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Where Is the Best Place to Go Tarpon Fishing in Florida?

by Larry Watson

Florida has some of the world’s best tarpon fishing. Not all tarpon-fishing locations are the same. Consider factors like the weather, tides, and time of year. You can improve your odds of landing a trophy in Florida’s best tarpon fishing locations by doing research and planning. Here are some top spots to try:

Boca Grande:

Boca Grande, located on Gasparilla Island off Florida’s west coastline, is known for its world-class fishing. Boca Grande Pass is a natural channel connecting Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s where large schools of Tarpon gather from April to July. Every May, the “Tarpon Festival”, an annual event, is held.


The clear waters of this small town along the Gulf Coast are a favorite with tarpon fishermen. Anglers may choose to fish in the Homosassa River or on the nearby channels and flats. Homosassa is a beautiful setting for tarpon fishing.

Florida Keys:

The Florida Keys offers some of the best and most exciting tarpon fishing in the entire state. There’s something to suit everyone, from the flats and backcountry to offshore wrecks.


Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, is a favorite destination for tarpon fishers. There are many shallow-water channels and flats in the area that make it ideal for sight-fishing tarpon. From April to June is the best time to catch tarpons in Islamorada.

Tampa Bay:

Tampa Bay, which has numerous jetties, bridges, and channels, is also a great place to fish for tarpon. From May through August, the bay attracts a large number of tarpon. Fly fishing for tarpon is also a great option in the bay.

Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island, located on Florida’s Gulf Coast is a beautiful destination for tarpon fisheries. Sanibel Causeway is located on the island and provides easy access to the channels and flats surrounding the causeway.

Tips on Catching Tarpon in Florida

To catch tarpons in Florida, you need patience, skill, and some luck. Here are some tips that will increase your odds of success.

  • Watch for fish that are rolling:

Tarpons are easier to see when they roll on top of the water. Cast your bait towards these telltale signs.

  • Watch for feeding Tarpon:

Tarpons are often found near the surface of the water, particularly in the mornings and evenings. You can find schools of tarpon “daisy-chaining” or rolling, which can be hundreds in number. You can use topwater plugs and flies to sight cast at these schools.

  • Practice Catch and Release:

In Florida, tarpons are caught and released. It is important to treat them gently. Remove the hook with a dehooking device and release the fish gently and quickly.

  • Be patient:

Tarpons are unpredictable and elusive, so patience and persistence are key. Continue to cast and try different tactics until something works. Prepare yourself to wait a long time, and be alert to any signs that fish are feeding.

  • Keep hydrated with

Bring plenty of water with you and keep hydrated all day long.

Enjoy the wildlife and scenery that Florida offers along the way.

Enjoy your fishing!

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