Boca Grande Flats Fishing offers light tackle and fly 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 10 years, who is passionate about what he does, and is keen to teach you his skills.

You’ll be fishing aboard an 18’ Maverick HPX18 flats boat which is perfect for accessing the seriously shallow waters that your target fish inhabit. The wireless trolling motors and technical poling skiff allow you to glide silently through the flats and backcountry while your captain will help you perfect your cast. Equipped with a powerful 150 HP Yamaha engine, GPS, fishfinder, and a VHF radio, the boat will get you on the fish without a problem.

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 fishers 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. With catch and release mandatory, these trips all offer excellent fun and thrill-seeking opportunities for all ages. Boca Grande Flats Fishing is waiting to whisk you away, so get booking and get on the water.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Tarpon Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $850
    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
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Half Day
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $650
    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
  • Private trip
    Night Snook and Tarpon
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $550
    Night Fishing for Snook and Tarpon.. This is a non stop action trip for Snook and Tarpon. Fish the bridges and docks, other species caught are Redfish, Trout and Jacks. This trip is an awesome trip and it has a lot of action! Locations vary from Venice to Punta Gorda.
  • Private trip
    Night Snook and Tarpon– Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $550
    Night Fishing for Snook and Tarpon.. This is a non stop action trip for Snook and Tarpon. Fish the bridges and docks, other species caught are Redfish, Trout and Jacks. This trip is an awesome trip and it has a lot of action! Locations vary from Venice to Punta Gorda.
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About the Captain

Shane Smetak
Englewood, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
27 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2016
I am a previous Bait and tackle/Fly shop owner an avid Tarpon fisherman, I thought I would share my passion for Tarpon with clients! I also have a passion for catching Snook and Redfish with artificial baits and top water plugs! If you like to fly fish, I do that too! Check out my night Fly fishing trips for Snook and Tarpon, it is non stop action!

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Targeted Species

Bonito Bonito
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako (Bay boat) originally built in 1973, and restored in 2019. 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
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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 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

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Craig D.
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Tarpon trip with Captain Shane

VERIFIED   NEW  Tarpon Half Day on June 14, 2021
Captain Shane is a GREAT GUIDE!! Not like other guides. He’s a GREAT GUY!!! He strives to give you a great experience!! Most...
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Karrie B.
Rye, NH
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Fantastic trip with Captain Shane!

VERIFIED   NEW  Night Snook and Tarpon on May 30, 2021
My sister and I had a blast fishing with Captain Shane! This was our first time fishing for tarpon. We are used to fishing...
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Jody C.
Suffield, CT
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Captain Shane is an exceptional tarpon Guide and Captain

VERIFIED   NEW  Tarpon Fly Fishing on May 28, 2021
If you are serious about fishing for Tarpon. you should book a trip with Captain Shane. He will get you to the Tarpon, and...
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VERIFIED   Night Snook and Tarpon on March 30, 2021
Captain Shane put my nephew and I on Tarpon all night long!  Captain Shane was courteous, friendly and hard working.  I can’t...
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FAQs about Boca Grande Flats Fishing

Boca Grande Flats Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $550 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Night Snook and Tarpon (4 hours)
  • $550 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Night Snook and Tarpon– Fly Fishing (4 hours)
  • $650 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Tarpon Half Day (5 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Tarpon Full Day (6 hours)

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

Trips booked with Boca Grande Flats Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

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

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

Top targeted fish species with Boca Grande Flats Fishing include:
  • Bonito
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon