Salty Dog

Drop a line. Stay Awhile.

Welcome to the home of Salty Dog Charters

Guiding in the Tampa Bay Area for the last decade.

Experience everything the Gulf of Mexico has to offer on our deep sea fishing charters, one of the best grouper fisheries in the state. We also provide fantastic back country fishing on our inshore guided trips for Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, & Trout. 
If you are looking for a slower paced, family fun day on our beautiful white sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico coast line, we can get you on an eco tour or sunset cruise as well! 

Looking to catch dinner or fight some beasts? Captain Brandon Vaughan will put you on the fish! The ultimate offshore fishing experience is just a click away.

Action packed fishing excursions throughout the intercoastal and fishing preserves sure to provide a remarkable trip with impressive catches.

These are fantastic trips for adventurous sightseeing, shelling, sandbar excursions, snorkeling, and sunset cruises. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly opportunity!

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Dock Location

215 Boardwalk Pl E
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Salty Dog Charters – John's Pass

“John’s Pass” in Treasure Island / Madeira Beach Florida; is home to the best fishing village and fleet on Florida’s west coast. Located in between St Pete Beach and Clearwater and nestled between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, John’s pass has easy access to some of the best fishing Florida has to offer. We have one of the most extensive artificial reef systems anywhere on the Florida coast, as well as, tons of natural hard bottom and ledges. From just a mile out all the way to the Middle Grounds and Elbow 70-100 miles offshore, there is always something biting somewhere here. So whether your looking for a relaxing day on the bay or beach fishing with the kids or a rod bending – drag screaming – offshore trip – we’re your charter!

Business Location: Madeira Beach – John's Pass Boardwalk – Don's Dock

Book Your Offshore, Inshore / Nearshore Charters

If you’re looking for an unforgettable boat charter fishing experience, look no further than Salty Dog Charters! Give us a call today to book your trip.

The Vessels

Fully Licensed & Insured

Salty Dog’s inshore vessel is a 26ft Carolina Skiff center console, otherwise known as our barge, powered by a Suzuki 200hp 4 stroke. Equipped with Lowrance chart plotters and side scanners, a massive platform for casting, a power pole for easy shallow water anchoring and a Minn Kota trolling motor. This vessel holds up to 6 people comfortably.

Salty Dog Charter - The Vessel
Salty Dog’s offshore vessel is a 26ft Cape Horn center console powered by twin supercharged Mercury Verardo 200hp engines. The boat has updated plotting and charting equipment, a Simard Evo 3 and a Sirius Satellite real-time weather touchscreen, that ensures the best possible catches and most accurate forecast conditions while onboard. The boat also has SeaDek laid throughout for maximum comfort.  This vessel holds up to 5 individuals.

The Company

Salty Dog Charters was established in 2013 by Captain Brandon Vaughan. What started off as small, one man operation has now continuously grown year after year into a multi-vessel fleet with solid captains and crew behind it all. Our crew is consistent, educated, reliable and very hard working. Captain Brandon has envisioned this business to not only be a charter operation but a staple in the local fishing industry that people can rely on and trust. 

This business platform has allowed him to create jobs, partner with local foundations in order to serve the community and give back to the Tampa Bay Area. He is also involved with the preservation of the environment and ecosystem around us all. His true passion is educating and empowering our clients on our fishery. 

Our Pledge to You

Our commitment to safety, comfort and having an unforgettable experience are the top priorities for Salty Dog Charters. Our boats have up to date safety equipment, they are clean before during and after trips and very well maintained so that you can rest assured on your trip that you are taken care of and most importantly safe.

We want each client from beginners to experts to feel as if they are thriving throughout their day and learning as each passing moment is an opportunity for fun, engagement and growth.

Salty Dog Charters strives to provide top of the industry customer service and trips of a lifetime that you won’t forget. If you feel as if you have not received that service, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we will absolutely appease to you.

How to Book Your Charter:

  1. Complete our booking form by clicking the button below. On the form you will let us know your preferred fishing date and if there are any scheduling conflicts we will give you a call to quickly resolve.
  2. Once we have processed your booking form you will receive a call to confirm your requested charter date and we’ll collect your $200 deposit.
  3. That’s it – easy as 1  2  3! Feel free to browse the rest of our website for helpful information and plan for an incredible ocean experience.


Prefer to book your trip by talking to a person instead? Just give us a call at 727-698-4336.  There is no additional fee for this process and we enjoy hearing from you!

* Your charter is not booked until we have received your booking form and deposit.

** We reserve the right to cancel any charter and will issue a full refund if we do so.


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Capt. Brandon Vaughan

Meet Captain Brandon Vaughan

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. He has been fishing this area since he was around 8 years old, he grew up on Tampa Bay learning the ins and the outs of the fishing industry. Captain Brandon strives for excellency in every single trip he runs.



Offshore 8 hours trip

redsnapper trip




Inshore / Nearshore

INSHORE 6 hours




Chris Molina
Chris Molina
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I went out with them Aug 2022, for the 1st time and really enjoyed myself. The captain and mate were awesome and worked hard to get fish in the boat They put us on some nice Red Grouper! Yes, I will be booking another trip with these guys asap!
Bill Ours
Bill Ours
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Highly recommend these guys. They will put you on the fish. Their experience and knowledge was top notch. If your an experienced or inexperienced with fishing they are amazing with both. Definitely will be booking with them next year.
Paul Schirmer
Paul Schirmer
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If you wanna catch quality Fish, Salty Dog Charters is the way to go.
Dusty Lineberger
Dusty Lineberger
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Amazing customer service and customer experience overall. Captain Brandon works hard to put the targeted fish in the boat. Went out with Captain Brandon and Salty Dog Charters LLC on a 8 hour split for red grouper and caught plenty of fish and had a great time. Would defenitly recommend Salty Dog Charters LLC and Captain Brandon. The office staff on the main phone line number is top notch one of the best I have encountered.
Jamie Kay Klettke
Jamie Kay Klettke
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Everything about this company was amazing! Start to finish 5 stars! Capitan Brandon took the time to make my sons dream of deep sea fishing come true! THANK YOU! Best charter there is!
Travis Miller
Travis Miller
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We had an awesome time! Brandon was remarkable, he had us on fish very fast and if the fish quit biting in the area we were in he would move us to a new area very quickly and back onto fish. There were four of us who went, we are all family, and love to tease each other, Brandon joined right in with us teasing each other. That made the entire trip for us that much more fun! I highly recommend Salty Dog Charters LLC, I know we will be back!!