Ben Boyle


The successes of early spring have now given way to water temperatures on the rise.  This has been an interesting season for a couple reasons.  One, the water temperature stayed right around 70 degrees for much longer than usual.  This led to a prolonged early spring bite, but it also prevented the influx of bait we are accustomed to inside Tampa Bay.  Bait has been a daily grind more than ever, and we are hoping that all changes this week.  We are no having a warming trend that is pushing water temps towards 80 quickly.  So enough about that.


The flats fishing continues to be very productive, but we are now catching larger fish each week.  The redfish are prowling shallow and feeding heavily on a variety of baits.  The snook fishing has changed from catching dozens of 23 inch fish, to now catching several over 30 inches each day.  That’s nice.  Away from the flats in spring we always look forward to the pelagic run off the beaches.  The water temps staying in the low 70’s for so long blessed us with a strong kingfish season so far.  Lot’s of 20lb+ fish have been caught, and the smaller “schoolies” are a blast on lighter gear.  Anglers of all types this spring have enjoyed catching these exciting fish.  While we don’t eat a lot of kingfish as they are seasonal, I do like to smoke at least one and make a huge batch of smoked fish spread.  Giving tubs of fish spread out as many people as a can makes me feel like Santa in spring.


The next month will be a transition time from spring to summer.  The focus will now move towards giant tarpon season.  We will be starting an exciting new project that will feature lot’s of video.  A new Youtube channel will be launched, and I think you are all going to enjoy it.  We will even be live streaming some of our fishing action, so don’t miss out on that.  Better yet, just book a charter and experience it for first hand!

Capt. Ben

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Ben Boyle

About The Author: Captain Ben Boyle

Company: Native Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Tampa Bay

Bio: My roots in the Tampa Bay area run deep. I was born right here in Saint Petersburg, Florida and my passion for fishing the waters surrounding Tampa Bay was cultivated at an early age. Along with my father and brother, I spent much of my youth fishing everywhere for everything that could be caught in saltwater. As one of the few true “Natives” I took full advantage of every chance to observe and dissect the habits of the gamefish that call Tampa Bay home. The only thing more enjoyable than fishing in my “backyard” is to introduce folks like YOU to the diverse surroundings that make Tampa Bay such a unique fishery and home to beautiful wildlife. I take great pleasure in watching my clients get immersed in this awe-inspiring place. Come join me aboard my 25 C-Hawk “Native 1” as we pursue legendary saltwater species such as Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Black Drum, Mackerels, Kingfish, Snappers, Groupers and various Shark species. You’ll never forget the experience of stalking these species in a multitude of habitats aboard the most comfortable and best-equipped inshore vessel on Tampa Bay. " Captain Ben

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