Fishing: Tarpon on the line, jumping out of the waterIn 1885, the first tarpon ever caught on a rod and reel was documented in Southwest Florida. Anglers flocked to Florida to see if the reports were true—that a prehistoric silver fish weighing more than 100 pounds would present them with the fight of a lifetime. 

The Silver King

The tarpon became world-renowned as the mighty “Silver King,” known for its brute strength, majestic acrobatics, and relentless spirit, revolutionizing big game fishing forever.

Today, tarpon fishing is the premier saltwater angling pursuit that still draws thousands of anglers to Southwest Florida.

When to Target

In April, tarpon begin their annual migration along the coast of Florida before heading offshore to spawn. While the migration often peaks in June, tarpon usually maintain a presence in our waters through October.

Each May, anglers from throughout the world enter the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. With guaranteed excitement and the chance for thousands of dollars in prize money, this is one of the premier fishing tournaments in Florida. Time to start planning to enter next year's tournament, taking place…

Where to Fish for Tarpon

While many eager anglers will venture to Boca Grande Pass, the renowned “Tarpon Fishing Capital of the World,” the dialed-in locals know to keep their eye on the neighboring estuary, Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor is the second largest estuary in Florida, covering 270 square miles and directly connecting to Boca Grande Pass. Thousands of tarpon will congregate in these waters during their migration, keeping professional fishing charter and hopeful anglers entertained for months on end. 

If you’ve never felt the adrenaline-inciting thrill of reeling in the mighty Silver King, visit us in late April through June to try your hand. Visit our dedicated Tarpon Fishing page for more insights and find your next great fishing charter here. Prepare yourself for the ultimate saltwater fishing experience!