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
    8 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,150
    up to 5 persons
    If you're looking for the best possible chance to get a big Tarpon bite, this is the trip for you. Going after the Silver King takes skill and effort, and Capt. Jeff is ready to make your fishing dreams come true.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip – State Waters
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    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.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    up to 5 persons
    Tarpon fishing is very condition-dependent on what you do and where you go, based on sea conditions and tides. These trips usually start out fishing in the jetties, then running down along the beaches looking for schools of Tarpon if the conditions allow.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Tarpon
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    up to 5 persons
    Tarpon fishing is very condition-dependent on what we do and where you go based on sea conditions and tides. These trips generally start out fishing the jetties, then venture down along the beaches looking for schools of Tarpon if conditions allow. The longer the trip the further you can travel looking for the Silver King.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Trolling/Cobia (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    up to 3 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This trip will have you start trolling just outside the jetties for Kingfish. You will then work our way out to the old rigs and look for Kingfish and Cobia around them. Please note this is a trolling trip only, no bottom fishing.
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About the Captain

Jeff Hartung
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
ID & License verified
5 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
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) Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White) Marlin (White)
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel

Swordfish Swordfish
Tarpon Tarpon
Tuna (Blackfin) Tuna (Blackfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Outriggers

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 14 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 3.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.80
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
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July fishing trip
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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
75%
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Zack H.
San Marcos, Texas
 5.00
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6hr trip

VERIFIED   October 2, 2019
Fishing was little tough storms in area plus time of year. But caught some fish had great time would do it again.
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Marcos S.
Austin, Texas
 5.00
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Fishing with Jeff

VERIFIED   June 29, 2019
Great time caught lots of fish was fun will come out again
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Levon B.
Austin, Texas
 5.00
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July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 10, 2019
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Mike C.
Houston, TX
 4.67
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VERIFIED   July 27, 2019
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Jennifer M.
Helotes, TX
 4.33
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VERIFIED   June 28, 2019
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