Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods

Bentley’s Charters and Custom Rods provides backcountry and offshore adventures on Florida’s west coast and Tampa Bay area. This charter is owned and operated by Captain Chad Bentley who loves fishing and sharing the excitement of reeling in with his guests. He values every guest who comes aboard and works hard to make your experience a happy and memorable one.

You will fish aboard Captain Chad’s 27’ Marauder Marine Avenger center console boat, originally built in 2020. This new beauty is powered by a 200 HP Suzuki engine and also features a wireless trolling motor for when you want to be super quiet. You will find all the electronics and safety equipment needed for a successful trip such as a fishfinder and life vests.

Bentley’s Charters and Custom Rods can take you fishing in the backcountry for big Redfish, Snook, Trout and the majestic Tarpon on half day trips. Or, if you choose a full day trip, you can fish for Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Cobia, King Mackerel and Tripletail in the nearshore waters, reefs and wrecks.

Captain Chad will provide the tackle, bait, fishing licenses, water, ice and of course drag screaming rod bending action. Take you friend, spouse or child on a trip of a lifetime and let Bentley’s Charters and Custom Rods show you how it’s done.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $800
    On the 6 hour offshore trip, you will hit some of the natural reefs and wrecks out in the Gulf up to 9 miles out. You'll typically catch Grouper, Kingfish, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Sharks, Hogfish, and a wide variety of reef fish. Best times for reef fishing in this area are spring, fall, and winter.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $700
    If you love to fish and just be out on the water then a full day trip is for you where we will fish all day for everything from trout to redfish to snook, cobia on the flats and tarpon and much more. Full day trips can sometimes produce catches in the triple digits and have lots of rod bending action all day.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $600
    Same trip as the half day trip with just a little more fishing time to catch that monster trophy catch. We catch on a regular basis species such as Snook, Cobia, Trout, Tarpon, Redfish, Tripletail, Sheepshead, Grouper, Hogfish, Drum, Snapper, Sharks, and much more.
  • Private trip
    Scallop Diving Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 1
    $500
    Come and have fun snorkeling around, looking at fish, and finding the super delicious bay scallop on our grass flats. They are super easy to find and it's like an Easter egg hunt underwater. We find the scallops in about 5 to 6 feet of water and all you simply have to do is swim down and pick them up. Come enjoy some fun in the sun and water. All snorkel gear and fins are provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $450
    On the half day trip we fish the inshore and backwaters for snook, redfish, trout, sheepshead, flounder, jack, tarpon and a variety of inshore game fish.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $420
    Inshore 4 hour trip afternoon
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $400
    Come join us for a fun day snorkeling in clean clear waters in search of some tasty gulf scallops. All mask fins and snorkel are provided.
  • Private trip
    Winter Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Nov 1 - Feb 15
    $300
    Our 3 hour inshore trip is great for targeting our inshore fish from black drum, redfish, snook, trout, sheepshead, flounder, and baby tarpon in our backwaters. Winter in florida can sometimes kick up some windy cold front but this trip we will always be in the backwaters where its calm and can catch lots of fish in any sort of weather.
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About the Captain

Chad Bentley
Holiday, Florida, United States
39 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
143 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since January 2017
Captain Chad is a fun person who cares about his guests and makes sure everyone on board is having a great time. He has the local knowledge, a good amount of time spent on the water, and a love of fishing that will all contribute to your fun fishing experience. Chad is a lover of the outdoors and loves spending time with kids and teaching them how to fish.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Marauder Marine Avenger (Center console) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki engine.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

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

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Jason P.
Cannon Falls, Minnesota
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Full Day with Captain Chad

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on March 11, 2021
We had a great time out on the water with Captain Chad! He was able to get us on fish right away. We hooked a variety of fish...
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Stephanie B.
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The best thing we did on vacation

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 1, 2021
Let me start by saying Chad was great! His equipment is new and well kept and he instantly made my son and I feel comfortable...
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Aaron A.
Montgomery, OH
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8 hour trip was insanely fun.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore on March 26, 2021
This is no FISH story my 9 year old son and I caught well over 150 fish today.  Anything and every species you can catch inshore...
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6hr trip with captain Chad

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore on June 6, 2021
Rough sea but our 14 year old grand son caught several grouper. He and had 1 ea that were keepers. Me my wife and grandson...
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6hr off shore

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Offshore on July 23, 2021
Had a great time out fishing with chad. The bite was not there today thats why it’s called fishing and not catching. but...
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FAQs about Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods

Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods offers the following trips to customers:
  • $300 per group - Winter Inshore Trip (3 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip – Scalloping (4 hours)
  • $420 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Scallop Diving Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group - 3/4 Day Inshore Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip - Inshore (8 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Offshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment (for scallop trips)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water)
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with Bentley’s Charters And Custom Rods include:
  • Black Drum
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)