Charlton’s Reef Charters

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Charlton’s Reef Charters offers flats and deep water fishing in the pristine waters of the Tampa Bay area. Join Capt. Tom for a fun and productive day on the water. He is on the water 7 days a week and knows where and how to put you on fish!

Capt. Tom specializes in taking his clients to the hottest spots that produce Snook, Speckled Trout, and Redfish. However, if you are after something bigger, just let the captain know. He will take you to deeper water, where you get your hands on Grouper, Snapper, Cobia, and Tarpon.

Charlton’s Reef Charters tailor their trips to the tides and weather conditions. If you are planning a trip to the nearshore waters to catch Grouper and Snapper but the weather is not cooperating, don’t worry. Check the honey holes closer to shore and get a healthy dose of drag pulling enjoyment. The opportunities abound!

Even if you have never held a fishing rod in your hand and don’t know what species patrol the waters of Tampa Bay, Capt. Tom will show you the ropes. He will guide you through the basics before you make the first cast. On your day out, you will be able to come close and personal with Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, and many more.

Capt. Tom will arm you with quality fishing rods, reels, and tackle. You will be using frozen and live bait to make that catch of the day possible. When you return to shore, your catch will be cleaned and ready to go straight into the frying pan. Just bring along some appropriate clothes and your own snacks.

You will be exploring the Tampa’s waters aboard a 20’ Mako Marine center console. This is a newly uphauled fishing machine which comes powered by a 150 HP Tohatsu engine. There is plenty of fishing space for you and two fishing buddies. All aboard!

Please note that children must be at least 8 years old. Clients should wear appropriate footwear (non-marking tennis shoes, hiking sandals). Flip flops, beach sandals, and bare feet are not safe as clients may slip and fall.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    up to 3 persons
    More fishing time means more opportunities to catch a trophy! The choice is yours: go for flats fishing for Snook and Redfish and/ or deep water for Grouper and Snapper. To do both you'll need a full day! The opportunities are as exciting as they can possibly be!
  • Private trip
    Half day
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    Inshore, flats or deep water
  • Private trip
    Half Night
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $425
    up to 3 persons
    Night fishing for those with a need to beat the heat.
  • Private trip
    Half day
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    Inshore, flats or deep water
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    3 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $325
    up to 3 persons
    This morning trip includes inshore or nearshore fishing. Suggested departure times will vary on tides. We want to get you the most action possible on your trip! The list of the potential catches includes Redfish, Snook, Trout, Cobia, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    3 hour trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $325
    up to 3 persons
    This adventure begins later so that the summer heat and rain can burn off.
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About the Captain

Tom Charlton
Tampa, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
19 Reports
ID & License verified
61 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2015
I have been a Coast Guard licensed fishing charter captain in Tampa for 25 years. Having full coverage insurance and Red Cross training, I have your safety always in mind. Check me out and see how a quarter century of experience can put you on the fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako Marine (Center console) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 150HP Tohatsu engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Popping
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.80
out of 5 stars from 61 reviews
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Half day trip with Captain Tom
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Kelly W.
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   NEW  June 27, 2019
We had an amazing time! I booked this charter especially for my son because he LOVES fishing, and this was just what we hoped...
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Mike T.
Davenport, FL
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VERIFIED   NEW  July 2, 2019
We had a great day fishing. Nothing we could keep but caught several sharks, grouper (so wanted to filet and take them home,...
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Robert C.
Box Elder, SD
 5.00
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VERIFIED   NEW  July 4, 2019
Captain Tom was very informative and a great guide for catching fish. It was my girlfriend and sons first time on a boat and...
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Scott E.
Omaha, Nebraska
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   June 14, 2019
Three of us went fishing with captain Tom and had a great time! We caught several species of fish. He was very knowledgeable...
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Kenneth S.
Tampa, FL
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VERIFIED   June 8, 2019
My family had a great time!  Captain Tom did an excellent job.  He’s very knowledgeable of Tampa Bay and knows...
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