It’s been a few years since we’ve blogged on our website! Life and Business got busy! Here’s what’s been happening the last 3 years! In January of 2016 we got a new boat! She’s a beautiful 26.6 Commander Sea Fox with twin 150 Yamaha Engines on the back.  She’s been very reliable! In 2017  first […]

Double Shark Hook Up

Fish “Tales” from the first Mate: Being part of the Playin’ Hooky team is so much fun! We meet some amazing people celebrating various stages in their lives. We’ve had multiple honeymooners, but no story sticks out quite like Greg and Lynn from New York. They’ve been together for a very long time and because […]

Trophy King Mackerel

Fish “Tales” from the first mate: From Mid – March through the beginning of May the King Mackerel begin the spring run through the Gulf of Mexico along the Saint Petersburg/ Tampa Bay coast. It’s not uncommon for us to limit out on King Mackerel within the first hour of a charter during those months. […]

The Perfect Charter

Fish “Tales” from the first mate: We try to make every charter the perfect charter, but it doesn’t always happen. During the peak of our Spring break season, we experienced the “Perfect Charter”. It was a Sunday Morning and the weather was perfect. Water was glass calm and we couldn’t have asked for a better […]

Snapper King

Fish “Tales” from the first mate: Every family who joins us on a charter is unique and has its own energy! Some families join us for a day on the water just to enjoy the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and some just want to fish. During the peak of our Spring break […]

Tiger Shark Fight

“The shark pole, someone grab the shark pole!” The captain yells across the boat as the line screams and the pole bends nearly in half and the Captain leaps to the rear of the boat. Captain Adam grabs the pole and with disappointment realizes that the shark came off the line…wait, the mullet is still […]

Family Charters

Playin’ Hooky had so many wonderful families from all over the world take charters with us in 2014. We exceeded our 2014 charter goal and look forward to doing the same in 2015. Our families enjoyed sunset fishing along the skyway bridge, catching record breaking king fish, fighting barracuda along the reefs, seeing fields of jelly fish, […]

Winter Fishing

The Date: Dec 6, 2014. The weather man was calling for perfect conditions for some fishing. We had contacted all of our local regular patrons, and they all seem to have Holiday stuff going on that day. We decided to not waste this perfect weekend day on the water and do a family fishing trip. […]

9′ tiger shark

Several weeks ago we took out a single mom with her 4 boys. This was our 3rd charter with this family. Normally mom enjoys laying in the sun while the boys fish for dinner. This was one time mom got in on the action. Just as the captain was pulling in the anchor and the […]

Fish “Tales” from the First Mate

The last few months we have had some wonderful families include Playin’ Hooky charters as part of their family fun. This family was one of my favorites to work with.  Dad was celebrating his birthday and wanted to take his boys on a memorable fishing trip for his birthday present.  The oldest boy is autistic […]