Get ready to track down and catch some big fish with Heavy Hitter Charters! Your captain for the day, Benny Hendrix, is a Florida native with decades of experience fishing the local waters of Fernandina Beach. So if you’re in search of an action-packed adventure with a knowledgable guide who can put you on fish, you’ve come to the right spot.

You’ll be fishing off of a 21’ Carolina Skiff bay boat, powered by a 140 HP Suzuki engine. This boat comes with top-of-the-line fishing gear, electronics, and safety equipment, and is perfect for navigating through shallow waters. She accommodates up to 4 guests and children of all ages are welcome aboard.

Capt. Benny specializes in inshore fishing – targeting Redfish, Black Drum, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Tarpon. You’ll explore the backwaters of Fernandina Beach, fishing structures such as jetties and docks, as well as grass beds and oyster bars. Other target species include Flounder and various inshore Shark species such as Blacktip and Bonnethead.

If the weather allows, Capt. Benny also takes his customers out into deeper waters to go after Snapper, Bluefish, Kingfish, and other species that inhabit nearshore waters. No matter your skill level, Capt, Benny will work hard to put you in the right place at the right time and make sure you’re having a great time on the water.

Top-quality Daiwa rods and reels are available on board. You’ll also be provided with artificial lures, as well as live and cut bait, all included in the price. Your fishing license is also covered, so you can come straight to the pick-up location, and the rest will be taken care of.

Just be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing, bring sun protection, and any snacks and drinks you’d like. Get ready for a fun adventure and choose Heavy Hitter Charters for your next fishing trip!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 4 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This is a backwater trip where you'll be fishing the jetties for Redfish, Black Drum, Sheephead, Spotted Seatrout, Flounder, Shark, and Tarpon. Your captain will provide you with all the necessary fishing gear and bait, as well as your fishing license. Just bring sun protection, weather-appropriate clothing, snacks, and drinks, and you're all set!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $450
    Get ready to fish the jetties in search of some elusive fish, including Sheepshead, Spotted Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, and Flounder. Rods, reels, tackle, and fishing licenses are included. Feel free to pack snacks and drinks, and be sure to bring along some sun protection and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Private trip
    Big Black Drum Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Mar 1 - Apr 25
    $450
    Head out in the late afternoon and spend the evening fishing for big Black Drum. These fish can weigh anywhere from 30 to 80 pounds and will give you an exciting fight once you hook them.
  • Private trip
    Shark Fishing
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 15
    $350
    Enjoy a few hours of non-stop action as you fish for Blacktip Shark! You'll position yourself behind the shrimp boats and get the opportunity to catch Sharks weighing anywhere between 30 to 125 pounds.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Bull Redfish
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Oct 31 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $350
    Take in a breathtaking sunset as you fight monster, 40+ inch Redfish! Besides Bull Redfish, you could also find a Shark at the end of your line, or even a Tarpon!
  • Private trip
    2 Hour First-timer Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $300
    2-hour trip great for kids or newcomers.
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About the Captain

Benny Hendrix
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
80 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2020
Captain Benny Hendrix has been fishing since he was 12 years old. His dad taught him how to fish and since then, he hasn’t put the fishing rod down. He’s a Fernandina Beach local and knows every inch of these waters. His favorite part of being a charter captain is putting his customers on fish and sharing his passion with others. Capt. Benny welcomes you aboard Heavy Hitter Charters for an incredible adventure off the Atlantic Coast of Florida!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Bluefish Bluefish
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)
Sheepshead Sheepshead

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Whiting Whiting

Boat Specs

Carolina skiff (Bay boat) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 140HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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 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

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Customer Reviews

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Huge Tarpon
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Half day with Capt. Benny
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
95%
Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Rachel T.
FERNANDINA, FL
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We tried to catch a small Whiting but caught 2 50-lb drums!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on April 9, 2021
We went on a 4-hour fishing trip with captain Benny off the coast of Amelia Island.  Within a couple of minutes we caught...
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Mark & Janet Moran
United States
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Best fishing trip ever!

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 19, 2021
Captain Benny was great! Year’s of experience. He explained everything that we were doing and why we were doing it. Benny...
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Hampton, VA
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VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 21, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my adventure with Captain Benny Hendrix! He was not only informative about the fishing experience, he...
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Hazel B.
Nashville, TN
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Benny is the Best Captain

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on May 26, 2021
We had a wonderful fishing charter today in the Amelia River and Atlantic Ocean! Captain Benny was focused on an excellent...
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Half Day, P.M. trio

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (PM) on March 31, 2021
Benny was great! Awesome Captain and knows the waters well. Very laid back a knowledgeable. My son and I had a successful trip....
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FAQs about Heavy Hitter Charters

Heavy Hitter Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour First-timer Trip (2 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Shark Fishing (2 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Sunset Bull Redfish (2 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Big Black Drum Trip (4 hours)

When you book a trip with Heavy Hitter Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Heavy Hitter Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Daiwa )
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Heavy Hitter Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing (Jetty fishing )
  • Backcountry Fishing (Grass flats, oyster beds, & docks )

Heavy Hitter Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Spinning gear for Trout, Reds, Sheepshead, & more )
  • Heavy Tackle (Used for Bull Reds, Shark, & Tarpon )
  • Spinning

Top targeted fish species with Heavy Hitter Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Bluefish
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Whiting