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Light Tackle, Heavy Tackle, Bottom Fishing
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Boat type: Sportfisher
Boat Manufacturer: Sabalo
Boat length: 32ft
Captain 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 now a part of his lifestyle, 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, Captain 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 Captain 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, Captain 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, Captain 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.”
Captain Tom Markham and his wife Tenni own and operate Simply Hooked Indian Rocks Fishing Charters and look forward to sharing their passion with you and your family and friends!
We had a great 1/2 day Deep Sea Fishing excursion! We so appreciated Tenni fitting us in on the only day we were available. Captain Tom and Cody rocked! They were so attentive and made sure we caught a lot of big fish. Cody worked tirelessly the entire time. We were anexperenced at deep sea fishing but we were pros in no time. After Captain Tom cleaned and bagged our catch, he recommended we take the fish to the restaurant in the Holiday Inn and they cooked it to perfection. For $8.95 they will blacken, fry or grill it and provide french fries and cole slaw. Fun experience had by all!
Awesome!! Had such a a great time fishing with these two! They really worked the entire time helping us catch fish. Both Captain Tom and Cody were knowledgeable and just great!!Tenni, who you book with on the phone, is so helpful and sweet! She is quick to reply to emails and return calls! We had a really great experience and would highly recommend. Plan on going back next year! Actually this trip was a surprise for my husband and he wants to go back every year and we just might! We may go a different time of year to catch different fish. Check the website for the seasons! Tip: If you stay at the Holiday inn at Indian rocks you will be right by the dock. They will also cook up your catch at the restaurant there, Jimmy Guanas, for $10/pp.
All rods, reels, and tackle are included.
This guide will clean your catch for you.
Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.
You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.
No meal provided.
BAIT, TACKLE, ROD, COOLER WITH ICE
At an Additional Rate
No added costs.
Food and drinks Sunblock and a camera to record the memories
A valid fishing license.
Payment & Tipping
After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a 10-20% customary tip.
The deposit for this trip is non-refundable.
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401 2nd St, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785, USA
06:00 AM, 07:00 AM
Duration(s)4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours,