Reef Donkey Charters, LLC

Reef Donkey Charters is located in South Pasadena offering inshore flats and bay fishing as well as near and offshore reef and wreck fishing.

Captain Bart Johnson is a fourth generation St. Petersburg native with over 35 years of experience fishing in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. His vessel also carries with it Federal Reef Fish and Federal Pelagic permits allowing his customers to keep their fish while fishing outside the state water border of 9 miles. Seasons and size restrictions apply in accordance to the federal guidelines

Capt. Johnson operates a fully custom and spacious 30 ft Pro Cat powered by a twin 250 HP Suzuki Offshore engine. With a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots and the ability to fish in as little as 12” of water or run 30 miles offshore, no fish is safe. Features include a custom half fishing tower, i-Pilot trolling motor, two power poles, three live wells, two fish storage boxes, dry storage and a Porta Potti for emergencies. It uses the latest in Simrad electronics including fishfinder, GPS, Sonar and 3-D Structure scan with VHF radio. It can comfortably accommodate up to 4 anglers.

Reef Donkey uses a variety of expert fishing techniques including trolling, bottom fishing, jigging, and handline fishing using the latest in Penn fishing equipment. They offer flexible inshore, nearshore and offshore trips allowing for a wide range of species including but not limited to Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder, Pompano, Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, King and Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, Dolphin, Blackfin Tuna, Permit, African Pompano, Amberjack, Barracuda, Sharks, Goliath Grouper, and many more.

All rods, reels, and terminal tackle are provided throughout the trip, as well as lures, live bait, and fishing licenses for everyone on board. The boat has 55qt and 25qt K2 coolers for your drinks and snacks. In addition, your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you at the end of the day.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Most booked trip! We can run to 30+ miles offshore (weather and condition dependent) to target a wide range of very tasty reef and pelagic species. You will get the opportunity to catch Mangrove, Lane, ... More
  • Private trip
    Full Day Two Tide Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Jul
    $700
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    The absolute best "shot" at hooking into one of the most sought after game fish on the planet. All day and two tides offer the best scenario for multiple hook-ups and a higher percentage of fish brought ... More
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    We can travel 15 to 30 miles offshore into Federal waters (weather and condition dependent) to target a wide range of very tasty reef and pelagic species. You will get the opportunity to catch Mangrove, ... More
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Jul
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip you will get a better "shot" at hooking into one of the most sought after game fish on the planet. It will become evident the second you hook one why we call them the Silver King. This is ... More
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This is the most recommended Flats & Bay trip. Snook, Redfish,Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Pompano and Snapper along with a wide variety of other seasonal species. With six hours we can really maximize ... More
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    What's unique about this trip it allows you to venture further into the Gulf of Mexico to Federal waters. We travel 10 to 20 miles (weather and condition dependent) to target a wide range of very tasty ... More
  • Private trip
    Half Day Tarpon Sunrise
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Jul
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip you will get a "shot" at hooking into one of the most sought after game fish on the planet. It will become evident the second you hook one, why we call them the Silver King. This is a morning ... More
  • Private trip
    Half Day Tarpon Sunset
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 May - 31 Jul
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    On this trip you will get a "shot" at hooking into one of the most sought after game fish on the planet. It will become evident the second you hook one, why we call them the Silver King. This is an afternoon/evening ... More
  • Private trip
    Half Day Inshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will be on the flats, in the bay or right off the beaches. Targeting Snook, Redfish,Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead, Pompano and Snapper along with a wide variety of other species. This is a great ... More
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack
Cobia
Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red)
Hogfish
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Red)
Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Pro Cat (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2007, and restored in 2018. Powered by 2 250HP Suzuki engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Handline

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

About the Captain

Bart Johnson
South Pasadena, Florida, United States
Member since June 2015
16
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.90
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Kerry H.
Lincoln, Nebraska
 5.00
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Best half day trip on the Gulf...ever!

VERIFIED   April 17, 2017
I booked this trip for my sons 16th birthday.  Had five family members along, including my 14 year old daughter, all of...
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Denny F.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Capt. Bart Johnson

VERIFIED   March 28, 2017
Even though a lot of species were out of season we caught quite a few kings. We returned grouper back to the water, as well...
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Gregory D.
United States
 5.00
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Fished to exhaustion

VERIFIED   November 23, 2016
Capt. Bart had the boat prepared and waiting on us even though we were early. Nice clean boat with comfy bean bag chairs for...
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Peter B.
Parrish, Florida
 5.00
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Great Day on the water with Capt Bart

VERIFIED   March 26, 2017
Bart was at the dock and waiting when we arrived. We headed out to one of his ‘spots’ and were on the fish as soon...
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Cj C.
Macon, Georgia
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Awsome!!!!

VERIFIED   August 22, 2016
Experience of a lifetime. I have been on charters before and this was by far the best. Capt Bart takes great pride in...
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