Hookin’ Ain’t Easy proves that there is never a bad time to fish the inshore and nearshore waters out of Saint Petersburg. If you are ready to wet your line with a native guide, look no further.

Captain Matthew Neumann, a local angler with a wealth of knowledge, will show you how fishing is done here. You will be able to fill your cooler or hone your skills without having to travel too far out. Your playground for the day will be the inshore and nearshore waters that are home to some exciting fish species.

Your day out on the water will see you targeting Snapper, Flounder, Spanish Mackerel, Sheepshead, Redfish, Cobia, Snook, Tarpon, and Speckled Trout. Enjoy the thrill of reeling in the big one or watching your kid catching anything from blue runner baitfish to King Mackerel. If you are after something different, you can join Capt. Matthew for a Crabbing trip.

All these exciting things happen aboard a 23’ Hanson center console. It has everything you need for a productive day on the water, including a 150 HP Suzuki engine to get you to the fishing grounds to top-notch navigational and fishfinding electronics. There is also a livewell, which will be loaded with bait to make sure no fish can resist your hooks. You can also catch bait on the trip as a part of your experience.

All rods, reels, tackle, bait, lures, and licenses are included in the price. Capt. Matthew will clean your catch once you’re done fishing so that you could get your weekly dinners sorted out.

Hookin’ Ain’t Easy caters each charter to accommodate your personal needs. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    From Tarpon fishing to chasing Redfish, Snook, Trout, Cobia, King and Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, and Snappers, this trip gives you limitless opportunities to make a great catch possible.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    Add a few more hours to your time on the water to target more species, including Kingfish, Redfish, and other. Your lunch and drinks are welcome on board.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    On this morning charter, you will be fishing for Redfish, Snook, Trout, Snapper, Cobia, and other species that are in season and biting.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $375
    This afternoon trip will take you fishing the inshore waters for Snapper, Redfish, Trout, and Snook, as well as many other species. Feel free to bring your food and drinks.
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About the Captain

Matthew Neumann
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
96 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since July 2018
Captain Matthew Neumann is a Florida native who was born and raised in Saint Petersburg. He spent all his childhood years on the water of Tampa Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico. Even though Matthew tried his hand at various jobs here and there, nothing could really tear him from his true passion – fishing. He began fishing commercially for a living about two decades ago. Capt. Matthew began his own charter business that he had been dreaming about for years and has never looked back. He also runs 500 blue crab traps year-round.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Mangrove Snapper
Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout Speckled Trout
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 46 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Half day trip with captain Mike

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 24, 2021
We had a blast today. My family of six (4 kids-10 and under) all went fishing today. Right away we were asked what we wanted...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on August 10, 2021
I would highly recommend Hookin Ain’t Easy, Captain Matthew was awesome! Very informative and an amazing guide. Given the...
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Morning trip with captain Matthew

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 11, 2021
We had a great am half day trip! Saw so much! The kids enjoyed catching bait fish and checking out what else we pulled in before...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on June 22, 2021
Captain was very friendly, social and did everything he could to get us in the best fishing spots possible.  Great crew and...
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VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on July 1, 2021
Captain Matthew took me, my husband, and 3 grandchildren on a fantastic trip.  We all caught fish, and he was very patient...
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FAQs about Hookin' Ain't Easy

Hookin' Ain't Easy offers the following trips to customers:
  • $375 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $375 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $600 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Hookin' Ain't Easy, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well

Trips booked with Hookin' Ain't Easy include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Hookin' Ain't Easy offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Hookin' Ain't Easy offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Hookin' Ain't Easy include:
  • Cobia
  • Flounder
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snook
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout
  • Tarpon