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
    $650
    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
    $550
    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)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    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
    $450
    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
Tavernier, Florida, United States
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78 Customer Reviews
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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) Red Grouper
Permit Permit

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

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

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid any additional costs or unnecessary hassle with carrying cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Carolyn G.
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What an experience - highly recommend!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 31, 2021
My fiancé and I booked a 3/4 day trip with Ben and all I can say is…What. A. Day. Fishing started off slow but that was...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 1, 2021
Fishing with Ben was FANTASTIC…. I’d fish him tomorrow and the day after and every day after that! Did we catch what we...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on April 6, 2021
From the start of our day Capt. BEN was top notch. Three clients flats fishing is a tall order but he handled myself,  daughter,...
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Salem, IN
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Half day trip with captain Ben shark/tarpon/barracuda

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on July 7, 2021
I booked this trip for my son and I based on ratings and group size. I will honestly say captain Ben @ Leatherneck Backcountry...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on April 1, 2021
Ben was awesome. My family and I had a blast. Ben had a well planned day with areas where we caught of bunch of smaller fish...
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FAQs about Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing

Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Leatherneck Backcountry Fishing include:
  • Bonefish
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail
  • Tuna (Blackfin)