group on the fishing boat fighting a large fish

Tampa tarpon fishing is the most exciting inshore fishing available in all of Florida. These massive fish migrate to Tampa Bay every year and school in large groups that can be seen in the water as well as when they surface to gulp air.

Tarpon range from 30lbs up to over 200lbs and the average Tarpon caught on a tarpon fishing charter during the summer is right around 100lbs.

Tarpon are known for their drag screaming runs and their high-flying leaps during the fight.  It really is a fishing experience that everyone should try at least once in their life.

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Tarpon (A.K.A the Silver King) are known as a traveling fish as they migrate from the lower Keys up the coast and all the way over to Texas in just a years’ time.  As you can tell they like to swim.

Late spring and into summer are the best times for a Tarpon fishing trip.

The migration fish typically run just off the beaches and make their stop in the Tampa Bay area around the months of May, June, and July.

That’s not to say that you won’t catch a Tarpon while on a Tampa Fishing Charter during the months before or after that as we have local fish that stay year-round.

These fish stay inside Tampa Bay and use all the great qualities that make the bay so awesome. From the artificial reefs and wrecks that are all over the middle of the bay to the 4 major river systems (Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Hillsborough River and Palm River) that feed into the bay.

This makes for the perfect habitat for Tampa Tarpon fishing or any other fish that you might encounter while on a Tampa Bay fishing charter.  It is a unique and great place to visit for both fishing and many other activities.

What makes a Tampa Tarpon Fishing Charter so great?

Many often ask what to expect when booking a Tampa Tarpon fishing charter?

My answer is typically a great time catching not only Tarpon but many other great species.

It’s not uncommon to catch Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper and Mackerel just to name a few. All in the same general areas that Tarpon roam.

Tarpon is a fish that requires patience. It may take time to locate and catch Tarpon. Timing is everything, but Captain Jason Prieto spends 275 days a year going after gamefish like Tarpon, so he will do what it takes to get his clients on the fish.

Another frequently asked question when people are looking to do some Tarpon fishing in Tampa Bay is what type of tackle and bait do we use?

Bait all depends on the mood of the fish. This is typically dictated by moon phases and weather.

Tarpon are one of the pickiest fish at times and other times they eat just about everything thrown at them.

I use Pass Crabs on some days which is a small crab that typically flows out of the passes on the stronger tides. Other days on slower tide days we opt for live Threadfin Hearing or dead bait on the bottom.

It all depends how the fish are acting from day to day. It’s always a good idea to have a selection of bait when on a Tarpon fishing charter.

 

Capt. Jason offers tarpon fishing charters during the months of May, June, July, August, and September. He fishes for them out of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Florida.

If you’ve ever wanted to catch a fish that weighs over 100lbs, this is the fishing charter you are looking for.

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tarpon being released
charter client holding a tarpon in the water
two charter fishing clients with large tarpon at boat side