We Are Excited to Announce
~ Our New Boat ‘Game Changer’ ~
Fishing Charter Trips in Apalachicola with ‘Lady Raye’.
Hook’em Up Charters is excited to announce the addition of our new boat ‘Game Changer’ to the Hook’em Up family.
The Sister Company, Game Changer Fishing Charters, Panama City Beach, (GCFC, PCB), formerly ‘Miss Kelley Charters’ is a much-needed addition to the fleet to keep up with our ever-increasing returning customers.
Also, the addition of a new fishing charter based in Apalachicola, ‘Lady Raye’ to the Hook’em Up family.
The ‘Lady Raye’ has been a member of the Hook’em Up family since 2017 and has been commercially fishing out of Apalachicola since then. This season, after a major refit, she will be taking offshore fishing charters instead.
The ‘Hooked Up’ is a custom 42 ft. fast diesel-powered sports fishing boat with over 700 horsepower. The ‘Hooked Up’ is USCG licensed and can accommodate groups of up to 18 passengers. We are one of the fastest boats in the fishing fleet in Panama City. This speed allows us to get you to the fishing grounds faster, meaning more fishing time for you. Capt. B.J. purchased this boat in 2010 and totally refitted it with the latest electronics available and safety equipment along with many other conveniences to make your fishing trip more enjoyable and successful. The ‘Hooked Up’ has a cold AC, clean restroom, 4 bunks, and bench seating inside and outside. We have a large fish box to store your catch and keep it ice cold while on your trip. The ‘Hooked Up’ has the latest high-quality fishing tackle available and we take pride in making sure all of our rods and reels are properly maintained and in excellent shape for your trip.
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The Game Changer, (formerly the ‘Miss Kelley’), is 52ft long and can take groups of up to 20 passengers on day trips and up to 8 people on multi-day trips. She is ideal for longer fishing charter trips and has a tremendous amount of room with 8 bunks downstairs and a full-size clean restroom. We have plenty of fixed seating and a dinette table with drink holders in the cabin area. The inside is fully air-conditioned with over 3 tons of cold air. With all the same amenities, high-quality tackle, and gear as the Hooked Up, she makes a great addition to the fleet. In 2019 she was fully repowered with Cummins diesels capable of over 500hp each. She is a beauty and makes for an excellent day on the water with family or friends or a multi-day trip with the boys!
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The ‘Lady Raye’ has been owned by Capt. BJ Burkett since 2017. She is a 43 ft Torres that was built in south Florida as a charter boat and converted to commercial fishing before being purchased by Capt. BJ. Capt. BJ is now converting it again to be a charter boat, as well as, commercial fishing in the off-season.
She has an air-conditioned cabin, bathroom, 4 bunks, a dinette, and a microwave. While she does not have the yacht look, she is a fish-killing machine with all the accommodations to make your trip enjoyable and relaxing. She is powered by twin caterpillar diesels. The Lady Raye can accommodate up to 6 passengers and is one of the safest sea vessels in her class. The Lady Raye has been operated full-time by Capt. Jimbo Stevens as a commercial fishing vessel, going out and catching fish for restaurants and fish markets, who buy his catch, after returning from sea for days at a time. Captain Jimbo is one of the most well-known captains in our region. He has fished in this region for over 30 years. His knowledge of where to find the fish and how to catch them is irreplaceable! We have made the jump to start taking our clients out on this vessel starting June 1, 2023. The Lady Raye will be fishing out of beautiful Apalachicola, Florida. It is about 1.5 hours from Panama City Beach (PCB) and worth the drive to get to experience some excellent fishing.
For all our return customers just to give you an idea of the boat. The Lady Raye fishing vessel is 1 ft longer than the ‘Hooked Up’ and over 2ft wider. Plenty of room for groups of up to 6 people. She also has a full hard top that goes all the way to the stern so you can fish in the shade! As the refit is completed pictures will be added of the Lady Raye
We are one of the best in the business for producing large catches but our fishing trips are about more than just catching fish, they are trips of a lifetime that families and their children will never forget.
It is our job to make sure you have the fishing experience you have been looking forward to all year. To make your trip an unforgettable and enjoyable experience for the whole family. We cater to each charter individually whether it’s a group of guys, a bachelor/bachelorette party, company outings, or just a group of friends ready to fill the cooler.