Bent Rod Charters Of Destin offers amazing fishing adventures all year round. Captain Jimmy has been fishing these waters for decades and he’s the right person to help you explore the area. His trips are family-friendly, perfect for beginners and all of those who simply want to enjoy their day on the water. If you’re not feeling like a hard-core angler, leave the depths of the Gulf to others, while you can relax and take a more laid-back trip with Capt. Jimmy.

You’ll be fishing on an 18’ Pathfinder that accommodates up to 3 guests. This bay boat is perfect for shallow waters you’ll explore, such as backcountry canals, grass flats, and inshore bay spots. She’s powered by a 90 HP Yamaha engine that reaches the speed of 28 knots and there’s also a MinnKota wireless engine. You can also rely on navigational electronics and there’s a live bait tank that’s filled with bait before the trip starts.

The main targets of the day are Redfish, Flounder, and Spotted Trout. Each species gives a different kind of action and you’ll sometimes use different techniques but one is for sure - they all taste great! That’s why it’s good you get to keep the catch and, by request, the captain can clean and fillet it for you.

All fishing equipment you’ll need for the day is prepared by the captain. He also covers your fishing licenses and prepares bottled water. You only need to pack some snacks and sunblock.

Bring your family and friends along and spend a relaxing day with Bent Rod Charters Of Destin!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $650
    Starting at 7 or 8, whatever works for you. Will try to meet close to your location. We will target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and other species.
  • Private trip
    7AM Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $450
    The start time is negotiable. Target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and other species.
  • Private trip
    8AM Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $450
    We will contact you to find out where you are staying so that we will try to meet you close to your stay. Will target Redfish, Speckled Trout, and other species.

About the Captain

Jimmy Early
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
44 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2021
Captain Jimmy has been fishing the waters of northern Florida for many years. This isn't only his job but also a calling. Being on the water fishing makes every day worth living.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Redfish Redfish

Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
PayPal

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Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
79%
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 5, 2021
I am from Nebraska- so the whole experience was new to us. We are experienced fishers - but have never chased any salt/coastal/bay...
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VERIFIED   7AM Half Day on September 22, 2021
We had a great time with Captain Jimmy today. Although we did not catch any fish it was not for a lack of effort from Jimmy....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on September 8, 2021
They trip was challenging for everyone, the weather did not cooperate. It rained about three of the four hours. Captain Jim...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 16, 2021
Booked this trip for me and my wife on our honeymoon. Jimmy had us meet him a little farther away to get on more fish but it...
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Great experience!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 30, 2021
We had the best day fishing!! Captain Jimmy was an awesome guide and was so attentive to us. He chatted with us all day and...
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FAQs about Bent Rod Charters Of Destin

Bent Rod Charters Of Destin offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 8AM Half Day (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 7AM Half Day (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Bent Rod Charters Of Destin, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (Bait obtained prior to trip start)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor (Minn kota)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bent Rod Charters Of Destin include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Light spinning)
  • Live Bait (If available)
  • Lures (Soft plastics, topwater)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (As per request)
  • Drinks (Water, sodas)
  • Fishing License

Bent Rod Charters Of Destin offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Bay)
  • Nearshore Fishing (1-2 miles calm days)
  • Wreck Fishing (Bay)
  • Flats Fishing (Grass flats)
  • Backcountry Fishing (Canals)

Bent Rod Charters Of Destin offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Bay)
  • Spinning (Light)
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Bent Rod Charters Of Destin include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout