Hook'n Up Sport Fishing

Member since October 2016

West Palm Beach, United States

Background
John Dolmetsch owns Hook'n Up Sport Fishing. A professional technology business owner, he started offshore fishing 20 years ago and just loved it. It is his stress relief from the non-stop technology business world. John and his crew have been offering first class fishing trips for two decades and know how to help you have fun while catching fish.
Techniques
I prefer trolling to find fish and then live baiting. I come from the north where the fishing techniques are geared towards very big fish and I am bringing that experience to South Florida

Hook'n Up Sport Fishing

West Palm Beach, United States
Background
John Dolmetsch owns Hook'n Up Sport Fishing. A professional technology business owner, he started offshore fishing 20 years ago and just loved it. It is his stress relief from the non-stop technology business world. John and his crew have been offering first class fishing trips for two decades and know how to help you have fun while catching fish.
Techniques
I prefer trolling to find fish and then live baiting. I come from the north where the fishing techniques are geared towards very big fish and I am bringing that experience to South Florida

Our Charter Listings

Hook'N Up Sport Fishing

31 Reviews    
west palm beach
trips from US$ 525

Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

39 Reviews  
Boynton Beach
Going fast!
trips from US$ 525

Hook'N Up Sport Fishing - Jupiter

Jupiter
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Fishing Reports

alot of action

June 17, 2018

first time offshore with this beautiful lady and the summertime bonita gave her some real fun Read Full Report →


world record candidate fish just missed

June 05, 2018

the igfa all tacke world record bonita is 18.4 pounds caught in Portugal in the 1960s. the charter today landed a monster bonita that just missed the world record by 1 pound. caught alot more fish too. Read Full Report →


wonderful group of people and mahi fishi

June 03, 2018

took a crew for a 40th birthday fishing trip. the bite was a little slow but they had a great time. they ran out of beer so we dipped into the boat stash to help them finish the day… Read Full Report →


epic mahi fishing

May 29, 2018

the pictures tell it all for a great group of Russian and Ukrainian guests Read Full Report →


who cares about some rain. the fish dont

May 26, 2018

our charter cancelled at the last minute because of the weathermen's poor forecast. but, since my son and I were already at the boat we decided to trust our own forecast and went fishing. as expected, the seas were… Read Full Report →


blackfin tuna are here

May 25, 2018

had some nice size blackfin today in some really dirty water because of the lake being drained but we had but we had bites all day Read Full Report →


it doesnt get any better than this. real

May 18, 2018

we might hook 2 or 3 marlin a year down here in palm beach but today was just crazy. had a 500lb blue marlin take a bait and jumped off so the crew was so bummed. but then a… Read Full Report →


mahi, magi and nahi

May 16, 2018

got 4 nice gaffes today and some black fun Tuna. the hook'n up crew has been on fire Read Full Report →


guys wanted sailfish and we delivered as

May 12, 2018

didbt take long to get this beautiful fish today and we let it go to swim another day unharmed. had a few other bites but this is what they wanted Read Full Report →


women beat the men today

May 11, 2018

just great fishing today with a nice wahoo for the womens team Read Full Report →


doesnt get any better

May 11, 2018

women win today with a really nice wahoo. just great fishing right now Read Full Report →


just pure fun

May 10, 2018

we have had steady days of catching mahi and a variety of other offshore fish for the past few days. and we have nice warm south Florida weather Read Full Report →


live report. big mahi

May 04, 2018

nunber 3 on the day so far. the big mahi are here. come and get them Read Full Report →


wahoo, sharks and a party

April 29, 2018

fishing has been pretty good the last week with a mix of everything to keep our clients bending rods. took a break from fishing to take a whole crew to boca bash for the huge boat party. we like… Read Full Report →


mahi mayhem

April 17, 2018

today the brute was on and hot. 5 nice mahi, raised a sailfish, saw 5 more sails and non stop bites. great for this return customer Jim Rodgers and crew Read Full Report →


wahoo time

April 14, 2018

it wasnt full moon so we didn't expect a wahoo bite but mate Tyler made nice work of this guy Read Full Report →


mahi are hot

April 13, 2018

this is day number 3 or really nice mahi up to 30lb and sailfish mixed in. this is a live report and they already have 3 of these size mahi on the morning trip Read Full Report →


3rd day in a row with wahoo

April 03, 2018

after a heartbreak 60lb wahoo broke off at the boat yesterday afternoon we caught this one 15 minutes into the morning trip today Read Full Report →


Easter wahoo

April 01, 2018

live report from Easter Sunday afternoon. now this is a nice wahoo Read Full Report →


little guy wins on mahi mahi

April 01, 2018

beautiful weather and fantastic seas led to the perfect conditions for this little guy to win against the mahi mahi. has some other nice fish but this is a great experience Read Full Report →


4 Days straight fishing - Tuna and Mahi

March 24, 2018

We have fished almost every day in March and the bigger Blackfin have showed up. We had some nice big weed lines this weekend that produced some decent Mahi as well. When catching Blackfin we need to get them… Read Full Report →


who says we are not fun and can catch fi

March 20, 2018

this morning's trip with double header Wahoo and 20lb blackfin.. everyone is happy when mother nature cooperates Read Full Report →


who isn't happy with a sailfish

March 19, 2018

a few big bonita yesterday and then me. sailfish showed up. some more happy customers Read Full Report →


awesome fishing live report

March 12, 2018

lots of action today with mahi, tuna and this nice Wahoo. come fish with one of the top producing boats in the area Read Full Report →


day 4 straight of nice mahi

March 10, 2018

had a great group today and a 1 year old. the mahi cooperated with some great action and a total of 10 fish today Read Full Report →


mahi have arrived and nice

March 09, 2018

we have been booked every day for the past 30 days and finally the mahi and black fin have showed up. we have just had a great starr to the busy season and some wonderful clients and now the… Read Full Report →


never to old to fish

March 07, 2018

live report with big swells in the ocean and some nice 80 year olds on board with their family but rewarded with nice mahi. our boat has all the comforts for young kids to older folks Read Full Report →


bring the kids, fishing is good

March 03, 2018

we ran 36 trips in February so a little busy to post reports. our mainstay Blackfin tuna finally showed up and we have been consistently catching them along with some sailfish, nice kings and some Wahoo. the big jacks… Read Full Report →


black fin tuna show up

February 21, 2018

finally the black fin tuna have showed up. had some today and broke off a sailfish..acrion is picking up so come fishing . restuarant made fresh fish tacos Read Full Report →


woman angler takes on big barracuda

February 12, 2018

not often do we welcome barracuda but a young woman angler caught a 50lb one today and made for a great pic Read Full Report →


awesome sailfish action

February 10, 2018

not many times to we get 3 sailfish on at one time but today we did with only 2 anglers on the boat. unfortunately all spit the hook before we got them to the boat and total we saw… Read Full Report →


Wahoo and booked schedule

February 07, 2018

our job is to catch some nice fish and the Wahoo just keep cooperating. once one for the crew today and that makes in the last 2 days. schedule is pretty packed because this is the season for south… Read Full Report →


double header wahoo

February 02, 2018

started the day hot with a double header Wahoo and then some nice Blackfin tuna and some nice skip jacks. fishing is hot Read Full Report →


double header wahoo

February 02, 2018

started the day hot with a double header Wahoo and then some nice Blackfin tuna and some nice skip jacks. fishing is hot Read Full Report →


kids wanted guaranteed fish

January 21, 2018

took out a family who just wanted to catch fish but they got a little sick so we cruised the intercoastal but managed a few Bonita. saw a few free jumping sailfish so we know they are out there Read Full Report →


Smoking Kingfish action

January 20, 2018

Started the day kite fishing with live bait for Sailfish but the wind just stopped and the kite woudlnt fly so we decided to slow troll live bait. Within 10 minutes we had a screamer King on and boated… Read Full Report →


great sailfish action

January 12, 2018

stopped and caught some live bait and wasn't long before the sailfish showed up. ended up with 1 sailfish and a big mahi mahi and happy clients Read Full Report →


late day bite saves the day

December 16, 2017

water was beautifuland conditions perfect but bite didn't turn on until 200 in the afternoonthen a nice Wahoo bite and a few barracuda..had fun with a great, fun set of anglers Read Full Report →


everyone is a kid when fishing

November 24, 2017

had one of the biggest kings in a while and some nice sailfish action and beautiful water. come fish with us Read Full Report →


want to catch fish? come with us

November 18, 2017

awesome mahi fishing again today. mahi, black fin and some barracuda. all day Read Full Report →


mahi and more mahi

November 11, 2017

the weatherman was wrong and we were one of the only boats on the water and has the mahi to ourselves. the charter has a blast withbthwae 25lb fish Read Full Report →


crazy mahi action

November 09, 2017

had more mahi on the rods than we had anglers on the boat so it made it real interesting. ended up with 17 mahi for the day and all real nice size. Read Full Report →


trip 6 in a row with sailfish

November 04, 2017

I told the charter we would catch a sailfish and I was right. this fish ate 2 baits so it want getting away. had some mahi too for good eating. the sailfish bite has been great and we have… Read Full Report →


overseas clients had a blast

November 02, 2017

had a great group of Irish and Swedish customers on board with some young kids who just thought these fish were huge. we love putting smiles on kids faces Read Full Report →


double header sailfish first thing in th

October 29, 2017

the rain didn't stop the sailfish bite..this is our 3rd day in a row with multiple sailfish bites this early in the season and the cool weather will probably keep them biting Read Full Report →


sailfish are here

October 25, 2017

what a day the charter had. the cold front came in and the sailfish showed up. 2 sailfish released and some nice mahi and black fin tuna to eat. just a great time roday Read Full Report →


mahi, mahi and more mahi

October 16, 2017

the charter had a blast with non stop mahi action. nothing huge but good numbers and lots of fun. come get in on the action Read Full Report →


Fish everywhere

September 29, 2017

the fishing is finally getting back to normal after the hurricane and will only continue to get better as the temps cool had a mixed bag of mahi, kings, Blackfin, Bonita and a sailfish Read Full Report →


after hurricane mahi

September 23, 2017

double trips this weekend and the customers wanted mahi and that is what we got didn't have to venture far at all to get them. got 8 in 2 trips and the water was crystal blue Read Full Report →


monster Wahoo and double sailfish

September 02, 2017

took 2 separate charters today and what a say it was. the morning started with a monster 60lb Wahoo followed by tuna and a nice sail fish. the the afternoon lit up with a nice sailfish for this 10… Read Full Report →


This is what is called catching!

August 26, 2017

non stop action today with 7 different species of fish and beautiful weather. everyone had a blast and the tiki restaurant cooked the catch right at the marina Read Full Report →


epic day for 2 charters

August 25, 2017

what a great day for back to back charters today. wahoo, mahi, kings, tuna and a few others. everyone will eat well tonight Read Full Report →


Nice mahi and wahoo

July 27, 2017

Guys ha a great day with mahi and a nice Wahoo plus some huge so mertime bonita and a surprise visit from a 500lb bull shark Read Full Report →


Nice mahi fishing

July 01, 2017

Clients from out of town had a blast with mahi and summer time big bonita . Went the whole way out to 1000ft to get this nice one Read Full Report →


Tuppens KDW Tournament

June 24, 2017

Been non stop charters for the past 2 weeks but had time to squeeze in the Tuppens Lantana KDW tournament with a great team. We lost a very big King that would have been a money fish but had… Read Full Report →


May General Report

June 08, 2017

The past few weeks have been real good fishing. A mix of Kings, Mahi, Sailfish, Blackfin and an occasional wahoo have kept the clients busy. We had about 15 trips in May and caught fish every trip even though… Read Full Report →


Kings and big Blackfin

May 06, 2017

The king fishing and fishing in general has been great the past few days. Some wahoo, big Blackfin and a few mahi Read Full Report →


Mahi back to back days

April 29, 2017

The mahi were still where we left them Friday and now the woman did the job. Went 7 for 10 Read Full Report →


Mahi fishing is finally here

April 28, 2017

The bigger mahi finally started to show up in good numbers. We missed as many as we hosted. Fun day Read Full Report →


Sailfish Mania

March 11, 2017

Sailfish were everywhere. Saw 10 sailfish today and landed a huge one that topped 70lbs. Non stop action all day Read Full Report →


Sailfish Bonanza

January 01, 2017

Decided to take the crew for a half day targeting sailfish. We saw the first fish in 5 minutes and saw 10. Had 7 bites and 5 fish in the boat. Epic day sail fishing Read Full Report →


Mahi are here

December 04, 2016

Havent posted in a while but the fishing is awesome. We are getting Mahi and Tuna every trip and the big Mahi are here Read Full Report →


After the hurricane

October 15, 2016

After the hurricane the fish and the rough seas decided to show up. Limited out on kings and had non stop blackfin tuna action with a whole mixed bag of other fish to keep everyone busy Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.52 out of 5 stars from 70 reviews

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Boynton Beach, fl
Went fishing on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fished June 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

thanks for the great review. we were happy to have you fish with us

Lady Lake, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, June 4, 2018

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Olney, Maryland
Went fishing on Friday, May 18, 2018

All we can say is wow wow wow! What a great trip, what a great boat and crew. Capt Dwayne and Dillon made for a perfect day. Dillon was non-stop on making sure all the lines were set up on the outriggers and baited. Everyone caught fish - but amazing that we had three Marlin hookups and landed two! What was really great was to see Cap’t Dwayne and Dillon as excited as we were!  Those Marlin could really strip off line and Cap’t Dwayne expertly handled the boat for two successful landings. What a thrill. It was also fun catching Dolphins - that we had for lunch at Rafiki Tiki right at the dock!

Also, the boat is really comfortable - we had some rain in the morning that cleared so having a comfortable cabin for the five of us was appreciated.

We never expected to catch even one Marlin - but to catch three! It does not get any better. We will be back for more fishing adventures.

Fished May 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, May 26, 2018

thanks for the great review.  your crew really did have the trip of a lifetime for sure we barely get 3 marlin a year here let alone 3 in one day. sailfish yes, marlin no. thanks for fishing with us


Lady Lake, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fished May 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 31, 2018

David, thanks for coming fishing with us.

owner John

Orlando, fl
Went fishing on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Great Day

Fished May 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 17, 2018

thanks for the 5 star review. I posted a pic of your crew to show your great catch.

owner John


Rochelle, il
Went fishing on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fished May 2018

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Boynton Beach, fl
Went fishing on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Captain was awesome, it was a super rough day, he told us what to expect so we were not surprised. He drove the boat effortlessly and took on the waves perfectly. We had a small child with us and never once felt in danger. Mate was great, hooked us up with fish and maintained equipment so fast, was all over lines so we never missed action. Would definitely use these guys again!!

Fished April 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 22, 2018

Michele,  thanks for the great review. glad it was a great experience

john

Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, April 7, 2018

Capt Duane and First Mate Dillon were outstanding!!!!  Even though the water was a little rough, they did their best to put us on fish.  We did catch a wahoo and some bait fish, Capt Duane’s recommendations for preparing the wahoo were off the chart! We are good! Thanks again guys! Captain John: thank you for the great communication on your part also!  We will be coming back.

Fished April 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 8, 2018

thanks bill. that was one nice wahoo you got

john

Parrish, fl
Went fishing on Thursday, April 5, 2018

The fish were not biting unfortunately but the crew did a good job getting all the lines out and making sure we had the opportunity.

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United States
Went fishing on Friday, April 6, 2018

Great trip out & steller service.

Fished April 2018

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Bend, or
Went fishing on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, April 5, 2018

thanks for coming fishing with us. was your trip the one with the young man fighting the sailfish yesterday? If so I heard that was a battle until the line broke. I heard it was a 100lb sailfish

owner john

Pompano Beach, fl
Went fishing on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fished April 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 2, 2018

thanks for coming with us. nice wahoo


United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The crew was great, we didn’t bring in the ‘big one’ but had a blast anyway.  Really appreciated their kindness and knowledge.

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 30, 2018

thanks for chartering with us. we enjoyed your crew and come along again

John

Washington, dc
Went fishing on Friday, March 23, 2018

We had a great trip on Hook’n Up. The captain and first mate were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly - any questions we had they were both more then happy to answer and show us what they were doing. It seemed like the first mate was working his ass off the entire trip raising and lowering lines doing the best job he could to help us catch some fish. I would absolutely recommend going out with them and will book with them again when we are back in Palm Beach.

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

thanks for fishing with us and the nice review

john

Buffalo, ny
Went fishing on Monday, March 26, 2018

Capt Duane and his crew were great. Worked it hard with many runs but they weren’t hitting much today. Great day to be on the water though

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 26, 2018

Mike

thanks for fishing with us. wish there were more bites

john

North Fort Myers, fl
Went fishing on Friday, March 23, 2018

There was a slight hiccup with our booking and we left the dock about 45 minutes later than we planned but owner John was there at the dock to greet us and went out of his way to accommodate us and made sure we got a full 4 hours in.  Capt Dwayne was great and he really interacted well with our kids. Fish were.not biting but he and mate Dillon worked hard just the same and we wound up with a nice Tuna and a Bonita. We made seared tuna for dinner thanks to Dwaynes recipe so be sure and ask him he is a great cook as well as captain. These guys are the real deal. You won be disappointed. The group that went out with them in the morning also came back with two nice mahi even though they were not on the bite.

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, March 25, 2018

thanks for the nice review Michele. I am glad your crew had a good time

Ocklawaha, fl
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Friendly hard working crew and clean and comfortable boat.

Fished March 2018

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Norwalk, Connecticut
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BOOM!! They know what’s up in those waters. Don’t listen to the whiners. Fishing is being in the right place at the right time…Period.! They have a great boat with a great team to make your ride the best they can do. The rest is up to the ocean gods. Great time!!
Thanks Scott D with an assist from Jim D.

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 23, 2018

thanks Scott, yes, sometimes the fish gods are with us and sometimes they are not. you guys had some really nice fish and the double wahoo was awesome. thanks for sharing some blackfin tuna.  my girlfriend loved it

john


Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, March 18, 2018

We had a blast catching a sailfish and the crew was great. I have been offshore fishing all my life and the gear and the boat is top notch. One of the nicest charter boats I have ever been on and you could tell these guys are very experienced fisherman. I read the reviews before I booked the trip and I saw a few negative ones about not catching fish and the tackle selection but compared to other charters I have been on this one is far and away the best all around. Yes, captain Duane is hardcore fishing captain but that goes with the business. Anyone who fishes a lot knows its hard to find fish every day and be out in the seas all day, every day. Just a very nice boat, crew and tackle and they worked hard for us. Not many bites until almost the end of the trip and then the sailfish.

Fished March 2018

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Davidsonville, md
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Bill Manley does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 15, 2018

thanks for the review bill. we enjoyed your crew on the boat

United States
Went fishing on Monday, March 12, 2018

The crew and the boat were absolutely fantastic - we would definitely go again!!  Highly recommend to anyone looking for a great time!

Fished March 2018

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Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, March 11, 2018

I hade a great experience with the captain and crew and ever caught some mahi mahi

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks for coming with us. Please come again

John

York, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thanks for the review . We always want more information on how we can be better so if you have any more details that would be great

John

Huntington Park, California
Went fishing on Thursday, February 22, 2018

It was a great time! Had a fun time fishing with the guys, they were super hospitable

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 9, 2018

thanks for the review.  look forward to having your crew back and let’s shoot some more video

United States
Went fishing on Friday, February 23, 2018

Owner John coordinated 2 boats for us on short notice for my bachelor party and the boat is real nice. It wasn’t your standard fishing boat that I am used to because it has a real nice interior and very clean . Captain Duane and the mate were a lot of fun and really knew how to fish. We had 3 sailfish on at one time and all of them got off before we could get them in but they put on a great show and had us all tangled up. We will go again for sure when I come down to visit my friends again. First class

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

thanks for the review. we had a good time with your whole crew and hopefully you enjoyed the rest of your party activities.  John

Germantown, Maryland
Went fishing on Thursday, March 1, 2018

I am a return customer who looks forward to getting on this boat Every time! Great crew, great captain and we caught fish.

Fished March 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

your crew is always great and can’t wait to you guys cone again

Fontana, California
Went fishing on Thursday, February 15, 2018

The crew tried hard to get us some fish but they were just not biting, even with live bait.  No complaints there, that happens.  My only complaint was that we spent the last 20 minutes of the 4 hours I paid for filling the boat with diesel fuel.  I understand that the 4 hours includes time to and from port, just not fueling.

Steven Tarnowski does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Steve, next time I will ask Mother nature to put more fish in the big blue pond

Thanks for coming along

John

Windham Center, Maine
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Very disappointed in this fishing trip.  I made it CRYSTAL CLEAR to the owner of the boat that our life-long dream and singular goal was to catch a Sailfish or Marlin.  Not sure if that was communicated to the crew (i.e., Captain & First Mate) or not?  I was well aware that live bait was extra ($$$)...not a problem as that was clear on the Fishing Booker website.  We arrived the morning of our trip.  I, again, made it clear that our goal (and dream) was to catch a nice Sailfish.  The First Mate told me that he could almost guarantee we would catch a Sailfish if we wanted to fish with live bait.  I said “great - let’s do it”.  The Captain informed me that he needed to know the night before if we wished to fish with live bait.  How the heck was I supposed to know that (it was never written anywhere in any email or on the Fishing Booker website)???  How the heck was I supposed to let the Captain know that if I had no contact with him prior to that morning?  The boat owner knew what our goal was.  Is it true that we would almost definitely catch a Sailfish with live bait? - not sure.  Is it true that we needed to let the Captain know the night before that we wanted to fish with live bait? - not sure and not sure how we could have let him know even if we had known that (which we didn’t).  Nonetheless, we headed out to sea without any live bait as the Captain was unable to get some.  We fished for a little over 90 minutes for Sailfish, then the First Mate made the decision to stop “trolling” for Sailfish but to, instead, try a couple of other different techniques.  First, we tried letting out line with sardines on the line, then we switched to bottom fishing / jigging (very difficult to do, by the way, with the boat moving in and out of gear every 5 seconds) in an effort to catch “other fish”.  Why not try listening to the paying customer?  I wanted to catch Sailfish (not bottom fish) but that didn’t seem to matter or wasn’t clearly communicated prior to the trip.  I am sick to my stomach that I spent almost $700 (with tip) and came away feeling like this.  This trip was a complete bust for that reason.  By the way, I was concerned about reviews I had read beforehand about Dwayne.  Turns out he, and his first mate, were really good guys.  Just need to get to know them.

Anthony Arsenault does not recommend Hook'N Up Sport Fishing

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 23, 2018

I am sorry about the confusion on the live bait. we do have to order the live bait a day or 2 ahead if time and we do a completely different style of fishing with kites when we live bait. I didn’t see the live bait request in the fishing booker notification so we didn’t plan for that.  we did catch 2 sailfish yesterday in trolling so eiether method does work well.

I will check with fishing booker to make sure there is a more obvious way to request live bait

West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fantastic day even though the first sting was slow. Can’t say about the Captain and Crew. Awesome experience and great boat!

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

thanks for the nice review.  even when fishing is slow it can be fun if you enjoy being on the water for day. captain Duane said your crew was great

John

West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, February 16, 2018

This was one of the most disappointing trips I’ve experienced. Forget the fact that in 6 hours we didn’t have a strike the equipment onboard was below substandard. Nice big fish Rods and reels but the small tackle was old diva crusty rusty broken and sad. They also brought a 5 year old child on the boat which made for more of an expensive day care boat ride than a fun adult fishing adventure. When we asked why no live bait Mike replied you must pay extra for that even though their web site says all bait and tackle included. Bottom line with so many great boats around this area you be better off throwing a dart on the internet, my recommendation AVOID!

John you can show a picture of one or two neeer rods however your crew was apologizing for the state of the equipment and even switched us out for tarpon Rods in the inter coastal. They spent over an hour trying to get the one working electric reel you had for four of us. Time to stop hyping and start performing to improve the customer service - don’t think your a bad guy your just not offering the service or delivering the quality experience your website suggests. I wish you good luck.

Mike Hamby does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Mike,

as I stated in a reply to your email. we can’t control the bite and we got the light tackle out just to try and catch something.  we even brought live shrimp because we knew the trolling was slow and we didn’t even charge for that. the fishing booker site clearly states that live bait is $80 a dozen and is extra. I have attached a picture that a current client just took of our light tackle and it is not rusty and old. these are too of the line shimano bait runner series reels on $100.00 diawa jigging rods..yea, they may need to be serviced because we use them alot but they are top end gear.

We must allow the captains or mates child to be on the boat if they can’t find a suitable sitter for them because it does happen when their wives work. in my tech business we even provide breast feeding rooms to keep out employs able to work and balance family life.

for fishibg booker customers please know I gave this client a $100.00 refund to make up for slow fishing even though we can’t control that.

We have one of the nicest boats in the fleet and have some of the best gear of any boat in the fleet and pride ourselves on our gear even though fishing everyday for 4 to 6 months does take its toll in the gear and we are constantly rotating in gear that just was serviced so we can take our current gear and get it serviced

I have never had a complaint about our fishing tackle


Raleigh, North Carolina
Went fishing on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hard working Captain and mate they put us on fish a nice sail and a huge bull shark lost back of boat.many other bites

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, February 12, 2018

thanks for coming with us. it was nice that we got the sailfish you wanted and roo bad the king fish and bull sharks would leave us alone.

West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, February 10, 2018

The owner of the boat and his son who crewed were excellent but the skipper who ran the boat was not especially likable although he was clearly competent. He smoked around the guests and created a negative feeling in his guests.

Eric M Javits does not recommend Hook'N Up Sport Fishing

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Delray Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, February 8, 2018

I hope your trip as memorable.  nice wahoo


Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, January 21, 2018

Awesome Day .....Captain and Mate were so accommodating and the boat was just what we wanted…..plenty of outdoor and indoor seating ....experienced in fishing and how to make us happy. Will definitely go out with them again.

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

thanks Jackie. we had a good time with your family. john


Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Hookn Up Too boat and crew were a great choice for a day on the water. Captain Duane was amazing and the trip was a lot of fun! It was a little rough out, but it was nice being on a big boat and the cabin is beautiful! Caught some Mahi and Blackfin Tuna and the crew cleaned them up for us. The boat and the people are great at what they do and it was a really nice time. Definitely recommend!

Fished January 2018

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

thanks for coming along with us. your crew was alot of fun

Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Monday, January 1, 2018

We decided on a last minute trip and booked this charter.  The boat and crew are just great. Real nice cabin and they were fun. The fishing was a little slow, but they kept trying new things and we finally caught some black fin tuna and had a sailfish on for 20 minutes but lost it at the boat..Duane and Dustin were great.

Fished January 2018

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, December 24, 2017
Robert Preston does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished December 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Robert

I would like to know some more details about why you wouldn’t recommend the charter. We are one of the tops boats as far as experience and client satisfaction. I always want to know how we can make your experience better

Jacksonville, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, December 16, 2017

Had a great time with John the owner and Captain Dwayne. The fishing wasn’t hot, but the crew worked their tails off trying to get us on the fish. A few of us had experience with coastal fishing, the rest didn’t. The crew did a great job taking time to explain what they were doing.

We we’ll definitely be back.

Fished December 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

thanks for coming along with us. we really had a great time with your crew

John

United States
Went fishing on Saturday, November 25, 2017

We took a party of 7 including my kids and had a great time.  John and Tyler were great, we tripled up and down the coast and had the kids on a lot of fish.  The boat is spacious and in great shape, all in all I would definitely recommend and do again!

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 27, 2017

thanks for the nice review.  we really enjoyed your crew and come along again

High Point, North Carolina
Went fishing on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The bite was slow, nothing the captain can do about that.  The bait selection was poor, ballyhoo were soft and couldn’t be used so most of the time we were just trolling skirts and mahi lures with no real bait. 
Air conditioning did not work in the cabin due to a generator issue, wasn’t a big deal to me but it may be to some people.
The captain and first mate were very nice and the captain even extended our fishing time because we got bites later in the evening, that was very nice of him to do.  Overall it was a very fun day, I would have liked to see a better bait selection and the AC to have worked, but other than that it was great.

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thanks for the review. On your bait selection issue. Honestly the ballyhoo this year have been horrible unless we can catch our own. The ballyhoo even from baitmasters have been washing out very fast and we have complaints into the company because it is hard for us to catch our own ballyhoo up in the Palm Beach area like they do in Miami.

Apopka, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, November 25, 2017

Very nice boat. The experience would have been even better with a more friendly and welcoming captain. Fortunately, the first mate was very nice.

Franck Chardon does not recommend Hook'N Up Sport Fishing

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, November 26, 2017

thanks for fishibg with us Frank.  I have to make an excuse for the captain.  he was sick all day and I ran the morning trip because my son, the mate called me. but I made Dianne,  the captain come run the afternoon trip because I had an appointment in Miami and he still was sick but ran it anyway

John Dolmetsch

Boca Raton, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Our fishing trip was awesome, we caught a lot of fish. Very good Captain and Crew. Fishing Equipment was perfect. My friends from Russia and Kazakhstan were very satisfied.  I would strongly recommend these team and their Luxury boat for your fishing trips.

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, November 19, 2017

your crew was great..come again and let’s have some more fun

Brooklyn, New York
Went fishing on Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 13, 2017

thanks drew. your crew was great and let’s go ronthe bahamas

Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, November 9, 2017

My girlfriend and I am visiting family and live in Colorado. We wanted to charter a larger boat to avoid getting seasick and this is a larger boat for sure, perfect for us landlubbers.  It’s a bit rundown but cruises fast and smooth.  Captain Duayne and first mate Dustin were awesome. We had a nice and relaxing time and they took excellent care of us! We only caught one Mahi and one barracuda. They fillet’d them perfectly and we cooked them up and it was an absolutely delicious dinner for 8! We just need to be able to find more fish next time. I recommend this outfit and know that they are out of Riviera and not Boynton Beach like we thought they were.. cheers!

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 13, 2017

thanks for fishing with us and the nice review. we.love to have fun charters

Lake Worth, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, November 4, 2017

Awesome experience fishing with these guys. We caught Mahi, Sailfish, and Barracuda. Capt. John and his crew are very knowledgeable and we would 100% go on another charter with them!

Fished November 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 13, 2017

thanks for booking with us. glad you had a great time

United States
Went fishing on Sunday, October 29, 2017

I booked the whole day trip with Captain John, who is the owner of that boat. He left the country when we arrived the port, his captain Duane and the crew warmly welcomed us to abroad. We set out on schedule at 7:30am. Captain Duane has 30 years experience in driving. Crew member Justin is so nice. Soon Justin started fishing, it didn’t take too long before we catch the first sailfish. This is the first time for me and my friends to go sea fishing, we all felt very excited! The pity was most of my people got seasick and we had to get back early. Definitely I would like to recommend the boat and the crew!

Fished October 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

thanks Kevin for the nice review.  glad you caught some sailfish before your crew got sick

John

Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, September 2, 2017

a great day out for our company all concerned had a blast great memories

Fished September 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, September 4, 2017

thanks for the great review.  we enjoyed your crew and come again

John

United States
Went fishing on Thursday, August 24, 2017

The boat is amazing. Very easy to hold a big party. The crew and captain maintained a professional environment but made it a very fun time. We caught fish. One day made memories for lifetime! Thanks guys.

Fished August 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thanks for coming along. Your crew was great

John

Ocala, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, August 26, 2017

we had a great time even though we lost our only sailfish to a shark. this is our second time on the boat and the new marina is great. the crew really knows how to make the trips fun and the boat is fantastic

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Thanks Cody, your crew is great

Lake Worth, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fished August 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 24, 2017

thanks for the nice review.  we enjoyed your crew coming with us

John

Apopka, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Professional captain and crew. My 13 year old son had a great time. I did as well. Will book the full day next time.

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thomas

glad you had a good time and got some fresh mahi. Dwayne said your crew was great

John Dolmetsch
owner

Ruskin, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Got a late start due to maint. issues but Cap’n John guaranteed a full 8 hours.  Nice boat but cabin was warm.  A few mahi, a wahoo, and a bunch of bonito.  Next time we’re going to take some bonito filets home.  Will definitely book again.

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 28, 2017

Thanks Jim. I hope your crew can come again some time

Miami, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Great experience! Even tho half of our crew got sea sick, it was still all a cool experience for us. The captain and crew were really good people with knowledge in the fishing world and it was much need being that it was most of everyones first time.  Didn’t catch as much or our targeted fish but other then that it was a cool vibe. Do looking fow to be booking again, hopefully the guys have a stronger stomach by then. We thank you guys!

Fished August 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 7, 2017

Thanks for coming and enjoying the fishing with us. Duane said your crew was fun to have on board. Come fish with us any time.

John Dolmetsch

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great crew, great boat.  Not sure if our family is particularly sensitive, but 5 of the 6 of us (kids and adults)  became severely sea sick (and fast) and had to cut the trip short (only lasted 2 of the 4 hours).  We all took dramamine before the trip, but it didn’t seem to help.  However, the crew and the boat were awesome.  Just an fyi to anyone thinking about doing this kind of thing.

Fished July 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thanks for the review and I am sorry the kids got sick. It does happen sometimes even if it isn’t rough out bit I am glad you thought we did a nice job

St. Petersburg, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, July 2, 2017

Did not feel the crew was professional. Did not explain anything we were doing regarding fishing. The captain had his kid (5yr old) with him and he stayed up top most of the trip, while his son was at the bottom of the boat.. Even though his son was not a problem I still felt as though I had to keep an eye on him. The generator was out so no A/C in the cabin which isn’t that big of a deal until the mate kept walking into the cabin with his cigarette so it made it unbearable to sit in there. Captain and mate on their phones and smoking the entire trip. Crew spoke when asked questions, but did not go out of their way to talk to us or make the trip memorable. We only caught 1 fish which was disappointing, but I guess that’s just fishing. I had higher expectations than what we received on this trip.

Julie Fischer does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished July 2017

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Ocala, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, June 24, 2017

This was my second trip in this charter a d we had a blast with non stop mahi action.  The crew was great and the boat is one of the nicest charter boats I have seen. The whole experience was a blast

Fished June 2017

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Orlando, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great boat great crew great fishing and a great day in the water. Thanks to Jeff and Dewayne for a great experience!&

Fished June 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 16, 2017

Pat,

thanks for booking with us. I know you guys had a great time and some cool fish

Hollywood, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, May 28, 2017

I just want to say that this was my first trip ocean fishing and it went exactly as I imagined it would.  We had a lot of fun and the crew was happy to explain everything to us.  Overall I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Fished May 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 5, 2017

Thanks Justin.  Your crew was great and I am glad the fish cooperated
John


United States
Went fishing on Friday, May 12, 2017

Fished May 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, May 14, 2017

Arlene

Thanks for fishing with us and I hope your crew will be back. I know it was slow fishing but thanks for the positive feedback

John

Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The weather was bad and the ocean was rough, but they decided to go out anyway. we spent an hour and a half trolling, and not one bite. My son got sick so we went in two hours early, but weren’t able to get any kind of discount. I know my son getting sea sick isn’t their problem, but i felt like i was fleeced from the start. I won’t be back, and i don’t recomend this charter.

Ronald Labisi does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished April 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, April 24, 2017

Ron, I had sent you an email the day after your charter about how sorry I was that your crew got sick and offered a discount on your next trip. Our booking service gets a flat commission for booking trips and it is difficult for us to give credits on half day trips when people come back early because most of our expense is getting the boat ready and cleaning it up. On full day trips I can always give a credit back if the trip is cut short because I have more to work with. I would like to find a way to make you reconsider recommending us as we aim to please our clients

Naples, Florida
Went fishing on Sunday, March 19, 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 20, 2017

Thank you very much for coming with us for fishing. Since the fishing was slow, which we can’t control, please accept a 20 percent discount on your next trip so you can try again. We aim to please and catch fish

John
HookN Up Sport Fishing

United States
Went fishing on Monday, February 20, 2017

The captain was rude did not talk the first mate was on his phone and didn’t even know we had one fish on. I had to tell him there was a fish on then I asked if we didn’t catch anything to go to live bait I would pay but never did???? Caught 1 fish on way in then met a different boat to give the other boat live bait that the boat crashed into each other then they tried a second time and the out riggers locked and when one boat tried to pull away bent the outrigger in half just missing my 14 and 18 year old daughters ??? Almost hurting them?? For what we did not pay to get my kids hurt.  I will never again do this!!!!!

Justin Levy does not recommend Hook’N Up Luxury Sportfishing

Fished February 2017

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West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Marq and his buddy really wanted us to catch a big fish and worked hard. We catched a few but not the size we wanted.
Thats fishing, but we had an fantastic half day at the boat.
Thanks
Anders. Andreas and Alice

Fished February 2017

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Delray Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fished January 2017

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Louisville, Colorado
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The boat and crew where great. We went at a time when winds where high so seas where rough but still had a great time.

Fished January 2017

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, January 13, 2017

Jerry

Glad your crew had a good time. Come along again when the winds want to cooperate

John Dolmetsch

Lake Worth, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

Fished December 2016

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Thanks for coming on board. We try to make it all fun and comfortable

John

Orange Park, Florida
Went fishing on Monday, December 26, 2016

in calm seas it would be nice for children,  we picked a nice day but rough seas , we will go back and try again with better seas

Fished December 2016

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Frank

Your crew hung in there and it was a pleasure having you

John

West Palm Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Thursday, December 29, 2016

The crew was great, the boat was perfect and we walked away with fish. Can’t ask for anything more. I was skeptic about going, but I’ll definitely be doing it again.

Fished December 2016

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Hook'n Up Sport Fishing (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Darren

Glad your crew had a good time. Come back anytime

John

Boynton Beach, Florida
Went fishing on Friday, November 25, 2016

Had a great time! Easy to get to , boat was awesome and crew was great!

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Houston, tx
Went fishing on Saturday, April 28, 2018

Deck hand Tyler and his helper Keith, along with the Capt. at the wheel did everything right - the fish just were not there like we had hoped - thats why they call it fishing and not catching.

But did catch a small King, Baracudu and undersized Grouper.
Will book again.

Mark Hall does not recommend Hook'N Up Sport Fishing

Fished April 2018

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