Captain
Jon Mahan

Member since June 2016

Rockport, United States

Background
Saltwater fishing is my passion. I grew up in Kingsville, Texas fishing Baffin Bay as a child. I now live in Rockport and love to fish offshore and in the bays around Rockport.
Techniques
Red snapper fishing in Texas state waters is my area of expertise. Texas waters have a great snapper population as long as you know where to go and what to look for. I also love to bay fish for speckled trout and redfish.

Hey, I'm Captain Jon Mahan

Rockport, United States
Background
Saltwater fishing is my passion. I grew up in Kingsville, Texas fishing Baffin Bay as a child. I now live in Rockport and love to fish offshore and in the bays around Rockport.
Techniques
Red snapper fishing in Texas state waters is my area of expertise. Texas waters have a great snapper population as long as you know where to go and what to look for. I also love to bay fish for speckled trout and redfish.

My Charter Listings

Rockport
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US$ 450
Rockport
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US$ 1200

Fishing Reports

Deep Grass Beds

June 17, 2016

Took my wife fishing on a scouting trip. Despite the late start we made quick work of a two person limit of speckled trout and one nice flounder. The structure was deep grass beds. Read Full Report →


Back Bay Black Drum

June 20, 2016

Despite the freshwater runoff in the back bays around Rockport, we managed a limit of black drum on live shrimp. These are hard fighting delicious tasting fish. The freshwater does not seem to bother black drum. Read Full Report →


Specked Trout

August 02, 2016

Excellent trip today with an excellent group. 4 man limit of speckled trout. Good trip. Read Full Report →


"Speck" tacular morning

August 04, 2016

Had the day off today, so I took my son and his best friend out to do some wade fishing. The bite was fantastic and we each had our limit before 9 am. It was a awesome morning of… Read Full Report →


Good day catching specks

August 05, 2016

Good day catching some some quality sized specked trout with some great folks even though the weather turned very hot toward the end of the trip. The beauty of a half day trip is get out there early, catch… Read Full Report →


Limits of speckled trout.

August 14, 2016

Fishing in Rockport remains great on live bait. The weather has cooled down some and the water temperature has done the same. The fishing should just keep getting better and better. Read Full Report →


Nice bunch of redfish

August 13, 2016

Tried to fish a nice sized school of redfish first thing in the morning, but it was crowded and there was a tournament that day so there were already wade fishermen in the spot. Fished hard the rest of… Read Full Report →


Good sized specked trout

August 27, 2016

Decided to try the surf this morning for some specked trout. The wind and wave conditions were not as good as I would have liked, but it was still fishable. Caught 10 nice sized specks and a blacktip shark… Read Full Report →


Texas Inshore Slam

September 26, 2016

Despite not being able to get on the water until 10 am due to severe thunderstorms in the area and having to dodge rain most of the trip, each client of mine today caught a Texas Inshore Slam which… Read Full Report →


Redfish Everywhere!

October 06, 2016

Had to great morning with two customers today and they both caught their limit of redfish plus a bonus black drum. One to the anglers caught a 30" oversized redfish that was released back to fight another day. The… Read Full Report →


More Redfish & Black Drum

October 07, 2016

I did not have a charter today, but my uncle Bruce was visiting from Alaska. We decided to go out and fish for a few hours to try to get some redfish filets for him to take back on… Read Full Report →


Catch and Release Redfish Trip

October 08, 2016

Had a group of four on the boat today and they wanted to do a catch and release trip. We must have caught and released at least 14-15 keepers sized redfish and many more under sized redfish. One of… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.73 out of 5 stars from 15 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, November 19, 2016

Captain Jon provided a great fishing experience!

Fished November 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 21, 2016

Thank you very much for the kind review. Looking forward to the next trip with you guys. Had a blast!

Went fishing on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fished November 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thank you for the review. We ended the day with a nice mixed box of excellent eating fish.


Went fishing on Saturday, November 5, 2016

John was the most professional guide that I have ever used.  He knows where the fish are, how to fish for them, and ensures you have a great time. He uses high end bait and moves the boat till he finds the big ones.  My son and I had a great experience.

Fished November 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a great time fishing with you. It was a good day.


Went fishing on Saturday, August 27, 2016

This was a fun trip caught several fish almost full take home… he put us right on the fish. Will schedule him next time I’m down there again

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 29, 2016

Thank you very much for the kind review. I wish the others didn’t get seasick, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Hopefully, next time it will be smoother and the wind won’t be blowing so hard.


Went fishing on Sunday, August 14, 2016

Captain John Mahan is a very knowledgeable and awesome fish guide. He gave me and my three sons a wonderful time and was very fun to be around. He tried various fishing spots and was optimistic throughout the whole entire trip, down to the last fish in our limit. If you need a wonderful guide that is very knowledgeable and fun to be around, this guy is the one!

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thank you very much for the kind review, Oscar. I also had a great time fishing with you and your boys. I hope we can do it again soon.

Went fishing on Saturday, August 13, 2016

Conditions were difficult and the waters were crowded. That did not keep Jon from putting us on some nice redfish.  It took some hard work and moving around but everyone left with some fish, smiles and memories.  Jon knows were the fish are!

Fished August 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, August 12, 2016

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, August 13, 2016

It was hard work, but we scratched out some nice fish. What a fine young man!

Went fishing on Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, August 12, 2016

Thank you very much for the kind review. I wish we would have put a few more fish in the box, but at least we caught lots of fish, just not as many keepers as I normally like.  The redfish were fun.


Went fishing on Friday, August 5, 2016

Great fishing trip with Capt Jon Mahan. We had 8 year old grandson and he took excellent care of him. Lot of patience with hyper kid. We are looking forward to our next trip!!!  We strongly recommend going fishing with him

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 7, 2016

I really enjoyed fishing with you folks and I’m also looking forward to our next trip. Maybe next time it won’t be so hot outside.


Went fishing on Monday, August 1, 2016

Captain Jon was a fantastic guide! He rearranged our trip time for better fishing conditions , were able to go out to the surf to fish for Speckled Trout. Limited out on very nice size trout, and had fun with Sharks and very large Sting Ray, that was a blast to fight, but unfortunately we’re not able to get up. We had a great day, Jon was very instructive and very knowledgable of Salt Water fishing. He made it a very enjoyable trip. Very helpful and would do anything we asked, very personable. looking forward to doing a Deep Sea Trip in the future with Captain Jon.

Fished August 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a very enjoyable fishing day and I’m looking forward to fishing with you folks again. It was an absolute pleasure. Thanks again.


Went fishing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

I was disappointed with our fishing trip with Captain Mahan.  He was very optimistic about catching black drum and planned the trip accordingly by only bringing dead bait.  I had never been with a fishing guide that I didn’t bring at least some form of live bait but he sounded confident.  As it turned out the drum were not biting and we were stuck finishing the rest of the day with it.  He was blaming the wind and the low tides but most guides would have been aware of the conditions beforehand and would have planned accordingly.  He worked hard the rest of the day to get us on top of some fish but we were not adequately equipped with the right bait or tackle so it didn’t matter.  I was disappointed catching only one barely keeper drum the whole day between the four of us especially since we went during the week and were the only boat in the water it seemed.

Rey Holguin does not recommend Capt Jon Mahan Hunting & Fishing

Fished July 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Unfortunately, that’s why they call it fishing and not catching. It was a tough day, and I did offer to take you in early and only charge you half price because I knew the fishing condition were tough. The wind was blowing so hard and the tides were super low that day and I could not get my boat shallow enough to get to where the fish were that’s why I had to literally get out of my boat and push you guys up to the shoreline. I did find a school of redfish later in the day, but I could not get them to bite. I put people on fish every day, but sometimes the fish do not want to bite. I was very aware of the conditions beforehand. Just the day before, I had limited out on drum in the same spot that I took you guys with the exact same bait, but for some reason they were either not there or not biting at the time. And shrimp either dead or live is the absolute best bait for any drum species, so I do feel I had the right bait for the job. Normally, I do use live shrimp instead of dead, but the wind in Rockport was so bad during that time that none of the bait stand shrimp boats were leaving the harbor, so I had to do the best with what I had. I am very sorry that you guys had a bad day and I did work very hard to get you the fish. I hate it when people don’t catch fish and I do my absolute best to put them on fish, but unfortunately every fishing guide has a day like this. So, this is what I’m going to do. I will offer you a trip free of charge next time you are down in Rockport for another chance to put you guys on fish if you are interested. I was very confident that we would catch fish that day, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.

Went fishing on Friday, July 8, 2016

Captain John was a fab guide!!! He worked hard to get us the fish! We will be using him again and again!

Fished July 2016

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Jon Mahan (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 7, 2016

Thank you for the kind words. I’m very glad you folks had a good time. See you again soon.

Went fishing on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jon got us full limits. He fishes hard and knows how to get it done

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, December 19, 2015

Went fishing in Rockport, Texas in Estes Flats and California Hole. We drift fished with lures and caught limits of trout.  He has an excellent fishing boat with state of the art equipment. All fishing tackle was great. He was very accommodating and helpful in sharing his knowledge of the waters and fishing techniques. I highly recommend him and his services.

Fished December 2015

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Went fishing on Saturday, January 30, 2016

    My two daughters and I went fishing with Captain Jon Mahan.  He was such a great fisherman! My daughters and I were really hoping we would catch a fish each, but honestly, my expectations weren’t too high since none of us had ever fished a day in our lives!!! Oh my goodness!  The trip far exceeded our expectations!  We caught so many fish!!!  We caught Trout, Redfish, Drum & Flounder!!!  Captain Jon was so patient & kind.  He baited our hooks, taught us how to cast, took us to spots were the fish were, and the rest was history!  I highly recommend booking Captain Jon Mahan for your next fishing trip!

Fished January 2016

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