Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples

Backcountry Flats Fishing takes you on fishing trips out of Ten Thousand Islands to sample some of the finest inshore fish on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Whether you want to grapple with Tarpon or chase Snook, 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 four-stroke Mercury. 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 the mangroves and channels. Up to two anglers can come along.

These waterways are home to Redfish, Snook, 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
    You will have plenty of time to scout around the fisheries out Naples, FL 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
    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
    This half day trip is a nice way to spend the morning, exploring the rich waterways out of Naples, FL. 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
    Come spend the afternoon exploring the rich waterways out of Naples, FL. 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.

About the Captain

T John Skiffington
Naples, Florida, United States
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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 Black Drum
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Action Craft 1622 FlyFisher Hybrid SE (Flats boat) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 90HP Mercury 4-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
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 8, 2021
Full day fishing, excellent gear! Captain even let me use his personal rod. Switched rigging constantly for what was biting....
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on September 28, 2020
Had a good time.  The Capt. John is a really nice guy.  Caught Sea Trout mainly.  I landed some and lost some.  I have...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on 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,...
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 6, 2020
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FAQs about Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples

Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Lowrance HDS-7)
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water and ice)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (2 miles)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle (Baitcasters)
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (8wt-9wt-10wt - 12wt- G-Loomis Fly rods)

Top targeted fish species with Backcountry Flats Fishing – Naples include:
  • Black Drum
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout