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Simply Hooked

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401 2nd St., Slip# 2, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-2565
+1 727-410-6094
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Hard Work = Pays Off = Fish On

Long Day of determination by Captain Tom pays off. We caught our limit and used every bit of Time... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Seeeen D
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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THE BEST CAPTIAN IN CLEARWATER!

I have fished with Capt. Tom for over 10 years and I'm local and own my own boat. We always catch... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
BrianNeup
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Clearwater, Florida
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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
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401 2nd St., Slip# 2, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785-2565
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Long Day of determination by Captain Tom pays off. We caught our limit and used every bit of Time and the Ocean. First Mate Cody never stopped working. Radio traffic confirmed bare bone fish catching but our Boat “Simply Hooked” kept Reeling them in through...More

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Tom M, Manager at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thank you for the review. We are happy you are satisfied with your day of catching & fun adventure. Looking forward to have many more great time in the near future. Let me know when you are ready. Kind Regards, Captain Tom & Mate Cody

Reviewed 15 September 2017

I have fished with Capt. Tom for over 10 years and I'm local and own my own boat. We always catch a lot of fish and he will work until the job gets done! If you want a fun day on the water and come...More

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Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

Brian: Great to hear from you. Lots of great memories..means alot coming from a pro! Thank you very much! Looking forward to our next adventure October 21st. Extended day!! Check out my website & Google, Your Daughter & Daddy Fish Catch picture is a keeper!

Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

This was our fourth trip with Simply Hooked and Captain Tom Markham. My son and I booked an all-day trip because we wanted time to get to the fish since the water was so warm. Captain Tom knows where the fish are! We got a...More

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Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you so much for your recent Fishing Charter. It is customers like you that help keep our lights on, and we couldn't be more grateful. I know it took us a little time because the temperature of the water.. but we succeeded very well,...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

Captain Tom and Mate Cody did a great job getting us on the fish. We appreciate all of your hard work on a hot day! All of our group had a blast and loved fishing and talking to you guys! Look forward to doing it...More

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Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2017

Well look forward to another trip with you On behalf of my crew, it was our pleasure to serve you!!

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

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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

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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
Tom M, Owner at Simply Hooked, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Cynthia: Thank you for sharing a great day. We are ready to make memories, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Give me a shout personally to schedule our next adventure. Your Captain, Tom 727-744-9638

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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
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Angela W
19 September 2015|
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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
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