Voted #1 FL Light Tackle Fishing Outfitter, 2004, 2005, 2006. 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

 

 

              www.Florida

 

 

Light Tackle Charters.com

 

  1-866-4-TARPON (482-7766)  Local: 941-628-1355

"Absolutely the Best in Florida Light Tackle Tarpon & Fly Fishing"

   

 

 

  

 

 Florida Light Tackle Tarpon Fishing

Site Directory

Charters we Offer

 

Florida Backcountry/Flats Fishing Charters

 

Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters

 

Florida Nearshore Fishing Charters

 

Florida Deep Sea Fishing Charters

 

Florida Bass Fishing Charters

 

What's Biting Now ?

 

 

 

Home Page

 

Our Guides

& Boats

  

Florida Fishing Reports

  

Florida's Fishing Photo Gallery

  

Florida Charter Rates

 

SW Florida Tarpon Rate Info

 

Florida Game-fish Info w/Pictures

 

Reservation Info & FAQS

  

Testimonials

  

Gift Certificates  

  

Additional Information

  

Sponsors & Links

 

Capt. & Guide Opportunities

  

Tournaments

 

Contact Us

 

 

Articles/Sightfishing

Redfish

Charter of the Month

 

  

Florida Light Tackle Charters accepts the following credit cards:

 

 

  

 

Fishing/Lodging & Related Links

 

 

Catch of the Day

 "Tarpon Time"  Paul Plante battled this 180+lb Tarpon on light tackle!!!

"Awesome Angling"

   

Thank You, Florida Light Tackle Charters!

 

 

CONTACT

 

 

"Don't Wait Book Now for the area known as the; "TARPON CAPITAL OF THE WORLD" Boca Grande, FL

 "2014" Florida TARPON RATES

& Tarpon Charter Information

Rates apply to Central & SW Florida Regions Only

 

   Florida's Tarpon Fishing is one the the most highly sought after "Big Game" fishing charters in the state. Florida Tarpon fishing, by far, receives the highest marks for its abundance of  Giant Tarpon! Fla's *best locations to choose from are; *Boca Grande, *Ft Myers, *Port Charlotte, *Charlotte Harbor, *Englewood, *Flamingo & the *Tampa Bay area sustain the largest concentrations of Giant Florida Tarpon. Although *Boca Grande is known as the; "Tarpon Capitol of the World"! Charlotte Harbor connects to the Boca Grande Pass forming the biggest natural habitat of mature Tarpon in the world during the summer Tarpon migration. Tarpon in Florida's Tampa Bay are also extremely focused in the early spring and summer months. Florida Tarpon fishing has grown to one of the biggest fisheries in the state. Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, Florida during April, May & June's Tarpon spawning migration can be the most unbelievable Florida Tarpon charter you have ever experienced! [FACT]

                 

Just a couple of Florida Tarpon caught while fishing with Capt. Derrick Jacobsen  

during the Boca Grande Tarpon migration!  Please click on images to enlarge.

 

  Florida Light Tackle Tarpon Charters, averaged the rates of the most competitively priced, yet talented, (licensed & insured) Florida Tarpon Guides in every (Tarpon) area of our state, and used such to determine our Tarpon pricing schedule.  In addition to the quality & unmatched service we provide, we are one of only a very select few, whom "do not charge" our clients, if we do not produce fish for them to target & catch!!

 

"You may only Tarpon fish our waters once this year. Your vacation is an important get-a-way for you and your family, and may be the highlight of your year!  You've spent countless hours planning and budgeting for this special event to insure that you and your family enjoy every moment of your vacation.................the vacation of a lifetime!  I have hired the "Best", Light Tackle Tarpon Guides, Florida has to offer, so you do not have to sell yourself short with a second-rate inexperienced Tarpon guide.  Choose from the best!!!

 

Tarpon Rates: (Beaches, Boca Grande Pass, Harbor, Rivers & Flats)

Limited to Boca Grande, Gasparilla, Pine Island, Ft. Myers, Charlotte Harbor and Captiva:  FLTC Tarpon Rates are the most COMPETITIVELY priced in the business!  With the exception of a small handful of inexperienced newly licensed captains seeking to gain charters by offering discounted charters 25% - 30% below standard industry pricing, FLTC is priced approximately 5% below the average.  This price structure maintains a competitive edge when acquiring new clients and/or first timers, yet at the same time, it is not substantial enough to convince our competitor's clients to book Tarpon Charters with FLTC.  If you have a captain you are happy with, then we respectfully ask you to please contact your captain.  Our industry strives on repeat and referral business, we ask that you contact us if you are a new angler to the area; or you are not happy with your existing captain's services!

 

Florida tarpon fishing is one the the most highly sought after fishing charters in the state.  Florida tarpon fishing receives one of the highest marks for its abundance of tarpon and locations to choose from. Boca Grand, Ft Myers, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Naples, Flamingo & Tampa are some of the main areas of large concentrations of tarpon. Boca Grande tarpon fishing is the "Tarpon Capitol of the World" which Charlotte Harbor connects too Boca Grande Pass forming the biggest habitat of mature tarpon in the F.L.T.C. Tarpon Charter Rates

 

$399.00  4-hr. Half Day Tarpon Charter for 2-Anglers

 

$599.00  6-hr. Three-Quarter Day Tarpon Charter (Recommended)

 

$799.00  8-hr. Full Day Tarpon Charter for 2-Anglers

 

 

Please add $50.00 for each additional angler.  While we can comfortably fish up to four or even five anglers.  Two to three is recommended. for Tarpon & backcountry Charters!

As a family oriented business there's NO CHARGE for NON-ANGLERS!

 

FAQS.

 

1.(Question) Why are your Tarpon Rates more expensive then your normal backcountry rates?  SW Florida Tarpon fishing is unlike traditional backcountry fishing for Snook & Redfish.

 

a. (Answer) Unless fishing the backcountry, we generally run larger more

comfortable boats, which provide for a much higher degree of comfort  for our clients.  With bigger boats usually come larger engines, consequently more fuel and more expensive maintenance costs. 

 

b. (Answer) Most of our SW Florida Tarpon Captains may run a "Mate" during

Tarpon Season.  A good mate is invaluable, and leads to more

fishing time and more opportunities at fish.

 

 c. (Answer) Expenses We use only the best in "Big Game Equipment &

 Tarpon Tackle"  Our Tarpon baitcasting & conventional combos are priced in

 the ball park of $500 - $700 per rod/reel and our spinning

 combos are priced around $400/600 per combo.  Live Crabs

 are priced at $35 per dozen and fuel between $3.40 - $4.25

 per gallon.  We spend a great deal of time with our engines on

 searching for fish, positioning our anglers on top of and/or

 within range of schooling fish, and even more time idling after

 a hooked fish.  On a typical Tarpon 6-hr charter, our engines are running

 for 5 1/2 hours straight.  This results in much higher fuel

 consumption and  much higher maintenance costs.  In addition,

 our terminal Tarpon gear is also more expensive.  From $1.40 (Per hook)

 extra sharp Gamakatsu & Owner Hooks to using a $40.00 roll of

Fluorocarbon per Tarpon charter to re-spool our spinning reels after every other Tarpon caught; running Tarpon Charters is simply far more expensive then your typical backcountry Charter.

 

2.(Question) Of your staff, who would you recommend as our Tarpon Guide?  Our Tarpon Captains are all hand picked and are highly tenured in the art of Tarpon Fishing.  Our most popular Boca Grande Tarpon Guides are as follows:

 

Capt. Derrick Jacobsen           Capt. Ryan Rowan

                                 

  Capt. Keith Benson

 

Capt. Mike Witfoth                     Capt. Greg Devault

 

Capt. Dan Cambern                Capt. Jimmy Willis          Capt. Jarrett Lombard 

 

 Capt. Robert Moore      

 

 

3.(Question) Is Florida Tarpon fishing worth paying an extra $100 above and beyond normal Flats fishing charter rates?  Absolutely - Positively! Florida Tarpon fishing is Light Tackle Big Game Fishing at it's finest.  Anglers pay $700 - $1,000 per day to hopefully land a 60 - 90lb Sailfish.  Anglers pay a minimum of $1,000 per day in search of Marlin and Swordfish, with the hopes of "Raising" a fish or two per day with the high hopes of landing one prized fish over the span of several days fishing. 

 

a. (Answer) Tarpon are your largest, more consistently caught, best fighting (pound for pound) Tarpon are the hardest fighting fish in the world) and certainly the most popular charter of the big game fish in Florida, if not the world?  From April 1st through Sept, our SW Florida Tarpon will average between 100 - 160lbs.  Many more fish are exceeding the 200+lb mark than ever before, thanks to stricter conservation efforts!  Unlike Marlin Fishing, you will not just have one or two "hook-up" opportunities (At best) at fish.  You will have dozens and in most cases, hundreds of fish in the 100lb - 200lb range to drop a bait to and/or cast to!  Unlike Marlin fishing, you will not be 20 - 100 miles from land in high seas.  Most Florida Tarpon charters are done within a couple hundred to several hundred yards from shore, usually in calm conditions, thus providing for a comfortable day for not only the seasoned Tarpon angler/boater, but first timer's as well.

 

*Note:  A 3/4 day (recommended trip) of Tarpon fishing for 3 anglers is around $200 per angler for the opportunity to catch a fish of a lifetime,  "it's well worth it"!!!:)

Florida tarpon fishing is one the the most highly sought after fishing charters in the state.  Florida tarpon fishing receives one of the highest marks for its abundance of tarpon and locations to choose from. Boca Grand, Ft Myers, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Naples, Flamingo & Tampa are some of the main areas of large concentrations of tarpon. Boca Grande tarpon fishing is the "Tarpon Capitol of the World" which Charlotte Harbor connects too Boca Grande Pass forming the biggest habitat of mature tarpon in the world during the summer migration. Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing is also extremely focused on tarpon during the early spring and summer months. Florida tarpon fishing has grown to one of the biggest fisheries in the state. Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande, Florida

 

4.(Question) Can I take a child Tarpon Fishing?  Although we prefer adults, we encourage experienced "Adult size" minors over the age of 14.  Please understand that this is, "Big Game"  Tarpon fishing.  Most Tarpon will be in the 100lb - 170lb range.  Most 12 - 14 yr olds have a very difficult time handling a 15lb Snook or 12lb Jack on light tackle, let alone a 150lb Florida Tarpon!  A 100lb Tarpon takes a min of 30 min to land by even an experienced adult size Tarpon angler.  Most minors simply cannot put enough physical pressure on a Tarpon to keep a fight within the 30 - 45 minute range.  Fighting a Tarpon usually results in a completely exhausted angler.  Fighting a 12lb Largemouth Bass, 30lb Catfish and/or even a 30lb Musky is nothing in comparison to even a juvenile 15lb Tarpon or 12lb Jack Crevalle. 

 

a. (Answer) While it is not the best of ideas for an 11 yr old to attempt to fight a Tarpon more then his/her size in weight, we will allow him or her as a "Non-Angling" guest. (w/parent assisting)  *Special note:  The best way to break a youngster into Tarpon Fishing is by booking a backcountry trip in the Charlotte Harbor,  Pine Island Sound or Tarpon Springs area where plenty of smaller river Tarpon (10 - 70lb) range are consistently targeted. (April thru November)

 

5.(Question) Can we keep a Tarpon?  Tarpon is "very poor" table fare.  A Florida Tarpon best serves us in the form of excitement.  It is best to take several photographs and release this awesome game fish to provide next season's anglers with the same excitement your Tarpon will provide you. 

 

"The Tarpon you'll catch with us this season, was released by us last season"

 

a. (Answer). For those seeking mounts, we will photograph and measure your Tarpon, recommend and/or submit your documents to a taxidermist for a replica.  Replicas are much less expensive, last longer, look much better most definitely over time!

 

6.(Question) How do we fish for Florida Tarpon?  The three most popular ways to fish for Giant Florida Tarpon in SW Florida. are as follows:

 

   a. (Answer).  Drifting Jigs or Live Bait in the deep open cuts and passes

        (Boca Grande) are how the largest of Florida Tarpon are

        caught in our area (150 - 200+lbs).  We usually only prefer to

        Tarpon fish this method during slower moving or slack tides!

 

   b. (Answer).  Sight Casting to Rolling Pods or Large Schools of Tarpon in the

        open harbor, along the beaches, in the open gulf of Mexico and

        on the flats.  Drifting/Sight casting is another exciting and thrilling 

        way to target & hookup to a Giant Florida Tarpon!  Precision and

        Distance is of the utmost importance.  We usually only have one

        (Maybe two if both anglers are highly skilled) angler cast at a

        time, and either the captain or mate may simultaneously make

        back up casts to help insure a hook up for the angler.

 

   c. (Answer) Fly-Casting to Rolling Tarpon or Large Schools in the open

        harbor, along beaches, in the open Gulf of Mexico and on

        the flats.  Next to Permit & Billfish on the fly, Giant Tarpon on

        the fly is the benchmark of all serious Big Game Fly Fishing

        enthusiasts.  Precision and distance (75 - 100') with 10 or 12+

        wt gear is typical.  We have expert; Tarpon On-the-Fly Capts, whom 

        will patiently instruct &/or guide all levels of fly enthusiasts!     

       

More Boca  Grande Tarpon from 110 - 190lb at boat side during the "2013 Tarpon Migration"  *Please click on images to enlarge*

 

 

 

 

Since 04/11/13, This page has been viewed  Hit Counter  times.

Florida tarpon fishing is one the the most highly sought after fishing charters in the state.  Florida tarpon fishing receives one of the highest marks for its abundance of tarpon and locations to choose from. Boca Grand, Ft Myers, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Harbor, Naples, Flamingo & Tampa are some of the main areas of large concentrations of tarpon. Boca Grande tarpon fishing is the "Tarpon Capitol of the World" which Charlotte Harbor connects too Boca Grande Pass forming the biggest habitat of mature tarpon in the world during the summer migration. Tampa Bay Tarpon fishing is also extremely focused on tarpon during the early spring and summer months. Florida tarpon fishing has grown to one of the biggest fisheries in the state. Tarpon fishing in Boca

 

 

This Month's Featured Fishing Guides:

 

Light Tackle Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande & Charlotte Harbor with

Capt.  Derrick Jacobsen

 

Light Tackle fishing in Islamorada & The Florida Keys with

Capt. Eric Herstedt

 

Deep Sea Fishing with Capt. Ray McCauley in  Jacksonville &

St. Augustinne

 

"Light Tackle" fishing for Tarpon, Snook & Redfish around the Tampa Bay/Tarpon Springs area with

Capt. Mike Witfoth

 

Sight Cast to schools of Giant Redfish in Mosquito Lagoon with

Capt. Jim Ross

 

Deep Sea & Tarpon Fishing Key West with

Capt. Mike Weinhofer

 

Fly-fishing in Chokoloskee & 10,000 Islands with

Capt. Ray Culver

 

Nightime Trophy Snook Fishing with

Capt. Dave Pomerleau

 

Light Tackle fishing from Jacksonville to St. Augustine with

Capt. Ron Schurr

 

We are booking up fast for the 2017 Tarpon Season.  Book Now to reserve the last few available Hill Tide Dates..

Driving Directions

 

On Line Store

 

Free Tarpon Fishing Charter

 

 

Ranger/Yamaha Pro Redfish Tour Results

 

 

Today's Weather

 Evinrude

* Counter Reset @ 365,002 visitors on 04/11/14

Hit Counter

 

 

 

Home   ● Our Guides & Boats   Fishing Reports   Photo Gallery   Charter Rates   Description & PICS of Gamefish

Corporate & Group Charters Additional Informaiton   ● Sponsors & Links   Capt. & Guide Opportunites   Tournaments  

Contact Us  ● Testimonials  Reservation Info & FAQS  SW Florida Tarpon Rate Info

 

Florida Light Tackle Charters Inc.

17044 Greenan Ave     Port Charlotte, FL  33948

Toll Free:  (866) 4-TARPON (482-7766) Local:  (941) 628-1355

Email:  captain@floridalighttacklecharters.com

 

2001 Florida Light Tackle Charters. 

All rights Reserved