Policies & FAQs

Do we need fishing licenses to fish with you?
No, Captain Dmitri’s fishing license covers everyone on the boat.

What does Bay Reef Fishing Charters provide?
When you go on a charter with Bay Reef Fishing Charters, everything you need to fish is included:

  • fishing licenses
  • fishing tackle and equipment
  • live bait
  • ice for both your catch and to keep your drinks cold
  • professional fish cleaning

What do we bring?
Sun protection is recommended including hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing shirts. Bring drinks to stay hydrated, and snacks.

Can I bring my own fishing gear?
You are welcome to bring your own fishing gear if you’d like. Provided is the highest quality gear and equipment.

Can we keep the fish we catch?
Yes, as long as the fish is legal to keep. Fishing in Florida is highly regulated and each fish has a season, size limit, and bag limit. Captain Dmitri will advise which fish are legal to keep.

What about cleaning the fish?
Captain Dmitri will professionally filet your catch and bag and ice it. There are several local restaurants we recommend that will cook your catch.

Can we bring alcohol on board?
Yes. Do not get belligerent. No Glass. Illegal substances are not allowed on our charter boat.

How do we Book a Charter?
Call or Text Captain Dmitri directly at 361-557-0179. There is a deposit of $100 to reserve your date. Pay by Credit Card, Zelle, Venmo, Cashapp, Paypal.

Where do we depart?
Two locations are availaible: See Maps

Maximo Park
St. Petersburg, FL
(next to O’Niells Marina)

Jungle Prada Tavern
St. Petersburg, Fl

What time of the day do you start your fishing trips?
This is your trip and we can start any time. Time of day can absolutely affect the fishing bite. Fish bite all different times of the day, for example sometimes afternoon and night trips are best for what we are targeting. Generally, the time slots are 8am, 1pm, 5:30pm, 8pm.

What is the best time?
For sportfishing mangroves in the summer it is recommended to start early 7:00am to beat the heat, once the water warms up the bite shuts off. Factors that can affect fishing are tides, current, wind, water temperature, atmospheric pressure. Captain Dmitri will recommend a time.

What about Cancellations?
For cancellations contact Captain Dmitri 361-557-0179. Cancellations must be made within 24 hours.

What if the weather forecast looks bad?
Captain Dmitri wants you to have the best fishing experience, with safety as the highest priority.

If adverse weather is expected, your deposit will be refunded, and we cancel or reschedule the trip.

What about Tipping?
Captain Dmitri works hard to create the highest quality experience for you. It is customary to tip 20% of the charter if you had a great time!

Other Questions?
Feel free to Text or Call Captain Dmitri directly at 361-557-0179.