The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast is the Tarpon Capital of the World

FSF Staff October 26, 2017

Port Charlotte, FL–  Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach- The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is internationally renowned as one of the world’s top sport fishing destinations. Charlotte Harbor, Florida’s second-largest open water estuary, is formed by the blending of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico with freshwater from the Peace, Myakka and Caloosahatchee rivers. This supports an important ecological breeding ground for numerous fish such as tarpon, snook, redfish, barracuda, cobia and grouper.


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Deep-sea, back-bay and flats fishing bring dedicated anglers to the Charlotte Harbor area in search of their own personal records or International Game Fish Association world records.

The area is also known as the Tarpon Capital of the World. Each spring, anglers armed with rods and with dreams converge on Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande Pass with the hopes of reeling in a tarpon, a spectacular game fish known for putting on challenging fights with the thrill lasting a lifetime. Also known as the —Silver King” this species of fish usually visits Charlotte Harbor’s waters between April and October.

If you are hitting the waters with a guide, great!  They will keep you “in-the-know” on regulations, and you are automatically covered for licenses while fishing with a licensed guide.  If you are planning on fishing without a guide, make sure to check out state regulations and license requirements, all of which can be done online at the Florida Wildlife Commission site:  Licenses can also be obtained at the local tax collectors offices in Englewood, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, as well as at many bait and tackle shops and other retailers.

The Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
Port Charlotte, FL  33948

Phone: 941-743-1900
Or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide


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