Reef Donkey Charters, LLC

6810 Gulfport Boulevard South
South Pasadena FL, United States

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

Owned and operated by Captain Bart Johnson who 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 25 ft Sea Hunt powered by a 300 HP Yamaha 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
    US$ 700
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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, Yellowtail and Red Snapper, Hogfish, Scamp, Red and Gag Grouper. Other species may also include Permit, Bonito, Cobia, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Barracuda, Sharks and Goliath Grouper.
  • 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
    US$ 700
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 to the boat. We want to put you on the fish of a lifetime! Actual departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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, Lane, Yellowtail and Red Snapper, Hogfish, Scamp, Red and Gag Grouper. Other species may also include Permit, Bonito, Cobia, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, Barracuda, Sharks and Goliath Grouper.
  • 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
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 a day trip however flexibility is a must for optimal results. Actual departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 your fishing experience by employing different techniques in many different areas. This is just an example: sight fishing for Snook in the waters off the beaches, running buoys and markers for Tripletail, stalking the flats for Trout and Redfish than structure fishing for Sheepshead and/or Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 reef and pelagic species. You will get the opportunity to catch Mangrove, Lane and Yellowtail Snapper, Hogfish, Scamp, Red and Gag Grouper. Other species may also include Bonito, Cobia, Kingfish, Blackfin Tuna, Barracuda and Sharks.
  • 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
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 trip however flexibility is a must for optimal results. Actual departure time may vary.
  • 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
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 trip however flexibility is a must for optimal results. Actual departure time may vary.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Inshore
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 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 trip or kids as it is short and close to home. Generally calm waters with added protection from the mangroves make for a very enjoyable day.
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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

Sea Hunt (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha V6 Offshore engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
25 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

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.
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

4.9 out of 5 stars from 16 reviews

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This fishing trip was pretty much everything i was hoping for other than the fact the fish weren’t to active. Captain Bart was a really experienced and professional guide which was really important. Overall the trip was great just wished we could’ve got on more fish.

Fished July 21, 2017
Bart Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 22, 2017

Thank you Carson, it was good to have you and your father out. The fish weren’t exactly jumping in the boat but we managed a decent bite in a such a short period of time. I look forward to doing it again. Bart-

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We had a great time with Mike.  He worked his tail off all day baiting hooks and making sure we all caught fish and experienced catching big ones as well.  It was a hoot!

Fished July 6, 2017
Bart Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 22, 2017

It was a pleasure having your group onboard. Lots of laughs and a pretty decent haul! I appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again. Bart-

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We had a great time! The weather was beautiful.  Capt Bart is getting a new boat for next year and we can’t wait!

Fished June 30, 2017
Bart Johnson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 1, 2017

Hi Tammy, thank you for your business, I certainly appreciate it. You guys were a fun bunch can’t wait to do it again! Hope you made it back to KY safe and sound. Thanks again, take care. Bart-

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