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The Promise of the Sea: Captain Adam of Playin' Hooky Charters Shares His Passion for the Open Ocean with Floridians

By Paul Rowe

Growing up, Captain Adam and his brothers hunted and fished incessantly among the lakes and rivers of their northeast Indiana home. This wasn't just a fun activity for Adam and his siblings: it equally nourished their hearts, minds, and souls. After honing his fishing skills over countless mornings, evenings, weekends, and summers, Adam eventually brought his talents to saltwater when he relocated to sunny Florida.

Adam became deeply versed in the patterns and habits of Gulf fish, reefs, wrecks, underwater terrain, and the age-old techniques of saltwater fishing, finally turning his lifelong passion for fishing into a business in 2012 when he took the intensive U.S. Coast Guard-sanctioned Nautical School course to obtain his Captain's license. Passing these tests with flying colors, Adam took additional classes for licensing in CPR, towing, and obtained special permits for offshore fishing.

Nowadays, Captain Adam spends his days at sea working on his charter where he continually shares his love for the open ocean with Floridian families.

"Capt. Adam has wanted to be a charter Captain his whole life and wanted to give the average family the experience of deep sea fishing," says Playin' Hooky's Marketing Manager Tara Homan. "From catching your first fish ever to landing the catch of a lifetime, Adam loves putting clients on fish and lives for the excitement it brings both the youngest and the oldest of anglers."

In St. Pete, Florida, the art of fishing comes in many forms. You can fish in a kayak, a charter, or a big boat, and catch something different every time you hit the water. Under Captain Adam's leadership, Playin' Hooky Charters provides one of the smallest federally permitted charters in the St. Pete area. Whether it is a hardcore all-day charter or a near-shore charter with some island hopping or snorkeling you crave, Captain Adam accommodates to the interests of all seafarers.

Depending on the season, time of day, and distance from shore, anglers can expect to catch bait, various snapper, grouper, kingfish, mackerel, shark, Goliath grouper, Bonita, cobia, Blackfin Tuna, Amber Jack, and barracuda, to name just a few. No matter what is caught on the open seas, Captain Adam always reels in some truly unforgettable memories.

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