Backcountry Flats Fishing

Santa Rosa Beach FL, United States - Show map

Captain John Skiffington of Backcountry Flats Fishing invites you to come explore this special corner of angling paradise. Fishing out of Santa Rosa Beach, he welcomes you aboard his boat SeaRations 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 16’ Action Craft FlyFisher flats boat is perfectly suited to these shallow waters. Equipped with a PowerPole, Push Pole, custom casting platform, Lowrance HDS-7 Chart Plotter, GPS, Depth Sounder, and a live bait well, the boat has everything you need to fish the deep channels, passes, inlets, 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 baitcasters as you target Redfish, Sea Trout, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, and Tarpon. Should you choose to fish with live bait, you could be using pinfish, finger mullet, live shrimp, blue crab, and pilchards, or you could take advantage of the captain’s large selection of artificials that includes jigs, soft plastics, crank baits, spoons, and an array of saltwater flies. 

Whether you are an experienced fisherman angling for a trophy catch or a novice hoping to learn more about fishing, Captain John Skiffington would be delighted to share with you the sense of satisfaction that can be gained from spending a day aboard his boat, SeaRations in the crystal clear waters of Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Captain John Skiffington of Backcountry Flats Fishing invites you to come explore this special corner of angling paradise. Fishing out of Santa Rosa Beach, he welcomes you aboard his boat SeaRations to experience some of the finest flats fishing you

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Trip Date:
  • Full Day Trip
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 600 private charter
  • 3/4 Day Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 450 private charter
  • Half Day Trip (AM)
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 350 private charter
  • Half Day Trip (PM)
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US$ 350 private charter

About this listing

Targeted Species

  Black Drum
  Jack Crevalle

  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.

16 ft
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing License Included
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.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


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:
American Express

About the Captain

T John Skiffington
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States
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
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 94%

Santa Rosa Beach Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.82 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews

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While living full time on Marco Island my wife & I go fishing on our own boat 2-4 times per month,so when we go with a guide,it is to see new areas and learn new fishing techniques, as well as catch fish. John is an excellent captain.  He took us to an area we had never been before and showed us some new ways to catch and think about fishing we had never experienced before and he was able to put us on the fish even though it was a very windy and challenging fishing day. He was friendly, helpful. informative,and we had a good day catching a large variety of fish. His boat and fishing equipment are top notch.  I would recommend John to anyone who likes to go back water fishing.

Fished May 17, 2017
T John Skiffington (The Captain)
Replied to this review on May 20, 2017
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Captain John tried his heart out to put us into fish but it was’nt going to happen. That’s why it’s called fishing!!! Not catching!!

Fished May 1, 2017
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My day with the capt was pretty ok but not a terrific one…..I understand water temp in the everglades holds the key that either locks up or unlocks the bite BUT I thought we do a lot better than one beautiful black tip shark on a gorgeous day…to be honest I would have liked to have casted more to potential spots holding fish while the capt steered the boat & share his experiences finding fish in the areas we visited while using my personally made stick
and plugs….i love to cast and am expert in the craft but held back my desire since it was my first time in the area and deferred to the capt…....we tried trolling, and live lining bait with only the shark for a full days effort…yet I wont complain because it was my first time to the everglades and feel if a catastrophy didn’t happen then it’s a great day…..I can’t say the capt wasn’t sincere in his efforts but sometimes good intentions arent what we pay for.


Fished April 12, 2017
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