ABOUT THE CAPTAIN
Captain Matt is fully licensed and insured, certified in CPR and a member of the Rhode Island Angler’s Association. Matt is a Coast Guard certified Captain, and Block Island Chamber of Commerce. He writes a column called “The Fishing Report” for the Block Island Times. His articles have been published in The Rhode Island Monthly and he has been featured in various fishing shows and magazines.
Prior to fishing Block Island, Rhode Island, Captain Matt King grew up fishing in the waters of Southern RI. As a kid, he fished with some of the great surfcasters of our rocky coastline. Years later, he moved to Hawaii to pursue a career as a respected chef in some of the best island restaurants. When he wasn’t in the kitchen, Matt was either surfing, fishing, or sailing. In the summer of 2000, and again in 2001, Matt returned to chef Block Islands popular Eli’s restaurant. It was at that point that he realized that his true calling was to be the best charter captain that he could be. The rest, as they say, is history. In July of 2002, Captain Matt, along with 2 shipmates sailed from Honolulu, Hawaii to Marina Del Ray, California. Block Island called and Captain Matt answered. Matt has not abandoned his love of cooking. Matt winters in Hawaii where he spends his time perfecting the art of fly-casting for bonefish, one of the most finicky and selective of game fish. This summer he will be bringing that particular skill set to Block Island to offer a new type of service to fly fish the Block’s shallows for elusive stripers.
Captain Matt, of course, spends his summers guiding anglers to some of the best fishing on the East Coast. He has deservedly built a reputation as a captain that has the knowledge, experience, and perseverance to find fish in the most challenging conditions. Of course there is no game fishing that is guaranteed, but there is also no charter captain that works harder and smarter to provide his clients the best possible fishing experience. Captain Matt and his Hula Dog Team recently took first prize in the 2016 Striper Kings Tournament. Just further evidence of the quality fishing that one can expect as a client of Captain Matt.
Since moving back to Block Island he had partnered in the ownership of the popular Juice and Java Coffee shop and is currently partnered in the fast growing and highly reviewed Topside Cafe. Top off a great day of fishing with Captain Matt by stopping in at the Topside Cafe for a cold beverage and a delicious bite to eat.
THE HULA CHARTERS SERVICES
BEGINNERS TO EXPERTS WELCOME
Hula Charters provides a memorable experience in a relaxing island environment. Whether you are a serious fisherman, first time angler or just looking for a day on the waters of Block Island Sound, we have trips to accommodate you.
WE CATER TO YOUR NEEDS
We focus on helping you have the best time possible. If you’re thinking about booking a trip, drop by the boat and we can recommend something that best suits YOUR needs.
SAFE AND RELAXING RIDE
We have a safe, comfortable, clean boat for you to relax and enjoy Block Island from the ocean’s view. Complimentary cold beverages, good attitudes, great stereo, and hundreds of cd’s to choose from. We are sure you will truly change YOUR latitude and attitude to a relaxed island state of mind.
CHARTER YOUR EVENTS
Hula Charters also offers The Hula Girl as a boat for hire. If you would like to charter for events such as Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival , July fireworks displays, or any another event where an ocean view is what you are looking for, we want to accommodate you. Please let us know what you like, and we will do our best to serve your request.
- For your safety, people who have had too much to drink will not be allowed on the boat. An option to reschedule will be given, and will be rebooked upon availability. NO refunds will be given.
- NO HARD LIQUOR or ILLEGAL DRUGS. However beer is allowed as long as consumed in moderation.
- The captain reserves the right to end the day’s trip if these rules are not obeyed.
- A 50% deposit is required to reserve a trip. If trip is cancelled 7 days before scheduled day, a full refund will be provided.
- The balance must be paid in full before the boat leaves the dock.
- Hula Charters accepts MasterCard and Visa, in-state checks, and of course, cash.
The captain will make the call to cancel a trip if the weather and sea conditions jeopardize the safety of customer, crew, and boat. We will either reschedule, or a full refund will be provided.
**** Although the fuel prices have increased we will try to maintain last year’s prices as long as we can. Hula Charters maintains its pledge to give the customer their money’s worth. We believe a great day on the water will keep you coming back for many more years to come. So please remember when shopping around for a boat for hire keep this in mind, like most things, you get what you pay for!!!