Shallow Water Experience LLC

Come discover Southwest Florida’s world-famous fishery with Shallow Water Experience charters! Covering the area from Boca Grande to Pine Island Sound, this charter service allows you to experience some of the best inshore game fishing Florida has to offer.

Captain Bobby Ferrero is the man behind this charter – as a native Floridian who has lived and fished in the Port Charlotte area all his life, he knows a thing or two about these waters! He’s spent over 25 years trying out and refining different fishing tricks and techniques. He can’t wait to share his proven local fishing secrets with you, whatever your age or skill level.

Your adventure starts aboard a stylish 21’ Shoalwater, perfectly designed for shallow water fishing. She can accommodate up to 4 guests. Powered by a Yamaha engine, this vessel will take you quickly and comfortably to the best fishing spots, and once you’re there it’s game on!

These waters are home to species such as Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Trout, Sharks, Snook, and many others. Capt. Bobby will introduce you to the best techniques for catching your target fish. Whether you like casting your line with flies, lures, or live bait, he’ll be able to provide you with the equipment needed for an exciting and enjoyable experience! 

As you’ll be primarily fishing shallow waters, Capt. Bobby’s trips are great for the whole family, as well as newer anglers. Water depths are rarely more than five feet, meaning that there is very little chance of seasickness. It’s the perfect place to introduce your little ones to the magic of fishing!

All of your fishing equipment, bait, lures, and licensing are included in the price of your trip. Just let your captain know beforehand if you’d like to fly fish. Drinks are provided, so just grab your favorite snacks, and come explore this incredible fishery alongside Shallow Water Experience LLC charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $350
    This 2-hour trip will get you on the fish and back to the dock before lunchtime! It's the perfect introduction to Southwest Florida’s world-famous fishery, especially for newer anglers and families. You’ll be fishing the inshore flats of Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound targeting Redfish, Snook, and Trout among others. Your fishing gear and license are included, so just bring along some snacks. With conservation in mind, this trip is catch and release only.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 30
    US $350
    This 2-hour afternoon trip will get you to the fish quick and back just in time to see the sunset. You’ll be fishing the inshore flats of Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound targeting Redfish, Snook, and Trout among others. Your fishing gear and license are included, so just bring along some snacks. With conservation in mind, this trip is catch and release only.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 7 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $450
    If you're an early bird, come join Capt. Bobby on this adventure and target the morning bite! This 4-hour trip will see you fishing the inshore flats of Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound, where you'll come across species such as Redfish, Snook, and Trout. All fishing gear is included, as well as a fishing license for your group. With conservation in mind, this trip is catch and release only.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - Jun 30
    US $450
    This 4-hour trip begins in the early afternoon and finishes just before dark. Expect to catch the same species as the morning trip, including Snook, Trout, and Redfish while enjoying the peaceful, early evening hours with a spectacular view of a Gulf Coast sunset. Dolphins, pelicans, and other wildlife will more than likely make an appearance as well, so have your cameras ready! Your fishing gear and license are included. With conservation in mind, this trip is catch and release only.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $550
    If you can think of nothing better than spending as much time on the water as possible, join Capt. Bobby on this adventure! This trip consists of 6 hours of fishing the inshore flats of Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound. You'll be on the lookout for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and whatever else is biting. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, as well as a fishing license for your group. With conservation in mind, this trip is catch and release only.
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FAQs about Shallow Water Experience LLC

Shallow Water Experience LLC offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $300 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 2 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (2 hours)
  • US $300 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 2 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (2 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $400 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $500 per group, additional US $50 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Shallow Water Experience LLC, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Shallow Water Experience LLC include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Available upon request )

Shallow Water Experience LLC offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Shallow Water Experience LLC offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Shallow Water Experience LLC include:
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Bobby Ferrero
Placida, Florida, United States
ID & license verified
175 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2016
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Captain Bobby Ferrero is a native Floridian who has lived and fished in the Port Charlotte area all his life. With over 25 years of experience fishing the local freshwater and saltwater canals and flats, Captain Bobby has spent his life trying out and refining different fishing tricks and techniques. Now, he wants to share his proven local fishing secrets with you, whatever your age or ability level!

About this listing

Targeted species

Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Ladyfish Ladyfish
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

Shoalwater (Flats boat) originally built in 2020. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 55 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Popping
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 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 included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Placida to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 175 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Angler rating
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Satisfied with the boat
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Caught fish
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James B.
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Great Fishing Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on March 27, 2024
Captain Bobby did a great job of putting us on fish.  We caught snook, redfish, jacks, trout and skipjacks. He brought a fly...
James B. recommends Shallow Water Experience LLC
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Jason B.
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Great experience!

VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) on April 20, 2024
Didn’t have much time, and so the 2-Hr trip was all I could do.  Captain Bobby put right on top of three type of fish right...
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Mark H.
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Redfish and Snook oh my!

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on April 1, 2024
My son and I have had the best fishing day yet.  Third trip with Shallow Water Experience LLC.  Thank you Capt. Bobby. ...
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Sarah H.
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5.0 / 5
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Lots of Fish

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on January 3, 2024
We had a great time with Capt. Bobby. This was our son’s first fishing charter. Bobby took us to some great spots and had...
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Vince F.
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Great day with Capt. Bobby.

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Inshore on February 6, 2024
I really wanted to fly fish and Capt. Bobby made it happen.  We chased tailing redfish in the morning but they were very spooky...
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