Captain Johnny Riggs offers fishing trips of a lifetime in the beautiful waters of Boca Grande, Florida. These waters are famous the world over for their rich marine life, beautiful backcountry, and world-class sportfishing. Captain Johnny was born and raised fishing this area and enjoys nothing more than introducing his guests to the treasures it has to offer.

Your trip will take place aboard Captain Johnny’s spacious and sturdy 24’ Proline Flatback boat. This vessel is the perfect all-rounder – it is small enough to fish the shallow waters and the backcountry with ease, while also having the propulsion and stability to fish the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There is plenty of room for up to four people to move around on board, as well as ample storage space for all your belongings.

There is always something to catch in these waters, and Captain Johnny Riggs has the expertise and equipment you need to find the best fishing spots. Inshore, you will be targeting Snook, Speckled Trout, and Redfish, while if you fish around the harbor and in the ocean, you could catch Sharks, Cobia, Grouper, Snapper, King Mackerel, Barracuda, Permit, Tarpon, and more.

Some of Captain Johnny’s most popular trips are focused on fishing for one specific species. If you have your sights set on an iconic Boca Grande Tarpon, huge Goliath Grouper, or toothy Shark, give him a call!

Each trip comes with all the fishing gear you need for a productive day on the water – whether you want to fish with live bait or artificials, you will find it waiting for you on board. Captain Johnny will also load the boat up with cold soft drinks.

This boat is most comfortable for up to four guests – larger groups should consider this prior to booking.

If this sounds like the perfect setting for your next adventure, book one of the trips offered below and meet Captain Johnny on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,300
    Fish from dawn to dusk and maximize your chances of bringing a huge Silver King to the boat. This is the perfect trip for any angler determined to stop at nothing to land the catch of a lifetime. This trip includes an hour's lunch break and offers you $200 off if you don't jump (hook) a Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $900
    Tarpon is probably the most prestigious fish you can catch inshore, and this 8 hour trip will give you time to perfect the art of Tarpon fishing. Known as 'The Silver King,' these fish are true masters of the air, and hooking one will give you a thrill you'll remember for a lifetime!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    This is the perfect trip for people who want to get the most out of the local waters. Experience the unforgettable sunrise and fish through the day, stopping at any of a number of memorable locations on the water. This trip will only end when all the guests are happy. Some popular targets on this trip include Redfish, Snook, Cobia, and others.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $700
    Experience the world's best Tarpon fishery on this 6 hour trip. Battle the fish that made Boca Grande famous worldwide and test your skills against this high-flying acrobat. Keep in mind that these waters hold some impressive specimens and that each trip could put you face-to-face with a Silver King weighing 120 lb or more!
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    This is a great trip for anglers who have a particular target on their mind. The extra time will allow you to cover a larger portion of the area's waters in search of some specific species from your target list. These can include choices such as Tarpon, Sharks, Snook, Redfish, Goliath and more
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $450
    This trip is designed to provide anglers new to the area an opportunity to get a taste of the local fishery. Half a day is the perfect amount of time to get on the water and catch whatever is biting. Although it may not be necessarily enough time to get fully zeroed-in on a specific target, it will allow you the chance to catch the likes of Redfish, Snook, Spotted Seatrout, and others.
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About the Captain

Johnny Riggs
Boca Grande, Florida, United States
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54 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2016
Captain Johnny Riggs is a military veteran with many years of service. He feels lucky to have been born and raised in Punta Gorda, spending his formative years and those that followed fishing these warm waters. In Captain Johnny's words: "It's home, and the best place to fish ANYWHERE!" Captain Johnny is happy to tailor each and every trip he offers to his customers, and enjoys every minute of guiding.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)

Shark (Hammerhead) Shark (Hammerhead)
Snook Snook
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Proline (Center console) originally built in 1973, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Bowfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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6 hr fishing trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on August 10, 2017
My trip with Captain Johnny started a few days before the outing, I spoke with the Capt’n about what i was looking to achieve...
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5 hour trip boca grande fl

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip on January 9, 2019
Great trip , captain and boat are top notch . Will remember this trip for years to come.
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VERIFIED   3 Hour Fishing Trip on June 16, 2017
BEST ENJOYABLE TRIP FOR MY 9 YEAR OLD AND 11 YEAR OLD .THEY CAUGHT ENOUGH FISH .Captain Johnny went out of way to teach my...
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FAQs about Captain Johnny Riggs

Captain Johnny Riggs offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 4 Hour Trip (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Tarpon (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $100 per person after 3 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip – Tarpon (8 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - 12 Hour Trip – Tarpon (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Johnny Riggs, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Captain Johnny Riggs include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Captain Johnny Riggs offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Johnny Riggs offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Johnny Riggs include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon