Backcountry Flats Fishing

200 Collier Ave
Everglades City FL, United States

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Boat Specs

Action Craft 1820 Flatsmasters (Flats boat) originally built in 1998 and restored in 2015. Powered by a 115HP Mercury 115 Four Stroke CT engine with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

18 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
2 miles
Flats Fishing
10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
8wt-9wt-12wt- G-Loomis Fly rods
Targeted Species
Black Drum

Spotted Seatrout


“There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they always have been, one of the unique regions of the earth, remote, never wholly known.”
                                          ‘The Everglades: River of Grass’
                                               Majorie Stoneman Douglas

Captain John Skiffington of Backcountry Flats Fishing invites you to come explore the special corner of paradise he calls home. Fishing out of Everglades City, he welcomes you aboard to experience some of the finest flats fishing you will ever encounter, in an area that is surrounded by natural beauty and is home to a variety of species who are just waiting to take your bait, whether you are fishing with live bait, artificial lures, or fly.

Captain John’s 18 ft Action Craft FlatsMasters boat is perfectly suited to these shallow waters. Equipped with a push pole, trolling motor, Lowrance HDS-5 Chart Plotter, GPS, and Depth Sounder, the boat has everything you need to fish the deep channels, passes, and back bays in the area.

During your trip you are invited to either hone your fly fishing skills or to use light tackle, light line spinning gear or bait casters as you target Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper and Tarpon. Should you choose to fish with live bait, you could be using threadfin herrings, pinfish, mullet, live shrimp, and pilchards, or you could take advantage of the captain’s large collection of artificials that includes jigs, soft plastics, crank baits, spoons, and more.

Whether you are an experienced fisherman angling for a trophy catch or a novice hoping to learn more about flats fishing, Captain John Skiffington would be delighted to have you aboard his boat and share with you the sense of satisfaction that can be gained from spending a day in the backcountry of Southwest Florida

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Lowrance HD-S
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Lowrance HD-S
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Live Bait Tank
Trip Includes
Rod, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
Water and ice
First Mate
Fishing Licence
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates

Other Policies 
Child Friendly
accompanied by one parent
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Daily limits apply
Catch and Release Allowed

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

T John Skiffington
Everglades City, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
Avid fisherman in my early years, 38 years in Costa Rica for Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Tuna and the Caribbean Coast for Tarpon and Snook. Owner/Operator of Sportfishing Quepos in Costa Rica and Owner/Operator of Backcountry Flats Fishing in the Everglades and 10,000 Islands in Southwest Florida.
Response time: 9 hours
Response rate: 75%

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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Not only will you catch fish, you will have a great time in Capt. John’s company. John’s lifetime of fishing experience is evident while on his boat. You’ll certainly learn a new technique, or two, even if your an experienced fisherman. His boat is completely dialed in for inshore fishing and his equipment is top notch. Tight Lines!

Kenny Main III • Fished Jul 19, 2016
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Enjoyed a wonderful day in the ENP with Captain T. John recently. John is a knowledgeable, meticulous guide who understands how to make the most out what a day, and it’s tides, can give you. He and I covered many miles doing just that. John adds a wonderful personality, and a love for what he does to the experience.

Jon Roberson • Fished Jun 09, 2016
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I am new to fly fishing so this was an ideal trip for me. John is great at sharing his fishing knowledge. I learned a lot of practical lessons. We went out of Port of the Islands in John’s skiff and fished out to Round Key and then further south into Ten Thousand Islands.

John Smith • Fished May 24, 2016
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  • 200 Collier Ave, Everglades City
    FL 34139, United States