Salty Dog Charters is a federally permitted fishing charter company – this means that they can legally take you out beyond 9 miles offshore to fish for larger keeper fish. The team offers fun and action-packed fishing adventures out of Johns Pass in Treasure Island, Florida. This is a family-owned company, operated by Captain Brandon Vaughan. He is a young and energetic angler, who has nurtured his talents in the local waters.

Join the captain aboard the “Reel Crazy,” a 24’ Cape Horn center console. It is a stable and dependable boat, touted as “unsinkable” by the manufacturer. Its new twin turbo-charged 200 HP Mercury Verado outboards will power you to the best spots to get the hot bite. Top of the line electronics on board not only give the captain a distinct advantage when searching for fish, but also save a lot of time.

Capt. Brandon will take you fishing the waters within 1 mile of the shore and up to 50 miles out. You’ll be able to test yourself in a variety of techniques, fishing the artificial reef systems, natural hard bottom, and ledges. Your potential catch of the day will include King Mackerel, Red Grouper, Hogfish, Gag Grouper, Cobia, Amberjack, and many more, including Snapper, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Barracuda.

The trips are all-inclusive, you will only need to bring your own food and drinks. Whether you’re after some great table fare, want to just test the waters, or fight with big fish – Capt. Brandon will accommodate your every need and bring you back with a camera full of bragging photos.

Salty Dog Charters live by and love what they do. And it shows! Join them on board and they will bring smiles to your faces and maybe even a laugh or two. “Get your Salty Dog on!”



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8hr Red Snapper Excursion!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jun 1 - Aug 1
    $1,750
    This trip is a specialty trip offered over the summer time. It is a full day offshore 8hrs if the bite is on ? 10hr if the bite is slower. The target of this trip is the coveted American Red Snapper.
  • Private trip
    8hr Full Day Excursion!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,375
    8hr trip offshore into the blue water
  • Private trip
    6hr 3/4 Day Excursion!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $1,075
    A sweet spot trip in between a half day and a full day out in the blue waters of the Gulf!
  • Private trip
    4hr Half Day Excursion!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    Perfect trip for the family to take a trip out into the blue waters offshore
  • Private trip
    4hr Inshore Half Day Excursion!
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    A perfect trip for exploring the intercostal, fishing the mangroves & dock lines.
  • Private trip
    2hr Sunset Cruise
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $375
    This trip is perfect for the entire family to get out on the water, enjoy a relaxing time catching the sunsets and the vibes that our home here is sunny St.Pete has to offer!
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About the Captain

Brandon Vaughan
Madeira Beach, Florida, United States
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8 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since May 2017
Meet Captain Brandon the owner and operator of Salty Dog Charters! •Being a guide on the Gulf of Mexico is simply what he does best. Capt. Brandon has been fishing these waters for 20+ years by sea and land. He has taken this industry by storm, growing his small business into a 2 boat operation covering offshore and inshore guided charters. He truly loves to empower and educate his clients on the ecosystem around us. Tight Lines, The Salty Dog Crew

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Tuna (Blackfin) Blackfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Cape Horn (Performance fishing) originally built in 2000. Powered by 2 200HP Mercury Verado 4 Stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea 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
First Mate
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 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Fishing with Brandon

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore/Bluewater on July 17, 2021
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore/Bluewater on September 29, 2019
My Wife and I just enjoyed a great day with Captain Brandon fishing for Barricuda,  Mackerel and even caught a Lizard Fish
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VERIFIED   Near Shore - 3/4 Day Fishing on September 5, 2018
Brandon is an amazing Captain, he knew right where to take us to put us on the fish. He didn’t hesitate to move or try new...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Bluewater Slam on March 16, 2019
This trip was awesome.  Brandon got bait prior to our trip which allowed us maximum time on the rods.  We were hitting fish...
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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Bluewater Slam on October 22, 2019
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FAQs about Salty Dog Charters

Salty Dog Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group - 2hr Sunset Cruise (2 hours)
  • $600 per group - 4hr Inshore Half Day Excursion! (4 hours)
  • $800 per group - 4hr Half Day Excursion! (4 hours)
  • $1,075 per group - 6hr 3/4 Day Excursion! (6 hours)
  • $1,375 per group - 8hr Full Day Excursion! (8 hours)
  • $1,750 per group - 8hr Red Snapper Excursion! (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Salty Dog Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Salty Dog Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Bottled Water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Salty Dog Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 50 miles)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Salty Dog Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Salty Dog Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Tuna (Blackfin)