Play N Hooky Sportfishing looks forward to taking you on a Hawaiian Deep Sea Fishing Adventure. The charter is operated by Captain Joe O’Neill, who’s been fishing the waters of Hawaii since the early 1970s, as well as Captain Teoni Black who also has decades of deep sea fishing experience in Hawaii. Both men are excellent captains with the number one priority that you have fun!

You will fish aboard a 41-foot Hatteras named Play n Hooky that is powered by two 380 HP Cummins engines. The boat is safe and powerful on the water and contains all the electronics needed for a successful trip. Play N Hooky has a large cockpit for fighting fish, a comfortable air-conditioned salon, a kitchen, and a toilet.

Your charter will include all the fishing gear necessary: Rods, reels, line, lures, tackle, equipment, bait, etc. Fishing will take place in the offshore waters off of Oahu Hawaii where you can catch Mahi Mahi, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Wahoo, and Tunas – Skipjack, Bigeye, and Yellowfin.

You will be able to use a fighting chair when tackling big fish, and the first mate will be by your side to assist you. Once the trip is over, the crew can share the catch up to 50 lbs. Any fish over 100 pounds will not be cut into and will be sold.

Gratuity is not included in your charter and 20% is customary if you enjoy your fishing experience.

Bring your snacks and drinks, step aboard, sit back, and relax while the captain and crew work to make your sportfishing dream a reality!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,439
    This trip is ideal for anglers new to the sport. It provides you with enough time to learn the basics of deep sea fishing while giving you the chance to target some of the most prized species around! The technique of choice will be high speed trolling and possible targets are Pacific Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish (Short Noise Marlin), Yellow Fin Tuna (Ahi) Skip Jack Tuna (Aku), Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo (Ono).
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $1,439
    This is a great option for families with kids as it allows you to get a good taste of the local fishing without spending the full day on the water. Pacific Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish (Short Noise Marlin), Yellow Fin Tuna (Ahi) Skip Jack Tuna (Aku), Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo (Ono) are all possible targets so get ready for some action!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,549
    If you'd like to be more targeted in your approach and not only go after what's biting the best that day, this is the trip you're looking for. Give yourself between 6 and 7 hours of high speed trolling for a good shot at species such as Pacific Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish (Short Noise Marlin), Yellow Fin Tuna (Ahi) Skip Jack Tuna (Aku), Mahi-Mahi and Wahoo (Ono).
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,771
    This trip is meant for anglers who've come to the island in search of the catch of a lifetime! Give yourself all the time you need by trolling the waters for 8 hours in search of beasts such as Pacific Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and Spearfish (Short Noise Marlin), Yellow Fin Tuna (Ahi) Skip Jack Tuna (Aku), Mahi Mahi and Wahoo (Ono).
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About the Captain

Joe O'Neill
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
208 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
Captain Joe arrived in Hawaii back in 1968 after graduating from high school, spending the next couple of years surfing before eventually going back to fishing. In 1999 he started the business Pacific Sportfishing LLC and has not looked back. He has participated in fishing tournaments for years and brings this unique experience to every charter. His goal is for all his guests to enjoy their time aboard Play n Hooky, and he will go above and beyond to make it happen.

About this listing

Targeted species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin

Boat specs

Hatteras (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1968, and restored in 2007. Powered by 2 380HP Cummins engines.

Length
41 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing techniques

Trolling
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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
Crew Keeps Catch
Will Share Catch up to 50 lbs of Fish under 100lbs
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 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 208 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Photos & videos by reviewers (257)
Full Day Trip with Captain Teoni and Sam
Full Day Trip with Captain Teoni and Sam
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
89%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
93%
Appropriate for children
81%
Satisfied with the boat
99%
Catch intended fish
56%
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Janus E.
Stockton, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Wonderful full day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 20, 2022
I booked a full day trip with Play n’ hooky and my decision for a whole day trip paid off. I would highly suggest to do the...
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Sami B. R.
Los Altos, CA
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Full Day Trip with Captain Teoni and Sam

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 9, 2022
A trip of lifetime. My first and personal best for YellowFin Tuna. 3 of them 40# 80# and #95# (approximate and not accurate...
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J C.
Buena Park, CA
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on March 28, 2022
A day that I will never forget. I booked a half day bcuz we didn’t have the luxury of a full day given we were on a vacation...
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Robert H.
United States
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent full day fishing trip with captain Joe and Teona!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 18, 2022
Fishing started out a little bit slow,  but captain Joe and Teoni persevered. After 5 hours we finally got a bite, it came...
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Walter J.
South Bend, IN
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Full Day With Captain Joe

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 24, 2021
Had a blast with captain joe on the fishing trip. We didn’t catch anything but had three encounters but the fish were just...
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FAQs about Play N Hooky Sportfishing

Play N Hooky Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,439 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $1,439 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,549 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,771 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

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

Trips booked with Play N Hooky Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Play N Hooky Sportfishing offers the following type of fishing:
  • Offshore Fishing

Play N Hooky Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Trolling
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Play N Hooky Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Rainbow Runner
  • Spearfish (Shortbill)
  • Tuna (Bigeye)
  • Tuna (Skipjack)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo