Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing in Tavernier, Florida

Guided by Ben Trainer

Flats Inshore

About Your Guide

16 Years of Experience
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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.

Fill in date, party size, trip duration, and start time above to book and get out there with Captain Ben and Captain Experiences!

Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing Trips

Head out with Captain Ben for an action-packed day of fishing in the Tavernier backcountry! Tavernier provides quick access to the productive Florida Key waters home to reefs and shipwrecks covered in brilliant bright colors of the spectrum, backcountry shallow water flats with fish made for sight fishing, gorgeous deep water Pelagics that love to feed on the surface, and much more! On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Ben will take you into the beautiful Tavernier backcountry flats where you'll be fly fishing for sought-after fish including Barracuda, Snapper, Florida Pompano, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Tripletail, and even some elusive Bonefish and Permit. With Captain Ben, you can either use classic light tackle, or if you're looking for a challenge you can try your hand at sight-casting with a fly rod. Whatever your ideal trip is, Captain Ben will do what he can to make it happen! You'll be fishing aboard an 18' Action Craft skiff boat with capacity for 3 guests. Powered by a 115 HP Suzuki engine, this boat will have no problem taking you from one hotspot to another in the backcountry waters! She comes equipped with GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, a Live Bait Well, Tuna Tubes, and an Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Ben will provide all rods, reels, tackle and fishing licenses. All you need to bring is a Florida saltwater fishing license, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and any food or drinks you might need. Come aboard with Captain Ben and experience the awesome fishing the Keys have to offer! Read More

Flats, Inshore Fishing Charter in Tavernier

Tavernier Backcountry Fishing

100% (10)
18 ft 1 - 3 People From $183 / person

Recent Reviews of Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing

Christopher V.


I’ve taken a bunch of guided trips, but Capt. Ben was hands down the best. He was knowledgeable, prepared, positive and put us on numerous species. We took two trips with him and caught bonefish, snook, cuda, jacks, nurse sharks, snapper, permit, trout and came close sight casting tarpon who were being finicky. Will definitely use Leatherneck again when I return to the keys. Thanks again for everything!


Verified Review Fishing

NON-STOP ACTION! Captain Experiences “HOOKED” us up with Captain Ben! Captain Ben is not only professional but he has the experience, knowledge, patience and skill that put us on multi species of fish, in diverse weather conditions throughout the day!! My two sons and I agree, that fishing with Captain Ben was like fishing with a friend! We made memories that will last forever! April 25, 2023.


Verified Review Fishing

I took my son and son in law fishing with Capt. Ben and he did not disappoint, we cought fish all day long. He was very knowledgeable navigating the Gulf waters and it's hot spots. Highly recommend Captain Ben and I hope to get back out with him soon. He is also a veteran so thank you for your service Captain 🇺🇲.


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Bens a great guide, easy to talk to a got us on fish. Can’t ask for more. Would book again.


Verified Review Fishing

Captain Ben gave us a great trip in the Everglades. Put us on fish all day and gave us many opportunities. Made quick adjustments to the situations and made sure we had dinner too! Thanks Captain!


Verified Review Fishing

Ben, what a guy/guide! Our family had a great time out fishing with him. Very knowledgeable and friendly! 10/10 would recommend booking with him during your vacation in The Keys!


Verified Review Fishing

Ben was very knowledgeable as to where the fish were. From the Barricuda my grandson caught, to all the other fish my son in law, and myself caught. The weather was tremendous. Zach, and Ben changed their schedule to accommodate the 2 families. Will definitely book with them again.

Sarah P.


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.


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! 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.


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.


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


Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Fly Fishing, Heavy Tackle Fishing, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Flats, Inshore

Start Location

144 Sioux Street, Tavernier, FL 33070, United States | Bodies of water fished: Florida Keys, Duck Key, Key Largo

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