Shallow OPS Charters

Spring Lake Boulevard Northwes…
Port Charlotte FL, United States

Shallow OPS Charters invites you on a shallow water adventure in the beautiful waters of Port Charlotte, Florida. The charter is owned and operated by USCG licensed 100 ton master Captain Jack Sanzalone, who is a retired Navy Submariner. Captain Jack served the United States for 30 years and has extensive experience on the water. He is a fun person to be around and is very knowledgeable.

Captain Jack will be able to provide you with an unforgettable fishing experience in Port Charlotte and will work very hard to put you on the fish. Depending on the season you go out, he will advise you what’s biting and where. You can fish the inshore waters, the backcountry or the flats for a variety of shallow water species in the Charlotte Harbor and Gasparilla Sound areas.

Your target species will include Snook, Redfish, Trout, Mangrove Snapper and more.gamefish. At the end of your trip, Captain Jack can clean and fillet your catch.

You will fish aboard a 21-foot Shoalwater Cat, powered by a 200 HP Evinrude engine, and considered a great fishing platform. It rides excellent in extremely shallow waters and runs well in the heavy chop due to the tunnel hull design. The boat is equipped with a wireless trolling motor that can get you into the skinny waters with ease.

The boat has a nearly 9 feet wide beam and a spacious bow and stern that provide an excellent fishing platform for up to two anglers. It features all the safety equipment and electronics such as a GPS and a fishfinder that will help you locate the most productive spots. There is a livewell, a cooler, and all the fishing gear on board, too.

Shallow OPS Charters can provide lunch for an extra fee, or include a trip to one of the many waterfront establishments where you can savor the taste of Florida. They cater to beginners and experienced anglers and are always available to answer all your fishing questions.

Shallow OPS Charters invites you on a shallow water adventure in the beautiful waters of Port Charlotte, Florida. The charter is owned and operated by USCG licensed 100 ton master Captain Jack Sanzalone, who is a retired Navy Submariner. Captain Jack

Select date to see available trips and rates:

Trip Date:
  • 6 Hour Trip
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400 private charter
  • 5 Hour Trip
    5 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 350 private charter
  • 4 Hour Trip
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 300 private charter

About this listing

Boat Specs

Shoalwater Cat (Flats boat) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 250HP Evinrude G2 engine.

21 ft
3 persons
Types of Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Targeted Species

Speckled Trout
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Fly Fishing Equipment
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker 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, Checks, American Express.

About the Captain

Jack Sanzalone
Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
Member since March 2017
Shallow OPS Charters is a fun charter owned and operated by Captain Jack Sanzalone. He is based out of Port Charlotte, Florida where he has fished for many years. Captain Jack is a retired Navy Submariner who served the country for 30 years as well as a USCG Licensed Master Captain. He is very experienced on the water and will work hard to provide you with a memorable fishing experience.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.93 out of 5 stars from 9 reviews

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This was my first charter for snook and redfish since moving to Florida from NJ and I don’t think I could have asked for a better boat or captain. Captain Jack is very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. He stayed longer than the half day to take advantage of the tide and you can tell his first priority is the customers experience. The rates and are very reasonable and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to have some fun in the back country.  Thanks Captain Jack! Marissa and I had a great time!

Michael Cook

Fished September 1, 2017
Jack Sanzalone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on September 2, 2017

Thanks Mike. Had a spectacular day in the back country with you and Marissa. Glad we found some fish. See you next trip.

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Captain Jack’s boat is a shallow water rig that few can compare to, stable wide and can get in very shallow water. The boat is dry when it chops up and smooth riding. Comfortable and safe. This was my first trip with Shallow Water Ops but will definitely NOT be my last. Caught my first Snook and now I am “hooked”. Did not set any records but did get six. When it comes to fishing, Captain Jack’s knowledge is endless. Fantastic instructor, he takes the time to make you comfortable whether you are a novice or have been at for years. He provides the perfect level of assistance from catching bait to casting in the right spot. He will ensure you will not only enjoy fishing but learn fishing techniques and practices.He showed a passion for putting me in the right spot to catch a Snook.
He is a personable, friendly, makes you feel welcome and seems to enjoy having you on the boat fishing with him. A great Captain, great guy to fish with and he will do his best to get you fish.
If you want to experience the best inshore fishing trip you could ever hope to have, go out with Captain Jack Sanzalone of Shallow Water Ops and see for yourself. I know my wife and I will be booking trips as often as we can. GREAT time!!! THANKS Jack for a fantastic time and my first Snook!
Steve Barber

Fished April 14, 2017
Jack Sanzalone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 17, 2017

Thank you Steve. If was great to get get to know you and most of all to put you on some fish. Looking forward to the next opportunity.  V/r Jack Sanzalone.

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The fishing was a little slow. But when they did start biting Captain Jack kept us out there for some additional time.Jack is a good man who does his best for his customers and is very personable and seems to enjoy what he does.Thanks Jack

Fished March 10, 2017
Jack Sanzalone (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 22, 2017

Thanks Russ. Definitely a difficult post full moon trip but happy we caught some snook and trout as well as a few other fish. Hope to see you again.

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Fishing Reports

Water Cooling Off Fishing Heating Up

October 11, 2017

Fished Lemon Bay and Pirates Harbor the last two days. Fishing was much better on an incoming tide in Pirates Harbor but bait was almost non-existent. Lemon Bay was holding lots of smaller snook and jack crevalle while Pirates… Read Full Report →

The Invasion of the Spotted Sea Trout

September 26, 2017

Went out the last couple of mornings for about 6 hours on each trip. Between the two of them I have produced about 90 spotted sea trout. The average size is about 16 in with a few being 19… Read Full Report →