Custom Charters

Covid-19 Update: In accordance with Governor’s Executive Order 20-112 And CDC Guidelines, until further notice all trips are limited to one guest. There will be only one trip each day to allow for CDC recommendations concerning cleaning and sanitizing. Your health and your families health are of paramount importance to us. By strictly following the above executive orders concerning social distancing, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures we are able to best insure your safety. We are continually monitoring the current health emergency and will advise as needed.

You can customize your half day trip with a start time of your choice! Depart at 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00 am. Spend your time on the water with a family owned and operated company that has decades of experience plying the waters around Clearwater Beach.

Custom Charters operates a 27’ Loa Grady White sportfisherman with a cuddy cabin that includes a toilet for privacy and convenience. Built in 2013, it has plenty of space for up to 5 guests.

Captain Chuck hails from Montauk, NY where he primarily targeted Mako Sharks and Tuna. In Clearwater, FL he still targets a variety of Sharks to provide his clients with the ultimate thrill of tangling with the rod-bending, tackle-busting, toothy denizens of the deep.

You will be fishing the clear turquoises waters in and around Clearwater Pass along the beaches or the nearshore waters depending on your trip selection. While Sharks and Cobia are high on the target list, Grouper, Snapper, Spanish Mackerel, Redfish, Snook, Seabass, and many other species are always possibilities as well. When relaxing between the bites you will likely see dolphins passing by and possibly see giant sea turtles, manatees, and who knows what else!

The boat provides all fishing gear, tackle, bait and fishing licenses for everyone aboard. You only need to bring your favorite drinks, snacks, hats, and sunscreen. Customary gratuities between 15 and 20 % are always appreciated.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $750
    up to 1 person
    This 6-hour trip begins at 8:00 AM and lasts till 2:00 pm. You will be fishing nearshore or offshore, on the spots where the bite is good. Captain will provide you with a license, bait, and tackle, as well as bottled water on ice. Feel free to bring a cooler along as well to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Dolphin watching is often an added plus during these trips. It's always a good idea to bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and a sweater for early spring trips.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $650
    per person
    On this trip, you'll be fishing nearshore or offshore depending on what is biting. You'll be fishing the Gulf of Mexico for Grouper, Snapper, Grunts, Kings, Cobia, Hog Fish, Sharks, Redfish, and many more. This is a great trip for anglers of all levels. Bring a cooler, some sunglasses, sunscreen, and be ready for a great day on the water!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 10 AM to 2 PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $550
    per person
    You'll have the chance to fish in and around the pass, along the beaches, or out on the Gulf for a variety of species, depending on the season. Your trip includes all bait and tackle, fishing license, and bottled water on ice. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen. This is a great trip for all anglers! Please note, start times are either: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, or 12:00 PM.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 12 PM to 4 PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $550
    per person
    Half-day trips are 4 hours of fishing. You'll have the chance to fish in and around Clearwater Pass, along the beaches, or out on the Gulf for a variety of species. Your trip includes all bait and tackle, fishing license, and bottled water on ice. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen. This is a great trip for all anglers! Please note, start time is 12:00 pm.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – 9 AM to 1 PM
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $550
    per person
    Half-day trips are 4 hours of fishing. You'll have the chance to fish in and around Clearwater Pass, along the beaches, or out on the Gulf for a variety of species, depending on the season. Your trip includes all bait and tackle, fishing license, and bottled water on ice. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen. This is a great trip for all anglers! Please note, start time is 9:00 am.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip – Flexible Times
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $500
    per person
    This is a great trip for families or just about anyone that does not want to spend too much time on the water. We will be fishing in beautiful Clearwater Bay, or around Clearwater Pass, depending on the bite. Great fun for all, we include all bait, tackle, license, and bottled water on ice. For your convenience, there is a private head enclosed in the cuddy cabin for when nature calls. This trip has start times of 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am or 12:00 pm.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Nearshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $500
    per person
    This nearshore trip is great way to spend four hours on the water. Bottom fishing not too far from land is a great trip for beginners, young anglers and just about anyone who loves fishing, but does not want to venture too far from shore. You will be fishing within sight of land and targeting a variety of species. Lots of action and lots of fun. Like all our trips we provide bait, tackle and license along with bottled water on ice.
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About the Captain

Charles Giarrizzo
Clearwater, Florida, United States
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113 Customer Reviews
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Member since June 2017
Captain Charles Giarrizzo is a life-long fisherman. He began fishing in Long Island Sound years before acquiring his USCG Merchant Marina Credential and began chartering Shark and Tuna trips aboard the "The Hustler", a 32' Black Fin Sport Fisherman, out of Montauk, N.Y. He was plying his trade along side such notable shark hunters as the late Captain Frank Mundus and retired tournament champion Captain Joe Monday. Captain Mundus still holds the world record for the largest shark ever caught on rod and reel, a 3,427 lb Great White shark caught 28 miles off Montauk N.Y. Captain Chuck founded Clearwater Beach Charter Fishing in Clearwater Beach, Florida in 1999. He continues to be the consummate shark hunter here in the Gulf waters providing the ultimate thrill for his anglers. While still encountering tackle busting sharks, he will also pull more than his share of Cobia, Grouper, Mackerel, and most other species that are biting in season.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)

Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout

Boat Specs

Grady White (Cuddy cabin) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 325HP 5.7L Vortec SBC engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
27 ft
Capacity
1 person

Types of 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
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. 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 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 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.72
out of 5 stars from 113 reviews
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Three hour tour with Captain Chuck
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
91%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
72%
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Eric D.
Drexel Hill, PA
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Just what we needed

VERIFIED   January 17, 2020
I took my buddy fishing with Captain Chuck on a short 2 hr excursion as we only had a short time in Clearwater. We had an amazing...
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Reading, PA
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VERIFIED   December 16, 2019
We had a great 4 hour trip with Capt Chuck. Very experienced, knowledgeable and most of all, personable gentleman. Not an...
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Joe T.
Brooklyn, New York
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January 19, 2020
Captain Chuck is the best. He is very personable and a great story teller. My son and I took a trip out and the weather, company...
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Richard B.
Clearwater, FL
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Family fishing day

VERIFIED   November 17, 2019
We had only one day to fish with the kids in town and it happened to be the coldest day of the season.  We still went...
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VERIFIED   January 2, 2020
We loved our first time salt water fishing. Capt Chuck made it an enjoyable day even when Mother Nature did not want to. We...
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