Operating out of Bokeelia, Florida, Bent Rod Charters LLC specializes in providing their clients with epic inshore and flats fishing trips. Captain John Middleton has over 35 years of experience, fishing freshwater, inshore, and offshore. He’s a 4th generation Floridian who grew up fishing Pine Island Sound, Caloosahatchee River, Matlacha, and Bokeelia.

His boat is a 22’ Pathfinder bay boat that can carry up to 5 anglers, 4 of them fishing comfortably at the same time. It comes with a 200 HP Yamaha VMAX engine, a live bait tank, a cooler for your food/drinks, and top-quality navigational electronics and safety gear.

The captain will take you to the most productive fisheries and do everything he can to put you on the likes of Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, Shark, Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, and so much more. Depending on the targeted species and the package you choose, you can expect to do some epic bottom fishing, trolling, drifting, and even bow fishing (gear for 2 guests is provided).

You’ll be supplied with all the other fishing gear, lures, frozen bait, and live bait (freshly caught the morning before the trip). The captain uses Daiwa Black Gold reels along with light tackle rods. He also uses some Shimano Stratic. Aside from fishing gear, he also provides snorkeling equipment for all 6 guests – the clients should just let him know if they want to mix their fishing with snorkeling.

You can keep whatever fish is legal at that time, and the captain will clean your catch free of charge. Feel free to bring your food, drinks, and sunscreen. The captain has a cooler with ice on board where you can store your goods.

Bent Rod Charters LLC will do everything in their power for you to have a comfortable, productive, and fun fishing experience!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    This trip gives you more time to fish, cover more ground, and catch more fish. You will meet the captain at the dock at 8:00 a.m. and return to the dock at 4:00 p.m. Depending on the bite, you could be reeling in Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, Shark, Snook, Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, and more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $600
    This 6-hour trip will give you enough time to target all the inshore superstars the area is famous for. You'll be going after Tarpon, Spotted Seatrout, Mangrove Snapper, Flounder, Shark, Snook, Redfish, and many others.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This is a morning half day trip that will take you chasing after Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Snook, Redfish, and many other local species. You'll meet the captain at the dock by 8:00 a.m. and be back by 12:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    This trip will see you fishing for the likes of Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Snook, Redfish, and more for 4 hours in the afternoon. You will meet the captain at the dock at 1:00 p.m. and be back by 5:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 4:30 PM
    Seasonal trip (Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $450
    This is a great way to go catch Shark or other fish species. The boat has underwater lights that attract the fish, which gives you more chances to catch bigger fish. You will meet at the dock at 6:00 p.m. and return at 10:00 p.m.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Relaxing Trip (11:30 AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 11:30 AM
    $350
    Depart late in the morning and enjoy a relaxing 3 hour trip fishing the local waters. You'll throw some bait under the mangroves and fish for whatever bites.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Relaxing Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    This is a relaxing 3 hour trip that's ideal for those of you that just want to get out on the water, hit a couple of fishing spots and enjoy a few hours on the water.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Relaxing Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $350
    This is a relaxing afternoon adventure where you'll get the chance to get your line wet and enjoy your time on the water.
  • Private trip
    Bowfishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 1 - Feb 15 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $350
    Try your luck in bowfishing and cruising around the mangroves and the flats. You'll be looking for the species that are in season to shoot with a bow. This is a fun experience and suitable for all ages to try.
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About the Captain

John Middleton
St. James City, Florida, United States
41 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
I have over 35 years of fishing experience fishing inshore, nearshore, and freshwater. Being a fourth generation Floridian, I grew up fishing on the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha, and Bokeelia,saint James,Sanibel ,ft Myers beach from camping on the tip of Bokeelia to out gigging late nights with friends and family. I love to share my knowledge and experiences with others.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Blacktip Shark

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha VMAX engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Spearfishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Melanie M.
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Perfect 3 hour trip!

VERIFIED   3 Hour Relaxing Trip (AM) on August 2, 2021
We loved our 3 hour fishing trip with Captain John!!! He was so kind, patient, and knowledgeable. He picked us up on North...
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Brian S.
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1/2 Day Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 15, 2021
GREAT Captain! Very knowledgeable about the fishing grounds. We ALL caught fish. All of us!!! We had a 19 year old kiddo...
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Half day trip in the August heat!!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 9, 2021
August can be a challenge with warm water, hot days , tough conditions for anglers and captain but John made it an outstanding...
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3 hour cruisin trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Relaxing Trip (AM) on October 11, 2021
Such a great time. John was ready to roll at pick up and put us on fish right away. We had a blast. We caught six species of...
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Afternoon Trip

VERIFIED   3 Hour Relaxing Trip (PM) on May 19, 2021
Awesome trip. Caught snook, redfish and snapper. John had excellent live bait, and on a windy day that kept most other charter...
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FAQs about Bent Rod Charters LLC

Bent Rod Charters LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Relaxing Trip (AM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Relaxing Trip (11:30 AM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3 Hour Relaxing Trip (PM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Bowfishing (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Night Trip (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 3 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Bent Rod Charters LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (For all guests)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Spearfishing Equipment (Upon request )
  • Ice Box (For your food/drinks)

Trips booked with Bent Rod Charters LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Daiwa Black Gold, Shimano Stratic)
  • Live Bait (Caught the same morning)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • Fishing License

Bent Rod Charters LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Bent Rod Charters LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing (Gear for 2 guests [)
  • Spearfishing

Top targeted fish species with Bent Rod Charters LLC include:
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail