Meet the Captains of Hook’em Up

Capt. BJ, Capt. Jeff and Capt. Jimbo



Capt. BJ. Burkett

Let’s meet the Captains that you will be fishing with on a Hook’em Up Charter. Capt B.J. is a 3rd generation fisherman and was born and raised in the local waters of Panama City. He is the owner and operator of Hook’em Up Charters and will be the one you speak to you when you call …NOT a BOOKING AGENT! Capt. B.J. is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and has plenty of fishing experience to make your fishing trip a great success!!!

We offer quality fishing trips at reasonable prices and we cater to everyone from the beginner angler to the seasoned fisherman. As a third-generation fisherman, Capt. B.J. has the experience to make your fishing adventure unforgettable. All of our trips are lots of fun for the whole family.





Capt. Jeff Kelley


Capt. Jeff is a 3rd generation fisherman with over 35 years of experience. He has spent his whole life captaining multiple charter boats out of the Panama City area. He is well known and respected as a great fisherman here in Panama City Beach. We are very blessed to have him as a captain for our company.





Capt. Jimbo Stevens

Capt. Jimbo has been with the Hook’em Up family since 2014. He has captained both charter boats and commercial fishing boats for more than 30 years and recently, the Lady Raye, in Apalachicola, has been operated full-time by Capt. Jimbo. He is one of the most well-known captains in our region and his experience and success in fishing in the north Florida area can’t be beaten. 

As a commercial fishing vessel Captain, he goes out for days at a time and catches fish for restaurants and fish markets, that buy his catch upon his return. His knowledge of where to find the fish and how to catch them is irreplaceable! Capt. Jimbo specializes in long-range trips and Apalachicola is the perfect place for these trips as he gets to places that very few ever experience. Due to the remoteness, the catch can be spectacular. Apalachicola is about 1.5 hours from Panama City Beach (PCB) and worth the drive to get to experience some excellent fishing.


Captain Bryan Jones


We’re excited to announce that Capt Bryan Jones has joined the Hook’em Up family, making his debut at the helm in early 2023. Bringing over 25 years of expertise in the local fishing industry, Capt Bryan has taken the lead on our newest vessel, the impressive 55 ft “HOOKED UP,” which has become the latest gem in our fleet. 

Capt Bryan is primarily at the controls of the “HOOKED UP,” though he occasionally steers the “Hooked Up 2” and the “Game Changer.” His knowledge, combined with his extensive experience in trolling, bottom fishing, and shark fishing across the Gulf of Mexico, has made him a pivotal asset to our team. His lifelong passion for fishing and unparalleled skills have quickly established him as a leading figure among Panama City’s fishing captains in the Panhandle.


Why Choose Us?

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.

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Capt. B.J.

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