Private Fishing Charters in Clearwater, Tampa Bay & St. Pete
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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.

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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.

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Family Friendly!
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?

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Premium Service

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!

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Local Knowledge

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

October Fishing Report

Moving into October we will continue to target schools of redfish in shallow water. If I have the choice, I would start at the bottom of a low tide and locate the schools. As the tide begins to rise, the fish will push very shallow and work their way through these areas to feed. Often this is the window where you will find the fish inverted, exposing their large red...

Giants of Late Summer

Summer in Florida certainly has it's challenges, but finding big trophy fish isn't one them. Sharks, Tarpon, Snook, Goliaths, Redfish etc, they are all feeding aggressively now. There is too much content to go over in one post, so I will be adding other posts soon to tackle giant snook ,overslot redfish, and tarpon individually. The main point here is the time for the wall-hangers. We have been focusing...

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Summer Update

Whats Biting in Summer This summer season is underway, and it has been pretty typical of past years.  We have had some weeks of our "reverse" weather pattern, which indicates a southwest wind flow and morning coastal showers.  Other weeks have been fairly typical, and both patterns have produced tarpon with regularity, and snook in the their usual spots.  The tarpon population seems to be as good as ever this...

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945 Monterey Blvd NE
St. Petersburg
FL 33704, USA

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