Tavernier Backcountry Fishing

Starting at $400

Pricing & Availability

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Fishing Info


Light Tackle, Fly Fishing

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


Barracuda, Bonefish, Cubera Snapper, Florida Pompano, Gag Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Mangrove Snapper, Permit, Red Grouper, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout / Spotted Seatrout, Tarpon, Tripletail, Yellowtail Snapper

About Your Boat

Boat type: Skiff

Boat Manufacturer: Action Craft

Boat length: 18ft

Engine Manufacturer: Suzuki

Engine HP: 115HP

Number of engines: 1

Extras: GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, Live Bait Well, Tuna Tubes, Ice Box

About Your Guide

Explore Islamorada and the Florida Keys skinny water with Captain Ben for Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook, Permit, and Redfish. If you're looking for a bit of everything, book a full-day to head deeper for Sailfish, Snapper, and Grouper as well.

Islamorada offers unique fishing opportunities that make catching a Sailfish offshore and targeting Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Reds, and Snook inshore a lofty yet realistic goal.

Fish neighboring Key Largo's tropical hardwoods, winding creeks (filled with gamefish), Everglades National Park and a portion of a national marine sanctuary for some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state.

Captain Ben of Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing lives to show fly fishing and conventional anglers of all skill levels what fishing the Florida Keys is all about!

Captain Ben hosts trips aboard his 18’ Action Craft skiff, powered by a 115HP Suzuki outboard that glides up to 40 knots. He provides all equipment necessary, including top-notch Redbone, Shimano and Penn rods and reels. Just let him know and he’ll bring fly fishing and snorkeling equipment along for the ride.

Live bait (included) will be caught either prior or at the beginning of the trip, depending on availability. A cooler with ice and bottled water will also be on board, with plenty of additional room for any food or drinks you chose to bring along.

Click "See Dates" to Search It, Book It, Live It with Captain Ben of Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing and Captain Experiences!


Sarah P.

November 18, 2019

My son and I spent the afternoon with Captain Ben today. From the very minute I booked, Captain Ben was very quick with communication and worked hard to make our trip happen. We had an AWESOME time with him! We covered a LOT of fishing ground and it was apparent that he really knows the local waters and did everything he could to put us on the fish! The boat was comfortable, we never ran out of bait and he was very attentive to rebating hooks and taking off fish for us. The day was everything I expected and more! Capt Ben is very easy to get along with and I would book again with him in a heartbeat!

Cj B.

September 10, 2019

I cannot say enough good things about Captain Ben and the awesome fishing adventure we went on! I came to Islamorada on my first ever solo vacation. I wanted to get some fishing in but with me being by myself I couldn’t justify spending the amount of money that most charters charge. That’s when I found Captain Ben who had a great deal on a ½ day Back Country trip. I was reluctant to book at first but I did, and I am very happy with the experience. First, Captain Ben accepted a last minute booking because I wasn’t sure I was going to go. We met up at the boat ramp, got some shrimp for bait and took off to have some fun! A dolphin came up and swam in the boat’s wake when we were in the creek. Throughout our fishing adventure I found Captain Ben to be down to earth and just a good dude. My experience was as if we were two buddies out fishing together. He knows where the fish are! I caught so many fish today! I caught a barracuda, several snapper, a few bone fish, and several sharks! We had a great time! We went to a few different areas and each time fished a little differently which was very nice. At one point we anchored and ambushed the fish as they came in from the Gulf! We had 4 poles baited in the water and a few times we had a couple rods bending at once! Truly incredible experience! Captain Ben baited the hooks for me. I really didn’t have to do much at all but enjoy the fishing! Captain Ben is also a US Marine Veteran! He also runs a non-profit organization called Veterans R&R Fishing. Just a really good guy! I’ll definitely fish with him again when I’m back down in the area! Do yourselves a favor and book with Captain Ben NOW! I promise you will not be disappointed!

Susi L.

June 14, 2019

Captain Ben was great. Captain Ben knew right where to put the boat to get fish, he was personable, knowledgeable, and patient, Captain Ben provided all the equipment, baited the fishing polls for us and took the fish off the hook. We caught a ton of fish! Ben cleaned all our fish for us when we returned. We took them to nearby restaurant where they cooked it up! As an added bonus, we saw a couple dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles! We spoke with Captain Ben to book the trip and chatted with him before and after the trip - very helpful and friendly. He helped us choose the type of trip that would be best for us. I highly recommend Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing.



All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.


Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.


You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.


No meal provided.

Gear & Packing


Rods, reels, tackle

At an Additional Rate

No added costs.

Recommended Packing

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses

Required Items

Florida saltwater fishing license

Things to Keep in Mind

Payment & Tipping

After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Yes, cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip.

Where to Buy a Fishing License

Find a license for your state here.


Start Location

144 Sioux Street, Tavernier, FL 33070, United States

Start Time(s)

08:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 01:00 PM


4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours,