Tarpon season in this neck of the woods (Sarasota, FL) is thought to be May 15 through June. After that, most hang their tackle until next year. We've discovered that there are plenty of tarpon around after the season "ends." And it's lot of fun. We anchor on shoals adjacent passes and sight-fish tarpon as they swim in water that's 4 to 5 feet deep. They're easy to see as they swim over white sand. We usually fly fish for them. Last time out, I got a 120-pounder on fly. Took 32 minutes to land. We released the fish after a couple of quick photos. We didn't take the fish out of the water.