Captain
T John Skiffington

Member since January 2016

Everglades City, United States

Background
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.
Techniques
Sportfishing in Southwest Florida is light tackle, light line spinning gear or bait casters for Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper and Tarpon. Flats boat fishing in the shallow waters, beaches, mangrove keys, shoals and passes of 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. Catch and release is practiced with strict observation of Florida daily catch regulations. These shallow waters are perfectly suited for fly fishing aboard my Action Craft 18 ft, FlatsMasters boat equipped with push pole , trolling motor, Lowrance HDS-5 Chart Plotter, GPS, and Depth Sounder to fish the deep channels, passes and back bays. Live bait fishing may include threadfin herrings, pinfish, mullet, live shrimp and pilchards. Leadhead jigs with bucktail or soft tail plastics to probe the beaches, shorelines and back bays as well as and array of artificals, crank baits and spoons attract a wide variety of gamefish.

Hey, I'm Captain T John Skiffington

Everglades City, United States
Background
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.
Techniques
Sportfishing in Southwest Florida is light tackle, light line spinning gear or bait casters for Snook, Sea Trout, Redfish, Black Drum, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, Mangrove Snapper and Tarpon. Flats boat fishing in the shallow waters, beaches, mangrove keys, shoals and passes of 10,000 Islands and Everglades National Park. Catch and release is practiced with strict observation of Florida daily catch regulations. These shallow waters are perfectly suited for fly fishing aboard my Action Craft 18 ft, FlatsMasters boat equipped with push pole , trolling motor, Lowrance HDS-5 Chart Plotter, GPS, and Depth Sounder to fish the deep channels, passes and back bays. Live bait fishing may include threadfin herrings, pinfish, mullet, live shrimp and pilchards. Leadhead jigs with bucktail or soft tail plastics to probe the beaches, shorelines and back bays as well as and array of artificals, crank baits and spoons attract a wide variety of gamefish.
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My Charter Listings

Everglades City
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Fishing Reports

45lb Black Drum on Fly

May 25, 2016

We were Tarpon fishing around Bokeelia last Wed. Running out of Burnt Store to deeper water I noticed some fish up on the surface. As I turned my boat back around we came up on a mind blowing scene… Read Full Report →


First Bonnethead Shark for 8 year old

April 03, 2015

10,000 Islands Recently, on a half day charter in the 10,000 islands, Chris LeWand and his son, Joaquin, enjoyed good action with live shrimp. Numerous fish were fought and released at boat side under our typical spring, sunny weather… Read Full Report →


Charter to Round Key

May 16, 2015

Resident of Naples, respected dentist and accomplished fisherman, Dr. Elio D’ Amico and two friends from Chicago enjoyed good action out of Port of the Isles and Round Key yesterday with friend Howard hooking and fighting a 5ft Ray… Read Full Report →


Tarpon near Lostmans

August 14, 2015

Being a charter captain in the Florida Everglades has many special rewards, but it leaves little time to get out in the backcountry, far into the Everglades to fish on your own. It is not often that good fishing… Read Full Report →


Monster Redfish caught in Everglades

November 14, 2015

While fishing in the Everglades late in the afternoon with a good friend, Charles Miller, a resident of Port of the Isles, we drifted over a shoal on one of the outer keys on a rising tide. Charles hooked… Read Full Report →


Unique Catch of the Day - Porcupine fish

November 21, 2015

10,000 Islands Respected Naples fishing guide, Captain Dave Harding and friend Ron Patterson, senior minister of Naples United Church of Christ enjoyed nonstop action with jigheads tipped with shrimp during their recent half day charter in the 10,000 Islands.… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

5.00 out of 5 stars from 8 reviews

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tough wind and tide but we caught fish including a trophy red fish.  Meticulous and professional, best charter experience I have had.

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 9, 2016

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.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I took my two grandchildren on a great fishing experience and with John Skiffington.  He gave them excellent tips allowed them to increase their hookup rate. I would recommend him for all ages.
Joe Beauchamp

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, November 6, 2015

John took us offshore to get bait first.  He filled the well with greenbacks and we scurried off to one of his honey holes to catch the remainder of the afternoon incoming tide.

We no sooner rigged up when I was into a dandy Red.  Unhooked him, rebaited, and bang… Another nice Redfish.  Next cast and was I was into a really nice Jack Travelle.  Then, once again… Very next cast - yet another big Red. I have attached pics of two of them.

I have to say, that was my best day on the water with John.  It was special because I always enjoy being on Johns’ boat, plus those kinds of days are what dreams are made of.  We’ve had some great days together, but that was hard to beat.

Fished November 2015

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Went fishing on Thursday, November 5, 2015

Wow! Captain Skiffington knows his stuff. I am not a proficient angler but with his patience and guidance I caught five different species of fish and I saw manatee and dolphin. A memorable day on the water.

Fished November 2015

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