Boca Grande flats fishing / fly fish boca

Capt. Shane Smetak Placida, FL Incorporated Licensed Insured

Captain Shane Smetak offers fly fishing and light tackle charters in and around Boca Grande, Charlotte harbor, Pine Island, Englewood Venice and Sarasota Florida. He is a full time guide who has fished these areas for over ten years and is passionate about what he does. He welcomes you aboard to sample this fantastic fishery.

You will be fishing aboard an 18 ft Maverick HPX18 which is perfect for accessing the extremely shallow water your target fish inhabit. This technical poling skiff allows you to glide silently through the flats and backcountry while your captain will help you perfect your cast. Equipped with a powerful Yamaha engine, GPS, fishfinder and a VHF radio, the boat will get you to the fish without a problem.

Captain Shane offers a variety of trips ranging from night trips for Snook and Tarpon to seasonal Bull Red trips and full day Tarpon trips. While he specializes in fly fishing, Captain Shane recognizes that this method of fishing is not for everyone and also supplies light spinning tackle.

Boca Grande Flats Fishing is great way to spend the day with family and your favorite fishing buddies. Everything you need for a great day of fishing is provided by Captain Shane; including licenses, rods, reels, tackle, and bait. You’ll want to bring water to stay hydrated, snacks, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses.

We’ll have a great fishing trip chasing the Silver King (Tarpon) during the April – July season. We recommend you book in advance as we do book these dates quickly. We’ll also land some Snook or Redfish in the flats; these waters have some of the best grass flats around! You’re sure to hook into something when guided by Captain Shane.

Come experience fishing the flats of Boca Grande with Captain Shane. Trips are usually for 2-3 people; depending on if we’re fly fishing or not. We start early as this is when the fish are biting, and trips range from 4-6 hours. We’ll get in as much fishing as we can or regulations allow. We’re fishing year-round, so book your Boca Grande Flats Fishing adventure with Captain Shane and let’s get to it!

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  Launch Location

Placida, FL, USA, Placida

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Trips start at $350

5 Trips

1-3 guests

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2014 185' Flats Boat/Skiff

150 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

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HALF DAY BACK COUNTRY

Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

fish the back country of Charlotte Harbor, englewood lemon bay and the surrounding areas. Light spin tackle or fly rod for tailing red fish, snook, Tarpon, and sea trout. This trip is available year round. 

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NIGHT SNOOK AND TARPON SPIN FISHING

Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 8:00pm to 12:00am (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

This is one of the most popular trips! Sight fish at night for snook tarpon and redfish! There is a lot of action on these trips! This trip is offered year round. 

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NIGHT TRIP SNOOK AND TARPON FLY FISHING

Includes 2 guests

Trip time: 8:00pm to 12:00am (4 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

This is one of my most popular trips! Sight cast fly fishing for snook and tarpon, there is a lot of action on this trip. Trip starts at dark and is available in Venice, englewood and punta gorda Fl. This trip is offered year round. 

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FULL DAY TARPON

Includes 3 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 12:00pm (6 hours)

7 Day Cancellation Policy

Chase the mighty silver king right off the beautiful beaches from Boca Grande to Sarasota Fl. This trip can be either spin fishing or fly fishing. April-September 

all flies for fly fishing, bait and lures for spin fishing
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FULL DAY TARPON FLY FISHING

Includes 2 guests

Trip time: 6:00am to 12:00pm (6 hours)

30 Day Cancellation Policy

chase the mighty silver king on the fly rod! Sight fish to laid up tarpon, fish the bars and the beaches for the silver king! This trip is offered from April-September. 

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Fish Species

Black Drum
Bonito
Cobia
Flounder
Little Tunny (False Albacore)
Mangrove Snapper
Redfish
Sheepshead
Snook
Tarpon

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio

Navigation

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Boat Gear

  • Casting Platform
  • Poling Platform

Fishing Techniques

  • Fly Fishing
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment
  • Fresh or Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Fishing Location

  • Backcountry
  • Flats
  • Inshore
  • Nearshore

About the Vessel

Captain

Capt. Shane Smetak

Boat Type

Flats Boat/Skiff

Boat Length

18.5

Year Built

2014

Engine Manufacturer

Yamaha 150

Number of Engines

1

Engine Horsepower

150 HP