About Hula Charters

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 Dog is a 27 foot long Center Console “Shamrock” 270 open. This boat is outfitted with console cover. Shielded from the elements, we may run trips on less than mild days.
The boat is equipped with state of the art radar, global positioning, sonar and communications systems to insure your safety as well as a productive day charter fishing. In addition, Hula Charters has a state-of-the-art stereo on board so our customers can enjoy some great music.



Shamrock occupies a unique niche in the fishing-boat market by specializing in high-quality production inboard boats, a field that it dominates.
The company’s latest effort is the 270 Open, a 27-foot center console with a single inboard. The 270 features a simple yet thoughtful layout, and is built with Shamrock’s usual exemplary level of fit-and-finish and rugged construction techniques.

Fishing features abound, too. In the cockpit, for instance, we found a full-sized transom door to starboard that opens under a hinged covering board. This isn’t some thin plastic gate that was added for appearances; it’s a real transom door, designed to accommodate big fish.

Other niceties include standard cockpit coaming pads and an insulated, in-deck fishbox that runs down the centerline of the cockpit and drains through a macerator pump. The tackle/bait-prep center in the transom features a cutting board, a fresh water sink, and four slide-out tackle trays. There’s also a 32-gallon live well on the center of the transom.