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
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    On full day offshore trip you will have the fun of going out and doing some open blue water fishing for species such as grouper, kingfish, amberjack, snappers, barracuda, sharks, hogfish, big mangrove snapper, cobia, triple tail and much more.
  • Private trip
    Goliath Grouper/Offshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    If you want to catch one of the biggest fish of your life then the goliath grouper is one of those fish. Our goliath grouper can range from 100lb-700lb monsters and will test your strength. We fish out on the gulfs reefs and wrecks where these grouper live along with many other species. While fishing its common to catch gag grouper/red grouper/cobia/snapper/sharks/kingfish/Spanish mackerel/ hogfish/tuna and many other fish. Please be advised these trips are offshore trips and weather permitting.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    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
    $500
    price breakdown
    $500
    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 8:30 AM
    Seasonal trip Jul 1 - Sep 1
    $500
    price breakdown
    $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 – Scalloping
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    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
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Inshore 4 hour trip afternoon
  • Private trip
    Winter Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    $300
    price breakdown
    $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
33 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
117 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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

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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Recent Fishing Reports

Extended red snapper season dates
Extended red snapper season dates
November 14, 2020
Just announced that red snapper season will be opening up again for us here for a few dates in november. 21st 22nd 27th 28th and 29th. Lot of those dates are already booked up. Book your red snapper full day offshore trips to take advantage of these last few opportunities to get out for red snapper. Season wont open up again till june of 2021
Grouper are chewing
Grouper are chewing
November 12, 2020
Ran out for a quick run offshore and we got our limit of grouper in about an hour. Grouper bite will remain super good till the end of the year dec 31st season closes tk make sure to book before season ends

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.94
out of 5 stars from 117 reviews
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3\/4 day trip with Chad
3\/4 day trip Captain Chad
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Good experience
98%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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Todd B.
Odessa, FL
 5.00
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Full Day Off-Shore Trip - Excellent!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on June 14, 2020
Captain Chad was a very safety conscious and organized captain.  The boat was very clean an uncluttered.  Every spot...
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Ray R.
Dade City, Florida
 5.00
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Half day with Capt Chad

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on December 17, 2019
My daughter and her 17 year old son, my grandson spent 4 hrs with Capt Chad Tuesday Dec 17th 2019.  If there were a 10...
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Kenneth B.
Canyon Lake, TX
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Great day!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 7, 2020
This was a trip with my daughter and wife. We were only in town for the weekend and preyed the weather to be in our favor....
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Jennifer H.
Tampa, FL
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3/4 day trip Captain Chad

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Inshore Trip on June 18, 2020
It was a great day. Very friendly and Knowledgeable. Caught several species on both live bait and artificial.  Made sure...
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on March 19, 2020
This experience was on my “Bucket List”. Not only did the fishing/catching fulfill my expectations but Chad and...
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