Charlton’s Reef Charters

5108 W Gandy Blvd
Tampa FL, United States

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 6 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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 3 persons
    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 Trip - Afternoon
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 3 persons
    If you are not an early bird, this is your trip. The departure time is flexible and will depend on tides. You will be targeting whatever patrols the reef, flats, and the nearshore waters, including Red Snapper (when in season), Redfish, Snook, Grouper, and many more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Evening
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    US$ 325
    up to 3 persons
    Enjoy the amazing fishing opportunities and the breathtaking Floridian sunsets. Get your hands on Red Snapper, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Grouper, Trout, and other species depending on the tides and the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Morning
      FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 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.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Seabass (Black)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Speckled Trout

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.

20 ft
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
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

About the Captain

Tom Charlton
Tampa, Florida, United States
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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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Customer Reviews

4.74 out of 5 stars from 31 reviews

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Amazing day, two thumbs up!

Fished June 29, 2018
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Tom was very nice, but my son was very specific about the type of fish he was interested in fishing for, which Tom agreed to in communications.  Tom didn’t bring the equipment necessary to fish for any of the requested kinds (redfish, snook, and tarpon) and instead took them fishing for grouper.  We were scheduled for an entire day but cut the day in half and the boys left frustrated.  I hate to leave this review, because he was a very nice guy, but this was supposed to be the highlight of their graduation celebration trip and it ended up being a big let down.

Fished June 24, 2018
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Great fun! Took my son out on his first saltwater fishing trip…great charter. Caught fish and made some awesome father/son memories! Thanks!!!

Fished June 23, 2018
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