Hooker Charters & Guide Service is located in Jacksonville, Florida. Run by Captain Bill Perkins, a full-time, licensed Captain. He’s a professional, knowledgeable guide who goes above and beyond to put his guests on fish. This is the perfect chance to explore these productive waters. If you want to have a fun day out on the water with a professional guide, look no further.

Your trip will take place aboard Captain Bill’s 25’ Contender boat. Its navigational electronics include a GPS, a fish finder, a VHF radio, and a radar. The vessel is equipped with a live bait tank, a wireless trolling motor, an icebox for your refreshments, and an anchoring system to keep you on top of the fish. Up to six anglers are welcome on board.

Captain Bill uses a variety of fishing techniques to make sure you will get the most out of your day on the water, whatever the season. If the weather permits, you will be able to go see what’s biting nearshore, head offshore, or fish the flats, wrecks, reefs, and backcountry.

During your trip, you may try anything from fishing with light and heavy tackle to jigging, trolling, bottom fishing, drift fishing, and spearfishing if the conditions allow. Captain Bill is great with kids, so a day out with him is an excellent opportunity to have fun with your friends or family and enjoy your children landing their first fish!

There is a wide range of fish you can catch, including Mahi Mahi, Cobia, King Mackerel, Tarpon, Vermilion Snapper, Triggerfish, Flounder, Sheepshead, Spotted Seatrout, Black Seabass, and Redfish.

Your trip with Captain Bill and Hooker Charters & Guide Service will include your fishing equipment, such as rods, reels, and tackle, as well as live bait and lures. You will also be provided with snorkeling equipment, but since there is a limited amount available, you can feel free to bring your own.

To ensure your great experience continues after you step off the boat, Bill will clean and fillet your catch at the end of the trip.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $795
    If you want to dedicate more time to fishing the waters of Jacksonville, this package is ideal for you. You will be targeting a lot of different species, relax in between the bites, and have fun! Take your friends or family and welcome aboard!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $795
    Depending on the season, you will be able to fish the nearshore waters or head offshore for some bigger action. Target Mahi Mahi, Vermilion Snapper, Cobia, Gray Triggerfish, Redfish, and many more!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $595
    If a half day trip isn't enough for you, this 6 hour trip will give you enough time to explore the productive waters surrounding Jacksonville and get your fish on!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $595
    Depending on your personal preferences and the weather, you can choose between fishing nearshore or heading offshore. Flounder, Redfish, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Cobia, Vermilion Snapper, and many more will all be among your targeted species. Kids are welcome!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $395
    Half day trips run from 7-11am, 8-12am, or 9-1pm, depending on tides. These trips will take you exploring Jacksonville's inshore waterways, including St John's River and the nearshore areas of the ocean.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 23 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $395
    This afternoon trip will see you exploring inshore waters for a whole host of incredible fish! You'll be exploring Jacksonville's inshore waterways, including St John's River and the nearshore areas of the ocean. Please note that the departure time is flexible depending on the tides.
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About the Captain

Bill Perkins
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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224 Customer Reviews
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Member since December 2016
Hooker Charters & Guide Service is a family-friendly company that is run and operated by Captain Bill Perkins, a full-time, licensed Captain. He is a knowledgeable, professional guide who grew up in the south. Bill has been fishing all his life from a young age for over 45 years, so he decided to turn his passion into a successful business. Hooker Charters & Guide Service specializes in saltwater fishing in the waters of Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Bill enjoys taking his guests and friends out and putting them on fish. His preferred style of fishing is catching!

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Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Flounder Flounder
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Redfish Redfish
Seabass (Black) Seabass (Black)
Sheepshead Sheepshead
Snapper (Vermilion) Snapper (Vermilion)

Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon Tarpon
Triggerfish (Gray) Triggerfish (Gray)

Boat Specs

Contender 24S (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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% fee.

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Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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93%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
81%
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Wendy H.
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Full Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on January 21, 2021
Captain Bill and his 24 ft Contender did not disappoint today at all! I was extremely impressed with the tremendous wealth...
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Jacksonville, FL
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3/4 inshore and outshore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on July 18, 2020
We went for my husbands bday, it was a beautiful day and an awesome fishing trip. Captain Bill helped me learn how to use the...
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4 hr fishing charter

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on May 7, 2021
I surprised my husband with charter fishing for his 40th birthday. We had sooo much fun and will definitely book another trip....
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3/4 offshore with Bill was a blast

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on November 25, 2020
Hit fish before the first hook hit bottom. The man knows what he’s doing. We had fun, and we’re very happy we went with...
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FAQs about Hooker Charters & Guide Service

Hooker Charters & Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $395 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $395 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Inshore Trip (6 hours)
  • $595 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $795 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Inshore (8 hours)
  • $795 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Hooker Charters & Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet (private enclosed toilet)
  • GPS (satellite weather module)
  • Fishfinder (1kw transducer)
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Limited snorkel equipment. Yours is welcome)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Hooker Charters & Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License (All necessary federal and state licenses provided)

Hooker Charters & Guide Service offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing (Weather permitting)
  • Offshore Fishing (Weather permitting)
  • Reef Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Hooker Charters & Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing (When conditions permit)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Hooker Charters & Guide Service include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Flounder
  • Grouper (Gag)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Redfish
  • Seabass (Black)
  • Sheepshead
  • Snapper (Vermilion)
  • Spotted Seatrout
  • Tarpon
  • Triggerfish (Gray)