Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB

Backcountry Flats Fishing takes you on fishing trips out of Panama City Beach to sample some of the finest inshore fish on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Whether you want to grapple with Tarpon or chase Jack Crevalle, these fishing trips are what you’re looking for. Captain John knows these waters well and will help turn your trip into a lasting memory.

Your vessel for the day is SeaRations, a 16’ Action Craft 1622 FlyFisher Hybrid SE Flats boat powered by a 90 HP two-stroke Yamaha. She features many amenities, including a PowerPole, Push Pole, Lowrance HDS-7 Chart Plotter, a live bait well, and a custom casting platform. This boat is well-equipped to give you the edge over the fish that lurk in numerous back bays and channels. Up to two anglers can come along.

These waterways are home to Redfish, Tarpon, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Spotted Seatrout, Sheepshead, and Flounder. It’s Florida inshore fishing at its best. You can hone your fly fishing skills or do spinning if you’re just starting out.

The captain will supply all the fishing gear you need, so you can focus on presenting the bait and fly properly. Bait may include anything from pinfish, finger mullet, live shrimp, and blue crab to pilchards. If you prefer using artificials, Capt. John has a wide selection that includes jigs, soft plastics, crank baits, spoons, and an array of saltwater flies.

Please note that customers are liable for any damage to equipment provided by the charter.

Onboard you will find some water and ice, so you should bring your own food, snacks, and drinks. Hard liquor is not allowed onboard, but you can bring your own beer. Kids are allowed to come along but need to be accompanied by a parent. You should also pack a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera.

Get your fishing buddy and book a spot to fish with Capt. John. It will be a day to remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 2 persons
    You will have plenty of time to scout around the fisheries out of Panama City and Beach and come home with a nice meal. Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Black Drum, Flounder, Tarpon, and Spotted Seatrout are just some of the riches you can get around these fisheries. All the gear is supplied onboard but you should bring food, snacks, and drinks. Pack a camera and come spend the day on the water.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    up to 2 persons
    You will have more time to explore the flats and chase the likes of Tarpon, Permit, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, Redfish, and many more. The captain will supply all the fishing gear. You should bring snacks and drinks, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    This half day trip is a nice way to spend the morning, exploring the rich waterways out of Panama City Beach. You can target a variety of species here, including Permit, Black Drum, Tarpon, and many more. These trips are suitable for novice anglers. Pack sunscreen and a camera, as well as some snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    $350
    up to 2 persons
    Come spend the afternoon exploring the rich waterways out of Panama City Beach. You can target a variety of species here, including Permit, Black Drum, Tarpon, and many more. Pack sunscreen and a camera, as well as some snacks and drinks.
There are 9 people looking at this charter.

About the Captain

T John Skiffington
Panama City Beach, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
6 Reports
62 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since January 2016
After a college degree and two tours of duty in Viet Nam for the US Army, John fell in love with Costa Rica’s world class sport fishing. His passion led to founding Sportfishing Quepos on the Pacific Coast with a fleet of seven boats. Returning to Southwest Florida after 38 years in Central America, John established Backcountry Flats Fishing guiding clients into the Everglades National Park targeting Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Speckled Trout and Black Drum. He recently relocated to Florida’s Northwest Panhandle offering light tackle and fly rod enthusiasts flats fishing charters in the unique bayous, marshes, inlets and crystal clear white sand flats of Florida’s famed Emerald Coast. John is an active member in many organizations including: Florida Guide Association (FGA), Fly Fishers International (FFI), Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT), Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and is a current member of Panhandle Fly Fishers, Fly Fishers of Northwest Florida and Naples Backcountry Fly Fishers

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Flounder
Jack Crevalle
Redfish

Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Action Craft 1622 FlyFisher Hybrid SE (Flats boat) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 90HP Yamaha Two Stroke 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
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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

Panama City Beach Fishing Calendar

Loading Fish Calendar!
Please Wait...

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (26)
4.83
out of 5 stars from 32 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Two Competitors
Lady Fish
Captain John and I
+23
Angler Rating
29
2
0
1
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
87%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
88%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 32 reviews
Amber W.
Panama City, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half Day Trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   NEW  August 3, 2019
My husband and I decided to do a fishing charter with Captain John while we were in PCB for our honeymoon. Needless to say,...
Amber W. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Amber W. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Reece S.
Dallas, TX
 4.67
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

6 he trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   June 27, 2019
Our family vacationed at Rosemary Beach and my 14 year old son and I booked a trip with Captain John. One of the nicest guides...
Reece S. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Reece S. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Travis B.
Panama City Beach, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

A Great Day Fishing with a Great Guide

VERIFIED   NEW  August 8, 2019
We had an absolute blast catching multiple species of fish, and Captain Skiffington was very knowledgable, very professional...
Travis B. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Travis B. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Randy J.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall
Me and my son had a great day fishing with Captain John Skiffington on the backwaters of West Bay in Panama City Beach Fla....
Randy J. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Randy J. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Chad M.
Panama City Beach, FL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

3/4 Day with Captain John

VERIFIED   July 18, 2019
We fished with Capt John on 7/18, he was very well knowledgeable in fishing and did not mind sharing his knowledge with us....
Chad M. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Chad M. recommends Backcountry Flats Fishing - PCB
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Weather Protection
Weather Protection
Canceled due to bad weather? We'll help reschedule or refund.
Best Price Guarantee
Best Price Guarantee
Found the same trip for less? We'll refund the difference!
Service You Can Trust
Service You Can Trust
7 day customer support for a hassle-free fishing experience.
Trusted Payments
Trusted Payments
Book via our secure platform and enjoy flexible payment options.