Clearwater Custom Charters

Clearwater Custom Charters invites you to “catch a memory” fishing the pristine inshore and nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico out of Clearwater Beach, Florida. 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.

Clearwater 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 six guests. The vessel is powered with a 325 hp 5.7 Vortec engine and is fitted with top-notch electronics to save you time while searching for fish.

Their mission is to provide everyone aboard with a safe, fun and memorable experience, the captain always follows the bite. 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
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $800
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This 6-hour trip begins at 8:00 AM and lasts till 2:00 pm. You will be fishing inshore or nearshore, 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
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    On this trip, you'll be fishing inshore or nearshore, depending on what is biting or your preference. 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 – Flexible Times
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Half-day trips are 4 hours of fishing inshore or nearshore, depending on what your preference. 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
    3 Hour Trip – Flexible Times
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 hour trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    $450
    up to 4 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This trip is a great combination of dolphin watching and light fishing. Great for those new to the sport and/or introducing youngsters to fishing without exceeding their attention span. This is a flexible trip that can be altered as desired. Trips can start at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, or 12:00 PM, at clients' request.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Flexible Times
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 hour trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $295
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This is a great two-hour cruise that combines Sightseeing and Dolphin Watching with light fishing for beginners or children. You won't venture out too far or stay out on the water for too long. Cruise beautiful Clearwater Bay or explore Clearwater's quiet and pristine backwater areas. Ospreys are a common sight and you might even get to see an American Bald Eagle in addition to many varieties of waterfowl and wading birds. Start time is flexible: either 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, or 2:00 PM.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

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

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

Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook
Spanish Mackerel
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
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck 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

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. 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

About the Captain

Charles Giarrizzo
Clearwater, Florida, United States
Member since June 2017
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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 Custom Charters 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.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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4.72
out of 5 stars from 89 reviews
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Great fish for a great angler!
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90%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
98%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
73%
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Vincent A.
Canandaigua, NY
 5.00
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Half Day Trip with Capt. Chuck

VERIFIED   April 15, 2019
I am not a typical review writer, but I needed to take the time out to extend my gratitude to Capt Chuck of Custom Clearwater...
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John C.
Richmond, VA
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2 hour fish in the Bay

VERIFIED   NEW  August 3, 2019
Loved Captain Chuck and his stories.  He taught my son how to fish and worked with us to not get smacked by the weather. ...
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Harborcreek, PA
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Fishing with Charles

VERIFIED   May 17, 2019
We had a great time. Even though we didn’t catch as much as we hoped, Captain Chuck went out of his way to make sure we had...
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Justin C.
Tampa, FL
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4 Hour Trip with Captain Chuck

VERIFIED   June 2, 2019
I booked a 4-hour charter with Captain Chuck for my wife’s birthday, and I’m glad I did. We had a blast, and would...
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Great time with Chuck

VERIFIED   NEW  August 9, 2019
Family had a great time. Water was choppy , my girls felt sick so we went nearshore, chuck keep moving the boat to help catch...
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