Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers light tackle fishing charters in and around Boca Grande. These waters are known for some of the best inshore fishing possible, and are also called the “Tarpon Capital of the World,” so you won’t want to miss out on the opportunities available here. Captain Shane Smetak is a full-time guide who has fished these waters for over 15 years, who is passionate about what he does, and is keen to teach you his skills.

You’ll be fishing aboard a 24 mako bayboat that was completely redone in 2023.

Anglers of all levels are welcome and the captain will be only too happy to help you develop the skills to reel one in. There’s nothing Capt. Shane likes more than to see the joy on someone’s face when they make their first catch. All rods, reels, bait, lures, and light tackle are provided so that you’re in the best position to reel one in. He also invites all specialized fly fishershermen aboard to do battle with the Silver King (Tarpon) among other gamefish.

With such a range of trips on offer, you have no excuse for not experiencing the fruitful and beautiful waters of the Boca Grande. T
hese trips all offer excellent fun and thrill-seeking opportunities for all ages. Boca Grande Fishing Charters is waiting to whisk you away, so get booking and get on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Sunset/Dolphin tour
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    US $325
    Come out and see the sunset in one of the best places there is! You can see dolphin, manatee, sea turtles, all kinds of different birds and one of the best places to see the sunset in the world! THERE IS NO FISHING ON THIS TRIP.
  • Private trip
    Beat the heat Backwater
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 5:30 AM
    US $500
    4hr backwater trip using topwater lures for snook, redfish, and trout. 5:30am-10:00am get out and fish before it gets hot. This is a trip for 2 anglers and top water lures only. THIS IS NOT A TARPON TRIP.
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Inshore am
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $500
    Come fish the pristine flats of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. On this trip, you will target Redfish, Snook, Trout, and other various inshore species. Fly fishing is available for this trip as well. THIS IS NOT A TARPON TRIP.
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Inshore PM
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $500
    On this trip you will target snook, redfish, trout, and other inshore species in the waters of Boca Grande, Gasparilla Sound, and Charlotte harbor. 4hr afternoon trip. 4 person max
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Black Drum
    Black Drum
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Pompano
    Pompano
  • Private trip
    Night Snook and Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Feb 1 - Jun 15
    US $575
    The saying is – the night time is the right time. Come fish the lighted docks and bridges for Tarpon and Snook. This is a non-stop action and can produce snook up to 40”! This can be a spin fishing trip or a fly fishing trip. This is a must for anyone that likes to catch fish! The Tarpon typically caught are from 10-50lbs.
    Targeted fish
    Snook
    Snook
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    3/4 day Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $700
    Come fish the pristine flats of Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. On this trip, you will target Redfish, Snook, Trout, and other various inshore species. Fly fishing is available for this trip as well. THIS IS NOT A TARPON TRIP.
    Targeted fish
    Jack Crevalle
    Jack Crevalle
    Snook
    Snook
    Redfish
    Redfish
    Spotted Seatrout
    Spotted Seatrout
    Pompano
    Pompano
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Jul 1
    US $1,000
    Come chase the mighty Silver King! Cast To pods of Rolling Fish and Laid up fish I the Beautiful waters from Boca Grande to Sarasota! The fish we target this time of year are from 50-200lbs. The silver king is known for its acrobatics and the hard fight they put up! You will be amazed with the power of the Tarpon! This trip is available from March 15th-September 30th
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 25 - Jul 1
    US $1,200
    Come chase the mighty Silver King! Cast To pods of Rolling Fish and Laid up fish I the Beautiful waters from Boca Grande to Sarasota! The fish we target this time of year are from 50-200lbs. The silver king is known for its acrobatics and the hard fight they put up! You will be amazed with the power of the Tarpon! This trip is available from March 15th-September 30th
    Targeted fish
    Tarpon
    Tarpon
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 63 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent! Highly recommend!
Excellent! Highly recommend!
Fishing with Shane
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Caught fish
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Alison F.
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Excellent! Highly recommend!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip Inshore am on July 9, 2024
What a great experience! Captain Shane is wonderful, even with adults that haven’t fished in years. My 13 year old nephew...
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James E.
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Fishing Enjoyment

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip Inshore am on March 1, 2024
Capt Shane is great!  He does everything, and does it fluently.  He asked me the day before the trip what I wanted to do…....
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Kelly L.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Fantastic Experience

VERIFIED   Night Snook and Tarpon on March 15, 2024
We fished with Shane at night for tarpon and snook. We were never bored — we were throwing at fish constantly. We had a blast...
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Scott E.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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A learning experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip Inshore am on April 19, 2024
Captain Shane is a wealth of knowledge and was very helpful in explaining his approach.  My friend and I are avid fishermen...
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Inshore fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip Inshore am on March 27, 2024
Captain Shane was awesome and was great with the kids. He put us on fish right away. My son was even able to reel in a shark....
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FAQs about Boca Grande Fishing Charters

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $325 per group - Sunset/Dolphin tour (2 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Beat the heat Backwater (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip Inshore am (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Half Day Trip Inshore PM (4 hours)
  • US $575 per group, additional US $50 per person after 2 guests - Night Snook and Tarpon (4 hours)
  • US $700 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - 3/4 day Inshore (6 hours)
  • US $1,000 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Tarpon Half Day (5 hours)
  • US $1,200 per group, additional US $50 per person after 3 guests - Tarpon Full Day (6 hours)

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

Trips booked with Boca Grande Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (All bait and tackle is included in price )
  • Lures
  • Fishing License (All fishing licenses included)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Boca Grande Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Boca Grande Fishing Charters include:
  • Black Drum
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Permit
  • Pompano
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Shane Smetak
Englewood, Florida, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
79 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2016
I am an avid fisherman and very passionate about it, any days that I am not booked I’m fishing! I am very big into conservation. Come experience my passion for fishing and what Florida has to offer!

About this listing

Targeted species

Black Drum Black Drum
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Permit Permit

Boat specs

Mako (Bay boat) originally built in 1973, and restored in 2023. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha SHO engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 53 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
All bait and tackle is included in price
Lures
Fishing License
All fishing licenses included
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

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
Kids of all ages are welcome

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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 3.5% charge will apply.

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