Hillbilly Hookers Charters

Get ready for a Florida-style showdown and book your next fishing trip with Hillbilly Hookers! The best way to experience the Keys is with a local expert who knows all the best spots to put you on some remarkable fish. Captain Andrew Mercer invites you to join him on an island-hopping adventure while adding some weight to his boat!

The captain’s vessel is a 29’ ProKat center console, built for versatility and comfort. She’s powered by twin 250 HP Yamaha engines and can easily cruise up to 35 knots, bringing you to some of the top fishing grounds in the area. The boat’s GPS and fishfinder will help you navigate the waters to make sure you’re at the right place at the right time.

Explore the world famous Dry Tortugas Islands and go trolling for Mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo, and Kingfish. You’ll also have a chance to drift or bottom fish over some of the most productive wrecks and reefs along the Keys to target various Snapper and Grouper species.

There’s also snorkeling equipment available if you’d like to take a break and go for a dip. This is a great way to experience a unique opportunity and swim with the fish! If you have your own spearfishing gear, feel free to bring it along and enjoy a fun underwater challenge! For everything else, you’ll be provided with top-quality rods and reels, as well as live and dead bait, and artificial lures.

Capt. Andrew is flexible and will customize your trip to best suit your preferences. If you want to do a combination of different types of fishing or focus on one style, just let him know and he’ll make it work. The most important thing is that you’re having fun and creating lasting memories!

Hillbilly Hookers Charters’ mission is simple: “It’s all about putting you on fish while putting a smile on your face.” Your license is already provided, so you can get right down to the fishing and a fun adventure ahead. Feel free to pack some snacks, drinks, and whatever else you need and get ready for the unexpected!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day – Dry Tortugas Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $1,800
    up to 6 persons
    Go fishing around the world famous Dry Tortugas Islands. This is a vast region that lies 72 miles west of Key West and its productive waters are home to many different types of fish. Catches typically include various Snapper and Grouper species, Wahoo, Tuna and many more! Please note, this trip is designed for the "serious angler" as it is a 2.5-hour ride each direction with about 7 hours of solid, action-packed fishing.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Eight hours gives you plenty of time to venture off further from the shore and try out several different techniques including trolling and bottom fishing. While you're out on the deeper waters, you'll target Tuna, Sailfish, and Mahi. Then, drift or bottom fish over reefs to try and reel in a Snapper or Grouper. Afterward, you'll be able to stop at a local sandbar or private island to relax after a long day of fishing. If you wanna keep fishing instead, then continue fishing and fill that cooler up!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $700
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    This 6-hour window provides plenty of opportunities to target a wider range of species. With this trip, you'll get to go farther offshore in search of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Marlin. Once you've had your fill, you'll venture closer to the reef to hook a Snapper, Grouper, or plenty of other fish that like to feast upon these underwater structures. Let's go fishing and see how much weight you can add to the boat!
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Reef/Wreck Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Fish the vast nearshore reefs and wrecks surrounding Key West. This trip is great for all levels, from beginners to seasoned fishermen. Your targetted catch will vary between various Snapper species, as well as Grouper, Barracuda, Kingfish and more!
  • Private trip
    Half Day – Reef/Wreck Fishing (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    up to 4 persons
    + $50
    each additional person
    Get ready to explore the many reefs and wrecks that surround Key West. This trip is a great way to introduce beginners to the wonderful world of bottom and drift fishing. Seasoned fisherman and enthusiasts will also have their fair share of challenges as they try to outsmart some of these bottom tricksters. Your targetted species are Mangrove, Mutton, Yellowtail and Red Snapper, as well as Gag, Black, and Red Grouper. All these bottom-dwellers have one thing in common; they are absolutely delicious!
  • Private trip
    Split Trip Afternoon 4 Hour
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    Just like our normal 4 hr reef wreck fishing trip but for groups who do not mind sharing the boat with another group. Snapper and grouper are normal catches during this trip.
  • Private trip
    Split Trip Morning 4 Hour
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $300
    up to 2 persons
    + $100
    each additional person
    This is a morning trip for smaller groups who would like to pay a little less for their trip. The price is for 2 people and each additional person is $100. The trip is the same as our normal 4 hr reef wreck fishing trip.
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About the Captain

Andrew Mercer
Stock Island, Florida, Estados Unidos
Angler's Choice
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20 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Abril 2019
Captain Andrew Mercer holds a 200 Ton Masters license with a "Master of Towing." He started his career in the United States Coast Guard, stationed in Key West. Since 2002, he's been working and fishing the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, from Louisiana and Florida, all the way up to North Carolina. His mission is to put people on fish while having a great time out on the water. Capt. Andrew describes himself and his team at Hillbilly Hookers as "a laid-back operation that has a passion for the ocean." The crew is entertaining and their trips are always exciting, so book your excursion today and be sure to get hooked!

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Targeted Species

Cobia Cobia
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black) Grouper (Black)
Grouper (Gag) Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Red) Grouper (Red)
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)
Snapper (Mutton) Snapper (Mutton)

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Snapper (Yellowtail) Snapper (Yellowtail)
Tuna (Albacore) Tuna (Albacore)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

ProKat (Center console) originally built in 2001, and restored in 2010. Powered by 2 250HP Yamaha engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots.

Length
29 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Stock Island to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

Customer Reviews

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4.98
out of 5 stars from 20 reviews
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Half day trip with Captain Andrew
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Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Noah E.
Key West, FL
 5.00
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Half day trip with Captain Mercer

VERIFIED   Enero 16, 2020
  We had an amazing morning out with Captain Mercer. He was great with communication before our trip went out, was responsive...
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Kendall G.
United States
 5.00
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3 Recommendations for Capt. Mercer & the Hillbilly Hooker

VERIFIED   Noviembre 28, 2019
My son and I had a wonderful time fishing Key West with Capt. Mercer aboard the Hillbilly Hooker. We took a morning half-day...
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John C.
Agawam, MA
 5.00
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3/4 day trip with Hillbilly Hookers

VERIFIED   Febrero 16, 2020
The day started off with being picked up in our marina. Capt Andrew and his son First Mate Noah were great. He moved around...
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Allan D.
Keller, TX
 5.00
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Great Half Day Trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Marzo 11, 2020
The winds and water had been rough in Key West the week prior to our trip.  I was able to coordinate time and length of...
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Tim W.
Lehigh Acres, FL
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  Marzo 3, 2020
Great time out with captain Andrew!  First time for my wife and she loved it.  Appropriate for all levels of experience. ...
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