Charlton’s Reef Charters Fishing Reports

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 →


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 →