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!
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
Very experienced charter captain who knows the area waters and where the fish hang out!!
I love to fish! Who you share your time on the water with is important. Not only was my recent tarpon trip with Capt. Jeff successful, having landed a 150#, I enjoyed my time with someone who is passionate about fishing and enjoys seeing others experience all that SWFL fishery has to offer. I will be back to fish as soon as I am able but not before my son who has booked 3 days after hearing of my experience!
I highly recommend Southern Tail Charters. Capt. Jeff was absolutely amazing with my boys today. They can't stop talking about the shark they caught. Jeff is a great captain who is very personable and knowledgeable about the water
My family loved fishing with Capt. Jeff and Southern Tail Charters! We caught many Snook, Redfish, Snapper and others! Including some impressive Snook and eating snapper. We enjoyed our time with a passionate fisherman who enjoys seeing others have a rich and rewarding experience. We want to fish again with STC as soon as we can! 🐟
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.
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