Playin Hooky Fishing Charters

Sign up with Playin Hooky Fishing Charters and get ready for a heart-pumping time in the waters of South Padre Island, Texas. Captain Jeff Hartung will work hard to put you on the fish and show you a real Texan fishing experience! Anglers of all skill levels are more than welcome aboard, Capt. Jeff will show newcomers how it all works.

You’ll be fishing from a 30’ Pursuit boat that runs on a pair of 170 HP Yanmar engines, and has plenty of room for up to 5 anglers. This versatile vessel is a great choice for both nearshore and offshore fishing. She’s equipped with all the necessary safety and navigation gear, as well as a toilet below deck.

Depending on what kind of trip you’re looking for, the fish species you can go after range from Cobia and Kingfish to the likes of Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna. Of course, if you’re here for the Tarpon bite, Capt. Jeff will be more than happy to oblige and have you dancing with the Silver King.

You’ll be provided with all the necessary fishing gear, including quality Pen reels, as well as Quantum and Connley rods. You just need to make sure you have a valid fishing license with you, as well as a pair of polarized sunglasses. The Playin Hooky crew will take care of the rest!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    During a 6hr trip, you have more time to reach better fishing grounds and allow more time to try to get a full limit of fish. You will stop and check the rigs for Kingfish and Cobia, if nothing much is around you will continue on trolling for Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Bonita, and Spanish Mackerel. Once you reach your destination you'll continue to troll for Kingfish and then set up to bottom fish for Snapper. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – State Waters
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    This is a state waters trip (under 9 miles offshore). This allows you to reach spots that are not hit very often, usually meaning more and larger Snapper. Similar to the 6hr trip, you will run about 30-45 minutes when you'll set down and put lines out and troll for Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Bonita, Spanish Mackerel and on rare occasions Sailfish. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
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About the Captain

Jeff Hartung
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
16 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since August 2018
Captain Jeff Hartung has been fishing since he was a kid, and there's nothing he'd rather be doing for a living than getting more people invested in the world of fishing. He's been fishing offshore for more than a decade now, and always aims to ensure everybody on the boat is having a good time angling!

About this listing

Targeted species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

Boat specs

Pursuit (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1997. Powered by 2 170HP Yanmar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Ages 5 and older.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 16 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (12)
6 hour trip
Red Snapper
6 Hour trip with Jeff
+9
Angler Rating
14
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
93%
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Adam S.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Jeff

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 13, 2020
Been on a lot of fishing trips, but this one takes the cake. Went out to catch Red Snapper came back with a great memory. After...
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Jerri H.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Jeff

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on September 27, 2020
I had a very difficult time finding a charter online that would fish the Gulf side of South Padre Island. Jeff was an excellent...
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Matt R.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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6 hour trip

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on November 13, 2020
Captain Jeff was great! His gear was nice and he was great at finding the fish and rebating quickly when needed.  We limited...
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Jason H.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Capt Jeff

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on July 5, 2020
Fantastic day on the water. Capt Jeff was able to get the whole family involved and we all pulled in multiple fish. Thank you...
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Robert C.
Houston, TX
Excellent
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8 hour trip

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip – State Waters on July 14, 2020
We had a great time with Captain Jeff and will definitely be doing it again.
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FAQs about Playin Hooky Fishing Charters

Playin Hooky Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,000 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip – State Waters (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Playin Hooky Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Playin Hooky Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures

Playin Hooky Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

Playin Hooky Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Playin Hooky Fishing Charters include:
  • Cobia
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Tarpon
  • Tuna (Blackfin)
  • Wahoo