Covid-19 measures: THE BOAT AND EQUIPMENT WILL BE CLEANED AND SANITIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION.

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, and Cobia.

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.

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, and many more.

Capt. Tom will arm you with 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 three fishing. No fancy decals, just a fish catching machine – anywhere on Tampa Bay.

Please note that kids 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
    $900
    Spend the day prowling the gin clear flats or fishing the productive Tampa Bay. You'll get to try your luck fishing for Redfish, Trout, Snook, Sheepshead, and many other species. You're covered for all the gear and licenses, just make sure to bring your food and drinks.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    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, including fishing gear and licenses! 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
    $500
    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! Fishing gear and licenses are included. 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 3:00 PM
    $500
    Depart around 3 p.m. and choose between hitting the shallow flats or fishing the famous Tampa Bay. The captain will provide you with licenses for the day as well as all the necessary fishing equipment.
  • Private trip
    Beginner 3 Hour Tour
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    I'll take you out on beautiful Tampa Bay to test your luck as a beginner fisherman. Are you ready for the challenge? Bets start at $5. for the first fish, $5 for the first keeper fish, $5 for the most fish and $5 for the most variety of fish and $5 for the biggest fish. Light tackle in the shallows, snook, trout and redfish. And in the middle of the bay, grouper snapper, cobia and shark on heavy tackle. You can choose only one style of fishing.
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About the Captain

Tom Charlton
Tampa, Florida, United States
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
127 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
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Speckled Trout 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.

Length
20 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
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Good experience
96%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
83%
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IRA W.
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FISHING ALWAYS GOOD..CATHING IS ALWAYS A CRAP SHOOT

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on September 12, 2021
As a fisherman, I know that the catching part of the fishing relies on a number of factors. The negative factors were in play...
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Inshore Trip w Captain Tom

VERIFIED   NEW  Beginner 3 Hour Tour on September 5, 2021
Captain Tom was fantastic and very professional. Arrive exactly on time, promptly responded to questions and seemingly enjoyed...
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Tampa, FL
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Half Day inshore

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 16, 2021
Captain Tom is very nice and knowledgeable. His only goal is to put you on fish. We caught a little bit of everything. Some...
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Tampa, FL
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Fishing with Tom

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip (AM) on August 28, 2021
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Largo, Florida
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 19, 2021
Awesome experience! Very engaging captain, such a good time and even better fishing! Would and probably will do again!
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FAQs about Charlton’s Reef Charters

Charlton’s Reef Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Beginner 3 Hour Tour (3 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Charlton’s Reef Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Charlton’s Reef Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License (Covers only 4 people )

Charlton’s Reef Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Tampa Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing (No more than 9miles off the beach. )
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Charlton’s Reef Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Charlton’s Reef Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout