Salty Dog Charters

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. 

Salty Dog Charters is a proud member of the Old Salts Foundation, Captains for Clearwater, as well as, The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

Salty Dog Charters thrives in providing the best experience for you, your family and your friends. Annually we welcome our out of town clients back that have turned into our maritime family and continuously stay connected with our local clientele as well. Without the support of our clients and community, we would not be where we are today. 

We appreciate all of your bookings, great reviews and new client referrals throughout the years. To us, it’s an important reminder of how our dedication to customer service and your overall experience with us has been responsible for our success. From our family to yours, we thank you for your business!

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. He is meticulous in the way he operates his business and maintains his client relationships. He is a very kind and genuine human who not only shows compassion for the fishing industry but strives to educate each one of his clients on the areas they are exploring. He prides himself on education, empowerment and creating a more sustainable fishery for the future generations to come. He takes great pride in learning as much as he possibly can and providing stellar service for anybody who steps aboard. He will stop at nothing to become one of the best in the industry, he is paving his own way, he is currently sponsored by Smith Optics, Tampa Offshore Fishing Radio, Tampa Offshore Fishing, and he is an Under Armor fishing guide as well. Salty Dog is a registered guide with the Florida Guides Association (FGA).

Salty Dog Charters also partners up with Old Salt Fishing Foundation for charitable events and tournaments that benefit the community. You can catch Captain Brandon doing fishing seminars at Bass Pro Shops, The Elks Lodge for Old Salt’s monthly members meetings, or on air with Tampa Offshore Fishing Radio. He is a frequent guest on 102.5 the Bone radio station on the Tampa Offshore Fishing Radio segment. He provides fishing tips, fishing reports, comedic relief and up to date information on what our charter business is up to.


Meet Ceilia, our office administrator and an avid lady angler.  While she may not be on the water at all times, her knowledge of the fishing industry is comprehensive and detailed. She consistently works hard to make sure our clients are informed, educated and understood. She will help guide you through the booking process and will connect after the charter with you to ensure you had the best experience possible! 
Ceilia is easily reachable via our office line, email or across our social media platforms. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Fully Licensed & Insured

Salty Dog Charters is a coast guard 6 pack licensed and federally permitted operation that is fully insured.