Tarpon Fishing


Minimum Size

  • None because it is a catch and release fishery.

Bag Limit

  • None because it is a catch and release fishery.

Restrictions on Possession

  • A recreational harvester may not possess a tarpon.
  • A tarpon can only be possessed temporarily for purposes of photography, measuring length and girth, and taking a scientific sample.
  • A tarpon must be released unharmed and alive.
  • A tarpon must be released in the immediate area where it was originally caught.
  • A tarpon greater than 40 inches fork length may not be removed from the water. The gills and head must be kept in the water.
  • A tarpon under 40 inches should be supported horizontally when removed from the water.
  • The purchase or sale of tarpon is not permitted.

Tarpon tags

  • A person cannot harvest or possess a tarpon unless he or she intends to submit that tarpon for an International Game Fish Association Record or Florida State record.
  • A tarpon tag must be purchased and attached through the lower jaw of the tarpon.
  • A tarpon tag is only valid for possession of 1 tarpon.
  • A person cannot use more than 1 tarpon tag during a single license year, which runs from January 1-December 31.
  • Professional fishing guides may purchase multiple tarpon tags and transfer 1 tarpon tag to each customer.



  • Only hook and line gear is permitted to catch tarpon.
  • No spearing, snagging, or snatch hooking is permitted to catch tarpon.
  • No use of a multiple hook in combination with live or dead natural bait.


State rules governing tarpon can be found at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=68B-32

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