Backcountry Charter Service

Backcountry Charter Service invites you to join Captain Kent Gibbens for an enjoyable fishing adventure in the waters from Matanzas Inlet to Ponce Inlet, including Flagler and Palm Coast. Captain Ken has more than four decades of guiding experience under his belt and will do his best to make sure you have a trip to remember for years to come.

You’ll be fishing on Kent’s custom-built Hell’s Bay Boatworks 18’ bay boat, equipped with a 90 HP Yamaha engine. It’s equipped with all the latest safety and navigation gear to make sure you have a safe productive trip. This type of boat is great for navigating more shallow waters in the flats.

A typical trip with Captain Kent involves fishing the flats for the likes of Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Snook by casting jigs, poppers, Shrimp or flies. While fly fishermen are more than welcome, they will need to bring their own fly fishing gear. If you decide to visit for Tarpon season, you’ll be in for quite a treat. The Silver King is one of the most ferocious fish you’ll have the pleasure of going up against.

The price of a given trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Fishing licenses are included too, so all you need to do is bring a pair of polarized sunglasses, as well as some drinks or snacks if you’re so inclined and you’re ready for a memorable fishing experience.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    A full day trip is the best option if you want to see everything the local waters have to offer. Captain Kent will take you to the inshore flats where you can target the likes of Redfish, Snook, Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Tarpon (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Oct 1
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Fishing for the Silver King is something every angler needs to try at least once. These stubborn fish will give you a real run for your money. Luckily, Captain Kent will be there to help you out. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Tarpon (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Oct 1
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you've never been Tarpon fishing before, this is your chance! If you have, then you know why it's so great. Captain Kent will do his best to get you on the Silver Kings in the local waters. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you like staying out for longer, but don't have all that much time to spare, a six-hour trip is a great compromise solution. Captain Kent will take you fishing for the likes of Redfish, Snook, Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $400
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Anyone who's not all that much of a morning person should consider an afternoon trip instead. Captain Kent will take flats fishing for the likes of Redfish, Snook, Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Half day trips are a great option for family trips and when you simply don't have too much time to spare. You will fish the flats with Captain Kent for the likes of Redfish, Snook, Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    You should consider an afternoon trip as an option if you're not a fan of early-morning fishing. Captain Kent will take you to the flats to go fishing for the likes of Redfish, Snook, Trout, and more. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip. Departure times are flexible and may vary depending on weather conditions.
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About the Captain

Kent Gibbens
Ormond Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
11 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since February 2018
It could almost be said Captain Kent was raised on the water in Florida, as he has a most impressive seven decades of fishing experience. He used to own a tackle store and still runs a custom rod business - KG Custom Rod & Reel Repair. He loves teaching people to fish and is always happy to share tips and tricks with anyone who asks.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Redfish Redfish
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hell's Bay Boatwork (Bay boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

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5.00
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Terry (. H.
Clyo, GA
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Giddens

VERIFIED   July 2, 2019
Excellent time fishing.  I would highly recommend taking this trip!
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Amos K.
DeLand, Florida
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Fishing with Kent

VERIFIED   September 12, 2019
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John H.
Naples, FL
 5.00
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The day fishing with my 91-year-old uncle.

VERIFIED   March 16, 2019
The day fishing with my 91-year-old uncle. The captain was very attentive and my 91-year-old uncle got a chance to fish again....
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Hilary B.
Chester, MA
 5.00
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   March 8, 2019
Fishing was a little slow at first but found a good spot towards the end. Overall good trip, saw a gator and rattle snake too....
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Cory M.
Deer River, MN
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Half day with Capt Kent

VERIFIED   April 14, 2018
Capt Kent is a great guide, very knowledgeable with many great stories. Brought my 5 year old nephew with, we caught a bunch...
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