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Tarpon Season in Boca Grande - Gasparilla Island!

It’s pretty much impossible to find a better place for the Silver King fishing than in Boca Grande. Why? Because it's known as the “Tarpon Capital of the World.” Boca Grande has held this title for a very long time! In fact, Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island dates back to the 18th century.

Each year, thousands of hungry tarpon migrate to the warm waters of the Boca Grande pass and its surrounding areas for their annual spawn. They start to show up in early April, and are hungry by the time they reach the pass. After weeks of feeding, they gather in very large schools, which gives the anglers ample opportunities to catch this fighting gamefish. In early July, most of the fish stay in the pass area to feed on the abundance of food Charlotte Harbor has to offer. You are able to continue to catch these amazing fish thru October offering anglers a chance at battling the “Mighty Silver King” for over 6 months out of the year.

Successful Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande can is heavily dependent on tide changes and, of course, timing. During the spring migration, outgoing tides trigger a release of “pass crabs” pushing tarpon near the surface to feed on drifting crabs. During twilight periods weighted swim baits which coast along the surface can produce intense strikes.

Tracy Montgomery at Michael Saunders & Company is your trusted Real Estate Boca Grande FL source for discovering the best real estate opportunities on the island. With a focus on the unique and idyllic lifestyle that Boca Grande offers, she is dedicated to helping you find the perfect property to suit your needs. Not only will you find beautiful and affordable homes, but you will also have access to some of the best Tarpon fishing in the state. Let us help you find your dream home in paradise.

Here are some highlights from the 2023 Ladies Day tarpon Tournament in Boca Grande, FL. Credit to

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