Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing

Are you ready to bring your search to an end and book a charter you’ll have a blast on? Is there a dream catch that you’ve been dreaming of finally reeling in? Would you like to be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgable guide, who can help you improve your skills? We’ll assume that your answers were the same as those of thousands of visitors who come down to Key Largo to chase their angling dreams each year.

For all the reasons mentioned above, and some additional ones, you’re lucky to have come across Captain Ben Trainer of Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing. Welcoming anglers of all skill levels, he’ll provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need to have a fun and successful day on the water. Whether you want to feel the thrill of battling “The Silver King” or reel in one tasty grouper after the other, this charter has you covered.

Fish aboard a sleek, 18’ Action Craft skiff, restored as recently as 2017. Powered by a 115HP Suzuki outboard, the vessel is has a top cruising speed of 40 knots. The boat’s shallow draft, combined with its stable fishing platform and topped off with features such as a poling tower and a trolling motor make it ideally suited for the flats. You’ll be able to get to all the best spots, no matter how secluded and once the action starts, you’ll have everything you need right there!

Captain Ben will provide you with all the fishing tackle you could need, including top-notch Redbone, Shimano and Penn rods and reels. Upon request, he’ll also bring aboard fly fishing and snorkeling equipment at no extra cost. Also included in the price is your fishing license and live bait that will be caught either prior or at the beginning of the trip, depending on the 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.

Now, if you’re ready to start your Florida fishing adventure, grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and book a trip right away!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $550
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    If you’d like to experience the best of Florida Bay backcountry fishing, then this is the trip for you. Explore these plentiful fishing grounds for a full day and have the chance to reel in anything from Tarpon, to Yellowtail, Redfish, Bonefish, Snook, and many more.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip is designed for those anglers looking to spend some extra time on the water, and improve their chances of landing a catch worth bragging about! Visit multiple fishing grounds, and find the one where the fish are biting the most. Test your skills battling Redfish, Spotted Seatrout, Yellowtail, Tarpon or even the elusive Bonefish and Permit.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $350
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    Treat yourself to a relaxing morning on the pristine Florida Keys waters. Great trip for families and novice anglers looking to get better acquainted with the local fishing grounds. The rich fisheries of the area will give you a chance to reel in species like Redfish, Snook or Snapper.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $350
    up to 1 person
    + $50
    each additional person
    Anglers looking to see what fishing in the Keys is all about will get a great taste of the experience by joining Capt. Ben for an afternoon of angling action! Tour the most popular backcountry fishing spots in the Florida Bay and land yourself a nice catch!
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About the Captain

Ben Trainer
Key Largo, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
28 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2019
Captain Ben has fishing in his blood, he is a 2nd Generation Fishing Guide, and has been fishing ever since he could hold a rod. A combat veteran and Sgt. of Marines, he approaches everything he does with great attention to detail and takes pride in his work. He has had the privilege to learn about fly and tackle fishing all over the world and accumulate a vast amount of knowledge that he readily shares with his guests.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonefish Bonefish
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Permit Permit

Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)

Boat Specs

Action Craft (Skiff) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 115HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake 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
Popping
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:
Bank Transfer
Checks
PayPal
American Express
Mastercard
Visa
Cash

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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4.89
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
91%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
87%
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Sarah P.
Ernul, NC
 5.00
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Half Day with Captain Ben

VERIFIED   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...
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Cj B.
Miami, Florida
 5.00
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AWESOME FISHING EXPERIENCE IN THE BACK COUNTRY

VERIFIED   September 10, 2019
I cannot say enough good things about Captain Ben and the awesome fishing adventure we went on!  I came to Islamorada...
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Susi L.
Miami, Florida
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Hands down the BEST Captain in the Keys!

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,...
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Anthony Y.
Riverview, Florida
 5.00
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3/4 day trip

VERIFIED   March 16, 2020
Capt. Ben was a delight. I’m a fairly accomplished angler, but my wife is a rookie. He was attentive, but not condescending...
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Rob M.
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VERIFIED   February 26, 2020
Captain Been Trainer was incredible. And my experience will last a lifetime! I have nothing but good things to say! Caught...
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