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Tavernier Backcountry Fishing

100% (7) 1 - 3 People 4 - 8 Hours From $450

Pricing Matrix

8 Hours 6 Hours 4 Hours
3 People
$800.00
$700.00
$550.00
2 People
$750.00
$650.00
$500.00
1 Person
$700.00
$600.00
$450.00
Pay 25% of the price as a deposit today, with the balance due on the day of the trip.
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About Your Trip

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

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...

About Your Trip

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!
Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather

Federal Permit

This boat is federally permitted to go deep offshore.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

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

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

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About Your Guide

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Captain Ben

Independent Guide 16 yrs of exp.
Talkative
Laid-back
Comfortable
Instructional
Expert Oriented
Quality
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),...

About Your Guide

Profile photo of Captain Experiences guide Ben

Captain Ben

Independent Guide 16 yrs of exp.
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 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!
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Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
White Sturgeon over 1000 lbs and Sawfish over 1000 lbs
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
5 star seafood dinner

Rapid Fire Guide Q & A

What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught?
White Sturgeon over 1000 lbs and Sawfish over 1000 lbs
If you were cooking for all your friends what would you cook?
5 star seafood dinner
What’s your favorite band?
Journey
What’s your favorite movie?
Dumb & Dumber
What’s your favorite sports team?
Florida Panthers NHL
What’s your drink of choice?
V&T Lime
What was your last halloween costume?
Cow
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Tibor Billy Pate fly reel
How did you get started guiding?
Second Generation guide
What makes you different from other guides?
Humility, patience, integrity. I always will put my best foot forward for my guests, whom usually turn into friends.
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Start Location

144 Sioux Street, Tavernier, FL 33070, United States
Areas Fished
  • Florida Keys
  • Duck Key
  • Key Largo

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Skiff
Boat Manufacturer
Action Craft
Boat Length
18'
Engine Manufacturer
Suzuki

About Your Boat

Boat Type
Skiff
Boat Manufacturer
Action Craft
Boat Length
18'
Engine Manufacturer
Suzuki
Total Horsepower
115
Number of Engines
1
Additional Amenities
GPS, Fishfinder, Snorkeling Equipment, Live Bait Well, Tuna Tubes, Ice Box
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Trip Details & Amenities

Water Type

Inshore, Flats

Skill Levels

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Tackle

All rods, reels, and tackle are included.

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Music

You can play your own bluetooth music.

Live Bait

Live bait is included for this trip.

Weather

You won’t lose your deposit if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Federal Permit

This boat is federally permitted to go deep offshore.

Kid Friendly

This trip can cater to kids.

Flexible Cancelation

This trip can be canceled for a refund up to 7 days before the trip.

Boat Restroom

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

Disability Friendly

This trip is not suited for those with disabilities.

Lunch

Please provide your own food / snacks.

Potential Target Species

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

Techniques

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

Everything Else to Know

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses. Rods, reels, tackle, water, ice, cooler included.
You're all set! You don't need to buy a license for this trip.
We use a cashless autopay system. We'll send you a boarding pass, and on the day of the trip, your guide will scan your boarding pass to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is to tip your guide (we recommend 20%).
Cancel for free up to 7 days before the trip and receive credit back to your account.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate you’ll be covered by our 100% weather guarantee and you won’t lose your deposit.

Reviews

5.0
based on 7 reviews

Joseph

Verified Review

April 25

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.

Joseph

Verified Review

April 25

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.
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Rocco

Verified Review

January 24

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 🇺🇲.

Rocco

Verified Review

January 24

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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Ethan

Verified Review

December 29

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

Ethan

Verified Review

December 29

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

Verified Review

November 22

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.

James

Verified Review

November 22

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.
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Lapene

Verified Review

March 21

Damn great time on the water with Ben. He was willing to quickly adjust to last minute changes (remember, when you are replying to messages from Captain Experiences they might not get to the guide you are using through them). Ben got us into multiple species of fish using various methods of angling. When our time was up, we had a few "keepers" that Ben filleted up for us. It was a perfect day on...

Lapene

Verified Review

March 21

Damn great time on the water with Ben. He was willing to quickly adjust to last minute changes (remember, when you are replying to messages from Captain Experiences they might not get to the guide you are using through them). Ben got us into multiple species of fish using various methods of angling. When our time was up, we had a few "keepers" that Ben filleted up for us. It was a perfect day on the water. Thanks for the great time Ben and, more importantly, thank you for your service to our country! DO NOT HESITATE to book a trip with Ben.
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Jamie

Verified Review

July 19

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!

Jamie

Verified Review

July 19

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!
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Philip

Verified Review

March 4

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!

Philip

Verified Review

March 4

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!
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First Time Booking with Us?

Captain Experiences is the home of over 1500 Damn Good fishing and hunting guides. Our mission is to unlock the outdoors for everyone, and we want to help you get out there through our no-hassle online booking experience and our team of outdoors experts.
We vet our guides to make sure they are the best of the best. We want guides who not only put you on 'em, but show you a great time, keep you safe, and give you a memorable experience with your group.
Once you've paid your deposit at checkout, we'll send you a QR Code boarding pass. Just show your guide your boarding pass on the day of the trip, they'll scan it, the remaining balance will transfer automatically, and you'll be all set to get out there. Just make sure you bring a cash tip for the guide!
In the case of inclement weather, our guides will make the call and we'll work with you to reschedule your trip or issue a credit for the full deposit of the trip to be used on any of our trips across the country. Your safety is our top concern.
Each trip’s price is set by the guide and factors in all of their costs. A big determinant of cost is often the type of boat and associated fuel costs, but other guide costs include leases, marina / slip fees, bait costs, and the cost to provide and maintain all of the gear you’ll need on your trip.
Once you book the trip, we will connect you directly with the guide to go over any additional details. In the meantime, our team is always available to answer your questions via email, text, chat, or call!