Boca Grande Flats Fishing

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.



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  • Private trip
    Tarpon Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    Come Target the silver king on the fly rod! We target these fish on the the fly rod in the crystal clear waters of Boca Grande, Pine Island and Sarsota. Come hook one of these beast on some feathers! This is a trip for the avid fly fisherman! This trip is available from March 15th - September 30th
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    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
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $500
    up to 6 persons
    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
    Half Day Trip – Backcountry
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    Spend your day on the flats and backcountry of Charlotte harbor and the surrounding areas. Chase redfish, snook, trout and other species on some of the most pristine waters around. * THIS IS NOT A TARPON TRIP.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    Spend your day on the flats and backcountry of Charlotte harbor and the surrounding areas. Chase redfish, snook, trout and other species on some of the most pristine waters around, on the fly rod.
  • Private trip
    Night Snook and Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 PM
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    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
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    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
Placida, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
3 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
15 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!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonito
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish

Snook
Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
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
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 1 day before the trip date. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.86
out of 5 stars from 12 reviews
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Captian Shane - Awesome fishing trip
Captian Shane - Awesome fishing trip
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
90%
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Bryce H.
Willmar, MN
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Shane

VERIFIED   January 8, 2019
Captain Shane really worked hard to make sure our fishing was terrific! He went well beyond what I expected to accomplish this!...
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Brittany M.
Raleigh, NC
 5.00
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Captian Shane - Awesome fishing trip

VERIFIED   May 12, 2018
Wonderful time night fishing for snook and day trip Tarpon fishing! Shane was professional, enjoyable, gave a helpful tutorial...
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Peter O.
Plymouth, MA
 5.00
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Great Fly Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   April 18, 2018
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...
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Darin B.
Glen Allen, VA
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Great Trips with Capt Shane

VERIFIED   April 2, 2018
My sons and I had two great trips with Capt Shane in April 2018.  We did a morning half day and a night trip with him...
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Chip J.
Hanover, VA
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Night Trip with Capt Shane

VERIFIED   April 2, 2018
Awesome trip Fishing for Snook and Tarpon in the canals at night.  A Ton of action fishing in the lights, fish blasting...
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