A vacation in Aruba is a dream come true for many people. Spice that dream up with exciting angling action with Hooker Charters. Captain Johan Croes will take you into the pearlescent waters off the coast of Noord Aruba and put you on top of the hottest action around.

You’ll embark on this fishing adventure on board his 31’ Blackfin center console. She was designed and built according to local fishing traditions, perfectly suited to the waters and species targeted around Aruba. You can bring up to 11 additional guests on board.

Capt. Johan has a varied offer, there’s a trip for any flavor of angler. Whether you’re looking to start your day off with reel-screaming action or you want to enjoy the afternoon sun and catch a tasty dinner, he’ll hook you up with the right package! If you’re looking to enjoy something unique, you have to try the sunset fishing trip – it’s tough to beat exciting fishing paired with a picturesque Aruban sunset.

There’s a wide range of species you can target in these waters, depending on your preference and skill level. Anglers chasing the next challenge can go after Amberjack or Barracuda, you’ll have your skills tested. There’s a variety of Groupers and Snappers lurking around the reefs and wrecks of the area, perfect for that family dinner you’ve been planning. Silvery Grunt, Triggerfish, and many other species populate the target list – talk to the captain to figure out what’s best for you.

You can even combine snorkeling with fishing on all trips, for a small additional fee – contact the captain before arriving to work out the details.

Remember to pack sunscreen and polarized sunglasses, everything else is taken care of by the charter.

Book a trip with The Hooker Charters today! Make the first step towards your next favorite vacation destination.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day – Deep Sea Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $875
    Great captain, friendly crew.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $650
    Explore the waters of Aruba on this 6-hour trip. You can target multiple species or double-down on hooking one as much as possible! Amberjack, Grunt, Groupers, Snappers, Barracuda, Seabream, and many other species wait just beneath the surface.
  • Private trip
    Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    This is a perfect mix trip, so you will never get bored. If you want to spend 3.5 hours in the morning going after different species while bottom fishing and use some time to go snorkeling, this is a choice for you. Join Capt. Johan and experience fishing and snorkeling in the morning!
  • Private trip
    Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $450
    Overslept? Don't worry, there is still a chance to seize the day! If you want to spend 3.5 hours going after different species while bottom fishing plus do some snorkeling, this is a choice for you. Join Capt. Johan on a sunny noon adventure and experience Aruba!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM) – Deep Sea
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    This is a 2 people maximum trip! If you want to spend 3.5 hours in the morning going after different species while bottom fishing or deep sea fishing, this is a choice for you. Join Capt. Johan and experience Aruba mornings!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM) – Deep Sea
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $450
    This is a 2 people maximum trip! If you want to spend 3.5 hours going after different species while bottom fishing or deep sea fishing, this is a choice for you. Join Capt. Johan on a sunny noon adventure and experience Aruba!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $350
    Head out in the morning, before the boat traffic picks up, and fish the nearshore waters of Aruba! You'll go after a wide range of species like Amberjack, Barracuda, Groupers, Snappers, Triggerfish, Seabream, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $350
    Sleep a little longer, eat a strong breakfast, and get ready to hook up a variety of species in the nearshore waters of Aruba. You can target many different fish like Amberjack, Barracuda, Mangrove Snapper, Yellowtail Snapper, Lane Snapper, Silvery Grunt, various Groupers, Triggerfish, and many other species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Sunset Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $325
    Head out into the waters of Aruba near sundown and enjoy reel-screaming action as you witness a gorgeous sunset. Various Snappers, Groupers, Barracuda, Amberjack, Grunts, Seabream, and other species can be targeted on this 3-hour trip.
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About the Captain

Johan Croes
Noord, Aruba
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34 Customer Reviews
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Member since August 2018
Captain Johan Croes started working with Aruba Kayak Adventures when he was a teenager, as a kayak instructor. After that, he moved on to work with Rhino Riders, before working as a crewmember, and later on as a captain for Pelican Adventures. He's captained boats ranging from 65 to 120' long! Capt. Johan was a professional boxer and MMA fighter for the majority of his life, working usually two jobs at any one time. He's a father of 3 and is extremely proud of getting his kids to love angling as much as he does. Once, he caught a fish similar to Flounder with his son and won the "Weirdest Fish" prize at a local tournament! Now, he's a captain of his own boat and business and looks forward to sharing the bountiful waters of Aruba with every single guest that comes on board.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Gilt-head (Seabream) Gilt-head (Seabream)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Broomtail) Grouper (Broomtail)
Grunt Grunt
Snapper (Lane) Snapper (Lane)
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Blackfin (Flybridge) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2020. Powered by 2 350HP Yanmar 6LY-STE engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing
Handline

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Kitchen
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible

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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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100%
Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Michael S.
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It was a great day of fishing

VERIFIED   Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (AM) on May 10, 2021
My husband and son had been looking forward to this fishing trip and were not disappointed. It was a slow start to fishing...
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David F.
Yancey Mills, VA
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3-Hours of Reef Fishing with Captain Johan

VERIFIED   Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (AM) on December 18, 2020
My family had an amazing morning with Captain Johan on The Hooker! He kept us moving to four different spots and we left with...
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Oralee M.
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3hr trip with Capt Johan

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on May 24, 2021
Great weather, fun day bottom fishing catching small fish! Love the fact that for $10 per person they will cook your catch...
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Emily B.
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Half Day Afternoon Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM) on July 27, 2020
We had a great time with Captain Johan and his first mate Enrique! We caught our first fish within ten seconds, and caught...
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Carrie B.
Sun Prairie, WI
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Great time

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) on April 29, 2021
We booked a morning bottom fishing trip and had a great time. We caught several fish in three hours. After they cleaned them...
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FAQs about The Hooker Charters

The Hooker Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $325 per group - Half Day Trip – Sunset Fishing (3 hours)
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (AM) (3 hours)
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip – Bottom Fishing (PM) (3 hours)
  • $450 per group - Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Bottom Fishing and Snorkeling (PM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) – Deep Sea (4 hours)
  • $450 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) – Deep Sea (4 hours)
  • $650 per group - Full Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $850 per group, additional $25 per person after 1 guest - Full Day – Deep Sea Fishing (8 hours)

When you book a trip with The Hooker Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet ( toilet)
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Kitchen
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with The Hooker Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano rods and reels)
  • Live Bait (Prepared in advance)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License

The Hooker Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

The Hooker Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing
  • Handline

Top targeted fish species with The Hooker Charters include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Gilt-head (Seabream)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Grunt
  • Snapper (Lane)
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Mutton)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Triggerfish (Gray)
  • Wahoo