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Everything to Know About Booking a tarpon fishing charter

What are the best tarpon fishing charters?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 252 tarpon trips, and the most popular trips are Inshore - Half Day Trip guided by Shawn, Half Day Trip - 22’ Century Center Console guided by Joshua, and Tarpon Capital of the World guided by Ryan.

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What types of tarpon fishing charters are common?

Inshore fishing is the most popular for tarpon as well as flats fishing, nearshore fishing, and river fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, live bait fishing, and artificial lure fishing but bottom fishing and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much do tarpon fishing charters cost?

for tarpon prices can range anywhere from $180 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day for tarpon is $569. The average price for a full day for tarpon is $831.

When is the best time to go tarpon fishing?

The most popular season for tarpon fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 15 days in advance.

Where can I get a fishing license for tarpon and what are the bag limits for tarpon?

See here for more information on tarpon fishing licenses, tarpon bag limits, and fishing season regulations for tarpon. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right tarpon rules and regulations.



Tarpon Fish Species

Tarpon are a mesmerizing species for good reason- while one of the largest gamefish species in the world, they offer one of the toughest pound-for-pound fights around and are gorgeous to watch as they cruise the flats on their never-ending migration patterns.

Tarpon are also incredibly adaptive- while their saltwater territories blanket much of the globe, they also survive in brackish water (water that's a freshwater / saltwater mix) like rivers and marshes.

Tarpon consider themselves at home in warm bodies of water which carry less oxygen than cooler waters. They don't mind since they're one of the few fish species that can rise to the surface and gulp air for bursts of energy, much like Michael Phelps as he's sprinting to a gold.

There are two species of tarpon in the world, Megalops atlanticus (awesome name) which is the Atlantic Tarpon, and Megalops cyprinoides, aka the Tarpon of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Atlantic Tarpon

The Atlantic Tarpon is found along the western Atlantic coast from Brazil up to Virginia, throughout the Caribbean Sea, and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the biggest Tarpon in the world (we'll get to them) are also found along the eastern Atlantic coast from the African nations of Senegal to Angola.

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What's biting?

Tarpon Fishing Reports from Our Damn Good Guides. See more tarpon fishing reports.

    Legal size redfish are spotty but still in good numbers. With the shrimp run ramping up, it can be a little testy getting a consistent bite. But flounder are starting to show in great numbers- fish are still on the smaller side but great action. Tarpon fishing continues to be red hot in northeast Florida with fish ranging from 40 to 100 lbs. Bull reds are showing in good numbers in the St Johns river as well with the average fish in the 40in range!
    Rough weather has our Sportfisher stuck at port. Changing all trips to inshore this past week, tarpon have been biting all week
    Legal size redfish are spotty but still in good numbers. With the shrimp run ramping up, it can be a little testy getting a consistent bite. But flounder are starting to show in great numbers- fish are still on the smaller side but great action. Tarpon fishing continues to be red hot in northeast Florida with fish ranging from 40 to 100 lbs. Bull reds are showing in good numbers in the St Johns river as well with the average fish in the 40in range!

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