Private Fishing Charters in Clearwater, Tampa Bay & St. Pete
Light Tackle Sportfishing Family Fun With Florida
Native Captain Ben
Welcome aboard Native Sportfishing! My name is Captain Ben Boyle and I am a professional and fully-licensed fishing charter captain and I am here to introduce you to the majestic waters surrounding Tampa Bay and to one of the premier saltwater fishing destinations in the World!
I specialize in the pursuit of the legendary Silver King – Tarpon. I can also get you “up close and personal” with Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Black Drum, Mackerels, Kingfish, Snappers, Groupers and various Shark species. You will benefit from my more than thirty years’ experience stalking the most-prized species that Tampa Bay can offer.
My playground is the West Coast of Florida, which boats an amazingly diverse fishery and topography. You can experience stalking fish on shallow grass flats, even shallower oyster beds, crystal clear white sandy beaches, lush mangrove islands, towering bridges, wide-open bays, and offshore artificial reefs – all in a single trip!
No two Native Sportfishing trips are alike. I enjoy customizing a trip that caters to YOUR talent level – from a child seeking his or her first Snook on spinning tackle the veteran angler chasing an I.G.F.A. record Tarpon on fly…and everything in between. Sometimes, you just want to bring the family out for an enjoyable fishing trip while soaking in the lush scenery and wildlife. Native Sportfishing has you covered.
Regardless of the experience you seek, Native Sportfishing can make it happen. We are committed to providing unrivaled customer service along with a day on the water that will never be forgotten. We want to be your Saltwater Concierge. Please take a moment to take a look at our photos and fishing reports.
Let Native Sportfishing provide the Tampa Bay angling experience of a lifetime.
— Captain Ben
What we catch
Snook are as tasty as they are stubborn. Easily identified by the lateral line that runs down either side, Snook are prized by many an angler. In the Tampa Bay area, Snook are known to grow to 30 pounds or more.
The world-famous “Silver King”: Tarpon. A Tarpon can launch into amazing aerial displays then settle into a slugfest. Many Tampa Bay Tarpon can grow to 150 pounds or more.
Whether you stalk a Redfish "in the skinny" on an oyster bed or down deep in a channel, a "Red" never disappoints. Screaming runs and gritty determination must be overcome to enjoy one of the tastiest species that call Tampa Bay home.
All Ages & Experience Levels
Welcome - Great for Kids!
Few things bring a smile to Captain Ben’s face quite like guiding kids to their first saltwater fish or to their biggest fish. Whereas some local captains grudgingly allow kids to come aboard, we at Native Sportfishing welcome junior anglers and Captain Ben can even tailor trips especially to kids regardless of their angling experience. Captain Ben knows that kids just want to catch fish – and lots of them.
Call Captain Ben Boyle
To Book Your Fishing Adventure
Why Choose Us?
Captain Ben has built his reputation on 2 things: Exceptional Service and Catching Fish. Captain Ben is committed to providing the experience of a lifetime and one that you will brag about for years to come!
Captain Ben’s roots in the Tampa Bay area run deep. He was born right here in Saint Petersburg, Florida and his passion for fishing the waters surrounding Tampa Bay was cultivated at an early age.
World Class Anglin'
Anglers come from all over the world to experience the famous Tampa Bay area fishery. Captain Ben is prepared to introduce you to the Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, and other species that call this area Home.
We Are Not A Booking Service
When you call or e-mail Captain Ben, you REACH Captain Ben. We are not a booking service. We are a family-run sportfishing service. Come join our family for the experience you won’t soon forget.
Comfort & Safety
The Native 1 is a 25′ C-Hawk that is a most spacious hybrid bay boat specifically tailored to get you to the fish in places other boats can’t reach. And we get you and up to 5 more anglers there in comfort and safety.
We Are Full-Time
Captain Ben is not a “part-timer.” Captain Ben lives to fish..and fishes to live. (He might tell you that Native Sportfishing is his true calling). Captain Ben is on the water all day every day.
Don’t Take Our Word for it, Hear from our customers or read
our 5.0 Reviews on Yelp, Google and Trip Advisor.
“My 6 year old and I just had the best experience with Captain Ben! My little guy loves to fish, but i was a little worried because it was a very cold weekend in Tampa/Clearwater. It didn’t matter, Captain Ben had us on the fish NONSTOP our entire day. My little guy had the time of his life, caught many species including, rays and shark. Saw tons of manatee and dolphin all around. Just an AWESOME time and I look forward to having Captain Ben put us on the fish as much as possible as my little guy grows up!”
Chris Gutshall, Florida
“I have now been 3 times with my son and some college friends and we have caught lots of snook on every trip including one of the biggest trophy snook I have seen. On two of the three trips, we caught over 30 snook!
Capt. Ben is a great guy and guide and very patient with kids. We will be back.”
Anthony Avino, Florida
“Captain Ben will give YOU the experience you want.. for the first timers he will bait and cast for you and all you have to do is reel those babies in to the boat and smile with them squiggling in front of you… to the pros who are looking for some sport/trophy photos… this is the charter captain for you! His equipment & boat are top notch.. really comfortable and zippy. Snook, red fish.. and even a 60 pound ray … In fact my husband had to go out and buy the rig that he supplied to us on the boat we liked it so much. The captain has lived his life on the bays and coves of St. Pete.. he will sniff the fish out for you. It’s always an exciting day on the water with Ben. Two years in a row we have booked with him and we can’t wait to do it again… Hey tell him Mo says Hi… maybe he’ll give us a deal next year;)”
Mo Hudson, Florida
Recent Blog Posts
As we talked about last month, spring arrived early last month and the bite was on fire. Since then, as is sometimes the case, early March has had some stronger cold snaps. As this is written, March 9th, the water temps that were racing towards 75 degrees are have now retreated to sub-68. This week is forecast to be very warm, and we will cross the 70 threshold by weeks...
It's not even Valentine's day and we are experiencing temperatures around 80 degrees all week. These warm temps, along with sunny afternoons, drive the water temps up a little each day. Two weeks ago the snook fishing was non-existent, and now if has exploded. The first rites of spring bring a voracious bite after the long winter in the backcountry. Every sardine in the water is met by a hungry...
As I always say, every year is a little different. Then you throw in trends, cycles, and changes that seem to be permanent. When it comes to weather, the sportsman is as reliable as the meteorologist (not quite). Anyway, this season has been rather average, with one caveat: the normal cold period of mid-January was replaced by a warm up. This recent warm up pushed the water temps up to...