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’ Shallow Sport boat, perfectly designed for shallow water fishing. She can accommodate up to 4 guests. Powered by a Yamaha engine, this vessel will take you quickly to the best fishing spots, and once you’re there, jer specialist poling platform, trolling motor, and anchoring system will get you close to the fish without disturbing them.

These waters are home to species such as Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Trout, Sharks, Snook, and the mighty Tarpon. 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 fishing shallow, protected 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 charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    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, Flounder, Sharks, and whatever else is biting. Your captain will provide all the fishing gear you need, as well as a fishing license for your group.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $350
    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, Trout, and Flounder. All fishing gear is included, as well as a fishing license for your group.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $350
    Prefer to hit the snooze button a few times? 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, Redfish, and Flounder, 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.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Seasonal trip (Sat, Sun)
    $250
    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, Trout, and Flounder, among others. Your fishing gear and license are included, so just bring along some snacks.
  • Private trip
    2 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $250
    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, Trout, and snapper, among others. Your fishing gear and license are included, so just bring along some snacks.
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About the Captain

Bobby Ferrero
Placida, Florida, United States
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103 Customer Reviews
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Member since October 2016
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!

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Targeted Species

Flounder Flounder
Redfish Redfish
Shark (Blacktip) Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead) Shark (Bonnethead)

Shark (Bull) Shark (Bull)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook Snook

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Shallow Sport (Flats boat) originally built in 2009. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 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
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 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 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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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 4% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Catch intended fish
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2 hour evening trip

VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on June 3, 2021
Captain Bobby was an excellent guide.  He was very patient and helpful with my 8 year old.  He put us right on the fish. ...
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Great day with Capt Bobby

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Inshore on November 21, 2020
My wife and i were in town and needed a break. We have done a lot of fishing in a bunch of places around the country. This...
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Six hour trip with Captain Bobby

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip – Inshore on August 22, 2020
Recently went on a 6-hour trip with Captain Bobby. My sister and I are both novices and had one request - to catch fish. We...
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Half Day Trip with Captain Bobby

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on April 12, 2021
Had a fantastic time with Captain Bobby. Caught lots of Snook, one Grouper and a few Spotted Sea Trout. He went out of his...
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VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) on April 5, 2021
Great overall experience. Captain Bobby really knows his way around the back waters and does everything possible to get you...
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FAQs about Shallow Water Experience

Shallow Water Experience offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (2 hours)
  • $250 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (2 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip – Inshore (6 hours)

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

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

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

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

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