Tarpon fishing around Islamorada
The hours in the evening right before sunset is high feeding time for tarpon. This is when we most commonly target this species. This also means that you are almost guaranteed to witness a beautiful Florida Keys sunset while hopefully battling your fish of a lifetime!
Tarpon fishing is a relaxing fishery; you are typically anchored up or drifting smoothly. This is also a great choice for anglers who might be new to the sport and are looking for big fish close to home. We often encounter large sharks like Hammerheads, and we will occasionally encounter Sawfish during these trips which will surely create a memory that you will never forget!
Best time of year to go Tarpon fishing
Tarpon fishing in Islamorada is as good as anywhere in the world when the time is right. Tarpon season in Islamorada typically ranges from late spring to early fall. The peak of Tarpon season starts in May and goes through July. Tarpon migrate to Islamorada from all around the Caribbean and surrounding waters. They are in schools of thousands of fish in search of temperate waters which contain their food sources in abundance which typically include Mullet and Blue Crabs.
What if it's very windy in the Florida Keys
Tarpon are found inshore and can be targeted on even the windiest days. This means that you will never have to cancel a trip due to heavy winds. Tarpon are commonly found living under bridges, and in the deeper waters near shore channels on the bay and ocean sides of the islands.
How big do tarpon get?
Tarpon in our area commonly range from 75-130 pounds and on rare occasions push the 200 pound mark! Tarpon are a highly sought after sport fish which means that it is strictly a catch and release fishery.