Skinny Waters Adventures – Punta Gorda

Skinny Waters Adventures provides you with some of the best flats fishing that West Florida has to offer! Headed by Captain Travis, he now has 20 years of experience leading guided fishing trips in this area, making him one of the go-to locals

He’ll show you the backcountry waters on his 16’ Shoalwater flats boat, which is designed for the type of fishing. Although a small craft, it’s got all you need for a comfortable trip with air conditioning, a cooler with ice, and all required safety gear on board. There’s space for 2 anglers on this trip, so call 1 lucky friend to join you!

There’s a good reason as to why flats fishing in Florida is so popular - the quality of the game fish is excellent. You’ll be trying to temp in some Cobia, Tripletail, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, and there is even a specialized Tarpon trip! You’ll fish using live bait and there’s a variety of tackle depending on what style of fishing you’re attempting.

All that you can expect is included in the price such as all equipment bait, your fishing license, and catch cleaning. Just take some weather-appropriate clothing, food, and drinks along with you.

So get out there and enjoy the best fishing that can be found in Punta Gorda with Captain Travis!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $600
    With Tarpon fishing being a special occasion, why not have an extra couple of hours of thrilling action? With Tarpon being one of the best catches out there, you won't be disappointed whether it's your first or hundredth time going after them.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 1 - Mar 1
    $525
    You'll enjoy a full day in the sun, getting up to some productive inshore fishing. You'll be hunting down the Cobia, Triggerfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and Redfish amongst others out on Captain Travis's 16' flats boat. All the kit and licenses are provided for you so there's no need for extra planning once you book this trip.
  • Private trip
    Sharkin Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $450
    Try your fishing skills on Shark of all sizes and species. You have a chance to land species such as Bull, Blacktip, Hammerhead, and Lemon when you're out on the water with Captain Travis.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Inshore
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $425
    Get an extra couple of hours in to increase your haul. Worried about cleaning them once you catch them? Don't worry, catch cleaning is provided! You'll hopefully return to shore with a full bag that's likely to contain some Redfish, Snook, Tripletail, Speckled Trout, and various other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Tarpon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Jun 30
    $400
    You'll head out with one of your fishing buddies after one of the best game fish out there, the Silver King. Captain Travis knows where to find them due to his 20 years of experience guiding people right to them. So if this is on your bucket list then make sure you don't pass up on this adventure!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $325
    You'll be heading into the flats by Punta Gorda after species such as Cobia, Mangrove Snapper, Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, and Tripletail. All of the gear and licenses are provided fr you so you just need to think about taking, food, drinks, and suitable clothing once you book this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $325
    You'll head out for a pleasant afternoon of fishing for some of the best inshore species in the fishing world. You'll go after the likes of Redfish, Snook, Speckled Trout, Tripletail, and a lot more. The PM trip departure times are flexible so just contact Captain Travis to enquire.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Quick Fish
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $225
    You'll head out for a quick morning dash after some of the local fish - maybe you can even fit it in before work! Imagine that, you can potentially wrestle with Cobia or even Bull Shark before you head to your job and not even have to use a vacation day for it!
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About the Captain

Travis Rupe
Placida, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
73 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2015
Captain Travis, Owner of Skinny Water Adventures has over 25,000 hours of fishing experience and has fished for & caught nearly every fish species in the state of Florida. He specializes in inshore fishing, especially the Redfish and Snook, as well as Speckled Trout. That being said, Capt. Travis is very flexible and will target what you prefer.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail Tripletail

Boat Specs

Shoalwater (Flats boat) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 60HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
16 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Bowfishing

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the dates of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Placida to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Robert T.
BRWNSBORO VLG, KY
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Half-day trip with Captain Travis

VERIFIED   NEW  June 9, 2020
Half-day trip with Captain Travis was awesome. First cast of the day was a 34 inch redfish. Myself and my 13-year-old son caught...
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6 hour Tarpon trip

VERIFIED   May 2, 2020
Captain Travis did an amazing job!  He not only took us to some great fishing locations, but he also went above and beyond...
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