Spend a terrific day exploring Alabama’s Gulf Shores with Hookmaster Charters. Captain Mac Bankey will guide you through the inshore and nearshore waters of this beautiful area. If you are a fishing first-timer you are at the right place – Capt. Mac enjoys teaching people how to fish and he will get you “hooked.”

This charter is family-friendly and your kids will love it. Captain Mac cherishes the fact that numerous kids have caught their very first fish on his boat. Please note, the children have to be at least 6 years old. Full of patience, he will teach them the basics of fishing and inspire their love for the outdoors. After this trip you may just have to buy a mini fishing rod.

As soon as you are aboard, Capt. Mac will give you a short introduction and a safety run. His 22’ center console is powered by a 200 HP Suzuki engine and accommodates up to 4 guests. Capt. Mac usually prepares live bait before the trip. If you want an extra layer of fun, you can also choose to catch it together with him once the trip starts.

The captain provides Shimano and Shakespeare fishing rods and cleans your catch after the trip. If you want to do flyfishing, please bring your own equipment. You’ll mostly fish for Red Snapper, Flounder, Sheepshead, Redfish, Mackerel, and/or Jack Crevalle.

Hookmaster Charters runs trips both in the morning and the afternoon, every day, year round. Capt. Mac is here to help you learn a new skill, brag with your catch, or simply have a fun day with your friends and family. Book your trip and create a new memory!

Departure from the public boat launch next to Ft. Gaines, Dauphin Island is possible as well. Contact Capt. Mac for more details!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    4 hour trip is a great start if you are fishing for the first time. Start early and catch Redfish, Flounder, Sheepshead or Trout. Bring your drinks, snacks, sunglasses, and a camera. Fishing equipment is provided.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    Take a slow morning and start your adventure in the afternoon. Bring your drinks, snacks and whatever will make your trip more comfortable. Captain Mac will provide everything you need for fishing.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Snapper (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Aug 2 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $600
    4 hour trip is a great start if you are fishing for the first time. Start early and catch Snapper. Bring your drinks, snacks, sunglasses, and a camera. Fishing equipment is provided. Seasonality is subject to change.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Snapper (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Aug 2 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $600
    Take a slow morning and start your adventure in the afternoon. Bring your drinks, snacks and whatever will make your trip more comfortable. Captain Mac will provide everything you need for fishing. Seasonality for snapper is subject to change.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    The best way to start your day is on the water! Spend 6 hours catching for Redfish, Sheepshead, Flounder or Jack Crevalle. Live bait will be prepared in advance, but you can catch it with the Captain as well. Don't forget your camera!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $700
    A longer trip gives you more chance for a great catch and of course – more fun. Spend an afternoon on the water and catch your dinner. Captain will provide your fishing equipment and choose the best fishing grounds for your adventure.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Snapper (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Aug 2 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $800
    The best way to start your day is on the water! Spend 6 hours catching for Snapper. Live bait will be prepared in advance, but you can catch it with the Captain as well. Don't forget your camera! Seasonality is subject to change.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Snapper (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip May 28 - Aug 2 (Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun)
    $800
    A longer trip gives you more chance for a great catch and of course – more fun. Spend an afternoon on the water and catch your dinner. Captain will provide your fishing equipment and choose the best fishing grounds for your adventure. Seasonality is subject to change.
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About the Captain

Mac Bankey
Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States
4 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
100 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since October 2018
Captain Mac Bankey moved to Gulf Shores 15 years ago. He’s been fishing his whole life and decided to make a living out of his passion. The greatest pleasure in this job is seeing people smiling as they catch their first fish – "Nothing better than to see a child reel in their fish!" He participated in Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo every year for the past 5 years.

About this listing

Targeted species

Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Redfish Redfish

Boat specs

Triton Sea Flight (Center console) originally built in 2002. Powered by a 200HP Suzuki 2020 engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 43 knots.

Length
24 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Cooler two
Life Jackets

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
At least 6 year old
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

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Best Fishing Trip!!
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
97%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
98%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Allison P.
Judson, IN
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6 hour trip with Capt Mac

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip (AM) on July 27, 2022
Capt Mac and his first mate Kaleb worked hard to put and keep us on fish. We were very satisfied with our experience. We had...
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Jarboe J.
Leopold, IN
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on June 28, 2022
Not the best fishing, but still a great time!  Captain Mac and Caleb were both awesome and made for a great afternoon out...
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Dave M.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on March 28, 2022
My son and I went with Captain Mac out of Fort Morgan. We ended up fishing out by the oil rigs in the gulf. What a great experience....
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Jarod M.
Zachary, Louisiana
Excellent
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Best Fishing Trip!!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 28, 2022
My boys and I had a BLAST with Captain Mac and Caleb! Captain Mac was knowledgeable, friendly, and very good with kids. One...
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WILLIAM B.
Huntsville, AL
Excellent
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Fantastic day with Captain Mac

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 4, 2022
Met us on time. Had all the bait ready. Explained what to expect. If a location wasn’t producing fish, he moved us to another....
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FAQs about Hookmaster Charters

Hookmaster Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Snapper (AM) (4 hours)
  • $600 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Snapper (PM) (4 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $700 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip - Snapper (AM) (6 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip - Snapper (PM) (6 hours)

When you book a trip with Hookmaster Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box Cooler two
  • Life Jackets

Trips booked with Hookmaster Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Hookmaster Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing

Hookmaster Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hookmaster Charters include:
  • Flounder
  • Jack Crevalle
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Shark (Bonnethead)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Mangrove)
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Speckled Trout