Hooker Charters & Guide Service

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
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $495
    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)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $495
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $695
    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
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $695
    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
    Full Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $895
    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!
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About the Captain

Bill Perkins
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
27 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
312 Customer reviews
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Member since December 2016
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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!

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

CONTENDER 24S (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 300HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 48 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

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

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
private enclosed toilet
GPS
satellite weather module
Fishfinder
1kw transducer
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License
All necessary federal and state licenses provided

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

Pay online in full

Pay online in full through FishingBooker and avoid unnecessary hassle with carrying extra cash.

No additional fees.
Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 4% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 312 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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8 hour inshore and a 6 hour off shore
8 hour inshore and a 6 hour off shore
8 hour inshore and a 6 hour off shore
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
95%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Brian N.
Chicago, Illinois
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8 hour inshore and a 6 hour off shore

NEW  3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on September 26, 2022
My wife and I went down for our honeymoon and we really wanted to try off shore fishing for the first time.  Weather didn’t...
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Jim Q.
Collegedale, TN
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Half day with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on August 6, 2022
Because of sea sickness we really were hoping to fish inshore, but Captain Bill was upfront telling us that would be tough...
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Rhonda G.
Jacksonville, FL
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5.0 / 5
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6 hour Birthday Trip with Captain Bill was a blast!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Inshore Trip on June 25, 2022
Booked our trip with Capt. Bill as a memory and experience gift for the hubs instead of the usual material stuff. It was a...
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James P.
Jacksonville, FL
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Full day offshore with Capt Bill 6/11/22

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore on June 11, 2022
Great day on the water with Capt Bill.  From the first drop down and a double Red snapper hook up(also lots more caught and...
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Tanner P.
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3/4 Day Trip Nearshore/Offshore

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on July 21, 2022
Our family booked our first ever fishing charter with Captain Bill and it was a trip we will always remember. From the first...
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FAQs about Hooker Charters & Guide Service

Hooker Charters & Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $495 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $495 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $695 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Inshore Trip (6 hours)
  • $695 per group, additional $95 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore (6 hours)
  • $895 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
  • 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)