Playin’ Hooky Charters is based out of Sailfish Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida. Come enjoy a beautiful trip with your friends and family! It offers inshore, nearshore, and offshore trips and will cater to your needs. Its professional and courteous crew will take care of you and do its best to make your trip a memorable one. Also, be sure to check out Playin’ Hooky Charters’ professional catering and taxidermy services!

The boat you’ll be using is not the kind you see every day. This is a 53’ Viking convertible that will provide you with loads of comfort and amenities. It’s got a kitchen, toilet, shower, beds, and even a flybridge. It also features air conditioning, TV, multimedia system, refrigerator, and an ice-box. The boat can sit up to 6 guests and is powered by two 820 Man engines. Apart from a GPS and radar, it’s equipped with outriggers, a fighting chair, and a livewell.

Your adventure doesn’t mean just a powerful and luxurious boat. The choice of fish in these waters is also wide. You can hunt Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, King Mackerel, Swordfish, Marlin, and White Marlin. You’ll have the chance to try out many fishing techniques, such as bottom and deep sea fishing, trolling, spinning, jigging, as well as handline, drift, kite, and bow fishing. Depending on your choice, your catch stays with you or goes back to the water. You can bring your kids with you and have them create wonderful memories.

Playin’ Hooky Charters will have all the fishing gear ready for you. The crew will also clean, fillet, and bag your catch for you to take home. You’ll just need to bring your food and drinks. Fishing license is provided. Keep in mind there’s a 5% surcharge for credit cards.

Hurry up to West Palm Beach, Playin’ Hooky Charters’ waiting for you!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,600
    Spend 8 full hours of fishing! Everything's ready for you, just take your food, drinks, and set sail!
  • Private trip
    All Day Shark Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,500
    An 8 hour trip will give you all the time you need to hunt for your next Shark trophy. You'll use 80W Alutecnos reels and 130-pound graphite rods meaning you can expect a fight to tell stories about as you reel in these monsters.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,250
    Spend some more time fighting the apex predators of the seas! You'll fish on 80W Alutecnos reels, paired with 130-pound graphite rods. Expect an exciting fight as you try to reel in your next Shark trophy!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    6 hours of catching fish await you! Grab your food, drinks, and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $1,250
    6 hours of catching fish await you! Grab your food, drinks, and hop aboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Shark Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $850
    Come and catch your trophy Shark today! The captain has 80W Alutecnos reels on 130-pound graphite rods, which gives the angler a great fight!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Shark Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $850
    Come and catch your trophy Shark today! The captain will provide you with 80W Alutecnos reels on 130-pound graphite rods, giving you an amazing fight!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    Start your day early and spend the morning fishing the inlet and the surrounding waters. The captain will provide you with all the necessary equipment so you can enjoy your time on the water.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $850
    Come aboard and catch your trophy fish today! Fishing licenses, gear, equipment, and food and drinks are all included!
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About the Captain

David Allenby
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
19 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since May 2019
The captain loves the challenge of hooking up with world-class trophy fish. He also enjoys being out on the ocean to experience mother nature’s awesome gifts. He enjoys catching Bluefin Tuna, Blue Marlin, and all species both saltwater and fresh.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (White) White Marlin

Sailfish Sailfish
Shark (Bull) Bull Shark
Snapper (Yellowtail) Yellowtail Snapper
Swordfish Swordfish

Tuna (Bigeye) Bigeye Tuna
Tuna (Bluefin) Bluefin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Viking (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1990. Powered by 2 820HP Man engines.

Length
53 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Bed
Flybridge

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
84%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
58%
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Robert C.
Saint James, New York
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END of Covid -Freedom Fishing!!!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip (AM) on April 16, 2021
Finally got out of Dodge(NYC-YUCK) In Florida April 16 2021 for a few days and went fishing with Playin Hooky and Captain David...
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Gregory P.
Riviera Beach, FL
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on April 14, 2021
What a day !! From the first 7 minutes two fish and this kept going. Then decided to go for a bull shark, 5 minutes later a...
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Jupiter, FL
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Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on August 2, 2021
We had a great time. It was a great first experience. Captain David and the crew were energetic and really made sure it was...
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Janel B.
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Half day with Capt David and Jack

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 15, 2021
This was a completely new experience for my husband and I. We came in with no expectations. It was amazing. The guys were super...
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Jim M.
New Castle, Delaware
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on August 29, 2021
Captain & Crew were amazing and pulled out the Sunday morning miracle and put my father on a beautiful wahoo to celebrate his...
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FAQs about Playin Hooky Charters

Playin Hooky Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $850 per group - Half Day Shark Fishing (PM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - Half Day Shark Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $850 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 3/4 Day Shark Fishing (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (AM) (6 hours)
  • $1,250 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (PM) (6 hours)
  • $1,500 per group - All Day Shark Fishing (8 hours)
  • $1,600 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Playin Hooky Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Playin Hooky Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate
  • Fishing License (included)

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

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

Top targeted fish species with Playin Hooky Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (White)
  • Sailfish
  • Shark (Bull)
  • Snapper (Yellowtail)
  • Swordfish
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Bluefin)
  • Wahoo