Turtlehead Charters wishes you a warm welcome to Belleair Bluffs, Florida and invites you on a fun and enjoyable fishing trip. Captain Frank Viola III has been fishing the Clearwater area for years. He has spent the past five years working to become one of the area’s premier fishermen and he took the plunge to guide full time in 2020. He spends his professional and free time on the water and truly hopes he gets the opportunity to put you on the fish of a lifetime. Looking forward to fishing with you, tight lines!

You’ll fish from a 2020 18’ Hell’s Bay Marquesa flats boat that can easily sit 3 guests and is wheelchair-accessible. It’s powered by a 115 HP Yamaha engine, uses all-the-quality GPS and fishfinder electronics, and is equipped with a livewell. The boat has also got wireless trolling motor and multimedia system.

Some of the lovely species you’ll have the chance to catch include King and Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Tarpon, Gag Grouper, and Snook. Using light and heavy tackle, you’ll attract them by trolling, spinning, jigging, popping, as well as fly fishing. You can take home all of your catch and you’re welcome to bring kids!

Captain Frank will supply you with everything you’ll need for your trip. You’ll have all the fishing gear, bait, catch cleaning, snacks and drinks, as well as licenses. On full day trips, you can even have lunch.

Come visit Turtlehead Charters and have a terrific day on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 1
    $475
    These trips last from October 1 to April 1. If King Mackerel, Snook, Trout, Tripletail Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Cobia are on your bucket list, look no further than right here! Clearwater Beach is a hidden gem and the perfect place to catch your trophy. The captain offers live bait, artificial, and fly charters for Tarpon. He supplies you with everything you need and you'll spend the morning together targeting your fish of a lifetime!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Apr 1
    $475
    These trips last from October 1 to April 1. If King Mackerel, Snook, Trout, Tripletail, Pompano, Redfish, Sheepshead, and Cobia are on your bucket list, look no further than right here! Clearwater Beach is a hidden gem and the perfect place to catch your trophy. The captain offers live bait, artificial, and fly charters for Tarpon. He supplies you with everything you need and you'll spend the morning together targeting your fish of a lifetime!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Evening Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $550
    This is Captain Frank's favorite charter no matter the time of year. If his buddies and he are going to fish, they'll fish at night. Life in the area wakes up as soon as the sun goes down and the bite is incredible. This is a four to five hour charter. The captain supplies all licensing and fishing needs along with drinks and a lot of tight lines. You and he will target everything open this charter.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $950
    These trips last from mid-April through mid-July and are Captain Frank's favorite choice. If this fish is on your bucket list, look no further than right here! This is a full day eight-hour charter where you spend the day targeting the silver king. Clearwater Beach is a hidden gem and the perfect place to catch your trophy Tarpon. The captain offers live bait, artificial, and fly charters for Tarpon. He supplies you with everything you need and you'll spend the day together targeting the silver king!
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About the Captain

Frank Viola III
Belleair Bluffs, Florida, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
8 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2021
Every year Captain Frank's family would take a trip to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. He saw his first Tarpon and all he could think about was one day adventuring the ocean as a professional fisherman. After ten years of playing professional baseball, the captain dove into the fishing industry head first. He started shooting photo and video content for some of the industry leaders in 2016 and continued to create content for companies such as Yeti, Hell's Bay Boatworks, and more. After spending over three years on the water locally, he decided to become a full-time captain and haven’t looked back. Sharing the outdoor experience with others is why he decided to make a career of this job and of course, you and he absolutely will catch fish!

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Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hell's Bay Marquesa (Flats boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

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
Disabled Accessible

Payment

Book with 30% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

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This is a Florida HAVE to with Capitan Frank! Amazing experience!!
This is a Florida HAVE to with Capitan Frank! Amazing experience!!
This is a Florida HAVE to with Capitan Frank! Amazing experience!!
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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This is a Florida HAVE to with Capitan Frank! Amazing experience!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Evening Trip on May 12, 2021
Words can not express my gratitude for the best Fishing Guide we have ever booked! I have charted fishing from many different...
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Owego, NY
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 15, 2021
Captain Frank had a family emergency and couldn’t make it; however he set me up with his best friend, captain Phil. My son...
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Evening trip with Captain Frank Turtlehead Charters

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Evening Trip on April 14, 2021
Fantastic trip. Captain Frank was very helpful, knowledgeable, and just a great guy to hang out with. I caught Pompano all...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on November 22, 2021
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FAQs about Turtlehead Charters

Turtlehead Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $475 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Evening Trip (4 hours)
  • $950 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Turtlehead Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Wireless Trolling Motor

Trips booked with Turtlehead Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch (Only on full day trips)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Turtlehead Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Turtlehead Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Turtlehead Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon