Bent Rod Charters LLC

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 6 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
    $750
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    $550
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    Night Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    $450
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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 8:00 p.m. and return at 12:00 a.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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 p.m.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $375
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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
    Bowfishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Try you luck in bowfishing crusine around the mangroves and the flats looking for what is in season to shoot with a bow this is a fun experience for Any age to try
  • Private trip
    Sight seeing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 3 persons
    + $25
    each additional person
    If you just want to cruise around looking at what south Flordia has to offer on the water the dolphins sea turtle to the birds on the island this is the trip for you
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About the Captain

John Middleton
Bokeelia, Florida, United States
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1 Customer Reviews
Member since April 2019
I have over 35 years of fishing experience fishing inshore, offshore, and freshwater. Being a fourth generation Floridian, I grew up fishing on the Caloosahatchee River, Pine Island Sound, Matlacha, and Bokeelia, 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) Shark (Blacktip)

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

Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

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

Length
22 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Spearfishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
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 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
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3% fee.

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May 1, 2019
Beautiful day on the water and had a great time.
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