Hook & Knife Charters offers you a unique Golden Isles fishing adventure with Captain Chef Dave Snyder. Spend the day aboard Dave’s boat fishing with the best—then, for an additional fee, head to one of Dave’s three renowned restaurants for a personalized and collaborative dining experience. Eat your cooked-to-order catch in a dish crafted just for you by Chef Dave—and enjoy the legendary hospitality of Dave’s restaurants.


Hook & Knife offers you a perfect day with friends in the beautiful waters of coastal Georgia—fishing with an expert angler, and the opportunity to eat your tasty catch that evening for an additional fee.

Departure & Routes

Most fishing trips will leave from Hampton Point Marina and extend northward from Little St. Simons to Sapelo Island.

If the conditions are better to the South, Captain Dave may take guests to fish
St. Simons, Jekyll, and Little Cumberland Islands.


Captain Dave knows where to find the fish. Under the guidance of this skipper, guests enjoy a top-notch angling experience, discovering abundant variety in South Atlantic waters. If offshore is where you want to fish, ask Dave for suggestions on offshore captains.

Speckled Trout | Year-round, but best in spring and fall. We’ll use live shrimp, jig some plastics, and in the early morning, try some topwater artificials.

Redfish | Year round. Fall calls for bull reds on the sandbars with some mullet on a hook. Low-water reds and tailing reds love flies and jigs.

Flounder | Best spring through fall. Bottom rigs and jigging.

Tarpon | We need the heat of the summer for these to arrive. Live bait on the bottom and float a crab with the current. Low water for you pros—let’s try a fly.

Tripletail | Try live shrimp while stalking them on the beach or on structure from April through the summer. Great to fly fish for these too.

Snappers, Grouper, Cobia, Spadefish and Black Sea Bass | On the calmest of days our Webbed Pause will head off shore for some bigger fish—ladyfish, jacks, sharks, and more.


Each Hook & Knife fishing adventure includes the following amenities:

  • selection of sandwiches
  • bottled waters and sodas
  • fishing license
  • sunblock and bug spray
  • bait and lures
  • tackle
  • one $25 gift card good for Halyards, Tramici
    or La Plancha

Half Day Inshore

4 hours | $500
6 hours | $600

Full Day

8 hours | $700

** Listed rates are for 2 anglers. Each additional angler is $50.

Dine With Us

After a great day on the water, there is nothing better than an expertly prepared meal of the day’s catch. For an additional cost, add on the experience of enjoying your fresh catch at Halyards, Tramici, or La Plancha—apply your $25.00 gift card toward the cost of Chef Dave preparing your fish your way.

Each culinary delight is jointly created by guest and chef. Consider blackened speckled trout, tempura-fried flounder, grilled sheepshead, snapper ceviche, pecan-crusted tripletail, or grilled cobia. See you at dinner!


Hook & Knife Charters offers two completely different boat experiences, both aboard beautiful watercraft created by artisan Robert Helmick.

Tailing Pause

Our 17-foot Bohemian Skiff, Tailing Pause, is designed to allow up to two anglers to stalk fish in the shallowest of waters. The Kevlar-made lightweight hull is powered by a 70 Yamaha, a Minn Kota trolling motor, and Captain Dave on the poling platform. Tailing Pause will float quietly in eight inches of water as anglers look for tailing redfish in the grass during an exaggerated high tide or on a mud flat at low tide.

Webbed Pause

Webbed Pause, a 23-foot Tides, is a heavy-built center console bay boat with a 300 Yamaha on the stern. Two live wells, a Minn Kota Trolling motor, electronics, storage, coolers, rod holding compartments, and a smooth ride are all part of her package. Easily fitting two fishermen, Webbed Pause can comfortably hold four as well.


Hook and Knife supplies Shimano rods and reels for those wanting to use conventional tackle. Teramar and Crucial rods are complimented with Sustain and Stradic spinning reels and for those who prefer baitcasting reels, Dave will breakout the Calcuttas and Cardiffs. For tarpon and sharks, you’ll use Shimano Saragosa’s. For those flyfishing, you will have use of Gloomis Nrx’s paired with Nautilus, Hatch and Tibor reels.


Captain Dave works consistently with various organizations to find balanced solutions for simultaneous support of the fishing industry and South Atlantic conservation. To advance these efforts, Halyard restaurants feature local fish when possible and sell only sustainable fish.

As a member of the Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Dave meets with recreational and commercial fishermen, industry representatives, conservation groups, and other interested members of the public. The role of panel members is to advise the Council about trends in fisheries, environmental concerns relating to fishery ecosystems, and management impacts on fishermen and fishing communities.

Dave is a steering committee member with The Marine Resource Education Program as part of GMRI, and also sits on the Shellfish Advisory and Mariculture Advisory Panel for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.