Tarpon fishing in the Naples – Marco Island area can be very good. Tarpon can be found year around depending on conditions. Most of our tarpon migrate into the area in the springtime when the water temperature reaches 73 degrees. In the spring they can be targeted in the shallow bays. We usually have the option of either poling the boat and sight casting with flies or plugs to fish as they “lay up” just below the surface under the right conditions as well as live baiting or “chunking” with cut baits which can be extremely effective. Under the right conditions, casting to laid up tarpon can be the ultimate opportunity to present a fly and hook giant fish in less than 4 feet of water.
They can become reliable targets as early as Feb. and through out the spring months, but the strongest months are April through June. The peak months can bring huge schools of fish as they make an annual northbound migration just off our beaches to their spawning grounds. We target tarpon with live baits as well as a variety of lures usually in 3 to 15 feet of water. Fly fishing for these silver giants in shallow, gin clear water is a thrill of a lifetime for many of my anglers! We release all tarpon. Peak moon phases and tides can be critical for success and trips book out months or even a year in advance. This should be a consideration when planning a trip to fish for these mighty fighters.