John O'Hanlon Fishing Expeditions

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out of 5 stars from 3 reviews See all 3 reviews
215 Driftwood Dr N
Palm Harbor FL, United States

When it comes to fishing guides in the Tampa Bay area, few can compete with Captain John O’Hanlon. With over 30 years of fishing experience to his name, Captain John has been at the helm of larger boats as well as several skiffs, working both for himself and learning from other charter operators. Having lived on the water most of his life, John has garnered extensive knowledge of how the fish of Tampa Bay behave and how weather and water conditions affect your chances of catching one and is well prepared for catering to all your nearshore, inshore or flats fishing desires.

Captain John operates a 23’ Mako center console, powered by a single 200 HP Mercury. The boat features a trolling motor and a fighting chair for handling those trophy fish and comes equipped with the standard array of marine electronics, such as GPS, radio, and Fishfinder. It can comfortably accommodate up to 4 anglers per trip.

Though he has now retired from tournament fishing, Captain John is proud to be a member of the Mercury PRO team, having both claimed and placed in various grouper and kingfish tournaments. Apart from spending time on the water virtually every day, John has also spent several years extensively scuba diving the waters of Florida. All of that has helped him better understand how bottom structures affect fish feeding patterns and migration patterns, making him one of the best inshore fishing guides in the Tampa Bay area.

Some of the species you’ll be targeting on your trip include Redfish, Snook, Sea Trout, Mackerel, a variety of Shark species and many more. Captain John will supply all the fishing gear you’ll need, as well as both live and artificial bait. Guests are welcome to keep their fish following the trip, after which they’ll receive a complimentary cleaning and bagging of the catch.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip - Inshore/Nearshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Staying for a longer time on the water means you can either visit more fishing spots or just enjoy yourself where its biting. The local inshore and nearshore waters are full with Redfish, Mangrove Snapper, Snook, Sharks, and more besides. Rods, reels, and terminal tackle are included in the price of the trip.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Shark Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 425
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    We catch all sizes of sharks. Only small sharks will be brought on the boat for a quick photo. Larger sharks will be photographed at the boat sides. This is a safe, fun family activity. All equipment and license included. We supply bottled water and ice for your comfort.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip - Inshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 399
    up to 2 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    We will be fishing for whatever is in season. We offer year-round Trout fishing. Ask the Captain what's biting! Everything is included. We have bottled water and ice for your pleasure.
  • Private trip
    3 Hour Trip - Shark Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    3 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 349
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    We catch all sizes of sharks. Only small sharks will be brought on the boat for a quick photo. Larger sharks will be photographed at the boat sides. All equipment and licenses are included. This is a safe, fun family activity. We supply bottled water and ice for your comfort.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum
Redfish
Shark (Blacktip)
Shark (Bonnethead)

Shark (Hammerhead)
Shark (Nurse)
Snapper (Mangrove)
Snook

Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1977, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 200HP Mercury Opti Max engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License Included

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Checks

About the Captain

John O'Hanlon
Palm Harbor, Florida, United States
Member since March 2014
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Captain John O'Hanlon has been on the water for more than 30 years now. He started off by scuba diving at the age of 12 and has not looked back since. While he has retired from tournament fishing, he still has the know-how which he is more than happy to share with all his guests. His main goal is to make sure everyone on his boat has a memorable time.
Response time: 4 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.78 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Very responsive and curteeous captain, followed up the day before with a call to make sure all was OK. He had Captain Keith take us out, really knowlegable and experienced skipper and a very nice guy all round. Really focussed on getting us on the fish and keeping our bait in the water.Worked hard to ensure we all caught fish and ran over time when we hit the fishingnhot spot. No hestiation recommending these guys, would definatly book again….Happy fishers all round!

Fished June 23, 2018
John O'Hanlon (The Captain)
Replied to this review on June 24, 2018

Thank you Paul. It was our pleasure having you and John with us. John did a great job even though it was his first time fishing!

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Fished July 31, 2017
John O'Hanlon (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 11, 2017

Thank You, Enjoyed your family.

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Enjoyed the day!

Fished December 25, 2016
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Fishing Reports

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