Shallow Water Guide Service invites you to fish the shallow water back bays and creeks in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida! This area is known for its abundance of inshore fisheries and productive waters year-round. Whether you’re after a good game fish or tasty table fare, Captain Joey Shogren will hook you up.

You’ll fish aboard a 24’ Yellowfin bay boat originally built in 2014 and perfect for up to 4 anglers. The vessel is powered by a 300 HP Yamaha engine, with a whopping top speed of 65 knots.

Capt. Joey has equipped this beauty with a live well, an icebox, a fighting chair, and a wireless trolling motor to help you reach very shallow waters. Add top-notch fish-locating electronics and you’re ready to head out!

Your main targets are Snook, Redfish, Trout, and Tarpon. If you’re looking for more variety and some good table fare, Mangrove Snapper, King Mackerel, Gag Grouper, Permit, and Blacktip Shark round things up nicely. Alternatively, you can target Ladyfish and Jack Crevalle as sound game fish options.

Shallow Water Guide Service always provides top-notch fishing gear in the form of Penn and Shimano rods and reels, a variety of lures and bait, ice, water, Gatorade, and fishing licenses.

Captain Joey can also clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip, so make sure you bring a cooler to transport it home. There’s nothing better than enjoying your own catch at dinner!

See why Florida is the inshore fisherman’s haven and enjoy a day out on the water aboard Shallow Water Guide Service!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Night Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Oct 1
    US $550
    Fish around docks and inlet passes when the fish are feeding best! You'll target the likes of Snook, Redfish, and Tarpon. Night trips offer some of the best fishing in the area and a chance to beat the heat during the summer months. All of your gear is provided, as are some soft drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Sharks (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US $550
    Enjoy an action-packed morning in the Florida shallows chasing the likes of Blacktip, Bull and Hammerhead Sharks! These fighting fish will jump, twist and put on an all-round show in shallow waters, so have your camera ready! All gear will be provided and anglers of all skill levels are welcome.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Sharks (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $550
    This shark chasing adventure will see you cruising through the Florida shallows and nearshore waters looking for Blacktip, Bull, and Hammerhead Sharks. These exciting fish put up a good fight, making this trip ideal for action lovers. Bring your camera and any snacks you’d like to enjoy. All the fishing gear you need will be provided by the captain.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US $550
    The 4-hour trip will take you fishing in the productive inshore waters surrounding Fort Myers Beach. Captain Joey specializes in back bay and inshore fishing and you'll target Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. Gear is included, as are soft drinks.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $550
    Head out for 4 hours of fishing with Capt. Joey in the back bays and inshore waters surrounding Fort Myers, Florida! You'll target Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon with top-notch gear that he provides.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US $825
    The 6-hour long trip will take you fishing in the productive waters surrounding Fort Myers, Florida. Capt. Joey specializes in back bay and inshore fishing and will have you targeting Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. You can also target other species including Sharks, Permit, King Mackerel, and Grouper depending on the time of year.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 30
    US $950
    If you happen to be in town during Tarpon season, this is a trip you don’t want to miss! Take your shot at battling it out the mighty “Silver King” in the inshore waters surrounding Fort Myers. This is a great trip for anglers looking for the true Florida experience. All the gear you need will be provided, just be sure to bring snacks and refreshments.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:30 AM
    US $1,100
    There's nothing quite like the spending 8 hours in the productive waters surrounding Fort Myers! Capt. Joey specializes in back bay and inshore fishing for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. You can also target other species including Sharks, Permit, King Mackerel, and Grouper depending on the time of year. He'll provide all the gear you need to make sure you have a productive day doing so!
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Enjoyable experience

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Sharks (PM) on March 28, 2024
Capt Joey was very accommodating to reschedule our reservation due to bad weather on our scheduled date.  He was friendly...
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Layne H.
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Captain Joey was great!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on March 5, 2023
We had a great time! We had to change our schedule a bit due to some other things, and he accommodated us and we had a great...
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Mornin trip with Captain Joey.

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 3, 2021
Awesome time with Captain Joey!  Incredible boat and tackle, along with a tremendous knowledge of the area, the habitat and...
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Full Day with Captain Joey

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 22, 2021
Captain Joey put us on the fish from the start and we had an incredible day catching Snook till our arms fell off!  Great...
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1/2 day with Capt Joey

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 7, 2022
Great guide. Knows the area well. Nice boat and gear. Everything you would want in a charter !
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FAQs about Shallow Water Guide Service

Shallow Water Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - 4 Hour Trip – Night Fishing (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Sharks (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip – Sharks (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • US $550 per group, additional US $50 per person after 4 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • US $825 per group, additional US $75 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • US $950 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Tarpon Fishing (6 hours)
  • US $1,100 per group, additional US $100 per person after 4 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

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

Trips booked with Shallow Water Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano and Penn)
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water and Gatorade)
  • Fishing License

Shallow Water Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Shallow Water Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Shallow Water Guide Service include:
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Ladyfish
  • Permit
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Blacktip)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Joey Shogren
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
6 Fishing Reports
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102 Customer reviews
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Member since July 2017
Having grown up in Southwest Florida, I developed a passion for fishing at a young age. As a child, I began fishing in the ponds around my home. At 5 years old, my grandfather introduced me to saltwater fishing. As a teenager, I started fishing in local tournaments and started to develop my knowledge of the surrounding waters. From there my passion grew to become my livelihood.

About this listing

Targeted species

Grouper (Gag) Gag Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Ladyfish Ladyfish

Boat specs

Yellowfin (Bay boat) originally built in 2014. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 65 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing

Amenities

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

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano and Penn
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Water and Gatorade
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 1 day 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 Fort Myers to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
6 years and over, life vests provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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