong! Great place to wet a line.
Charlton’s Reef Charters
Charlton’s Reef Charters United States
Tampa Bay Florida has one of the most beautiful pristine and preserved Fisheries any fishing fanatic or professional fisherman would want to to enjoy. And when you go fishing with a professional fishing charter like Captain Joe from sloppy joe fishing charters in Tampa Florida you can find yourself catching unbelievable record breaking number of fish like Snook redfish and jack crevalle just to name a few.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Tampa Bay Florida has one of the most beautiful pristine and preserved Fisheries any fishing fanatic or professional fisherman would want to to enjoy. And when you go fishing with a professional fishing charter like Captain Joe from sloppy joe fishing charters in Tampa Florida you can find yourself catching unbelievable record breaking number of fish like Snook redfish and jack crevalle just to name a few.
Slobby Joe Charters – Tampa
Slobby Joe Charters – Tampa Tampa, Florida
Call the guide ( Tom Charlton ) and ask him or her what fish are biting when you want to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call the guide ( Tom Charlton ) and ask him or her what fish are biting when you want to fish.
Charlton’s Reef Charters
Charlton’s Reef Charters Lakeland, Florida
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Get ready to catch fish. You don't have to go to Costa Rica for workd class fishing.
Florida Reels Fishing Charters – TA
Florida Reels Fishing Charters – TA St. Petersburg, FL
For maximum action as number of catches. I recommend the flats. More serious fishermen and conditions permitting Inrecommend Tarpon or Grooper.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
For maximum action as number of catches. I recommend the flats. More serious fishermen and conditions permitting Inrecommend Tarpon or Grooper.
Charlton’s Reef Charters
Charlton’s Reef Charters LaGrange, GA
Get ready for some of the best inshore fishing of your life. The flats and mangroves of Tampa Bay have some truly world class fishing. Be prepared to hear your drag scream with bull reds, over slot snook, and slob trout.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get ready for some of the best inshore fishing of your life. The flats and mangroves of Tampa Bay have some truly world class fishing. Be prepared to hear your drag scream with bull reds, over slot snook, and slob trout.
Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing
Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing Valrico, Florida