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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!”



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
I have been fishing since I was old enough to hold a rod; in my family – that's just how you grow up. Fishing trips with family and friends are some of the best memories of my life; always full of good times and lots of smiling and laughing at some of the most outrageous fish stories ever. So it was just a natural progression for me to become a charter captain and start sharing those memories with others. I truly can't think of a better way to make a living than sharing my life's dream, talent, and skills with others to show them the fishing trip of a lifetime! "Ya throw off your bowline – throw off your stern... head out John's Pass... pass the fishermen on the rock jetties... pelicans and seagulls diving on bait... dolphins rolling in the distance... the sun hits ya-headed west... you open her up and cruise past the safe harbor marker heading to the fishing grounds... wind in your face – salt in the air... you're a damn charter boat captain... is there anything better in the world?"

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Targeted Species

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

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

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

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 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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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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Amelia L.
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Fishing with Brandon

VERIFIED   NEW  Full Day Trip – Offshore/Bluewater on July 17, 2021
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White Plains, NY
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Trip with Captain Brandon - 8hr trip

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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6 hour trip with Captain Brandon.

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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Dumfries, VA
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6hr grand slam trip

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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Thomas W.
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Bluewater Slam on October 22, 2019
We went out after the tropical storm and the water was still a little rough, but Captain Brandon got us on the fish and we...
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FAQs about Salty Dog Charters

Salty Dog Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Big Shark (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Bluewater Slam (6 hours)
  • $900 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Goliath Grouper (6 hours)
  • $1,200 per group - Full Day Trip – Offshore/Bluewater (8 hours)
  • $1,550 per group - Full Day Trip – Red Snapper (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)