Captain
T John Skiffington

Member since January 2016

Santa Rosa Beach, United States

Background
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
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

Santa Rosa Beach, United States
Background
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
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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Backcountry Flats Fishing

Santa Rosa Beach
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Panama City Beach
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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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →

Customer Reviews

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4.89
out of 5 stars from 33 reviews
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92%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Mary I. H.
Gadsden, AL
 5.00
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Half-day trip with Capt. John

VERIFIED   July 3, 2018
I took my 18 year-old stepson on his first fishing trip while we were in Panama City Beach. Capt. John was the perfect choice...
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Holland, MI
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6 hour fishing trip with Captain John

VERIFIED   April 5, 2018
My son Jordan and I did a 6 hour fishing trip with Captain John today. This has been our third charter fishing trip in Florida...
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Paul Z.
Saint Charles, MO
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Great morning on West Bay

VERIFIED   July 22, 2018
Had a great morning fishing West Bay with my daughter. Capt John is knowledgeable and has good equipment. Caught several nice...
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Steven T.
Plano, TX
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Half day, am trip

VERIFIED   July 11, 2018
Capt John was excellent. He is extremely knowledgeable in regards to fishing and the local surroundings. My son and I did the...
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Cecil S.
United States
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April fishing trip

VERIFIED   April 19, 2018
John was a great captain. He was very helpful throughout our fishing trip.Went to several areas to try for different varieties...
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