Southern Tail Charters offers you exclusive Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor fishing adventures. Join Florida native Captain Jeff Watkins Jr and enjoy some of the best fishing that Placida, Florida has to offer. The captain is dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and educational day on the water for all ages. Your catch of a lifetime is just a phone call away!

Captain Jeff’s 22’ Pathfinder bay boat will take you to the best fishing spots in the area and make your trip comfortable and safe. It runs on a 150 HP Yamaha engine and can sit up to 3 anglers. It’s equipped with modern navigation systems, a fighting chair, and a livewell. Its special design makes it accessible to guests in wheelchairs. A first mate will also be on board and he’ll gladly answer all your needs.

On your inshore and nearshore fishing adventures, you and the captain will also be able to fish reefs, flats, as well as the backcountry. Some of the species you’ll be targeting include Redfish, Snook, Spotted Trout, Shark, Grouper, and of course, the world-famous Boca Grande Tarpon. In heavy and light tackle, you can try out bottom fishing, spinning, fly fishing, drift fishing, and even bow fishing. Children are welcome to join in. As for your catch, you can choose to keep it and take it home or release it.

You’re covered for all the fishing gear, and the crew will even clean and fillet you catch so can prepare meals at home. Drinks and licenses are also included, so the only thing you should bring on your trip is your favorite food.

Come and join Southern Tail Charters, a lot of excitement awaits you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Jul 20
    $900
    Battle the legendary Silver King! These migratory beasts range anywhere from 100-200lbs and are primarily targeted in the summer months along the beaches of Englewood, Gasparilla, and of course the famous Tarpon capital of the world, Boca Grande Pass! Capt. Jeff Watkins Jr has been targeting tarpon in Boca Grande since 2008 and is experienced and dedicated to giving you the fish of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Tarpon Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 20 - Jul 20
    $700
    Battle the legendary Silver King! These migratory beasts range anywhere from 100-200lbs and are primarily targeted in the summer months along the beaches of Englewood, Gasparilla, and of course the famous Tarpon capital of the world, Boca Grande Pass! Capt. Jeff Watkins Jr has been targeting Tarpon in Boca Grande since 2008 and is experienced and dedicated to giving you the fish of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Backcountry Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $650
    A 6 hour trip will give you plenty of time to explore the productive backcountry waters With over 70 miles of shorelines and grass flats, Charlotte Harbor provides a habitat for Redfish, Snook, Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, and the occasional juvenile Tarpon. Backcountry fishing makes for a great day out with the family or a competitive day out with some friends.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Backcountry Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $450
    Charlotte Harbor has some of the best backwater fishing there is to offer. With over 70 miles of shorelines and grass flats, Charlotte Harbor is the prime battleground for Redfish, Snook, Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, and the occasional juvenile Tarpon. Backcountry fishing makes for a great day out with the family or a competitive day out with some friends.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Shark Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    Shark fishing in SWFL is unbeatable. With several near-shore reefs close by and deep passes, the sharky waters are just a short ride away. Primarily, the sharks you'll catch are Blacktips, Bull Sharks, Reef Sharks, Spinner Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and the occasional Tiger.

About the Captain

Jeff Watkins Jr
Placida, Florida, United States
2 Customer Reviews
Response time 19 hours
Member since May 2020

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Flounder Flounder
Permit Permit
Redfish Redfish

Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

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Charlotte Harbor mangrove fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on March 18, 2021
Capt Jeff took us to some mangove areas of Charlotte Harbor. We caught many different kinds of fish. He has a wealth of information...
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Gregory P.
Winter Park, FL
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Hall day trip with captain Jeff

VERIFIED   Special 4 hours trip for Gregory Presnell on March 16, 2021
Caught some nice Red Drum. His boat is well equipped and fishing tackle is top notch.
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FAQs about Southern Tail Charters

Southern Tail Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group - 4 Hour Backcountry Trip (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - 4 Hour Shark Trip (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - 6 Hour Backcountry Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - 6 Hour Tarpon Trip (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 8 Hour Tarpon Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Southern Tail Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Southern Tail Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Southern Tail Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Southern Tail Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing

Top targeted fish species with Southern Tail Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Flounder
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon