I am Captain Hal Tarpley, a second-generation company owner of Inshore Charters with 20 years of experience as an inshore charter fishing guide. Since I was old enough to hold a rod, I have been fishing the waters of the Gulf Coast of Florida. I have loved every minute of it and would love to share it with you.
My father started the business on Cape San Blas in 1989 and I ran my first trip at the tender age of 13. After hurricane Michael, I was forced to move the business Panama City.
I specialize in sport fishing with light tackle (medium to medium light rods and reels that hold 110 yards of monofiliment 10lb test) for speckled sea trout, red drum (redfish), flounder and tarpon. I use artificial lures such as top water and soft plastics, and I enjoy sight fishing and fly fishing the flats, though drift fishing is the most effective on charters. The combination of working a lure in the right place at the right time and fighting a trophy trout on light tackle and a properly presented artificial lure is, in my humble opinion, the most rewarding part of being an inshore angler.
In addition to being a master fisherman, I also frequently SCUBA dive the local reefs and wrecks to spearfish, and I enjoy sailing and surfing.
In the rare times that charters have been slow, I've worked a variety of other captaining positions such as delivering boats, working supply vessels in the oil field, and towing for Sea Tow.
I hold a US Coast Guard Master Captains Credential and advanced certifications such as Radar Unlimited, Water Survival, Fire Fighting, Medical Provider, Assistance Towing, STCW, and Radio Telephone.
To learn more or see what Captain Hal is up to, check him out on Youtube and Instagram..