The months of April through June are typically when all my anglers want to focus on tarpon. I have to admit, these are great months to do so, but there can also be some great bone-fishing as well. This whopper, downtown Islamorada bonefish seen above, was caught by Ted in April. We actually jumped two tarpon on fly prior to landing this bonefish.
April, May, and June are the primary migration months for tarpon in the Florida Keys. Although we will see some migrational patters as early as late February or early March, most of the time the first consistent signs of the migration occur in April. As with any kind of fishing, it really all depends on the weather. If you already have a fishing trip planned in February or March, maybe it is best to wait and see what the weather will be like before you decide on a particular species. Let your guide know that ultimately, you would like to target tarpon during your trip. If the weather lends itself to doing so, your guide will be the first person to let you know.
If you are planning a trip and want to focus strictly on tarpon, whether it be on spin tackle or on fly tackle, you are better advised to visit the keys between the months of April and June.