GULF FISHING (out to 9 miles or state waters)
Play N Hooky Charters extends a friendly welcome to The Emerald Coast of Florida. This family-run business prides itself on making sure your trip is family-friendly. Join our captain in fishing waters both near and off the shore while building memories you will share with friends and family for a lifetime. The waters in the area are full of a dynamic range of fish and sea life. Come explore the Gulf with Play N Hooky Charters.
Depending on the time of year and season, you can catch Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Mingo Snapper, Almaco Jack, Amberjack, Pompano, Red Snapper, Trigger, Blacktip Shark, reef sharks, and many others. You’ll use only high-end tackle as well as multiple types of fishing techniques. The crew specializes in bottom fishing but you can also troll as well as experience free lining. Typical trips will fish several to many reefs. The charter length determines the number of reefs we will fish as well as the availability of live bait. Live bait is premium for certain species of fish and is used on charters of 5 hours or better. Kids are welcome to come aboard and the crew will enjoy helping them learn to fish. The captain will ensure that you keep all the fish allowed by the FWC. He’s generous with the length of the charter and looks forward to helping you build the best experience ever.
When you join the crew for a trip, the Captain will provide drinking water, gear, licenses, as well as clean your catch. You may bring snacks, drinks, hats, sunglasses, sun screen, and cameras.
Fish with Play N Hooky Charters, and let us make your trip to the Florida Emerald Coast special.
Our trips will go up to 9 miles offshore. Restrictions on harvesting fish are in place by the FWC and in season fish are limited by these guidelines found on the FWC website: https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/ Your fishing license is part of the fee.
3 or 4 Hour Trip
Families, fish, and fun are the focus on this trip. Quantity over quality size fish is the mission, with lots of poles bending frequently. Fishing education is a key feature of these 4 hours on the water. The captain always makes time to visit dolphin friends on the way, as well as provide lots of explanations of the technology used to locate fish and navigate. Each 3 or 4 hour morning trip is great for kids. Short run time and fishing nearshore reefs. Great action with mostly smaller fish with a lot of catch and release. If you are looking to take a lot of keepers back, we highly recommend one of the longer trips we offer (6 or 8 hours). This trip includes 30-40 minutes of dolphins up close!
Our 5 hour trips and longer use live bait and fish a greater number of reefs.
All trips must be booked with the Captain via a phone call. He will want to get your preferences for your charter and make sure we can meet your expectations for a fantastic trip. You are welcome to call and ask questions as well.
Request a quote of current pricing. Rates between $ 500-1500 depending on length of trip.
Call for details Captain’s phone 903-244-2719
Request a quote for custom trips available as well by request.
Dolphin and Harbor Tours Rates
3 Hours $ 450.00
Gratuity is customary All payments other than cash will be assessed a 3% transaction fee.
Fishing trips depart at 7:00-9:00 am as determined by Captain and are limited to 6 passengers maximum.
All charters are limited up to 6 passengers, however, only 4 passengers may fish at any given time to avoid tangled lines.
Instructional Coaching on your BOAT
We live in a Do It Yourself (DIY) age, which is why our Instructional Fish Coaching provides a long-lasting value. We teach boat owners the basics (and advanced skills) of bottom fishing, trolling and free lining techniques. We also provide hands on guidance of navigation, fish finding systems, as well as radar. Most boating and fishing tasks are manageable once someone has been taught properly.
Hiring a captain gives you peace of mind so you can enjoy a stress-free day of boating without worrying about where to go, breaking the boat, or having a drink safely. Our Captain is qualified, competent and holds a valid U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner license.
Our captains are great at adapting to various boats and fishing parties. Whether you're looking for a relaxing day on the water with family or friends without the distractions of operating your boat and finding the fish, or whether you and your fishing buddies want some help finding that ultimate Destin fishing experience. Some of our clients simply enjoy the added sense of comfort and safety that comes with having one of our captains on board and the knowledge they bring along.
Cancellation Policy: Customers may cancel at least 14 days prior to their scheduled trip date to receive a full refund less a 25.00 service fee. Cancellations inside the 14 day period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable and the Captain calls off the trip or cancels due to other factors, the trip may be rescheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. Customer no-shows will not be refunded. Customers may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 14 day cancellation period. Once you have left the dock on your trip there is NO refund or rain check.
Trips Depart: Bluewater Bay Marina 290 Yacht Club Drive, Niceville, FL 32578
Dock B Fuel Dock area.
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