Short Drift Charters

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.


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About this listing

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
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Spearfishing
Targeted Species
 
Cobia
 
Grouper (Goliath)

 
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
 
Permit

 
Redfish
 
Shark (Blacktip)

 
Shark (Bull)
 
Shark (Hammerhead)

 
Snook
 
Speckled Trout

 
Tarpon
 
Tripletail
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment
Policies
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Boca Grande to departure site is available and included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
Payment

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Shannon Hoeckel
Boca Grande, Florida, United States
Member since April 2015
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!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Boca Grande Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.78 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Fishing with Captain Shannon Hoeckel was the adventure of a lifetime.  He is the ultimate professional and is an expert when it comes to Gulf Coast fishing having been born and raised in the Boca Grande area.  We saw water when we looked across the bay and the gulf, he saw the fish and would take us exactly to the spot where they were hiding.  It was an amazing experience to fish with someone who is that in tune with nature and the environment.  His stories were interesting and amusing and he was the consummate gentleman.  I would definitely recommend Captain Shannon and Short Drift Charters to anyone who wants to see the real Florida and have a great day of fishing!

Carroll Swayze  • Fished July 5, 2016
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It was a good day out in the flats fishing with Capt. Shannon. We hooked many fish, but unfortunately not many keepers. However, it wasn’t for lack of efforts on the part of Shannon. He worked very hard to keep our lines loaded and in the water. It was fun for all and I’d rebook with again. We ended up with s nice bath of trout.

Sarah Watkins  • Fished April 13, 2016
Shannon Hoeckel (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 26, 2016

Thanks Sarah, I really had a great time with you guys. Unfortunately the Snook bite was off, So we had to resort to Trout fishing,Im glad you guys had fun flying through the maze of mangrove islands out there and you got to bring home dinner.
Thanks Capt. Shannon

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Captain Shannon is awesome! He is very knowledgable about the area and where to go for the best catch. However, the best part of the trip was how much fun he made it for our 2 boys. Our boys are 11 and 7 and they had a blast. They learned about fish and the area and had a blast catching al the different types of fish in the back bay. Highly recommend Captain Shannon and Short Drift!

Cheryl Cole  • Fished April 5, 2016
Shannon Hoeckel (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 26, 2016

Thanks again Cheryl, You guys were a pleasure to have gotten to know you and your family. Your boys are great and I’m looking forward to fishing with you guys again in the future.
Thanks Capt. Shannon

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