Capt. Johnny Riggs

Captain Johnny Riggs was born and raised fishing the waters around Pine Island, Charlotte Harbor, and Punta Gorda. He is an expert at finding all the local fish species and has that extra degree of knowledge that only people who have seen the fishery for many seasons can give. Most importantly, he is a friendly and welcoming guy who enjoys nothing more than making sure everyone on his boat is getting the most out of their trip.

Whether you decide to go on a fishing trip, sunset cruise, or restaurant hopping adventure, you will be based aboard Captain Johnny’s 24 ft Proline Flatback center console. This stable boat gives a nice dry ride and has plenty of room for your belongings. Very versatile, it is just as well-suited to rooting out Redfish in the backcountry as it is to chasing Cobia nearshore. It also has a very handy tower that will give you the edge for one of the area’s most enjoyable fishing techniques - sight fishing along the beaches for migrating fish.

Whether you want to the local backcountry and fish with bait or artificials for the likes of Snook, Trout, and Redfish, hunt out an enormous Goliath Grouper in shallow water, target a toothy Bull Shark, or ‘bow to the king’ and hang onto your rod as a giant Tarpon leaps out of the water in front of you, Captain Johnny Riggs has the answer. And if you don’t want to fish at all but just want to experience the waterways of Southwest Florida like a local, look no further.

All fishing trips include professional fishing gear, lures, and bait. Please note that the boat is most comfortable for four people to fish from and that larger groups may need to take the fishing in turns.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    12 Hour Fishing Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,095
    up to 2 persons
    + $59
    each additional person
    Maximize your chances of catching the fish you have always dreamed about on this 12 hour Tarpon fishing trip. If you don't jump (hook) a Tarpon on this trip you will get $200 off! This trip includes an hour's lunch break.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Fishing Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $845
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Experience the biggest Tarpon fishery in the world on this full day trip. This gives you time to get a real chance of hooking a monster!
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Bay / Near Shore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $795
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    A full day on the water doing whatever you like. Explore the different fishing spots, experience the phenomenal sunrise, stop for lunch at a waterside restaurant... this trip is all about you and your friends. It will only end when we are all happy.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $795
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    A full day on the water doing whatever you like. Explore the different fishing spots, experience the phenomenal sunrise, stop for lunch at a waterside restaurant... this trip is all about you and your friends. It will only end when we are all happy.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Bay / Near Shore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip gives you just enough time to hit some of the most reliable spots to get the rods bending and take your fishing experience to the next level. It is a very popular trip. Target species include Cobia, Sharks, Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Fishing Trip - Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $650
    up to 2 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This is the best place to catch a Tarpon in the world from April to August. Target this huge and hard fighting fish on this trip of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $595
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip gives you just enough time to hit some of the most reliable spots to get the rods bending and take your fishing experience to the next level. It is a very popular trip. Target species include Cobia, Sharks, Snook, Redfish, Trout, and more.
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $545
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will give you a little more time to catch your target fish or let you fish some different types of waters. Target species will include Snook, Trout, Redfish, Jacks, Snapper, Sharks, and - in season - Cobia.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $445
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will take you out fishing the waters of Charlotte Harbor and the Pine Island Sound, where you can catch species such as Redfish, Snook, and Trout. In the summer, you may also catch Sharks!

About the Captain

Johnny Riggs
Punta Gorda, Florida, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
41 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Octubre 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.

About this listing

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Punta Gorda to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
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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Captain Johnny was awesome, took care of everything we needed. He baited the hooks , showed us what we needed to do and we...
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