Tampa Tarpon Fishing

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Tampa tarpon fishing guide

Tampa Tarpon Fishing

It’s no secret to those who know me, I am obsessed with tarpon fishing. Tampa tarpon fishing charters are available from April through October depending on weather and tides. Tampa Bay tarpon fishing falls into two categories. Migratory tarpon are available in good numbers from May through July. These tarpon migrate up the beaches of the Tampa area each summer entering Tampa Bay to feed and rest. These tarpon average 80 to 140 pounds, and some will reach 200 pounds or more. Tampa tarpon fishing charters for these fish typically take place in shallow water along our beautiful beaches. I target them with artificial lures, live crabs, and flies. Fishing for tarpon in shallow water is one of the most incredible experiences in the angling world. In shallow water tarpon have no where to go but up, and the jumps will take your breath away.

Tampa tarpon fishing on the flats

Tampa Tarpon Fishing for Resident Fish

We also target resident fish that live in our area rivers, around the bridges, and deep water ports. These Tampa Bay tarpon average from 20 to 60 pounds, with some fish pushing the 100 pound mark. As long as the water temps are high enough they are available. This time frame is typically from April to October. I won’t go into detail about where we fish for them, but I will say they eat artificial plugs, soft plastics and flies very well. This tarpon fishery is virtually untapped, and gives me an opportunity to target Tampa Bay tarpon almost year round.

Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing at night

Tampa Tarpon Fishing at Night

We also offer nighttime Tampa tarpon fishing trips. Tarpon feed heavily at night, and at certain times of the year I prefer to fish for them after dark. These night fishing charters usually take place around area bridges that are safe and well lit. Tampa tarpon fishing at night can produce fast and furious action. Seeing a 100 pound tarpon jump under the light of the moon is spectacular, and fishing our area bridges at night adds to thrill of catching these incredible fish.

Tampa tarpon fishing report

Please give me a call at 305-340-9863 for information on Tampa tarpon fishing charters. I can set up your trip, and give you the latest tarpon fishing report. Visit our home page for Tampa fishing charters for information on fishing Tampa Bay with Captain Brandon Henley. You can also reach me here.


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