Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Fishing Info

About Playin' Hooky Charters

Where does Playin' Hooky Charters fish?

We fish the St. Petersburg, FL area, including Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay.

What are the target fish?

Target fish include Blacktip Shark  (Also Called Shark, Blacktip Shark  ), Gag Grouper , Goliath Grouper  (Also Called Atlantic Goliath Grouper, ), Great Barracuda (Also Called Giant Barracuda, Picuda  ), Hogfish  (Also Called Jacqueton Blanca, Ornefisk, Pargo Gallo, Doncella de Pluma, Labre Capitaine, Odynczyk, Pez Perro), King Mackerel (Also Called Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel  ), Lane Snapper (Also Called Mexican Snapper, Redtailed Snapper, Spot Snapper , Candy Striper, Rainbow Snapper, Bream, Godbless, Moonlight Grunt, Pot Snapper, Candy Snapper, Williacke), Red Grouper (Also Called Cherna De Vivero, Cherna Americana, Grouper  ), Spanish Mackerel (Also Called Atlantic Spanish Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel), Atlantic Bonito  (Also Called Bloater, Bone Jack, Bonito, Boston Mackerel, Common Bonito, Skipjack)

Where in St. Petersburg, FL to we meet our guests?

We meet at Pinellas Bayway South ( Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg, FL 33715, USA )

Do I need a STATE Fishing license?

Yes, a Fishing license is required

Where do I get a STATE Fishing license?

Florida residents and visitors 16 years of age and older are required to possess a Florida freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license when engaged in active or passive fishing activities.  However, you do not need a saltwater fishing license if saltwater fishing from a for-hire vessel (guide, charter, party boat) that has a valid charter license or from a vessel whose operator has a valid recreational saltwater vessel license issued in the name of the operator of the vessel. If you are looking for online access for a license, please check Go Outdoors Florida here:

How much should I Tip?

It is customary to tip 20% of the trip total. We work tirelessly to make sure you have a guest experience!

Do I need to bring my own gear?

No, we provide standard gear such as rods and reels so you don’t need to worry about anything. But please feel free to bring you own gear if you prefer.