Tarpon Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
If you are looking to see some tarpon, then Southwest Florida is where you find them! Summer months bring out tarpon tournaments to catch the biggies, but we like fishing them in the backwater and inshore. These fish are only catch and release in Florida but the fight is a great one once they latch onto your bait. You will see somersaults and leaping until they finally give up and roll on their sides.
|What do Tarpon look like?|
Tarpon, are also known as the “Silver King”. They are very large and look a bit menacing. They have huge silver scales that cover their entire body excluding their head. They have a wide, toothless mouth and fleshy eyelids and a prominent lower jaw.
|What other fish are related to Tarpons?|
There are only 2 species of tarpon; the Atlantic tarpon and the Indo Pacific tarpon
|How big do Tarpon get?|
Over 300 pounds and 8 ft. long, but usually found about 220lbs.
|What is the world record for Tarpon?|
Florida hold 29 of the worlds tarpon records. Supposedly the world record tarpon was caught in Nicaragua and weight in over 300 lbs. and measure 9’2” long. That is HUGE! Here in Florida the record caught with conventional tackle width in at 243 lbs. by Gus Bell in Key West back in 1975. In 2001 Jim Holland Jr. caught the first tarpon on a fly rod and was over 200 lbs.
|What other fish are similar to Tarpon?|
These are a one of a kind fish that are constantly loved for their great fighting ability
|What are the best times to catch Tarpons?|
Spring is the start for the tarpon run here in Southwest Florida and the “Big Fish” catching continues into the fall.
|Where are the best places to catch Tarpon?|
The open warm waters but they are able to survive in the brackish water as well so can be seen in the backwaters.
|What are the best ways to catch Tarpons?|
I have always found that the best way to catch tarpon is to free line live mullet under a bridge. On a fly rod is a preferred method of mine. There is nothing better than hooking a “Silver King” on a fly
|What are the best baits for Tarpons|
Mullet, shiners, greenbacks, white bait and shrimp
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for tarpons, then you are also likely to catch anything in the area that they like to feed on such as smaller fish in the area you are fishing.
|Are Tarpons good to eat?|
Tarpon can only be fished recreationally in Florida. They are not good eating fish