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 the 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 AIS VHF radio.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. The vessel also includes a enclosed toilet. 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 and reefs..

During your trip, you may try anything from fishing with light and heavy tackle to jigging, trolling, bottom fishing and drift fishing. Captain Bill is great with kids, so a day out with him is an excellent opportunity to have fun with your family or friends 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, Trigger fish, Flounder, Sheeps head, Spotted Sea trout, Black Sea bass, and Red fish.

Your trip with Captain Bill will include all the needed fishing equipment and tackle as well as live bait.

To ensure your great experience continues after you step off the boat, Bill will clean and fillet your catch and provide zip lock bags at the end of the trip. Gift certificates are also available upon request here through fishingbooker.com



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $495
    Half day trips run from 8 am-12 pm depending on the tide. These trips will take you exploring Jacksonville's inshore waterways, including the St John's River, Intracoastal waterway and the nearshore areas of the ocean. We will target Red Bass ,Trout, Flounder ,Sheepshead and Mangrove snapper!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US $495
    This afternoon trip will take 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. We will be targeting Red Bass, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead and Mangrove snapper.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Inshore Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $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! We will be targeting Red Bass, Trout, Flounder, Sheepshead and Mangrove snapper!
    Types of fishing
    River Fishing
    Inshore Fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Flats Fishing
    Backcountry Fishing
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $695
    Depending on your personal preferences and the weather, you can choose between fishing nearshore or heading offshore. Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Cobia, Vermilion Snapper, Triggerfish, Seabass, Mutton snapper and many more will all be among your targeted species. Kids are welcome!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US $895
    Depending on the season and weather conditions you will be able to fish the nearshore waters or head offshore for some bigger action. Target Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Vermilion Snapper, Mutton snapper, Cobia, Gray Triggerfish, Seabass, and many more!
    Types of fishing
    Nearshore Fishing
    Offshore Fishing
    Reef Fishing
    Wreck Fishing
    Fishing techniques
    Deep Sea Fishing
    Bottom Fishing
    Jigging
    Heavy Tackle
    Trolling
    Spinning
    Drift Fishing
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 366 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Fishing with my boys
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93%
Friendly captain
99%
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Appropriate for children
96%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Caught fish
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Michelle Z.
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Would hire again for another fishing trip. Wish I lived closer to Jacksonville

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip - Nearshore/Offshore on March 3, 2024
Capt Bill came prepared.  The weather looked a little iffy so he brought tackle for inland fishing as well as offshore fishing....
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Eileen P.
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8th Birthday Fun

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on January 14, 2024
We booked with captain Bill based on reviews from others, I messaged captain Bill first to let him know my son wanted to go...
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Bob N.
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Great short notice trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on April 16, 2024
I booked an inshore 4 hour morning trip, Bill was more than willing to take us but suggested going offshore due to low tide...
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Sheila S.
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Slammin’ & Jammin’ On The Big Pond!

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on May 23, 2024
I just moved here from the Oregon Coast and I couldn’t wait to fish here in Florida! Captain Bill took me out and I caught...
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Corey W.
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Half Day Trip with Captain Bill

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on June 2, 2023
We went on a half day inshore trip with Captain Bill on 6-2 (Corey & Dan). Didn’t land any fish, but hooked two and they...
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FAQs about Hooker Charters & Guide Service

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

Meet the Captain

Bill Perkins
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
29 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
366 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
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 (Center console) 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 3 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 3 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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 save on credit card fees at the dock.

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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