Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing

Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing – with a name like that you know you’re in for a fun trip! Captain John “Skunk Beard” McMillan founded his charter company to share his love and passion for his local waters with as many people as possible.

Whether you are a family group out for some fun in the sun or old fishing buddies wanting to fill the boat with enough fish to feed an army, Captain John with talk through exactly what you want from your trip to make sure you get the most out of your time on the water.

You can focus on any one of a number of species on your trip. The Tampa Bay area is blessed with year-round populations of a variety of inshore favorites, from tasty Trout and Redfish to top gamefish like Tarpon and Snook, there are always plenty of options to choose from.

You will be spending the day aboard a 24’ Bluewave center console, freshly-built in 2019 and powered by a modern, 300 HP Suzuki engine. The vessel is perfect for getting into those hard-to-reach places where the best fish lurk. Her trolling motor will let you do just that, while modern electronics scan the shallows in search of the best place to place cast your bait.

Captain John is all about making sure you have fun on your trip. If that means hitting your limit and filling the boat then that is exactly what you will do. If what you want is to learn the area and improve your technique, he will happily show you all his favorite tricks he has picked up over his life.

The connection between angler and fish is particularly important for him. You won’t just be throwing your bait out and sitting bored until something bothers to bite it. You will be casting and drawing live bait, waiting for that bump on the line and reeling like mad to set the hook just in time.

A clean, modern boat with an experienced, adaptable captain? Sure sounds like the recipe for a great trip! The boat is loaded with everything you’ll need, so jump aboard for the perfect day on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Bludgeon yee skirvey scallywags
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,000
    An all day fishing extravaganza .... Fish the local waters around Tampa for great inshore species like Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, and more. Whatever you want to do, just let the captain know and he will tailor the trip to suit your priorities and skill level.
  • Private trip
    Monkey jacket on the poop deck!
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $1,000
    A unique fishing opportunity to see the bay and enjoy everything it has to offer. Head out the local waters around Tampa for great inshore species like Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, and more. Whatever you want to do, just let the captain know and he will tailor the trip to suit your priorities and skill level.
  • Private trip
    Batten down the Scallywags! A.M.
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $850
    Fish the local waters around Tampa for great inshore species like Tarpon, Snook, Trout, Redfish, and more. Whatever you want to do, just let the captain know and he will tailor the trip to suit your priorities and skill level. Not your typical fishing charter, but exactly what you need to enjoy your trip to Tampa.
  • Private trip
    Three sheets to the wind P.M.
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $850
    Head out for an afternoon of great fishing around Tampa. Whether you're an experienced sport angler or a complete beginner, your trip will be tailored to make sure you get the most out of your time on the water. The half day trip works great for people not looking to dpend a long time in the sun but want to catch fish.
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About the Captain

John McMillan
Tampa, Florida, United States
12 Fishing Reports
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12 Customer Reviews
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Member since November 2017
Born and raised on a river here in Tampa, all we did was fish as kids. Now, it's more about showing other people how much fun it is! I take the time to get to know my clients, understand what they're looking for in their fishing adventure and then make it my mission to make that happen. Every client has different goals, skill levels, and reasons for taking this journey with me.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Bluewave (Center console) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 300HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Drift 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

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Anthony A.
Riverview, FL
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Best day fishing in Tampa

VERIFIED   Three sheets to the wind P.M. on November 7, 2020
Hands down the best captain and experience I’ve had in Tampa in 5+ years living in the bay. Highly recommend and won’t...
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VERIFIED   Bludgeon yee skirvey scallywags on May 6, 2021
Overall trip was good, however, many fish broke off at boat, maybe try treble hooks and steel leader’s.or heavier fishing...
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Ted R.
Tampa, FL
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Batten the scallywags!

VERIFIED   Batten down the Scallywags! A.M. on October 13, 2018
We had a great day on the water with Captain Skunkbeard!  Our group consisted of my wife and I and our 9 year old daughter...
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Louis P.
Lutz, Florida
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Good Times!! Good People and Good Fishing!!

6 Hour Trip on January 8, 2018
The gear was awesome! All top notch stuff, he had plenty of backup gear ready so there was little-no down time on change ups...
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Paul M.
St. Petersburg, Florida
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   Batten down the Scallywags! A.M. on February 20, 2019
Had a blast and John was great. Steady action the entire time, had dolphins and manatees swimming around our boat and limited...
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FAQs about Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing

Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group - Batten down the Scallywags! A.M. (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - Three sheets to the wind P.M. (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Bludgeon yee skirvey scallywags (6 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Monkey jacket on the poop deck! (6 hours)

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

Trips booked with Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Pre-caught)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License

Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Skunk Beard Inshore Fishing include:
  • Cobia
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Redfish
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon