Come and join this exciting and memorable Floridian guided charter that will take you back bay fishing on Charlotte Harbor. You’ll be fishing with a passionate local guide who is relentless to make the day a great one for your party of up to 4!  Whether it’s just action you are looking for or a specific species that you’ve been itching to catch. They focus on the entire local inshore saltwater fishery and your crew is guaranteed to catch fish on every trip! 

The trips are conducted on a finely equipped Ranger bay boat. This 2012 model has a strong 250 HP engine that’ll take you up to 40 knots.  Onboard the boat you’ll find all that you need to get some serious fishing done including a fighting chair and fishfinder technology.

You’ll be fishing in fruitful waters that include species such as Cobia, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Tarpon and a range of Shark. Top of the range light and heavy tackle is provided for you to help you reel in the fish both big and small.

Your fishing charter is all-inclusive and covers your party’s fishing licenses, freshly caught live bait prior to fishing,  and ice-cold refreshments.  Make sure to take a small cooler with snacks and drinks, as well as hats and sunglasses.

Fish in one of the safest and comfortable bay fishing boats on the market and bring home fresh fillets at the end of your trip!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Backbay Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    If you're a serious fisherman then you've found your self a wonderful opportunity to reel in some of the big hitters in the area! When you head out with Captain Billy he'll take you to where he knows that there's Cobia, Tripletail, Snook, Tarpon, and a whole load of species of Shark. When you fish with Captain Billy expect some brilliant challenges and rewarding meals afterward!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Big Game Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    price breakdown
    $800
    Need a fish as large or larger than yourself!? Fish Charlotte Harbor to Boca Grande for large Tarpon, Shark and Goliath Grouper. To catch them, top-notch heavy tackle is provided as well as a fighting chair for the bigger fish. This trip is for experienced fishermen who want to catch the best of what Southwest Florida has to offer!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Backbay Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    Join Captain Billy Barton and his crew as they take you out in search of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Shark, and Tripletail. There's a lot more fish out there and you're bound to catch a few. When you do catch them they'll be cleaned and filleted for you so expect to enjoy some fresh fish for your supper!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Backbay Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Fish with your party of up to 4 anglers on Charlotte Harbor for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Shark, and Tripletail. There are numerous other local saltwater species that are targeted as bycatch or upon request. Live bait is caught daily and prior to the start of your trip so you can maximize your time reeling in the big ones!
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About the Charter Operator

Scales And Tales Native Guided Tours
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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Member since March 2020
I'm a Southwest Florida Native. I've been fishing on Charlotte Harbor since the early 1980s and navigating it on my own since 1990. My father was a commercial fisherman for Grouper and Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico during my childhood. I made many fond fishing memories with him growing up. The saltwater is in my blood. My local fishery has always been my passion in life. I started my full-time guide business in 2011 after the loss of my mentor and good friend, Captain Angel Torres of Viscous Strikes Charters. Since that time I've made many great relationships and memories with fun-loving folks from all over the USA and the world. Guiding folks to the exciting saltwater fishery that I grew up on is a dream come true. I do everything in my power to make it a memorable trip for my crews. This truly, "is not just fishing, it's a passion."

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)

Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Lemon) Shark (Lemon)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Ranger Bay (Bay boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 250HP Suzuki DF250 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 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

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Port Charlotte to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

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
PayPal
Checks

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Fishing Is Hot On Charlotte Harbor!
Fishing Is Hot On Charlotte Harbor!
January 28, 2021
Billy and Kevin had a spectacular day of inshore fishing on Charlotte Harbor this week! Snook and Jack Crevalle made up for the bulk of the action. Together they landed well over 50 fish in 4 hours of fishing. If you know how either of these fish fight than you know they were in for a treat! This is hard inshore action to beat! Days like this are common from January through Spring. Speckled Trout, Snapper and Ladyfish have been a common bycatch on recent fishing charters. By April we can add Tarpon and Sharks to the list of targetable species! February is just about booked up with few available dates left. March fishing will only get better! If you’re interested in the most exciting backbay fishing experience you can find in Southwest Florida? Give me a call or send me an email and lets plan a date! You won’t be disappointed!

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VERIFIED   Half Day Backbay Trip on November 23, 2020
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