Boca Grande Flats Fishing

6499 Boca Grande Causeway
Placida FL, United States

Captain Shane Smetak offers fly fishing and light tackle charters in and around Boca Grande, Charlotte harbor, Pine Island, Englewood Venice and Sarasota Florida. He is a full time guide who has fished these areas for over ten years and is passionate about what he does . He welcomes you aboard to sample this fantastic fishery.

You will be fishing aboard an 18 ft Maverick HPX18 which is perfect for accessing the extremely shallow water your target fish inhabit. This technical poling skiff allows you to glide silently through the flats and backcountry while your captain will help you perfect your cast. Equipped with a powerful Yamaha engine, GPS, fishfinder and a VHF radio, the boat will get you to the fish without a problem.

Captain Shane offers a variety of trips ranging from night trips for Snook and Tarpon to seasonal Bull Red trips and full day Tarpon trips. While he specializes in fly fishing, Captain Shane recognizes that this method of fishing is not for everyone and also supplies light spinning tackle.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 650
    up to 3 persons
    Fly Fish or Light Spinning Tackle on the water of Boca Grande and Gasparilla for the mighty Silver King!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    Beach Tarpon. Come fish the nearshore beaches of Boca Grande and Gasparilla For the mighty silver king! Fly Fishing or Light Tackle
  • Private trip
    Bull Redfish Trip (Seasonal)
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    This is your chance to get a 30''+ redfish on the fly or light tackle. The big redfish come in to the harbor and flats. It is not uncommon to see schools of 200 fish tailing! This starts in mid September. Book now - spots fill up quick!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Backcountry & Flats
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 350
    up to 3 persons
    Fly fish or light tackle for Snook, Redfish, Trout, Jacks and other species in Charlotte Harbor and surrounding areas.
  • Private trip
    Night Trip - Snook and Tarpon
      FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 PM
    US$ 350
    up to 3 persons
    Fly fish or light spinning tackle for Tarpon, Snook and other species around bridges and lighted docks. There is a lot of action on this trip!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout

Boat Specs

Maverick HPX18 (Flats boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 53 knots.

18 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor
Life Jackets
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory


Book with 30% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 30% 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:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

About the Captain

Shane Smetak
Placida, Florida, United States
Member since April 2016
I am a previous fly shop owner an an avid tarpon fly fisherman, I thought I would share my passion for tarpon with clients! I also have a passion for catching tarpon on light spinning tackle with artificial plugs. My preferred method is Fly, but not everyone is a fly fisherman!
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Placida Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Wonderful time night fishing for snook and day trip Tarpon fishing! Shane was professional, enjoyable, gave a helpful tutorial and guide to using his fly fishing equipment and gave us several opportunities to catch snook and tarpon. He even helped with getting us back to our hotel after the day trip fishing. We enjoyed his company and his expertise on Tarpon, flies, equipment and the area! We can’t wait to do it again next year!! Highly recommend Captain Shane. If you’re looking for a guide, look no further!

Fished May 12, 2018
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Great trout fishing with captain shane

Fished May 5, 2018
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Has to be the best charter I have been on in my fishing life. Shane knows where the fish are, What they are feeding on and when . Very easy guy, lots of good times while fishing. I am going back next year and going after the Silver Kings. I know if you book with Shane you will have the same to say as I did.


Fished April 18, 2018
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