Hookin' Ain't Easy

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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
    In demand!
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 6 persons
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    up to 6 persons
    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
    3/4 Day Trip - Blue Crab
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    This six-hour trip will take anyone who doesn't feel like fishing but still want to enjoy their day out on the water. Get your hands on Blue Crab!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Stone Crab
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    6 hour trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip available 15 Oct - 15 May
    $400
    up to 6 persons
    If you love Stone Crab, try catching your own! This trip will begin in mid-October and will go until mid-May. Everything you will need to catch Crabs will be provided for the trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $375
    up to 6 persons
    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 Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $375
    up to 6 persons
    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.
  • Private trip
    Night Trip
      FREE Cancelation 3 days notice
    4 hour trip, starts at 6:00 PM
    $375
    up to 6 persons
    With Snook, Redfish, and Trout among the popular catches, this trip is ideal for those who want to try their hand at nighttime fishing.
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About the Captain

Matthew Neumann
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
Angler's Choice
4 Reports
ID & License verified
27 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.

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Flounder Flounder
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 3 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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, there is a 3% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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5.00
out of 5 stars from 27 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Dexter A.
Kansas City, Missouri
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Michael G.
The Villages, FL
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Took my 12 year old son on his “Christmas present”.  What an awesome afternoon with Captain Matthew. ...
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Cincinnati, OH
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Half day trip with Captain Matthew

VERIFIED   June 14, 2019
I would highly recommend booking with Hookin Ain’t Easy! Captain Matthew was super friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. ...
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Wendy W.
Clearwater, Florida
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Half day with Capt. Matt

VERIFIED   April 22, 2019
We booked a half day trip Capt Matt for my wife and 3 kids ( ages 15, 12, 10).  Matt met us at the dock on time as he...
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Teri G.
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Stone crab trip with Capt. Matthew

VERIFIED   April 7, 2019
What an awesome day! If you are looking for a great day on the water that is a little different,  this is the trip for...
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