Captain
Tom Charlton

Member since April 2015 Tampa, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
My specialty is flats and backwater fishing for snook, speckled trout and redfish. However I also like to deep water fish for grouper, snapper, cobia and tarpon.

Hey, I'm Captain Tom Charlton

Tampa, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
My specialty is flats and backwater fishing for snook, speckled trout and redfish. However I also like to deep water fish for grouper, snapper, cobia and tarpon.
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Charlton’s Reef Charters

69 reviews
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Fishing Reports

Bay Grouper Fishing

November 27, 2018

We are coming to another end of Gag Grouper season, Dec. 31. Then we will be limited to small fish for table fare in the inshore waters. No Snook, No Redfish and No Gag Grouper for 6 months. Get… Read Full Report →


Inshore grouper, snapper and jacks

November 20, 2018

Even though there is a ban on redfish and snook until next summer doesn't mean you can't take home some tasty inshore table fare. Try bottom fishng with frozen bait for grouper, snapper and jacks. Read Full Report →


Snook

August 12, 2017

Snook in Upper Tampa Bay Read Full Report →


Redfish Upper Tampa Bay

May 10, 2017

Awesome redfish action in upper Tampa Bay tossing live green back sardines. Read Full Report →


Winter, What winter??

February 13, 2017

What a great morning. You would of thought it was late spring. Live bait has taken residence in the bay all winter. Water temp. around 68 degrees. Air temp. around 72 degrees. With the live well full and a… Read Full Report →


Award Winnng Charter

November 16, 2016

Go with a winner! Fishingbooker's Best charter for 2016 in Florida,Tampa Bay. Snook, Grouper , Cobia, Redfish and many more. Deep or shallow water fishing "YOU Can Do IT!" Read Full Report →


Tampa Bay Gag Grouper

September 25, 2016

We had a late start in the morning designed to catch the changing of the tide after cast netting large greenbacks and pinfish. Once we got to the spot we had to wait for the bite to start which… Read Full Report →


Hurricane Hermine; No Problem

September 10, 2016

Another blistering hot day with a mid afternoon start. The tide was almost low. The air was humid and still. The bait well loaded with greenbacks. Off we go to hit the pot holes and ditches on the flats… Read Full Report →


COBIA, TAMPA

June 10, 2016

It was a 6 am and the humidity felt like it was 90 on Tampa Bay. The day was set for gag grouper and cobia.and to finish by noon. We're not denied! Read Full Report →


May Report

May 12, 2016

Headed out for a late afternoon, 4-8 charter. Blue skies and 10 mph West winds with an outgoing tide and a bait well full of scaled sardines. First spot started out slow yielding two redfish and a small cobia.… Read Full Report →


April Reds

April 06, 2016

There are some simple things being a captain that can be so difficult. I'm talking about the daily decision of where to take my clients fishing. Should I run the same spots as the day before or should I… Read Full Report →


March Madness II

March 18, 2016

A beautiful warm spring March day. The greenbacks(sardines) are in and the fish are extremely hungry. The first spot we hooked up on redfish and snook. Then we moved on to the next to grab a speckled trout. As… Read Full Report →


March Madness

March 03, 2016

The day was clear and sunny, cool but not cold, yet windy from the east. We found redfish in quantity near some rocks. After trying, unsuccessfully, for nearly an hour and a half using live shrimp and lures we… Read Full Report →


Tampa Winter Fishng

February 06, 2016

The weather forecast told of a day that would be good for fishing Tampa Bay, 20-30 Percent chance of rain and 9-12 mph winds. The day was set and we left the dock under cloudy and rainey conditions hoping… Read Full Report →


Tis the non-season!

December 10, 2015

A beautiful December day out on Tampa Bay. A box of frozen Spanish sardines and grouper rods at the ready. We're bottom fishing the Egmont Channel for Gag Grouper. Then it's on to the shallows in Tampa for Snook… Read Full Report →


August Blues

August 08, 2015

Ahoy mates 'tis yur ole Capt. Tom harpon at ya again. Ya yellow liver landloves are cryn' caus ya don't think ya can catch no fish after all this rain turnin the water to a purty tea brown. Well… Read Full Report →


Tampa Bay Cobia

June 20, 2015

Another hot day on Tampa Bay with the mid-morning temp. climbing into the 80's and lots of boats already out, I decided to take my place at my favorite Cobia spot. There are several ways to find cobia. One… Read Full Report →


Tampa Bay flats report

April 17, 2015

Getting bait..greenbacks... had been difficult until last week .Now they're on most flats. Red fish and snook are also easy to find along the mangroves at the start of the late afternoon high tide, going out, and solunar. Gag… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.80
out of 5 stars from 69 reviews
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Half day with Captain Tom
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Kelly W.
St. Petersburg, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
We had an amazing time! I booked this charter especially for my son because he LOVES fishing, and this was just what we hoped...
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Mike H.
Winder, GA
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VERIFIED   NEW  November 11, 2019
Both inshore and offshore fishing Captain took his time finding the right spots. Was friendly and helpful.  Very good...
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Shane D.
Wesley Chapel, FL
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VERIFIED   NEW  October 23, 2019
Captain Tom Did an awesome job getting us on the fish. It was very choppy but he managed to make it a great experience.
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Mike T.
Davenport, FL
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VERIFIED   July 2, 2019
We had a great day fishing. Nothing we could keep but caught several sharks, grouper (so wanted to filet and take them home,...
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Scott E.
Omaha, Nebraska
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VERIFIED   June 14, 2019
Three of us went fishing with captain Tom and had a great time! We caught several species of fish. He was very knowledgeable...
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