Backcountry Flats Fishing

1689N County Highway 393
Santa Rosa Beach FL, United States

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.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 2 persons
    Spend the day fishing in the Santa Rosa Beach area, including the shallow waters of Choctawhatchee Bay, St Andrews, West Bay and Panama City Beach. Capt. John provides everything you need, from a fishing license to light tackle and fly fishing gear.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    Exploring Santa Rosa Beach area, Choctawhatchee Bay, St Andrews, West Bay and Panama City Beach. Sportfishing light tackle, fly fishing and adventure exploration.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 350
    up to 2 persons
    Exploring Santa Rosa Beach area, Choctawhatchee Bay, St Andrews, West Bay and Panama City Beach. Sportfishing light tackle, fly fishing and adventure exploration.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US$ 350
    up to 2 persons
    Come aboard for the afternoon and explore the Santa Rosa Beach area, Choctawhatchee Bay, St Andrews, West Bay and Panama City Beach. Capt. John provides everything you need for light tackle and fly fishing.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Flounder
Jack Crevalle
Redfish

Sheepshead
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

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 Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

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

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

About the Captain

T John Skiffington
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, United States
Member since January 2016
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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: 2 hours
Response rate: 97%

Santa Rosa Beach Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.87 out of 5 stars from 21 reviews

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Capt John was excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable in regards to fishing and the local surroundings. My son and I did the am half-day charter and we had a great time. The weather was perfect. We caught a couple of sea trout, a couple of redfish, and a lizard fish. Wish we could have caught more fish but that is how fishing goes. Overall, great trip!  Would highly recommend for a parent/child fishing trip. Thank you John.

Fished July 11, 2018
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My 14 year old son and I had a great time on our half day trip. Enjoyed the conversations with the captain, learned some new things and even caught a couple of fish. An overall great experience.

Fished July 1, 2018
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John was a great captain. He was very helpful throughout our fishing trip.Went to several areas to try for different varieties of fish. He changed our equipment and baits to wharever was working best .He knowledgable about the areas we were in.He was prompt,professional and made us feel very welcome.Highly recommend Capt.John

Fished April 19, 2018
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