Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report- 3/10/17

Fishing report

Inshore- Sheepshead bite is strong inside the passes and along the bridges right now. They are heading offshore to spawn this time of year and it’s a great time to get big sheepshead on small pieces of live shrimp or small pieces of cut oysters. Snook fishing has been popular since snook season opened up March first. Snook must be at least 28 inches to keep, but also shorter than 33 inches. They love to eat spooltek lures, flair hawk style jigs, or D.O.A. shrimp as far as artificial choices. Snook love large live shrimp or live pigfish or grunts for bait. I typically use 30-80lb depending on where you target them. If your snook fishing the flats 30lb floro is all you need, but if your fishing structure than 50-80lb leader is best depending on the area’s cover. Typically a 3ot circle hook works well if your live bait fishing for the snook. Pompano are moving along the beaches and I love to use a light Nekid ball jig for the pompano, the white or green ½ ounce jigs seem to work best bounced along the sand to mimic the sand fleas these pompano love to eat.

Near shore- The sheepshead are spawning nearshore right now so along the ledges and rock piles near shore free lined live shrimp will help you get a nice big sheep. The mangrove snapper and lane snapper are also starting to become more prolific nearshore this time of year small pieces of cut sardines or live shrimp work well for these species. Hogfish bite is still going well but as the water warms they tend to spread out and become less aggressive so you may have to fish down the area before you’re able to get your baits down to these great eating hogfish. Less is more when fishing hogs, since they hang above the bottom lighter lead and a more natural presentation is key. The grey snapper or grunts are great eating and were catching plenty of them nearshore right now.

Offshore- The 39 hour long range offshore fishing trips are catching plenty of big mangrove snapper, fat red grouper, scamp grouper, vermillion snapper, and large amberjacks too. The last two 39 hours in the past week have had monster piles of big snapper coming in with some mangroves weighing in close to ten pounds! The largest mangroves are being caught on small live pinfish with light knocker rig style set ups. The 12 hour extreme trips have had great success lately with large African pompano, big amberjack, nice mangroves and some fatty red grouper too. You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Tampa Bay Ferry and water taxi by Hubbard’s Marina has expanded it’s service to 5 days a week! We are now running our water taxi services from Wednesday morning until Sunday night10am until 10pm each day of service. For more info about the routes, stops and schedule check out this link: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

Spring season is finally here, the weather has been beautiful, and it’s a great time to get outdoors and see everything our area has to offer! Enjoy the local shopping, restaurants and many special events.

Tomorrow night (Friday, March 10th) at Archibald Park is FREE movie night starting at 7pm! Jurassic Park will be playing and the Snack Shack will be open for refreshments or you may bring your own. This event takes place right on the beach and is always a great time had by all! Enjoy this special even from Ferry Stop # 5 at ROC Park.

The Green Frog Moon Festival is Saturday and Sunday from 10am till 5pm at Ferry Stop # 7 at Jungle Prada.

March 17th at 6pm John’s Pass Village Tampa Bay’s Best St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl is back!

Check in starts at 6:30 at Copper Clover. $5 suggested donation for Pets and vets gets a you a wristband to a participate good for specials at participating Restaurants and Bars in Johns pass. This special pub crawl will happen at ferry Stop # 1 at John’s Pass.

You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/

As a reminder, parking is free at our Madeira Beach Marina and Jungle Prada stops. We look forward to seeing you! To see the schedule, map, and the stops with addresses check out this info on our website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

Keep in mind that the ferry does allow alcohol, pets, and anything you need for the beach so pack a cooler and come catch a cruise.

Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

Don’t drink and drive, drink and let us take you on the boat! The water taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is the coolest way to get home after some time at the beach bars.

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

The bird nesting island in Boca Ceiga bay is coming alive with hatchlings and roosting seabirds. It is a great time to join us for a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina to share this special sights and sounds with family and friends.

Our local seabirds are not only roosting and nesting on dog leg key, our local hatchery, they are also dawning their mating plumage which makes them very colorful and robust. For example, the Roseate spoonbills are getting easier and easier to spot with their pinkish feathery appearance.

The Dolphins have been super easy to spot in large numbers lately around Boca Ceiga bay and the entrance to Tampa Bay. They are playful and ready to hunt the large schools of mullet. As the water warms during the spring they will only become more and more playful and easy to spot.

The local bald eagle that seems to be roosting atop a cell tower along the route of the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour boat here inside Johns pass is getting fat with the many mullet we have spotted him swooping up along the back bay waters.

Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here:https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

We have a super light 39 hour coming up Tuesday March 14th it’s a great opportunity to load up on big mangrove snapper, fat red grouper, big amberjack and tons more great eating fish. This 39 hour offers nearly 20 hours fishing time 70-100 miles from shore plus you get a two day bag limit! It’s a great way to get out and enjoy a stellar time offshore.

The Tampa bay ferry and water taxi service has expanded to 5 days a week! It’s a great way to see the area and get to the beaches while avoiding traffic and beach parking chaos. For more info about the routes, stops and schedule check out this link: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

The 12 hour extreme trips right now are limiting out on big jacks and catching monster red grouper and the Wednesday trips are consistently super light! Join us for some ‘reel’ offshore fishing fun at Hubbard’s Marina aboard the New and one of a kind Flying HUB 2.

Well were already hearing rumors that Amberjack may be a short season this year, it could be as short as 4-5 months for 2017! If this is true jacks could close April or May, so if you want to go catch some jacks let’s get you offshore on a 39,44 hour 12 hour extreme here asap since jacks opened January first and we may not have very long to continue keeping them before NOAA’s National Marine fisheries gulf council decides to close them early. Remember, we don’t get much advanced notice of this so stay tuned to our email newsletters and social media for more updates.

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

Hubbards Fishing Report March 2017

Fishing report

Inshore- Snook fishing this past week went very well inside Johns Pass. Ryan Cloke from Tampa and his father Howard stopped in to fish the beach behind Hubbard’s Marina and left a few hours later after they got tired of catching so many snook on live shrimp and tail hooked live pigfish. Tim smith, from Reddington, was fishing the jetty and under the bridge catching nice sheepshead and flounder using live shrimp weighted to bottom at the tail end of outgoing tide this past week. Inshore on the flats, Kyle Morrison and his buddies were drifting the flats for nice sized trout and one monster bull red using live shrimp free lined on an incoming tide. Pompano are around the jetties too, just takes a skilled approach to target them. I like to use a doc’s jig or Nekid ball jig and bounce them along the bottom to mimic the pompano’s favorite bait the sand flea.

Near shore- The weather this week was very similar to last week, we had a front mid-week that ruined our chances for fishing for two days again. However, we were able to get some great trips in before the front brought its rain, wind and waves. Early this past week the hog bite was firing, we had tons of snapper and even some red grouper. Now that the bad weather has cleared were hoping for a weekend of good fishing and great weather. We have a weak front coming in through Saturday but were not expecting it to have a great effect on the weather. You can always check the weather on our site, by going to info then click ‘weather links’.

Offshore- Last weekend’s 39 hour did some awesome catching, wouldn’t even call it fishing. The 12 hour extreme this past weekend did the same but unfortunately was struggling to get away from the monster ‘endangered’ red snapper that seemed to be everywhere and the big ‘overfished’ gag grouper were thick and aggressive on each spot. We were able to get baits down to some big jacks, red grouper, mangroves, vermillion, yellowtail and more on the trips. The 39 hour even caught a mid 40lb monster kingfish while amberjack fishing. The big mangroves were the highlight of the trip however, many in the 7-10lb range were caught. You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi News

We are expecting beautiful weather this weekend and hope you have the opportunity to come out and join us aboard the Tampa Bay Ferry! Catch the ferry at one of our many stops and head out for lunch/dinner and some shopping or just cruise the Intracoastal Waterway and observe all the unique, wonderful sights our area has to offer, as well as possible dolphin sightings along the way!

Our Jungle Prada stop is adjacent to the Sacred Lands Preservation which offers tours every Sunday at 4pm. Get there early and enjoy lunch at Jungle Prada Tavern. Or perhaps stop in for dinner after the tour and then catch a relaxing 8:10pm ferry ride back!

The complete list of ferry routes and stop locations can be seen at http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

Sacred Lands Preservation is a really cool park to explore it is nestled on the shore of Boca Ceiga Bay, is a place to remember the past, the past of our state, and of its native people. Sacred Lands is dedicated to preservation, because its mission is to keep Florida’s history alive for future generations. Located on the remains of the ancient Tocabaga Indian village, tours are offered every Sunday at 4pm. Explore the lives of the Tocabaga people and information about Florida’s native flora and fauna. And visit the Greenhouse Museum where you’ll see artifacts such as pottery, shell tools and native jewelry.

You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/

As a reminder, parking is free at our Madeira Beach Marina and Jungle Prada stops. We look forward to seeing you! To see the schedule, map, and the stops with addresses check out this info on our website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

Keep in mind that the ferry does allow alcohol, pets, and anything you need for the beach so pack a cooler and come catch a cruise.

Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

Don’t drink and drive, drink and let us take you on the boat! The water taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is the coolest way to get home after some time at the beach bars.

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner

The bird nesting island in Boca Ceiga bay is coming alive with hatchlings and roosting seabirds. It is a great time to join us for a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina to share this special sights and sounds with family and friends.

Our local seabirds are not only roosting and nesting on dog leg key, our local hatchery, they are also dawning their mating plumage which makes them very colorful and robust. For example, the Roseate spoonbills are getting easier and easier to spot with their pinkish feathery appearance.

The Dolphins have been super easy to spot in large numbers lately around Boca Ceiga bay and the entrance to Tampa Bay. They are playful and ready to hunt the large schools of mullet. As the water warms during the spring they will only become more and more playful and easy to spot.

The local bald eagle that seems to be roosting atop a cell tower along the route of the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour boat here inside Johns pass is getting fat with the many mullet we have spotted him swooping up along the back bay waters.

Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Ready to join us for the March 3rd-5th News channel 8 outdoor expo at the Tampa state fairgrounds? There will be plenty of great seminars, vendors, booths, food, boats and more at the show. We will have our booth set up and will have a seminar at 5:30pm on Friday the 3rd. We hope you all get to join us, for more info on the show check out this link: https://goo.gl/5ZLgXZ

Sunday March 5th we also have a 3pm bass pro shops seminar, so you could join us for two seminars in one weekend if you’d like!

We have lots of light 39 hour trips coming up on the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 31st of March at Hubbard’s Marina. These 39 hour fishing adventures offer 20 hours of fishing time, a two day bag limit, and you get to fish 70-100 miles from shore in 120-300 foot of water for monster jacks, red grouper, mangrove snapper, tuna and much much more!

The 12 hour extreme trips right now are limiting out on big jacks and catching monster red grouper and the Wednesday trips are consistently super light! Join us for some ‘reel’ offshore fishing fun at Hubbard’s Marina aboard the New and one of a kind Flying HUB 2.

Well were already hearing rumors that Amberjack may be a short season this year, it could be as short as 4-5 months for 2017! If this is true jacks could close April or May, so if you want to go catch some jacks let’s get you offshore on a 39,44 hour 12 hour extreme here asap since jacks opened January first and we may not have very long to continue keeping them before NOAA’s National Marine fisheries gulf council decides to close them early. Remember, we don’t get much advanced notice of this so stay tuned to our email newsletters and social media for more updates.

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

Regular’s club

We would love to have some of you all join us for the March 3rd-5th outdoor expo at the fairgrounds. We will need help manning the booth and talking to our fishing friends more about what we have to offer at Hubbard’s Marina. If you want to come join us at the booth let Dylan know via email info@HubbardsMarina.com we will have a cooler with drinks and be talking fishing all weekend.

If you have not renewed yet for 2017, please do so before booking your 2017 trips and you definitely want to get it done before January first. If you do not, we will be changing you to the FREE Johns Pass club which does not give you benefits you’re used to. Once in this club, you can always upgrade again to a paid club but if you book using your number while it’s a FREE Johns Pass membership you will not have your discount tied properly to your trips so get renewed before you book!


Captains Mark and Dylan Hubbard

Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306

info@HubbardsMarina.com

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report

In Shore
The sheepshead and black drum love this milky water that we’ve had this past week behind that super strong cold front. These fish seem to thrive in that muddy, chilled, and turbulent water as it flows in or out of the passes. Cut oysters are still our favorite bait, but barnacles, fiddlers and small pieces of shrimp work too for the sheeps. For the big drum, our favorite bait is a small crab and often dead seem to work best sitting still and stinking on the bottom. The trout action is still focused at night along the dock lights or street lights of the bridge and the live shrimp are the best bait choice there unless you like to throw artificial then it’s a DOA shrimp or Mirror Lure mirror dean. Snook are a little more sporadic due to the dirtier than normal water but Christian Piccon found some using his Glad Snooker Jigs or Gsj’s that are basically a modified large buck tail lure bounced along the bottom.
Near Shore

The bite behind this front has gone to complete crap near shore. These cold fronts get the fish excited as they sweep down and across the gulf but once through the wind, waves, and temps all go nuts. This stirs up the waters and gets fishing moving, but the muddy waters left in its wake takes time to clear up, pressures take time to stabilize and fish take time to get used to the new temps. Unfortunately when we get strong fronts it can day 3-5 days or more to settle out. Well this past week’s strong front we had 20+ foot waves and the water is taking its time recovering and then we get another front? The fishing will not recover till the chocolate milk colored water dissipates, hopefully early or mid-week next week! Basically this week’s near shore fishing report is one word, JUNK!
Offshore

We haven’t been offshore since our 39 hour last weekend since the Flying HUB 2 is out of the water getting new jack plates, bottom paint and more adjustments. However, this past weekend’s 39 hour went very well. It was a little bumpy ahead of that super strong front but we beat most of the weather and still caught a nice pile of fish. It wasn’t like our 44 hour when we filled all the boxes but it was a steady bite and the more experienced anglers on board had no problem filling their snapper and amberjack limits. Even the beginning 39 hour anglers had a great catch with tuna, red grouper, kingfish, mangroves, vermillion, yellowtail, and some big amberjack.
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Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi News
We have some great events going on this weekend in our area! Avoid traffic and parking concerns by joining us on the Tampa Bay Ferry!
First big even is the Johhny Kellar Inshore Fishing Tournament going on at Gators on the pass put on by Old Salts fishing club.
We also have the Madeira beach Block party going on at the Infinite Descent dive shop on Madeira way! You can get there by getting off at ROC Park or Madeira beach municipal with a little walk, from ROC Park you wouldn’t have to cross the street.
Along the way, you may also want to get off for a relaxing lunch/dinner at any of the wonderful restaurants at or in the vicinity of our ferry stops. Then get back onboard as you continue on to your destination while cruising the beautiful intercostal waterways of the Gulf Beaches.
As a reminder, parking is free at our Madeira Beach Marina and Jungle Prada stops. We look forward to seeing you!
Don’t drink and drive, drink and let us take you on the boat! The water taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is the coolest way to get home after some time at the beach bars.
Keep in mind that the ferry does allow alcohol, pets, and anything you need for the beach so pack a cooler and come catch a cruise.
Going to be a gorgeous start to the weekend, and shouldn’t be getting nasty until Sunday night. Should be a picture perfect Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday to get out on the protected back bays aboard the Tampa Bay Ferry and Water taxi. To see the schedule, map, and the stops with addresses check out this info on our website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/
Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!
You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/
Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner

Very strange to see manatees still around our area this time of year, typically come the winter we don’t see them any longer but lately we’ve been spotting them on our dolphin tours inside the pass and at Egmont key! We presume it’s due to the mild winter we’ve had.

The Roseate spoonbills are dawning their very pink colors today thanks to the brine shrimp they eat and their mating plumage is coming in which turns the pinkish color better than their normal feathers. They are really unique looking and can be spotted around.

The weather makes fishing tough near shore due to the murkier waters, but what this does is it also gets the mullet running when this happens the dolphins really get excited and grouped up into large groups hunting those mullet and while they wait they tend to put on an aerial show.

Believe it or not we are seeing our first baby seabirds starting to hatch at Dog leg Key Island! The Great Blue herons are always the first to have their babies of the year and were seeing a few pairs of them sitting on eggs and a few eggs have already hatched into baby herons.

The truly amazing thing is were seeing baby brown pelicans this early in the year! Some people may not believe us, but were seeing it with our own eyes truly amazing to have them hatching their babies this early, but were happy to have them maybe the warmer than normal weather is sparking this early hatchlings and we hope the cooler than normal weather coming this weekend won’t negatively affect them.

Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX
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Fishing: Hubbard’s Marina January Report

Inshore –  Sheepshead bite is hot around the docks, pilings, and bridge fenders of Johns Pass and surrounding areas. They love cut oyster, barnacles, fiddle crabs or small pieces of shelled shrimps on a 2ot hook with 20lb floro for leader. You can add a small split shot if the current requires it, but if you can get away with a free lined bait that is best, because it looks more natural.

The black drum bite is still steady but the heavy Sheepshead activity is typically stopping your baits before they hit bottom. The trout, snook & redfish can be found up in the shallows this time of year. As the water cools and the tides get lower, these fish, normally found in deeper water grass beds in the summer, come into the shallower waters where the dark bay mud holds the heat and where the sun can penetrate the shallow waters more easily to stay warmer.

Especially behind these occasional fronts you can find these guys tucked up in the back waters and bayous. Don’t forget the mullet run, as these large schools of fish flush out of the back waters the big snook and reds will follow the fish to ambush the stragglers and smaller fish. If you spot a school, work your baits from the middle of the school to the back edges and hold on tight.

Near shore –  The ten-hour all day came in from the last all day Thursday trip for the year with 40 keeper hogfish, a new record. The approaching front had the hogfish foaming and ready to chew, we also caught some red grouper and tons of grey snapper, porgies, and sea bass too!

The half-day trips are also doing well on the snapper and a few hogs here and there but the big news are the private charters. This past week’s private charter trips have done exceptionally well on the hogfish, gags and red grouper plus plenty of lane snapper too. The red grouper bite seems to be out in the deeper near shore waters while the gags are spread throughout the near shore waters in spread out areas, meaning only a few at each ledge. We haven’t seen them group up really thick in the near shore waters this year like they have been offshore.

Offshore –  The grouper bite this past week was some of the best we have seen in months! The latest 12 hour extreme aboardthe Flying HUB 2 caught over 40 keeper grouper with big gags, plentiful fat red grouper, and also nice scamp grouper too with some big mangroves, yellowtail and lane snapper too! The tuna bite out there is heating up ironically as the water cools. The kingfish are still hanging in the pockets of warmer water.

Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates as each long range trip returns: www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

By Captain Mark  & Dylan Hubbard
170 John’s Pass Boardwalk, Madeira Beach  •  727.393.1947
www.HubbardsMarina.com

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 12/03/16

Fishing report

Inshore– The weather has the mullet on the move, this means big snook are following them around the bayous and passes. This is the time of year big bait gets you monster snook inshore. The red fish are on the move as well, it’s a great time to get out and find you a monster school of fish heading out of the bays or back through. We’re spotting them offshore too in huge breeding or traveling schools. Trout are active where they can stay warm especially around the dock lights at night, find and underwater light and let your lure sink a little deeper than you would in the summer and remember to move it slower as water has the fish a little slower. However, deep around that warm light you will find you some willing participants ready to take a bit of your bait.

Near shore– Well we had a lull in the kingfish there at the end of last week and early this week but lately they have picked up quite a bit it seems as some water pockets of water are being found between 7-12 miles. They have definitely moved off the beaches but were still seeing them in the near shore waters surprisingly. The hogfish bite has been incredible though with numbers as high as nearly 20 keepers on half days and nearly 30 keepers on all days and the charters get near limiting out with them. It’s been great to see such a strong push of these yummy hogfish!

Offshore– The 39 hour fishing trips have started back up thanks to the Florida fisherman returning to action after its long nearly three month dry dock. Our first trip out of the yard smashed the fish, tons of big gags, red grouper, scamp, mangroves, yellowtail, tuna, kingfish, vermilions and more! Then the Second trip was a bit bumpy but still smashed the snapper with a monster push of yellowtail snapper that was pleasantly surprising for this time of year with some in the 3-5lb range. Kingfish action around the middle grounds and elbow is outstanding right now they were even hitting dead sardines being dropped down or reeled up by guys using grouper rigs. Those who switched to the deadly kingfish rig of Jig head with a piece of wire trailer and treble hook into sardine floated back into current were catching the kingfish personal limits with ease. The mangrove snapper bite on both trips was steady, solid and filled with monster mangroves some nearly the 8-9lb range!  Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Ferry plans to run this weekend, hope you get a chance to catch the #TBFerry for a fun filled and relaxing ride out to the beaches while avoiding the traffic and parking issues!

Did you know that Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi offers a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

The Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi by Hubbard’s Marina is doing well and we have the ferry running Friday afternoons starting at 4pm until 10pm then also on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 10pm. For a full route map, schedule, fares, and to buy tickets check out our new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

If you like the night life, you can use the ferry for your very own pub crawl with your friends!
You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website:http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner

Great time of year to explore Egmont Key Island, the temps are low and the bugs and heat are gone. Awesome time to go hunting through the island and spotting wildlife. Plus, the island has tons of great exploration trails to the fort and lighthouse and this time of year it’s relaxing and cool to take a stroll through the island’s interior.

Our local rookery named Dog Leg Key is really active this time of year. This adds a great bonus to our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tours during the day. Also, this time of year our sunset cruise goes by the bird nesting island during dusk when the birds are returning to the island to roost for the night. This is a perfect opportunity to see our local wildlife up close and personal.

Manatees have made their moves north for the winter to the natural springs and power plants, we do have a few local Johns Pass Manatees that hang out here through the winter but the bulk of the local population have moved up north for the time being and will return sometime this spring around March or April when the water warms up in the mid to high 70’s again.

Lately the dolphins around Johns Pass have been super active and playful with our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina. They are really loving the cooler waters and are enjoying feeding on the plentiful mullet that are running through the area waters.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Hubbard’s Marina now has a great dolphin facts series on our YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Egmont Key Island has recovered quickly from the recent brush fire that occurred on the island thanks to a lightning bolt. This fire burned away much of the brush and the trunks of the trees on the island. However, the trees now have lush green tops now and the cleared out brush areas have allowed visitors to more easily spot the islands wildlife.

The Bald Eagles are back in the area and we have a nesting pair on top of a local cell tower. You can spot these beautiful birds of prey from our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

Did you know that Hubbard’s Marina now offers a Paddleboard fitness class? We are working with Sea Strength to put together these unique classes. They are Saturday and Sunday mornings for now at the Johns Pass sandbar. You can meet your trainer at the Hubbard’s Marina beach behind our shop before paddling to the sandbar for a unique fitness class with your knowledgeable instructor, plus it’s only $20 to join! Check out Sea Strength on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about these unique classes! Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

The NEW 2017 specialty trip schedule at Hubbard’s Marina will be coming out December 9th around mid-day or early afternoon. Stay tuned to our weekly email newsletters to see the newest schedule and trips for 2017 we have tons of great 12 hour extremes, 39, 44 and 63 hour trips coming up for you and your fishing friends to hop on. Remember to book early and often as we plan to load up on the fish in 2017.

Want to learn more about winter time offshore fishing? Join Hubbard’s Marina for their FREE seminar at the Tampa Bass Pro shops! Our next seminar is coming up December 18th at 3pm. We always raffle off a free 10 hour fishing trip at these seminars as well for anyone who attends the whole seminar they have a chance to win this free trip in our free raffle!

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report and Taxi Newsletter- Nov 8

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-4Fishing report

Inshore- Still catching nice snook inside Johns Pass, Sebastian Leonard our newest mate on the fishing trips caught a monster 33 inch monster this morning while hand lining a pigfish. Also, there are still plenty of big schools of white bait traveling through the pass. These big schools of bait have mackerel, trout, and snook following them picking off stragglers. Plus, the sheepshead are thick right now inside the pass as well hunting around the bridge, docks, and other structures. Flounder bite is still strong as well inside Upper Boca Ceiga bay on the sandy bottom. They love ambushing live shrimp and small white bait weighted to the bottom. Personally, my favorite artificial lure for them is a DOA shrimp dragged slowly along the bottom with the occasional twitch.

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-3Near shore- Kingfish and mackerel are thick nearshore right now around the artificial reefs and large schools of white bait. We’re catching plenty of them while trolling during our 5 and 10 hour trips here at Hubbard’s Marina. The big kings are also being caught while flat lining during the drifts or at anchor during our fishing trips and private fishing charters out of Johns Pass. The hogfish bite is steady right now and were seeing nice ones being caught on live shrimp and light tackle. The red grouper bite has slowed a bit mainly due to weather not allowing us to go out deep enough to target them, but the cold front approaching this weekend should stir up the waters and bring the bigger gag grouper closer into shore.

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-5 Offshore- Different week same story with the weather. This high pressure has just sat on top of our area this past week making it impossible to get offshore to the deeper waters. Luckily today that pattern has broken ahead of the approaching front and we were able to schedule a special 12 hour extreme trip aboard Flying HUB 2 to capitalize on this nice weather window. The fish really bite well ahead of an approaching front especially on a falling barometer which will be happening today as the high pressure gives way to the low pressure cold front. Due to this we expect today’s special 12 hour extreme aboard the Flying HUB 2 to slam the fish! Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-7Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi by Hubbard’s Marina had its grand opening weekend this past weekend during the Johns Pass seafood and music festival. The event went really well and we had plenty of support for the ribbon cutting ceremony this past Friday. From now on, we have expanded the ferry schedule to run Friday afternoons starting at 4pm until 10pm then also on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 10pm. For a full route map, schedule, fares, and to buy tickets check out our new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

Old Salts fishing club is having its annual fall king of the beach tournament this weekend. They have hired Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi to do a special event ferry for their tournament. This means you can park at the old leverocks property or new Holton property to catch our ferry boat over to ROC Park where they will be holding their large tournament. Don’t hassle with traffic and special event parking fees, just catch the ferry boat over to the tournament and save yourself some time! To get more info on their special event check out their site: http://oldsaltfishing.org/fishing-tournaments/fall-king-of-the-beach/

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-6Caspers Company, who owns the McDonalds on the water, is offering all our ferry boat riders a free coupon over this weekend! If you take a ride with the Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi you will receive a Buy one get one free coupon for a small frappe or small smoothie coupon good for the Madeira beach McDonalds!

You can catch the ferry to many local restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking. To see all the special stops and the things to do at each stop visit this page on our new Tampa Bay Ferry and taxi website: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/

If you like the night life, you can use the ferry for your very own pub crawl with your friends!

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We also offer a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Want to learn more about winter time offshore fishing? Join Hubbard’s Marina for their FREE seminar at the Tampa Bass Pro shops! We have two seminars coming up, one this Sunday Nov 6th at 3pm then a second one at December 18th also at 3pm. We always raffle off a free 10 hour fishing trip at these seminars as well for anyone who attends the whole seminar they have a chance to win this free trip in our free raffle!

November 20th we have the second annual Fish Nekid tournament with Todd Krohn from Nekid ball Jigz. This will be a special 12 hour trip aboard the party boat. Todd Krohn the owner and founder of Nekid ball jigz will be on board with serious cash prizes plus FREE beer! The price of this trip will be $150 instead of $129 but you get the free beer, free one dozen pinfish, and free entry into the $1,500 in prizes that will be awarded during the trip! Also we will give away a free ten hour trip along with cash for the biggest fish of the day. Dylan Hubbard will be on board as well showing you how to fish the Nekid ball jigz and having fun with anyone who wants to join us for this special day on the water, book now as spots will fill quickly. Make sure to tell em’ you want to Fish Nekid when you call in to book this special 12 hour party boat trip!

The 12 hour extreme Flying HUB 2 trips are now a new addition to the Hubbard’s Marina specialty trip schedule. It offers 7-8 hours fishing time in the 39 hour areas and only takes about 2 hours to get out to the great deep water fishing. You can try this new trip anytime you want now, check out the new trip on our website page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/flying-hub-2/

The HUB our other private charter vessel will be offering 10 hour all day trips Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays while the Florida is in Dry dock as well. This means you get a shot to fish the HUB for only $90 per angler, what a deal! These HUB all days will be set up the same as the party boat all days but you will be able to get out there faster on a more quite boat plus you will only be fishing with up to 12 guys. The special HUB trips start September 6th until November 3rd.

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-1Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

Baby face our local infamous dolphin that was hit by a boater has made a full recovery and were seeing lots of her recently around Upper Boca Ceiga bay from the new Tampa bay ferry and Taxi and our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

We have noticed that some of our local Boca Ceiga bay dolphins have headed down to the mouth of Tampa bay and were spotting them as a part of large pods spotted hunting mullet leaving Tampa bay while riding out to Egmont key from Fort De Soto bay pier.

Manatees are making their pilgrimage out of the area to northern springs and power plants to stay warm for the winter. They will be missed while they are out of town, but should return sometime late February or early March depending on the weather and water temps.

hubbards-fishing-nov-9-2Egmont Key Island has recovered quickly from the recent brush fire that occurred on the island thanks to a lightning bolt. This fire burned away much of the brush and the trunks of the trees on the island. However, the trees now have lush green tops now and the cleared out brush areas have allowed visitors to more easily spot the islands wildlife.

The Bald Eagles are back in the area and we have a nesting pair on top of a local cell tower. You can spot these beautiful birds of prey from our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

Local pelicans are starting to show off their mating plumage again inside upper Boca Ceiga bay. These yellow heads are great to see again and marks the start of their fall nesting season.

Great blue herons are also starting to nest in the area again which makes the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour even more special for our dolphin cruising friends.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Hubbard’s Marina now has a great dolphin facts series on our YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Did you know that Hubbard’s Marina now offers a Paddleboard fitness class? We are working with Sea Strength to put together these unique classes. They are Saturday and Sunday mornings for now at the Johns Pass sandbar. You can meet your trainer at the Hubbard’s Marina beach behind our shop before paddling to the sandbar for a unique fitness class with your knowledgeable instructor, plus it’s only $20 to join! Check out Sea Strength on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about these unique classes! Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength

Also, new to Hubbard’s Marina we are now renting Schiller water bikes. These are unique bicycles that are much like a racing bike’s frame set on top of pontoons that allow a very stable, safe, and fun way to enjoy the water and have some fun in the sun. Plus, it’s a great aerobic exercise as well! The new water bikes are only $20 for a half hour and $35 for a full hour rental. If you want to see Captain Mark Hubbard trying one out check out this link: https://goo.gl/TZbcXE

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report and Tampa Bay Taxi Newsletter

hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-6Inshore– The Snook bite is steady despite the high pressure, and they are loving the white bait. Great to see them in such high concentrations again inside the pass. Trout bite is also steady seeing them often caught along the north jetty of Johns Pass on live shrimp, DOA lures, or smaller live whitebait. Mackerel and kingfish are thick along the beaches and inside the passes. Redfish bite is going well in the back bays along the oyster bars and deeper flats, our inshore private charter this past week with Mr. Dimitroff and his son did very well on snook, redfish and trout inshore. The white bait is very active inside the passes and along the beaches being followed by the trout, snook and mackerel. In the back bays the mullet are starting to run and the biggest snook, and grouper that are moving inshore are following the mullet around doing their best to pick off the stragglers. As the water continues to cool remember to start working your lures more slowly as the fish become more and more lethargic due to the cooler temps.

hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-5Near shore– Last week we stated that the mackerel and kingfish would dominate the near shore news for a while and boy did that hold true this past week. On the Mrs. HUB, Captain Mark had a 5 hour half day and they wanted to troll. Just outside the bridge we put out the spread and within around 3 hours they had a full mackerel limit for 5 guests plus some beautiful kingfish as well caught on bigger rapala x-rap magnum 30’s. Plus, the hogfish bite is going very well again in 30-70 foot along hard bottom rock piles or ledges. Again, long floro top shots, lightest weights possible and around a 4ot hook is what we recommend for those pick non aggressive hogs. hubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-7Red grouper bite has picked up as well as they are starting to prepare for their offshore push. In the cooler months the gags come inshore as the red grouper go a bit deeper that’s why months ending in ER are best for gags and summer time near shore fishery is dominated by red grouper.

Offshore– The weather this past week has been really holding us inshore. This super high pressure has solid 20-25 knot east breeze is making it tough to break out of the near shore waters with our fishing friends on board. Due to this, we have not been able to fish more than around 100 foot this past week so we don’t have much to report on offshore other than the gags, kings, tuna, and wahoo are out there ready to chew if you can get past the weather and make it out to where the big dogs play. Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns:https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/

Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news

The Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi by Hubbard’s Marina has its grand opening today at 3pm! We’re looking forward to cutting the ribbon on this long awaited waterborne transportation system. For a full route map, schedule, fares, and to buy tickets check out our new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/

The Johns Pass Seafood and Music festival is this weekend, catch the Tampa bay ferry and taxi for a short enjoyable ride to the festivities while skipping the nasty traffic and super high event parking rates. This event has some of the best music, seafood, night life, and family fun events around it’s definitely worth checking out and let’s get you there in style aboard the Tampa Bay ferry and taxi by Hubbard’s Marina!

Caspers Company, who owns the McDonalds on the water, is offering all our ferry boat riders a free coupon over this weekend! If you take a ride with the Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi you will receive a Buy one get one free coupon for a small frappe or small smoothie coupon good for the Madeira beach McDonalds!

Great news as well, starting tomorrow as well we have increased the days that the ferry runs its service to Friday, Saturday and Sundays instead of just Friday and Saturday. Friday’s service will only be in the afternoon though starting at 4pm and running again at 7pm. This means starting the weekend of seafood festival we will have ferry service Friday afternoon until Sunday night!

You can catch the ferry to many lochubbards-fishing-report-oct-27-8al restaurants, city centers, shopping areas, local beaches, and much more! It’s a great way to see the area and get to where you’re going without worrying about beach traffic or parking.

If you like the night life, you can use the ferry for your very own pub crawl with your friends!

We also offer a private taxi service, if you’re having a dinner party and want our boat to come pick you and your guests off to take you to your favorite waterfront bar or restaurant simply contact us and we can set you up this private taxi service!

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

hubbards-marina-oct-27-2Baby face our local infamous dolphin that was hit by a boater has made a full recovery and were seeing lots of her recently around Upper Boca Ceiga bay from the new Tampa bay ferry and Taxi and our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

We have noticed that some of our local Boca Ceiga bay dolphins have headed down to the mouth of Tampa bay and were spotting them as a part of large pods spotted hunting mullet leaving Tampa bay while riding out to Egmont key from Fort De Soto bay pier.

Manatees are making their pilgrimage out of the area to northern springs and power plants to stay warm for the winter. They will be missed while they are out of town, but should return sometime late February or early March depending on the weather and water temps.

Egmont Key Island has recovered quickly from the recent brush fire that occurred on the island thanks to a lightning bolt. This fire burned away much of the brush and the trunks of the trees on the island. However, the trees now have lush green tops now and the cleared out brush areas have allowed visitors to more easily spot the islands wildlife.

The Bald Eagles are back in the area and we have a nesting pair on top of a local cell tower. You can spot these beautiful birds of prey from our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina.

Local pelicans are starting to show off their mating plumage again inside upper Boca Ceiga bay. These yellow heads are great to see again and marks the start of their fall nesting season.

Great blue herons are also starting to nest in the area again which makes the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour even more special for our dolphin cruising friends.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Hubbard’s Marina now has a great dolphin facts series on our YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2

Did you know that Hubbard’s Marina now offers a Paddleboard fitness class? We are working with Sea Strength to put together these unique classes. They are Saturday and Sunday mornings for now at the Johns Pass sandbar. You can meet your trainer at the Hubbard’s Marina beach behind our shop before paddling to the sandbar for a unique fitness class with your knowledgeable instructor, plus it’s only $20 to join! Check out Sea Strength on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about these unique classes! Here’s the link to their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength

Also, new to Hubbard’s Marina we are now renting Schiller water bikes. These are unique bicycles that are much like a racing bike’s frame set on top of pontoons that allow a very stable, safe, and fun way to enjoy the water and have some fun in the sun. Plus, it’s a great aerobic exercise as well! The new water bikes are only $20 for a half hour and $35 for a full hour rental. If you want to see Captain Mark Hubbard trying one out check out this link: https://goo.gl/TZbcXE

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Johns Pass Seafood and music festival is coming up October 27th until October 30th for more info on this super special event inside Johns Pass around Hubbard’s Marina check out their site: http://johnspassseafoodfestival.com/

November 20th we have the second annual Fish Nekid tournament with Todd Krohn from Nekid ball Jigz. This will be a special 12 hour trip aboard the party boat. Todd Krohn the owner and founder of Nekid ball jigz will be on board with serious cash prizes plus FREE beer! The price of this trip will be $150 instead of $129 but you get the free beer, free one dozen pinfish, and free entry into the $1,500 in prizes that will be awarded during the trip! Also we will give away a free ten hour trip along with cash for the biggest fish of the day. Dylan Hubbard will be on board as well showing you how to fish the Nekid ball jigz and having fun with anyone who wants to join us for this special day on the water, book now as spots will fill quickly. Make sure to tell em’ you want to Fish Nekid when you call in to book this special 12 hour party boat trip!

The 12 hour extreme Flying HUB 2 trips are now a new addition to the Hubbard’s Marina specialty trip schedule. It offers 7-8 hours fishing time in the 39 hour areas and only takes about 2 hours to get out to the great deep water fishing. You can try this new trip anytime you want now, check out the new trip on our website page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/flying-hub-2/

The HUB our other private charter vessel will be offering 10 hour all day trips Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays while the Florida is in Dry dock as well. This means you get a shot to fish the HUB for only $90 per angler, what a deal! These HUB all days will be set up the same as the party boat all days but you will be able to get out there faster on a more quite boat plus you will only be fishing with up to 12 guys. The special HUB trips start September 6th until November 3rd.

To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: info@HubbardsMarina.com

 

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 07/28/16

hubbards-marina-june28-6Date: July 28, 2016 

Inshore– The tarpon have been hanging out inside Johns Pass often as of late. They can be spotted hanging in the dock lights around the pass at night and rolling inside the pass during the day. Many are catching them from the jetty using live ladyfish. The snook bite has been hot inside Johns Pass lately as well, most are being caught on live pigfish around the Docks. Steven Cantrell, from St. Pete, caught a handful of monster snook under the Hubbard’s Marina main dock free lining live pigfish and pinfish. The flounder have been biting well inside the pass. This past week we had a kayak guided fishing trips that hauled in nice flounder and trout along the grass flats inside Johns Pass. The live bait is still hanging around the pass as well and the water has been super clear on incoming tides.

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Near shore– Triple tail and cobia are out in the nearshore waters in Force! Frankie Henry caught a monster cobia flat lining a medium pinfish from our 10 hour all day at Hubbard’s Marina. We also caught two other big ones but unfortunately they popped off the hook before we could gaff them successfully. They grey snapper, seabass and porgies have been steady but the red grouper and hogfish have been tough due to the super-hot waters. We’re finding the deeper nearshore waters are more productive for these species because it’s not quite as hot out there in deeper waters.  

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Offshore– Our most recent long range trip was a 44 hour full moon trip this past weekend. Due to it leaving earlier in the day for a longer night bite we get more trolling time during the day. This helped us catch some truly monster kingfish on the troll out. We lost some big smokers but while flat lining we were able to hook nearly a 60lb true monster kingfish. The mangrove bite was solid all night long with big mangroves coming up all night long. Most experienced anglers were limited out or nearly limited out by day break. The daytime brought a surprisingly steady mangrove snapper pick along with some thick red grouper. The gag grouper bite wasn’t on fire like it’s been the last few weeks but we still got some big gags. The kingfish bite sparked up again just before sunset allowing us to haul in even more of these monster smokers. Overall, it was a great trip with nice grouper, snapper, porgies, and big kingfish caught too! Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

By Hubbard’s Marina Dylan and Capt Mark Hubbard

“If your too busy to go fishing, Your just too busy!” Contact Hubbard’s Marina at (727) 393-1947 or visit them online at http://www.hubbardsmarina.com/. Check out our Facebook at Facebook.com/hubbardsmarina. LIKE & SHARE OUR PHOTOS with them on instagram @hubbardsmarina!  YouTube channel: youtube.com/Thehubbardsmarina.

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner Sightseeing Report

This past week unfortunately Egmont key caught fire due to a lightning strike! This fire burned up a fairly large section of the northern tip of the island. However, this could be considered somewhat positive as they needed a burn on the island to clear out some of the thicker underbrush. Luckily this didn’t occur during nesting season so the wildlife impact wasn’t as great as it could have been. The department of environmental protection is evaluating the damage now and the island should reopen by the time you read this email. While the island was closed we ferried our guests over to shell key instead of Egmont key during this brief closure of the island while the fire burned out.

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The manatees are still being spotted often around Johns Pass and Boca Ceiga bay, join Hubbard’s Marina for a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour for a chance to spot these beautiful creatures with us on a relaxing cruise through the back protected bay waters.If you’d rather sneak up on the local wildlife while staying close to the water and really getting to enjoy the area at your own pace, check out the Hubbard’s Marina Kayaks or paddleboards. These allow you to see the sea in your own unique ways! We will point out the bird nesting islands, the mangroves, and the grass beds you can explore and view from your very own watercraft. For more information and a helpful video, check out our rentals page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-rental-information/

The dolphins around Boca Ceiga bay have been playful lately, the baby dolphins are now socializing in the larger groups and enjoying jumping in the wakes, and playing catch with their food! If you would like to see the dolphins up close and personal check out the Hubbard’s Marina dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour: https://hubbardsmarina.com/dolphin-watching-cruises/

If you love to shell, explore, and enjoy a day at the island? Join us for some shelling fun on Egmont key or Shell key! We run daily ferry rides out to Egmont key via the fort de soto ferry ride. If you don’t want to drive to fort de soto, or can’t make it that far come to Hubbard’s Marina for our special 3 hour shelling trip to shell key island! Either trip offers great shelling, exploring, beautiful views, and tons of swimming options! Here’s the cruise options we offer at Hubbard’s Marina, we recommend you try them all! https://hubbardsmarina.com/sunset-dolphin-cruises-gulf-beaches-florida/

The weather has been perfect lately for our snorkeling excursion while on the island paradise at Egmont key! The snorkeling trip happens around mid-day and anyone who rode our ferry to the island is welcome to hop on board for only $15. Once on the trip to the snorkeling area we take you 150 or so yards from the initial drop off point to snorkel in 10-15 foot of water 50 or so yards from the beach. If you need to rent gear its only $5 or your welcome to bring your own gear. We snorkel on the ruins of Fort Dade that have been washed to sea by island erosion. This is great fun for any confident swimmers, and for more info check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/snorkeling-tours-tampabay/ 

Upcoming at Hubbards

hubbards-marina-june28-5We have some bad news to announce, unfortunately NOAA’s national marine fisheries has announced with very little notice that amberjack will NOT be reopening August first as they had promised and planned for. This means Jacks will not be open for harvest until January 2017. This is very sad news, but luckily grouper and snapper are still open and there’s plenty of fish to be caught out there still despite Jacks being closed down. Keep in mind that we have no control over these closures we just have to adjust to them as we are told. Due to the closure we have canceled the August 2nd 39 hour and
changed the 12 hours on August 2nd and August 4th to 10 hours for grouper and snapper. Please, get involved and stand up for your rights to fish by joining the Fishing rights alliance (FRA) or the Coastal conservation association of Florida (CCA).

hubbards-marina-june28-2Saturday August 6th the City of Madeira beach is holding a special Kid’s fishing event put on by Angler Armory. Hubbard’s Marina will have a booth set up for this event, plus we will be doing kid’s fishing seminars at the event as well. Every kid who attends will be entered into a drawing and they will be raffling off great prizes including Hubbard’s Marina 5 or 10 hour fishing trips! Plus, there will be a kid’s fishing tournament held that day as well from the seawall of the Madeira beach rec center. This special kid’s fishing event will be from 8am until 4pm Saturday August 6th we hope to see you there!

Hubbard’s Marina has more upcoming Bass Pro shops seminars on July 31st at 2pm discussing offshore fishing techniques. Also we have a second seminar August 28th at 1pm discussing Offshore fishing basics. Plus, we will always answer questions that the fans have and tailor our seminar to what you guys want to hear. Also, we always give away a FREE 10 hour fishing trip to one lucky fan in attendance. For more information, check them out on Facebook and give them a LIKE from all of us at Hubbard’s Marina: https://www.facebook.com/BassProShopsBrandonFL.

The newest vessel to our fleet is the Flying HUB 2 this boat is a foil assisted catamaran that is forty four feet in length built by Metal shark boats out of Louisiana. This vessel will mainly focus on long range fishing trips with larger groups just like the Flying HUB 1 takes small groups out for extreme deep water fishing trips. The Flying HUB fleet is a great choice for middle grounds, elbow, 40 fathom break or even deep drop fishing!  Check out this video to see more about this new fishing machine: https://goo.gl/jP5hly.

There’s not too many 39 hour trips left this year before the big boat goes into dry dock for some major upgrades and a full makeover! We have more coming up August 5th and August 9th and plenty more throughout August. To see a full list of our specialty trips, including the 12 hour day or night, 44 hour and 63 hour trips check out the specialty schedule at this link:https://hubbardsmarina.com/specialty-fishing-trip-schedule/.

Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email:info@HubbardsMarina.com.

 

 

Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report- May 26, 2016

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Inshore– Jacob ‘Smokey’ Grant, our first mate on the half days, was nailing monster snook in crystal clear water along the docks at Hubbard’s Marina using a hand line and a live pigfish or grunt for bait. The big snook love the pigfish due to their grunting noises they emit, seems to really make the snook react more than a pinfish does. Susan Mongan, from North Redinton, was at it again on the north jetty of Johns Pass catching nice pompano and really large whiting on dead shrimp. She reported her most action was when she tore off the heads of the shrimp and threaded her J hook down the body of the shrimp to make it almost like a soft plastic lure she could drag back slowly along the bottom, this seemed to get the whiting and pompano to strike more often she claimed. Joe Cardon, from largo, didn’t have the same luck Susan did but he did report the whiting were biting everyone’s line. The crystal clear waters did make it tough for most anglers along the jetty but using lighter line helped Susan and her friends to get the pompano in their coolers.  Don’s dock reported the mangrove snapper and sheepshead were biting well but again the light line was a necessity to keep the action going, the water is truly crystal clear inside Johns Pass!

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Near shore– Not only is the water clear inside the pass, but we have nearly top to bottom visibility in the near shore waters. This has helped the trolling for mackerel to become even more action packed since they can see our flashy lures from quite a distance. Also, the snapper bite is really heating up the grey snapper, porgies and even the seabass have really been biting very well this past week as the weather has finally stabilized for us. Today’s half day had huge stringers of fish with some hogfish peppered into the mix. Mangrove snapper are tearing up just about anything deeper than around seventy foot of water. The shallower waters have been tough to find mangroves that will bite due to the clear water they are too leader shy to bite any kind of heavy leaders. Keep your eyes peeled while fishing near shore the whale sharks have been around quite frequently the past few weeks we spotted two this week during private charters on the Flying HUB 1.

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Offshore– Here’s the latest report from our 44 hour full moon trip courtesy of our newest addition to the team, John Martin, who is now the fishing coach for our long range party boat guests! The trolling was good from the start with Spanish coming in as soon as we cleared the bridge. Just before sun down the trolling got even hotter with several smoker Kings coming in with a couple over 20 LBS. The mangrove snapper bite would not quit during the night from start to finish, we only had to move twice and they were only short moves and anyone who was able to last through the fish catching marathon limited out on their two day bag limit before sunrise! As soon as you hit the bottom the mangroves were tearing up your baits. The only thing that surprised us, was the fact that there was no Tuna action at sun rise. The last several trips there has been hot flat line action on Tuna and Kings just before sunrise, but not on this trip. Perhaps the Goozers were so thick everything else was watching the show. One of the few draw backs to full moon fishing is the day bite often is slow as the fish have been feeding all night. When combined with no wind for an anchor heading the bulk of the day was picking at best, but we did pick up some nice red grouper, porgies, scamp and big Amberjack. Later in the day the wind picked up enough to allow us a strong anchor heading that allowed us to target two nice wrecks that were loaded with even bigger amberjack in the 50-70lb range and the big gag grouper also were biting well too between the jacks and starting June first we will be able to get them in the box finally. Overall it was a killer trip with tons of mangroves, nice grouper, monster jacks and a few big smoker kingfish.

By Hubbard’s Marina Dylan and Capt Mark Hubbard

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Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner Sightseeing Report

We have five baby dolphins around Hubbard’s Marina right now! This is the most we have had in the area all at once in many years. For the first time in Captain Jack’s 25 year career running these eco tours he witnessed two baby dolphins both less than 12 hours old in the same group learning how to breathe and play with their family group. We are not sure if they were born as twins but Captain Jack thinks they were just born very close together by two mothers that are in the same group. If you’re ready for a fun filled guaranteed dolphin sightings cruise with the original? Check out this link for more info on the Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass dolphin cruise:http://hubbardsmarina.com/dolphin-watching-cruises/

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The waters around Boca Ceiga bay, shell key and Egmont key are absolutely crystal clear right now especially on the incoming tides that have been lasting all morning long lately. These beautiful waters have really added to the excitement beauty and experience for all our tours at Hubbard’s Marina especially our Egmont Key ferry from Fort Desoto’s bay pier and our three hour shelling cruise from Hubbard’s Marina.

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Thanks to the crystal clear waters, snorkeling out at Egmont key is crazy fun right now we have such clear waters it’s the perfect time to join Hubbard’s Marina for some snorkeling fun at the island. To find out more about it, check out this link: http://hubbardsmarina.com/snorkeling-tours-tampabay/

Tarpon have been spotted very frequently out at Egmont Key while our ferry takes guests from Fort Desoto out to the pristine island paradise that is Egmont key. These large schools of monster silver kings make for a very cool show for our ferry guests especially when the water is so clear like it’s been lately. If you’re ready for a ferry ride to Egmont key with us at Hubbard’s Marina, check out this link for more info on the great family fun tour: http://hubbardsmarina.com/egmont-key-ferry-cruise/

Manatees have been prolific inside Boca Ceiga bay and around Egmont key so no matter what relaxing cruise you take with Hubbard’s Marina this time of year whether it’s our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour or our three hour shelling cruise to shell key or the super fun Egmont key ferry from Fort Desoto county park you have a great shot at spotting some beautiful marine mammals.

The rays have been thick everywhere lately and thanks to super clear waters we have been able to take our guests right over top of these large school of eagle, bat and cow nosed rays as they move in large groups to find a suitable spawning and egg laying location nearshore. This time of year it’s important to remember to shuffle your feet whenever wading along our beautiful gulf beaches.

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Recently a baby osprey was born out at Egmont key and it’s sitting in a nest atop a channel marker just off the Coast of Egmont Key Island our ferry boat gets to cruise by it daily after it’s done on the daily snorkeling trip offered at Mid-day at Egmont Key Island.

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We have been spotting sea turtles often around the gorgeous island paradise called Egmont, the loggerhead and even green sea turtles are really starting to become a common occurrence as we cruise between Fort Desoto and Egmont Key with our excited guests.

The nesting birds are all around Egmont key and our local rookery Dog leg key the babies are starting to be more like juveniles as they are growing rapidly but at Egmont Key we have nesting skimmers and on Dog Leg the baby pelicans are roosting still.

Our sunset cruise with free beer and wine is now a daily cruise once again as the weather gets nicer! Join us sometime soon for a fun filled trip and a beautiful view of the sunset. It’s the best bar on the water guaranteed! For more info on the sunset cruise, visit this link: http://deepseafishingtampabay.com/sunset-cruise/

Upcoming at Hubbards

RED SNAPPER SEASON IS ALMOST HERE AND HUBBARD’S MARINA HAS 46 DAYS! You read that right red snapper season starts June first and runs until July 17th at 12:01am. This means you have 46 days to join us for a 12 hour day trip, 39 hour or the special 44 hour to target red snapper! We also have TONS of private charter options and the Flying HUB 1 will be ready for action! Don’t forget the Flying HUB 2 is on its way expected early June. Also, the HUB can do red snapper too at the lowest price but it just takes more time to get out there leaving you with less fishing time than if you were to book the Flying HUB 1. Also, we always have the Mrs. HUB if you wanted to fish for red snapper in high class! All our boats have special federal permits allowing us this longer 46 day season!

Check out our UPDATED specialty schedule to see the BRAND NEW 12 and 39 hour trips we have added to make more room for more interested guests to fish for red snapper: http://hubbardsmarina.com/specialty-fishing-trip-schedule/

Saturday May 25th at 1pm Captain Mark Hubbard and Dylan Hubbard will be offering a FREE seminar on Gag grouper and red snapper fishing at the Tampa Bass Pro shops! Join them at 1pm to learn the best techniques to ensure you come home with a limit of these great eating and limited time snapper. They will not only be covering gag grouper and red snapper techniques but also much more, and if you would like to come with questions they will cater their seminar to what you want to hear! Plus, they will be doing a FREE raffle and if you attend the entire seminar you will have the chance to win a free 10 hour all day fishing trip if you win the raffle! Don’t forget to check out the Tampa Bass pro shops Facebook page and give them a like from all of us at Hubbard’s Marina since they were nice enough to add us to their pro staff team!

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Don’t forget that Hubbard’s Marina offers a very wide variety of private charters along with our party boat options. Many people don’t realize how many different boats and options we offer for these private excursions. At Hubbard’s Marina we have 4 smaller fishing vessels for charter than can take 1-6, 7-14 or 14-24 plus we have two large party boats that can allow 17-110 so no matter what your groups size and no matter where or how they want to fish or cruise we have the perfect charter options for you and your group no matter your size! Check out the options at this link, and fill out the form to get your very own detailed quote based on exactly what you’d like included and what you’d like to target: http://hubbardsmarina.com/private-charters/

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