Captain Eric Stewart
Captain Eric Stewart has been fishing the waters around Cape Cod since he was a child. Earning his captains license at the age of nineteen he has been involved in charter fishing since 1978. He is a certified IGFA captain and co-owner, with Cliff Hampton, of The Hook-Up! LLC. Since he turned his attention to Bluefin Tuna his record has been remarkable. Captain Stewart is a serious fishermen who has honed his skills on years of being on the water. He takes great pride in his family and business. You will find his mark on every aspect of The Hook-Up!, from the quality of the charter experience to the products and professional staff that make The Hook-Up! what it is.
Cliff Hampton is co-owner of The Hook-Up along with Captain Eric Stewart and he is the man behind the scenes. You will not find him working in the shop but you will find him on the decks of the “Tuna Fever” doing what he loves to do, catch bluefin tuna. Cliff and Eric have been fishing together for over twenty three years. They first met on the decks of the original “Tammy Rose” in Rock Harbor. Their friendship and bond grew throughout the years as they fished for sharks and tuna. In 1999, as they trolled for bluefin tuna east of Chatham, they went 2 for 6 on school bluefin tuna, and the story was set. In the next year they built the “Hampton Caught II”(a 33’ Nauset) and caught thirty plus bluefin on the troll. That September they caught a 614 pound bluefin at the BB buoy and their lives were changed forever. They started “The Hook-Up!” company in January 2001. Cliff is a very accomplished angler and has landed numerous giants including three 600 plus pound bluefin on 80lb class tackle and landed another 300 plus school size fish in his career. His biggest (pictured here) was caught in Cape Cod Bay on the “Tammy Rose” and was 760 lbs. He has fished extensively off the coast of Mozambique, Africa, where he was involved in building a lodge and fishes every chance he can. Whether fishing for trout with a fly rod back in England or pursuing bluefin tuna in the Atlantic, Cliff loves to fish. He is also a very passionate golfer. Cliff lives in Great Britain with his wife Jean and they summer here in South Orleans. He is a very devoted husband, father and Grandfather. Cliff is extremely well respected in the world of finance and he is the Chairman of Fenchurch Advisory Partners.
Since Dan Jones has come onboard the store has not been the same. His energy and dedication to the store and our customers has made The Hook-Up! Bait and Tackle a great place for quality products and service. Dan is a Hard-Core Fisherman! You will see him out there, freshwater and salt. He hears more scuttlebutt in one day than most hear in a year. If you want top notch gear and reliable information stop in and see Dan.
Captain Corey Stewart
Captain Corey Stewart had a fishing rod in his hand before he could walk. His years of experience has made him an accomplished true professional, he has done it all. He is a graduate of the Massachucetts Maritime Academy with a degree in marine engineering and serves in the Navy Reserve. His fishing wisdom is betrayed by his youth. He is always ready to share his knowledge and love of fishing.
Captain Rich Haight
Captain Rich Haight has been fishing the waters of Cape Cod since the mid fifties. He has worked at the Hook-Up for six years and has designed, built and operates our website. A photographer and media specialist who loves to fish. He is dedicated to making your Online experience as professional and friendly as the service you have come to expect at The Hook-Up! Bait & Tackle in Orleans. Captain Rich operates a 22' Keywest CC and knows the special problems and advantages of operating a small boat in the waters around Cape Cod.
Capt John Clothier
Captain John Clothier has been fishing the Cape and Islands for over twenty five years. He operates "Shearwater" a 2009 Steiger Craft powered by twin 225 hp Suzuki four-stroke outboards. John knows the waters east of Chatham better than most and loves to put you "on the fish".
Chris has been mating for Capt. Eric for five years. He seems to always be where you need him when you need him and glides around the cockpit like a gazelle. Mating for Captain Eric is a very demanding job. When you hook up to the fish of a lifetime Chris has the skills necessary to help you fight and land the big one.
We cannot get this guy on the payroll but he has become a great asset to The Hook-Up! He brings a level of expertise and experience to everything he does. Operating a 23' Maritime and catching more than his fair share of fish, he keeps a steady tiller around here.