Trophy Trips - Captain Jim Bennett

121 Orange St N
Palm Harbor FL, United States

Captain Jim Bennett and Trophy Trips offer light tackle fishing in the pristine waterways of Tampa Bay, Pinellas County and surrounding areas. Jim specializes in light tackle and fly fishing for a variety of hard-hitting game fish cruising the local waterways, depending on the time of year.

Captain Jim Bennett operates a 26’ center console powered by a single Mercury engine. The boat features a tower and is outfitted with a conventional assortment of fishing technology and navigational electronics, including Fishfinder, GPS and radio. Multimedia system as well as a cooler with ice can also be found among the vessel’s amenities.

Trophy trips cater to anyone from seasoned fishermen aiming for their personal best to beginners looking to keep their rods bent. Whether you’re a local interested in learning how you can become more successful in fishing the Tampa Bay area, or are simply on a vacation looking for an inshore fishing excursion, Trophy Trips adjust their service to fit your preferences and provide you with a memorable experience.

You’ll be targeting the likes of Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, as well as a variety of Sharks on your inshore trips. Nearshore trips will see you going after King Mackerel, Grouper, Snapper, Cobia and other species inhabiting the wrecks, natural ledges and reefs as they migrate through the area. All rods, reels and terminal tackle are included in the price, along with live and artificial bait for the day. If you’d like to keep your fish following the trip, Captain Jim can clean and fillet it for you at no additional cost. All boat occupants must have a Florida fishing license, which are included in the overall trip price.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day-Tarpon, Snook, Redfish etc
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    6hr Shark Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Oct
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Shark fishing the beaches, passes and reefs for big sharks. By-catch includes snook and tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Nearshore - Goliath Grouper & Shark
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Shallow water gag grouper, nearshore mangrove snapper, kingfish off the beach, mackerel, sharks, Goliath grouper.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day- Snook, Redfish, Trout, etc
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    4hr Shark Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip available 1 Apr - 1 Oct
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Shark fishing the beaches, passes and reefs for big sharks. By-catch includes snook and tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Half Day-Snook, Redfish, Trout etc
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
  • Private trip
    PM Half Day-Snook, Redfish, Trout
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
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About this listing

Targeted Species

  Cobia
  Grouper (Gag)
  Grouper (Goliath)
  King Mackerel (Kingfish)

  Permit
  Redfish
  Shark (Bull)
  Shark (Hammerhead)

  Snapper (Mangrove)
  Snook
  Spotted Seatrout
  Tarpon

Boat Specs

Length
26 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Handline

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Palm Harbor to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
American Express

About the Captain

Jim Bennett
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Member since November 2014
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Response time: 20 hours
Response rate: 75%

Customer Reviews

4.42 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Jim was professional and assisted us to the best of his ability. The package I purchased included lunch and snacks but there was none provided for us so it was dissapointing when I didn’t know. I would’ve packed something if I knew it wasn’t going to be what I paid for. Reserved for 5 people but only four of us were able to make it ($50) each additional person. Still charged for 5 even though only four of us were serviced. Not sure if I would use fishingbooker again just because the communication on lunch arrangements were unclear and our preferred time of the weekend was approved then cancelled a day later so we got rescheduled. I would recommend Jim but I wish it would’ve been better communication. Overall he was professional and friendly. We caught some good fish but not too many.

Fished May 22, 2017
Jim Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 24, 2017

It clearly states that I do not provide lunch, snacks or drinks on my page. However I always carry a cooler full of ice and drinks for my clients.

The issue with paying for 5, yet bringing 4, is with fishing booker not myself. Your preferred time I was book, I spoke with you through email explaining what I had available (that afternoon or the next morning).

You then requested offshore fishing when it clearly says 4hr snook, redfish, trout. All of which you hooked or caught along with shots at triple tail and a cobia in some windy conditions.

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Captain Jim is a local boy who worked in our group to go fishing for a day while we were down in Florida for a swim meet with our kids. Jim was able to accommodate two 11-year-old boys, their dads, and another friend for a great day of fishing. We got to try a little bit everything on that day of fishing including going out and deep for grouper, And then coming in towards shore for a lot of good sport fishing. We took home plenty of fillets of red fish and sea trout, we got into some jacks and some kingfish. While one dad and son were experienced fresh water fishermen, another dad and son had no experience. Captain Jim did a great job of accommodating all of our group with a great sampling of local fishing this time of year. Experience or none, I would recommend Captain Jim as a guide for anyone with any level of experience who may want a good sampling of local fishing and a great time doing it.

Fished April 2, 2017
Jim Bennett (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 4, 2017
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Fished March 22, 2017
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