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Simply Hooked

#1 of 5 Tours in Indian Rocks Beach Features Animals
401 2nd St., Slip# 2, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-2565
+1 727-410-6094
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Excellent charter

I've taken about twenty fishing charters in my life and this was one of the best. Captain Tom and... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio
via mobile
Perfect Fishing Day

Captain Tom & Tonni are the real deal. I called around looking for a fishing trip for 2 teenage... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2017
Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Meet your Captain Sharing his Love of Angling ​ From fish-crazed kid to fish-crazed captain, some things never change.​ Capt. Tom Markham, a fourth generation Floridian, spent his teen years less than a mile from where his charter boat, a 32-foot Sabalo called the Simply Hooked, is docked. The creeks and channels of the Intracoastal Waterway that were his playground as a kid are now his daily commute to work. His childhood dreams of getting to go chase giant fish every day are also a part of his life still, as he wakes each morning to an exciting, new, fishing challenge. “I love offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico,” explained the Indian Rocks Beach skipper. “There’s such a variety of fish that we get to catch. And the possibility of something amazing. . .the fish of a lifetime. . .could happen at any second. When we get offshore and the bite is going off. . .there’s no better place.” Before he was 10 (and weighed 50-pounds), Tom was fighting and landing tarpon nearly three times his weight. He remembers spending nearly every day of his Summer vacations chasing tarpon with his dad. “If we weren’t tarpon fishing we were catching bait,” said Markham. “I loved every minute of it.” He and his father Wayne would fish from the Gulf beaches as far north as Honeymoon Island, south around the tip of Egmont Key and then all the way to the furthest reaches of Tampa Bay. Then there were teenage trips to Cayo Costa and Pine Island Sound, where he chased the “poon” with his buddy Jeff Malone, who is now a top-notch fishing guide in the Florida Keys. Days of endless sight-casting to milling pods on the beach and laid-up fish in the Sound reinforced the tarpon bug his father instilled in him as a child. “It’s all about the hunt,” he said. “Finding that perfect school of fish and then making the perfect cast. I still get a rush from it, 30 years later!” Like most of his friends, Tom spent the majority of his teens prowling the flats of the bay for snook, redfish and trout. “I was an inshore kid growing up,” said Markham. “We’d get to go offshore every once in a while but even when I first started guiding, I fished the bay for about a year or so.” But his heart was in the offshore game. In his early 20’s, he jumped at the chance to work the deck for Capt. Dave Mistretta on the Jaws Too and fish the Gulf every day with one of the area’s top skippers. When Mistretta purchased a second boat to expand his growing business, he hired Markham to run it. Eventually, he bought the boat, the same 32 Sabalo that 14 years later, he still runs. “Hard to believe I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years already,” Markham said. “But I still get up every day at 5 a.m. excited to go to work.” In between charter seasons, Markham stays busy running two and three day commercial rod and reel trips. He catches fresh grouper, snapper, amberjack and hogfish for many local seafood restaurants. Seasonal stone crabbing helps Markham get his salty fix as well as pay the bills. “You’ve got to love it to stay as busy as we do,” said Markham. “But I just can’t imagine any other place I’d rather be.”
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
401 2nd St., Slip# 2, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-2565
+1 727-410-6094
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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

I've taken about twenty fishing charters in my life and this was one of the best. Captain Tom and Mate Coty were very experienced and truly love to fish. I always ask guides what they do in their free time, and both of these guys...More

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Tom M, Manager at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you for coming fishing with Simply Hooked. We love to fish and enjoy taking folks that love to catch. Give us a call any time, we're ready!!!! FISH ON'!!!!!

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Captain Tom & Tonni are the real deal. I called around looking for a fishing trip for 2 teenage boys (17 & 15) from the Northeast that love to fish. Simply Hooked put together a full day trip with others fishermen to reduce the cost....More

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Ken G, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you for your kind words. Much fun was had by all catching & swimming with Goliath Grouper. Enjoy the Red Snapper​ & Reg grouper. Looking forward to our next adventure. Warm waters Regards! Come on back soon. Captain Tom

Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Just want to thank you (and Cody) for an amazing experience on Friday, along with our friends. My husband and I are originally from Norway and have done a lot of fishing, both at home and off the coast of Jamaica and the Maldives (Indian...More

Thank ketilmoller
Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you for an awesome catching experience . Looking forward to our next adventure. Remember to call in advance to make a reservation on our scheduled calender. We can target many different types of species. Warm water regards, Captain Tom & Mate Cody

Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

This was my first gulf charter trip. After extensive research, my brother booked a 6-hr excursion with our sons: ages 6, 10, 11 and 12. Experience has given me low expectations. I realize that with fishing, you sometimes have unsuccessful outings--it's called fishing, not catching,...More

Thank Ryan S
Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

I just wanted you to know that we truly enjoyed fishing with you and your very well behaved children during spring break. I feel honored to be your chosen Fishing Charter. Your business is much appreciated, and we will do our very best to continue...More

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

This is the third fishing charter I've done in the Madiera Beach/Indian Rocks area. I have enjoyed the others, but this charter with Cpt. Tom and 1st mate Cody, was great. I decided to do the 6 hour trip this time to go for some...More

Thank Jake S
Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Thank you very much for the kind words. We sincerely appreciate your feed back. Looking forward to next time. Please remember to contact us to secure your reservation in advance, especially during high peak travel holiday dates. It was a memorable day indeed. We enjoyed...More

Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Captain Tom and 1st Mate Cody really knocked it out of the park for my family today!!!! Amazing fishing!!! Captain Tom really knows what he's doing!! 1st Mate Cody really kept us hopping!!! Brought home 50+ lbs. of delicious fish that they cleaned and packed...More

Thank Cynthia N
Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

3 of us took the full day private charter this past Friday. Captain Tom was professional and more importantly safety oriented. He also knew the locations to go where the fish should be biting. We were able to take a cooler on the boat with...More

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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Amazing trip with my boys! Captain Tom was great...had his son Adrian join us to help along with first mate Cody who worked his but off! Caught nice grouper, barracuda and even a reef shark! Definitely recommend Simply Hooked and Captain Tom!

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Reviewed 13 May 2016

Had a great half day of fishing with Captain Tom and first mate Cody. These guys know where to get the fish. Great boat and we all had an amazing time. We had ages from 12-70, will definitely book again our next trip. Highly recommend!!!...More

Thank BeachBum257
Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2016

Thank you for coming aboard Simply hooked. We are very happy you mentioned, you had an amazing great time. Looking forward to having you back again soon. It was our pleasure, Thank you! Warm Waters Regards, Captain Tom

Reviewed 25 November 2015

Booked a full day trip while on vacation. So glad we did. It was great fun and we caught an abundance of fish, which Capt. Tom cleaned and filleted for us. Delicious!! The first mate, Cody was on the ball. We didn't have to do...More

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Oyin W
27 October 2016|
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Response from Tom M | Property representative |
Simply Hooked never closes, Definitely open Thanksgiving week. All welcome, we cater to anglers of all ages. Welcome to Simply Hooked. I am your Captain Tom Markham along with my first mate Cody. we would like to welcome... More
Angela W
19 September 2015|
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Response from Tom M | Property representative |
Greetings: Thank you for the inquiry! Simplyhooked can charter 6 people. $600. 1/2 day $800. 3/4 day $1,000. Full day Half Day Fishing Trips: This is a 4 hour charter for up to 6 people going 2-10 miles offshore... More