Fly 'Em High Tarpon fishing charters is centrally located in Boca Grande, Florida and services the Southwest Florida fishery. We offer the ultimate experience in Tarpon fishing. Our charters take place in the Capital of Tarpon Fishing for the state of Florida, arguably in the world. Captain Bobby Woodard offers half day, 3/4 day and full day tarpon charters to get your Tarpon fix taken care of.
A 250 horsepower 25 foot tarpon fishing machine named "Anna Dell" will take you and your party of up to 4 on an epic journey into the Southwest Florida Tarpon fishery. The Parker bay boat offers legendary Carolina style lines, with dimensions built for comfort in a multitude of conditions here in Southwest, Florida. Add to this the comfort of a wide beam, excellent dry storage space, and safety gear that meets and exceeds those set forth by the USCG - you will find yourself fishing from the best platform available for your Tarpon fishing trip.
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Hello my name is Capt. Bobby Woodard. I am a United States Coast Guard licensed and insured charter fishing captain. I am proud to say I am also a certified "Florida Friendly Fishing Guide" through the University of Florida IFAS and the Florida Sea Grant program.
I am a second generation Boca Grande Tarpon fisherman with over twenty years experience fishing the beautiful waters of Boca Grande and the surrounding areas. My father was very fortunate to fish with the legendary Captain Bo Smith, one of the best Captains to ever fish Boca Grande. I have taken traditional tactics passed on to me by my father and mixed in some modern tactics and developed a technique that has proven successful over time.
I have been published in numerous fishing publications including a feature article in the April 2020 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine and an appearance on Florida Sportsman's One Man's Dream Boat television series.
Most of all I am very fortunate to have met many clients over the years and have developed relationships that go beyond Captain/Client and have turned into friendships that I will cherish forever.
Please check out the rest of my website and I look forward to making lifelong memories with you soon!
The History of Southwest Florida Tarpon fishing is in this indepth video, optional to watch, but we do suggest giving it a view to better understand how this fish became to be known as the Silver king, and explains the draw for anglers all over the world.
Also known as the “silver king” because of its size and appearance, the tarpon is one of the most sought after fish in Boca Grande and along Florida’s Gulf coast. Their primary habitat is the shallow coastal and bay waters along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. When they’re young, tarpon can also live in freshwater. These megalops are quite an interesting species and one of the awesome aspects of the Southwest Florida tarpon fishery in Boca Grande is that we both harbor juvenile Tarpon in backwater estuaries, as well as see the massive yearly migration. At the same time some adult Tarpon remain residents along this coastline, and can offer you shots all year long. But the true peak is in the Summer months.
Tarpon are scavengers, which means they can target nearly any type of food, but it is truly dependant on the availability of each type of prey species during each season. In this, the "match the hatch" methodology of fishing is also apt in the Tarpon fishing world. This also offers a unique opportunity to target a large gamefish species on both live and artificial baits.