Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Charters

Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Charters

Top Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Destinations

Best Tarpon Fishing Charters in Florida Keys

Tarpon Fishing in Florida Keys

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

(Megalops atlanticus)

Tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys is the ultimate inshore sportfishing challenge. The Silver King can be seen cruising the shallows from the Everglades all the way down to Key West. These are usually highly seasonal fish, but can be caught here almost any time of the year, which is why the Keys should be at the top of your Tarpon fishing list.

While these hard-fighting fish stick around for most of the year, the best Tarpon fishing in the Keys runs from March–June. You can target them on the flats and in the backcountry, but they also congregate around structure. This means that the many bridges in the Keys are your go-to spots for productive Tarpon fishing.

Depending on how much time you want to dedicate, you can go on a half day or a full day trip. If you’re looking for an introduction to Tarpon fishing, or if you’re heading out with the family, it might be best to book a half day charter. But if you want the best chances to reel in a big one, consider spending a full day on the water.

So where do you find a Tarpon fishing charter in the Keys? That’s easy – they’re everywhere! Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Key West… Wherever you are, just head on down to the dock and take your pick!

Florida Keys Tarpon Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Tarpon fishing in Florida Keys varies moderately throughout the year. High season is April to September. Low season is January to February and October to December. There is no closed season.
Florida Keys
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Tarpon Fishing in Florida Keys

Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have the basics: Long sleeve loose fitting rash guard SPF 50, sun screen, lip balm, fishing gloves, closed toe shoes, sunglasses and this time of year be ready for Hot and Humid.
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
Fishizzle Sportfishing Charters
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had Never been salt water fishing. Captain led us through from start to finish, helping us with the different species and out is right in fish all evening. Expect heavier surf going to the reef, and a fight if going after Tarpon.
Easy Does It
Easy Does It
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very hot but enjoyable. Excellent variety of fish to be caught and not too crowded at sea with too many boats.
Singing Reel Charters
Singing Reel Charters
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have a backup fishing plan if the fish you are targeting are not biting. Sharks, barracuda and Goliath grouper are formidable fish that put up a good fight for any angler who wants a challenge if your target species is not available.
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
Fair Winds Fishing Charters
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is a great trip for experienced/beginners and cost-effectiveness. The caltiqn lives local was really good to make us feel welcome and suggested a cool restaurant to cooking or catch.
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember your sunblock (not spray), take a hat and sunglasses, wear long sleeve ‘fishing’ shirts, make sure you’re drinking water!
Fishing Kings
Fishing Kings
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Sometimes the fishing is just that. Fishing. Many factors should be figured into the catching part. Tide, current, wind, moon phase, temperature etc. Be patient.
Hooked Up Charters
Hooked Up Charters
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
All except way too hot!! Our best experience was the catch and recommendation for straight to the table for dinner that night!
Foodchain Fishing
Foodchain Fishing
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Watching Captain and fist mate Jeff work was remarkable. You can learn a lot if you pay attention and ask questions.
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Corsair 2 Sportfishing Key West
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes - trolled and live fished - the tugs on the reel were nice - helps to go with an experienced captain like Justin - he definitely made a difference
All Hanns On Deck
All Hanns On Deck
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be aware the water temperature dictates the species and activity of bite. The higher the temp., the lower the activity.
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay,  Veteran Owned
Infinite Blue – 50’ SeaRay, Veteran Owned
Fish were spawning, which could be a positive or negative factor worth noting.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish were spawning, which could be a positive or negative factor worth noting.
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
Wet Tails Charters – Keys Fishing Experience
Charter a. Oat, the captain and mate do all the hard work and you get to enjoy the fishing and catching
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Charter a. Oat, the captain and mate do all the hard work and you get to enjoy the fishing and catching
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Reef Runner Charters Key West
Lots of shoreline, shallow, and deeper water opportunities... fishing doesn't have to be expensive, but if looking for a charter ask locals, read reviews and the right packages can be found!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Lots of shoreline, shallow, and deeper water opportunities... fishing doesn't have to be expensive, but if looking for a charter ask locals, read reviews and the right packages can be found!
Top Notch Sportfishing
Top Notch Sportfishing
Be flexible. The mahi mahi bite was not happening so we switched to reef fishing
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be flexible. The mahi mahi bite was not happening so we switched to reef fishing
Snap Em Up Fishing
Snap Em Up Fishing
If you have a beautiful calm day like we had. Be ready for fun, exciting fishing. Bring plenty of sunblock.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you have a beautiful calm day like we had. Be ready for fun, exciting fishing. Bring plenty of sunblock.
Salt Therapy Charters
Salt Therapy Charters
Yes, Jason has a lot of experience and will ask what you are looking for and do his best to help guided you to the experience you want. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes, Jason has a lot of experience and will ask what you are looking for and do his best to help guided you to the experience you want. Very friendly and knowledgeable.
Lock It Up Charters
Lock It Up Charters
It was great. A little hot on a sunny day, but the boat has some shade inside when needed. We had to move a few times, but I think everyone was pretty happy.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was great. A little hot on a sunny day, but the boat has some shade inside when needed. We had to move a few times, but I think everyone was pretty happy.
Cora Beth Fishing
Cora Beth Fishing
Fishing was okay, perhaps they were also on vacation. It was still a good time and would do it again.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing was okay, perhaps they were also on vacation. It was still a good time and would do it again.
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2
Manicsportfishing – Pontoon 2
Understand fishing season if you’re trying for certain fish verse just fishing! We had success for our age kids, however are not professionals or sport fishing.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Understand fishing season if you’re trying for certain fish verse just fishing! We had success for our age kids, however are not professionals or sport fishing.
Katz Charters
Katz Charters