Boca Grande Pass, located at the Southern Tip of Gasparilla Island has for decades been known to many, as the Tarpon Capital of the World. Boca Grande Pass, during peak Tarpon Season houses the largest concentration of Tarpon in one area, than any other place in the world. Warm waters and Spring Tides bring an abundance of crabs, Shrimp and other various bait fishes to the Pass, creating the perfect buffet for the Megalops Atlanticus.
Anglers come from all over the world to Boca Grande to try their luck at taming one of the Almighty Silver Kings and experience one of Boca Grande’s Oldest Traditions.
At the turn of the century, with the introduction of the railroad, wealthy American and British Sportsman began frequenting the town of Boca Grande and quickly discovered the spectacular Tarpon Fishing of the Charlotte Harbor Area and Boca Grande Pass in particular. It would be this discovery that would put Boca Grande and Boca Grande Pass Tarpon Fishing on the map forever.
Many of the early fishing community of Boca Grande were compromised of Spanish and Cuban heritage families, who mainly commercial fished for a living. Many of the local fisherman were also part-time fishing guides, with Tarpon in particular. As the Sport Fishing popularity grew in Boca Grande and the Charlotte Harbor Area, many turned guiding into their main source of income for their families. Several of these fishing families are still here on Boca Grande, as fourth and fifth generation fishing guides, carrying on the legacy of their ancestors and preserving the century old traditions of the Boca Grande community.
The Traditional Pass Tarpon Fisherman is part of the traditions of Boca Grande and is dedicated to the preservation of the islands most precious natural resource, the Tarpon fishery. Squirrel Fish, Crabs and Shrimp are the primary sources of bait used with two people fishing for the stern at the any given time. Many can be seen on a daily basis drifting thru Boca Grande Pass in boats like the 24′ Morgan: Blaze.
Tarpon Fishing Guides come and go as quickly as the tides, but the Traidtional Tarpon Fishing Guides of Boca Grande, remain, along with the age old techniques of live bait Tarpon Fishing. Boca Grande Florida is a community based on traditions. It’s preservation has allowed many to take a walk back in time, to the times of old, as if time has stood still.
So I invite you… to take a walk back in time, to the quaint little town of Boca Grande and enjoy a beautiful sunset with the Boca Grande Lighthouse in the backdrop and catch a Tarpon with a Salty Traditional Fishing Guide from Boca Grande.
24′ Morgan – Blaze
4 Persons optimal
Tarpon Pass Fishing:
3 hrs – Half Tide
5 hrs – Full Tide
What is provided for Charters:
All Tackle and Bait
Fishing License for all Anglers
Iced cooler provided for drinks
Contact Capt. Waylon Mills: