Charlton’s Reef Charters

Let your fishing adventure begin with Capt. Tom of Charlton’s Reef Charters, on the fertile and abundant waters of Tampa Bay. 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.

If you like classic vessels, you’ll also love the Classic 1986 Mako 20’ boat, complete with teak trim and solid ride. She can run in 12 inches on the flats or deep water, perfect for two fishing, but you can add one friend with no extra charge! No fancy decals, just a fish catching machine – anywhere on Tampa Bay.

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 Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 3 persons
    Open for fishing – 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! Please, have in mind that flip-flops are not allowed aboard.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 3 persons
    Open for fishing! Full Day sounds like a too long trip and Half Day is too short? This is 6-hour inshore, flats or deep water fishing trip which will suit your needs. Don't worry, everything will be prepared by your Captain for a great adventure! Just please, have in mind that flip-flops are not allowed aboard.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    Open for fishing! Book this trip and get a chance to go inshore, flats or deep water fishing. You will spend 4 hours enjoying Tampa Bay with Capt. Tom! Please, have in mind that flip-flops are not allowed.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    up to 3 persons
    Open for fishing! Want to sleep more and go fishing in the afternoon? Not a problem at all! Capt. Tom offers inshore, flats or deep water fishing starting at 2PM. This is a great chance to experience bay fishing. Please, have in mind that flip-flops are not allowed aboard.
  • Private trip
    Spring Break Special
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 30
    $325
    up to 3 persons
    Open for fishing! You have a unique chance to book a special Spring Break trip with Capt. Tom! This is a 3 people maximum trip and lasts for 3 hours. Departure time is flexible. No matter if you choose morning or afternoon, you will have a wonderful time! Please, have in mind that flip-flops are not allowed.
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About the Captain

Tom Charlton
Tampa, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
88 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

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Redfish Redfish
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 Cancellation
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

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4.75
out of 5 stars from 88 reviews
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Angler Rating
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Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
84%
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Craig N.
Warrington, PA
 5.00
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Targeting Redfish/Specs on Captain Tom’s Mako 20

VERIFIED   March 3, 2020
My wife and I recently flew down to Tampa for a day of fishing and taking in a game at George M Steinbrenner Stadium. Both...
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Jeanne N.
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 5.00
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Great experience!!!

VERIFIED   NEW  March 27, 2020
Bought this as a birthday gift for my husband and brother-in-laws! It was their greatest experience ever fishing! Caught a...
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Ashley B.
Torrington, CT
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   February 10, 2020
My fiancée and i came into town on vacation interested in booking a fishing charter for a day. We decided on Captain Tom because...
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Omar V.
Riverview, Florida
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Trout Finding Guru!!

VERIFIED   NEW  March 18, 2020
Capt. Tom was friendly, knowledgeable, and knows where the fish are.  We lost count on the number of trout caught! ...
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Justin D.
Springdale, AR
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Excellent trip!

VERIFIED   December 8, 2019
We had an excellent time fishing with Captain Tom today! I would highly recommend him for anyone! He will work hard to make...
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Fishing Reports

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March 22, 2020

Until the Govener of Florida closes the whole state, I am fishing. Three people only per trip. Thank you. Read Full Report →