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The waters of Boca Grande are famous for great fishing, so join Shor Drift Charters to test them out! Captain Shannon Hoeckel grew up fishing in the area, so he knows all the best places only locals can show you. He’ll make sure to maximize your time so you can have a successful trip.

The boat you will be fishing on is a 22’ Aquasport center console boat with room for up to 4 anglers. Overhauled in 2014, it’s powered by a clean-burning 150 HP Yamaha engine, meaning you’ll waste no time getting to the best fishing spots. There’s a trolling motor to sneak up on spooky fish, so you can get that bucket list Tarpon!

Capt. Shannon will provide you with all the fishing equipment, and everything you will need for your day on the water, including a livewell bursting with fresh live bait. After a productive day on the water, he’ll be happy to clean and fillet your catch, so you can take it straight to the table upon your return.

In the secluded back bays and murky shallows, and further out on the artificial reefs out in the gulf, there’s a trip aimed at just about anything with gills! The best thing about Boca Grande might be the huge amount of Tarpon over spring and summer, giving the area the name “Tarpon capital of the world”.

You can choose out of a variety of trips set up specifically for the fish or the 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 Amberjack, as well as some huge Sharks.

Bring your kids on an epic fishing adventure, and create some meaningful memories you’ll remember for years to come. All you need to bring is some food and drinks to stay refreshed throughout the day, and you’re ready.

Explore the beautiful Boca Grande with Short Drift Charters and have a memorable fishing adventure!



About the Captain

Shannon Hoeckel
Boca Grande, Florida, United States
1 Fishing Report
7 Customer Reviews
Response time 5 hours
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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit

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

Snook Snook
Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon
Tripletail 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
75%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Carroll S.
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Full Day Trip – Tarpon on July 5, 2016
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Fishing with Shannon

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Reef/Wreck on December 27, 2019
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Back Bay on July 19, 2020
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Great family trip!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) – Back Bay on 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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FAQs about Short Drift Charters

Short Drift Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) – Back Bay (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) – Back Bay (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Inshore/Back Bay (6 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Tarpon Night (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) – Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) – Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Reef/Wreck (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $25 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Tarpon (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Short Drift Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Short Drift Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Short Drift Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Short Drift Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Spearfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Short Drift Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Shark (Hammerhead)
  • Snook
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon
  • Tripletail