Southern Tail Charters is owned and operated by Florida Native and 3rd generation fishing guide Captain Jeff Watkins Jr. Southern Tail Charters offers exceptional inshore fishing adventures in the beautiful waters of Boca Grande and Charlotte harbor specializing in Boca Grande Tarpon Fishing and Inshore Backcountry fishing. With Captain Jeff’s deep knowledge of the pristine aquatic preserve, beautiful coastline and years of fishing expertise, you’re guaranteed an exciting and memorable day on the water.


Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, Captain Jeff’s guidance and passion for conservation ensure a sustainable and enjoyable fishing experience. From targeting various inshore species to a relaxing day on the water with friends or family exploring the pristine coastal environment, Southern Tail Charters with Captain Jeff Watkins Jr is your ticket to an unforgettable fishing journey in Boca Grande. Join us for a day of thrilling catches and appreciation for the unique beauty of this coastal paradise.


Capt. Jeff Watkins Jr strives to provide a effortless experience for his clientele by providing exceptional accommodations including facilitating multiple boat trips for larger parties and corporate trips, multiple pick up locations including Boca Grande, Little Gasparilla Island, Pine Island, Burnt store, as well as providing a tailored experience for all ages and skill sets! 

"a tailored Experience for all skill sets"

Capt. Jeff Watkins Jr has made his mark on his hometown by competing in several competitive tournaments throughout his journey many of which he has finished in the top 5 rankings!


Flatsmasters Redfish Tournament Series, Punta Gorda, FL

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2021

IFA Redfish Tournament series Punta Gorda, FL

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

IFA Redfish Tournament Series, Ruskin, FL


Extreme Redfish Tournament Series Charlotte Harbor, FL

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Florida Pro Redfish Series Placida, FL

2014, 2015, 2016

The Boat!

Capt. Jeff strives to provide a top tier Fishing charter and uses Nothing but the best equipment. Capt jeff operates out of His 2021 c-hawk powered by a mercury 300 4-stroke outboard. Capt Jeffs Vessel is fully loaded with all the bells and whistles including dual power poles, simrad electronics, minnkota i-pilot trolling motor w/spot lock, leaning post, T-top/Half tower, livewell, jl sound system, and a 120qt cooler for all your snacks and beverages!

The Boat!

Capt. Jeff operates out of his 2200 Pathfinder Tournament Edition with all the bells and whistles including wireless I-pilot Trolling motor with spot lock, Humminbird electronics down & side imaging, Power pole, Jack plate, Trim tabs, 3 Live-wells, and comfortable seating. The Pathfinder 2200 allows Capt. Jeff to comfortably fish the back country for shallow water species such as Redfish, Snook, and Trout and also allows him to target species away from the shoreline such as Shark, Grouper, and of course Boca Grande Tarpon!

Your Adventure awaits!

Boca Grande Tarpon Fishing​
Backcountry Fishing​
Shark Fishing
Nearshore Fishing​​

USCG Licensed & Insured.

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Payment Information

ALL trips require a $100 deposit per day. The remaining balance will be due in cash, check, venmo, or zelle at the time of the trip. Credit cards are accepted however there is a 3.5% service charge for all credit card transactions. Once deposit is made, your selected date will be reserved, and other trips will be denied booking for that date. If you enjoyed your trip with Capt. Jeff, gratuities are always appreciated. 15%-20% is standard.

Cancellation Policy

Be mindful that once your deposit is received for your selected date, other trips for that date and time are denied. In the event that a trip needs to be canceled, it must be done outside 15 days prior to your reserved date which then all monies and deposit will be refunded within 3 business days. If a trip cancelation takes place within 15 days of your reserved date, the deposit will not be refundable. In the event where a trip needs to be rescheduled, please be courteous and do so in a timely manner so the captain can accommodate.


No shows and cancelations within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time will be charged the full amount of the trip which will be billed on the card used for the deposit.


ALL trips are subject to cancellation by captain due to un-safe weather and/or
conditions. In the event the captain needs to cancel your trip he will contact you