The best time to catch a tarpon is during the early spring months. These tarpon migrate their way down to Key West by the thousands. Most of our tarpon are caught on live bait or chunked pinfish. Though purely a catch and release, fish tarpon put on quite a show tailwalking and jumping out of the water.
The permit can be found year round here in Key West. However, the best months for targeting permit are late spring to early summer. During this time, permits gather in massive schools to spawn on the reef and wrecks offshore. We typically “sight fish” for the permit and use live blue crabs as bait. Often times you can even watch them eat your bait, which can be very exciting.