Short Drift Charters

290 Bayou Avenue
Boca Grande FL, United States

Short Drift Charters operates out of Boca Grande, FL, running a selection of trips aimed at getting the most fun and fish out of the local waters. Boca Grande is famous for its awesome fishing, both in its secluded back bays and murky shallows, and further out on the artificial reefs out in the gulf, and these guys can offer a trip aimed at just about anything with gills! Perhaps the best thing about Boca Grande is the huge amount (and size) of Tarpon which call the area home over spring and summer, giving the area the name “Tarpon capital of the world”.

The boat you will be fishing on is a 22 ft Aquasport center console with room aboard for up to 4 passengers. Completely overhauled in 2014, she is powered by a clean-burning 150HP Yamaha 4-stroke up to a top speed of 40 knots, meaning you’ll waste no time getting to the best fishing spots. The vessel comes equipped with GPS, fishfinder, a trolling motor to sneak up on spooky fish, and everything you will need for your day on the water, including a livewell bursting with fresh live bait.

Short Drift Charters runs half and full day trips set up specifically for the fish or area you would like to target. Explore the back bays for Redfish, Trout, Pompano and Snook, spend the whole day wrestling monster Tarpon, or head out to the artificial reefs in search of Goliath Grouper, Kingfish, and Amberjacks, as well as some huge Sharks.

No matter what you’re targeting, you will be furnished with nothing but the best fishing gear to make sure you bring in the best fish. This means a choice of light and heavy tackle, with the options to jig and bottom fish,  as well as the all the equipment to fly and even spearfish!

All trips come with live bait, licences, and a cleaning and filleting service for whatever you want to take away at the end of the day.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Reef/Wreck
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 850
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    NO FISH NO PAY!!! On this charter we go into the gulf to artificial reefs, ledges, and rock bottom. On these trips you'll catch a huge variety of fish. Cobia, Permit, Goliath Grouper, several different kinds of Snapper and Grouper, Tripletail, Kingfish, and Amberjacks, to name a few. Bring your sunscreen, Food and drinks, I supply all the rest. This trip is a blast, and because of all the action the kids love this trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 850
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    This is a two tide trip, with lunch in between. It's 7 hrs of fishing time on the waters around Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island sound, and Englewood. We fish live bait and site fish for the huge schools on the beach, in the harbor, or in the sound.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore/Back Bay
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    A full day back bay fishing trip with Captain Shannon is a great way to spend the day, running around the backcountry flats and mangroves catching Snook, Redfish, Trout, Pompano, and Tripletail to name a few. You have the option to bring lunch and eat on the boat or go to one of the many great Island restaurants for lunch and a little AC. You still get 7 hours of catching if you choose the latter.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Tarpon AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Live bait or fly fishing for Tarpon on the beaches around Boca Grande, Englewood, Charlotte Harbor, and surrounding waters. We start off early in the morning and fish for 4 hrs. I'll have you back in by 9:30 a.m. With sore arms and backs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Tarpon Night
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 10:00 PM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Live bait or fly fishing for Tarpon on the beaches around Boca Grande, Englewood, Charlotte Harbor, and surrounding waters. We start off early in the morning and fish for 4 hrs. I'll have you back in by 9:30 a.m. With sore arms and backs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Tarpon PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US$ 650
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Live bait or fly fishing for Tarpon on the beaches around Boca Grande, Englewood, Charlotte Harbor, and surrounding waters. We start off early in the morning and fish for 4 hrs. I'll have you back in by 9:30 a.m. With sore arms and backs.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Back Bay PM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:30 PM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Our Back Bay/ Inshore fishing trips are a great way to spend a few hours on the water, running through mangrove Islands, creeks, and flats fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Pompano, and Tripletail, to name a few.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Back Bay AM
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 25
    each additional person
    Our Back Bay/ Inshore fishing trips are a great way to spend a few hours on the water, running through mangrove Islands, creeks, and flats fishing for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Sheepshead, Pompano, and Tripletail, to name a few.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia
Grouper (Goliath)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit

Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bull)
Shark (Hammerhead)

Snook
Speckled Trout
Tarpon
Tripletail

Boat Specs

Aquasport (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1971, and restored in 2014. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha 4 stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Spearfishing

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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 Boca Grande 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Shannon Hoeckel
Boca Grande, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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Capt. Shannon Hoeckel is a 3rd generation Florida Native who has spent his whole life on and around the waters which he still fishes to this day. Capt. Shannon got his first boat when he was 12 years old, and mowed grass for gas money to go fishing, and never looked back. Capt. Shannon been guiding full time for over a decade and a half, and loves welcoming people of all ages and skill levels onto his boat. If you're looking for a great day on the water full of action and local knowledge, book one of his many trips to add memories you'll never forget!
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Response rate: 100%

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Carroll Swayze
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July 5, 2016
Fishing with Captain Shannon Hoeckel was the adventure of a lifetime.  He is the ultimate professional and is an expert...
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Great family trip!!

VERIFIED   April 5, 2016
Captain Shannon is awesome! He is very knowledgable about the area and where to go for the best catch. However, the best part...
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Half day w/Capt Shannon

VERIFIED   April 21, 2017
Wide range of experienses and stories
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Trout

VERIFIED   April 13, 2016
It was a good day out in the flats fishing with Capt. Shannon. We hooked many fish, but unfortunately not many keepers. However,...
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