Snook and Tarpon Fishing Charters

Fishing the pristine waters from Sarasota to Anne Marie island, Snook Tarpon Fishing Charters offers its customers some of the best light tackle and fly fishing that the has to offer. Anglers who are all about inshore and nearshore fishing flock to this area from all parts of the world to test their skills against some of the most prized species available.

You’ll be accompanied by Captain Shane Smetak, an experienced captain who has a vast knowledge of the local fishery. He’ll be able to take you around some of the richest fishing grounds, put you on your targeted fish and show you the techniques that will give you the best chance at landing the catch of your dreams.

The boat you’ll be fishing from is an 18’ Maverick HPX18 skiff, ideal for getting to all the hard to reach places that the target fish may choose to hide at. To further help with this task, while keeping your noise output minimal, the boat also has a wireless trolling motor and a polling platform. The vessel’s powered bu a 150 HP Yamaha outboard.

The trips have been designed in such a way to provide an option to anglers of all experience levels. If you’re new to the sport, the captain will gladly provide you with a taste of local fishing, introducing you to the various techniques and species targeted using them. You’ll be fully equipped with top-notch rods, reels, lures and anything else you might need to land a catch worth bragging about.

Experienced anglers and specialized fly fishers are also more than welcome and are sure to find a challenge they can get excited about aboard one of the full-day trips. These offer anglers the opportunity to test your skills to the fullest as they challenge the power of the Silver King itself.

All you need to bring with you before you dive into the action are food and drinks, sun protection and sunglasses. Now all that’s left to do is to book a trip that best suits your fishing needs and start planning your next adventure today!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    Chase the mighty Silver King on the fly rod! Come fish the beaches and bars from Sarasota to Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor for Tarpon.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Full Day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Aug 1
    $850
    price breakdown
    $850
    Come chase the mighty powerful silver king! Cast to pods of rolling Tarpon, using live bait or artificial lures. You will be amazed with this fish! We will fish the beaches from Sarasota to world famous Boca Grande.
  • Private trip
    Tarpon Half Day
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jul 1
    $650
    price breakdown
    $650
    Come chase the mighty powerful silver king! Cast to pods of rolling Tarpon, using live bait or artificial lures. You will be amazed by this fish! We will fish the beaches from Sarasota to the world-famous Boca Grande.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Snook/Tarpon (Night)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 PM
    $550
    price breakdown
    $550
    Get ready for an action-packed trip that will take you around bridges and lighted docks! You'll be fly fishing or light tackle spinning for Tarpon and Snook.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Aug 1 - May 1
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    Fish the inshore crystal clear flats of Sarasota and enjoy the beautiful nature of the area. Target Snook, Redfish, and all other inshore species with live bait or artificial lures.
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About the Captain

Shane Smetak
Sarasota, Florida, United States
3 Fishing Reports
18 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

Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snook Snook

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
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
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
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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
You Keep Catch
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
Checks

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.92
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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July fishing trip
Night tarpon and snook. 4 hr
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Chris A.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 4.67
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July fishing trip

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Dan L.
Sarasota, Florida
 5.00
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Night trip with Captain Shane

VERIFIED   August 20, 2019
My son and I had a great time. I’ve been on numerous charters and have never had a captain work so hard to have us on fish...
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Ken D.
Brookfield, CT
 5.00
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Night tarpon and snook. 4 hr

VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
Booked trip for after work . Captain Shane provides excellent Customer service and is a tarpon fanatic. Has great...
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Homestead, Pennsylvania
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4 hr night snook and tarpon

VERIFIED   August 8, 2019
Very knowledgeable of the water, got us on fish all night.  Extremely generous on time, he went above on beyond to get...
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