Captain Billy Barton is a Southwest Florida native and passionate full time angler.  He grew up alongside his father,  who was a commercial fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico for grouper and snapper.  They would venture out for weeks on end and come back to the dock with thousands of pounds of fish (primarily grouper and snapper) to sell to the market. Needless to say Billy has the saltwater "in his blood" and was introduced to the commercial fishing business at a very young age.   

              The first job he ever had on his own was at the age of twelve catching a popular local bait fish known as pin-fish on rod and reel.   He'd catch them one at a time until he had a bucket full.  It would take him all day to catch a hundred baits if he was lucky, but he would get a quarter a piece from a generous local tackle shop that liked to see a young boy at work.  Twenty-five bucks was allot of money at the age of twelve!  When Billy reached his teenage years he had already developed a sheer love and respect for his home fishery.  Although he had grown up in the deeper waters of the gulf with his father, he began to set out and develop a love for inshore fishing on his own.  

               Billy was lucky enough growing up that he had been mentored by some of the most versatile anglers in Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda area.  Over twenty five years later and the passion he has for his home fishery is stronger than ever. It has been known to show on his fishing charters.  At this point in his life rather than setting out to catch fish for his own gratification or for the market, Billy has put his focus and energy into making sure that other folks catch fish!   He takes enormous pride in educating folks who are new to his sport locally, and he puts a lot of his focus on conservation of the fishery as apposed to his past.   There is nothing wrong with harvesting food for the table.   It's just important not to over harvest in the day and age that we live in.

               Captain Billy is known for being dedicated and relentless to make the day a great one for his parties.  Playing his role in so many exciting experiences in his own backyard is his dream come true for him.  If you aren't sure what fishing charters you are going on? Well, meet your guide! Let Billy lead the way to the fish and memories you've been dreaming about making. Great charter boats are hard to find.  You'll have a hard time finding another local captain as passionate and eager to get the job done.             

It's a Passion..

Scales and Tales Guided Tours is a two time 1st Place winner in The Boca Grande Classic! This is an annual guided tournament in place to raise funds towards Cystic Fibrosis.  Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and Sea Trout are the targetted species in this two day event.  Billy guided his teams to victory in 2012 and in 2017.  What made it even better?  This tournament wasn't about the money!

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