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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Old Salt Fishing is looking for sponsor’s for their Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament. The Old Salt King of Beach Kingfish tournament is the capstone of a fun filled, three day waterfront festival offering traveling anglers, local families and residents three days of activities, music, food and events. Sponsors will reach over 2500 tournament anglers, 20,000 festival attendees and several hundred thousand anglers via Old Salt social media and email marketing.
The Old Salt King of the Beach Kingfish Tournament is the largest of its kind in the U.S., drawing anglers, attendees and engagement from across the SE United States for 24 years.
Old Salt will craft a custom sponsor package tailored to your specific business objectives & needs. Call Old Salt today at 727-216-6601 or email mail@oldsaltfishing.org for more information.

23rd Annual Fishing Line Cleanup with Tampa Bay Watch

Fishing Line Cleanup

The 23rd Annual Fishing Line Cleanup, organized by Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon Florida and sponsored by Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Restore America’s Estuaries, was a great success.

Fifty-three volunteers cleaned 44 different sites around Tampa Bay and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. They removed an estimated 22,106 feet of fishing line and 225 hooks from bird nesting islands & mangrove shorelines. Unfortunately, 52 birds were found to have died because they were entangled in line were found during the cleanup.

Volunteers were able to rescue two pelicans that were found trapped by fishing line in the mangroves. Tampa Bay Watch and Audubon Florida strive to educate anglers to reduce improper disposal of line and to teach fishermen how to release birds accidently caught, with a goal to decrease the amount of fishing line and reduce the number of entangled birds each year.

The cleanup took place throughout the week of Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, October 2, 2016. Volunteers with boats removed tangled line from mangroves and shorelines of assigned bird nesting islands.

Advanced registration on tampabaywatch.org allowed captains and their volunteer crews to remove fishing line from protected bird colonies that otherwise are off-limits to the public. This cleanup, scheduled in the fall when most birds are not nesting, effectively removes fishing line from Tampa Bay and reduces the threat of entanglement for coastal birds and also other marine animals.

Abandoned fishing line is a significant mortality factor in bird colonies. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists have identified fishing line as the major cause of mortality for adult Brown Pelicans. “Florida’s coastal birds face increasing pressures from habitat loss, human disturbance, and predation; removing fishing line is an easy way to increase their chances of survival,” said Audubon Florida Sanctuary Manager Mark Rachal. “Pelicans, egrets, herons and other iconic coastal birds need our help. We thank our captains and crews who participated in the 23rd Annual Fishing Line Cleanup and made a difference for Tampa Bay’s wildlife.”

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“It’s great to be able to get the community involved in an event to help prevent wildlife entanglements, while also raising awareness about the importance of responsible fishing practices. This event would not be possible without community volunteers generously donating their time and boats, as well as our partners’ collaboration, resources and funding,” said Melinda Spall, Tampa Bay Watch Environmental Specialist.

Tampa Bay Watch is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the charitable and scientific purpose of protecting and restoring the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary 727-867-8166m • www.tampabaywatch.org

Audubon Florida & the National Audubon Society are dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitats that support them. 813-623-6826  •  www.audubon.org or  www.fl.audubon.org.

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.

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

FWC crowns Lionfish King; celebrates removal of more than 111,000 lionfish

Shortly after announcing the removal of more than 100,000 lionfish from Florida waters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at the Nov. 17 meeting in St. Petersburg, presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett.
“Thanks to David and the tireless efforts of divers across the state, we are able to celebrate the removal of an amazing 111,000 lionfish so far this year; 37,000 of which were removed via recreational efforts,” said FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski. “This far exceeds our initial goal of 25,000 lionfish removed between May 2016 and May 2017 and we look forward to seeing what we can do to continue our battle against the invasive lionfish population.”

Garrett, of Volusia County, achieved the honor after removing a total of 3,324 lionfish during the 4.5-month long Lionfish Challenge.

“Every lionfish removed is a benefit to the native fish and ecosystem,” said Garrett, a Professional Association of Diving Instructors scuba instructor and retired Army major who also sells a lot of his catch commercially and runs a nonprofit lionfish removal organization. He will be featured on the cover of the January 2017 Saltwater Regulations Publication and will also receive a lifetime saltwater fishing license for his efforts.

Of the 111,000 lionfish reported removed since May, 16,609 were from the Lionfish Challenge program alone.

The Lionfish Challenge rewarded divers who removed 50 or more lionfish with incentives including a commemorative coin; a T-shirt; an additional spiny lobster per person, per day during the 2016 two-day sport season; and entry into a raffle where they had the chance to win prizes such as Neritic polespears, Zookeeper lionfish containment units, fuel cards, fishing licenses and dive tank refills.

A total of 95 people participated in the program from across Florida and the southeastern United States.
About half of the lionfish submitted to the Lionfish Challenge were also submitted to the Panhandle Pilot Program, which rewards divers for removing 100 or more lionfish from waters off Escambia through Franklin counties. This program will continue through May 19, 2017, or until all 130 cobia and red grouper tags allotted to this program are awarded. The first 10 persons or teams to remove 500 lionfish also qualify to name an artificial reef.

To learn more about how to participate in these and other programs, or to see who participated in the Lionfish Challenge, visit MyFWC.com/Lionfish.

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

 

Snook Stock is on the Rise, Aligns with FWC goals

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) took immediate action to help the snook population rebound after a prolonged cold spell in January 2010. The cold snap, which led the FWC to close the fisheries, had a much greater effect on the snook population on the Gulf Coast than it did on the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic fishery was closed for nine months while the Gulf fishery remained closed until September 2013.

The latest stock assessment shows that catch rates for the snook populations have returned to pre-cold event levels. The quick recovery demonstrates that the FWC’s conservative management strategies resulted in abundant snook populations prior to the cold snap and that this large biomass was useful in population resilience. During the closure, spawning occurred without the threat of fishing mortality. As a result the number of young snook multiplied and adult snook grew larger.

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On the heels of the 2016 Snook Symposium, FWC research administrator Luiz Barbieri explained, “Stock assessments provide objective, quantitative metrics on the status of stocks. They represent the main tool the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute uses to provide scientific advice for management of Florida’s fisheries stocks.”

The FWC manages snook in the Gulf differently than it does snook in the Atlantic because of their genetic differences and separate life history patterns. Snook from the Gulf typically inhabit a single estuary for their entire lives, while snook from the Atlantic migrate much greater distances. Snook species found in Florida are located at the northern limit of their thermal range. They can experience thermal stress when water temperatures decline in the winter months. Because snook is one of Florida’s most popular recreational fisheries, the FWC works with the fishing community to help develop management options.

For more information about snook research, go to MyFWC.com/Research, select “Saltwater” then “Saltwater Fish” and then click on “Snook.”

Get Teens Fishing — FWC will cover the cost

fwc-logoParticipation in rough-and-tumble sports is a great way to get high schoolers exercising. But there are many students who want a different type of adrenaline rush than getting tackled on the football field or tossed in the air while cheering for their team. For those students, I strongly suggest fishing — and there is even funding available to get a team started or add members to an existing team. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with its partners the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation and The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, are offering a grant from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to encourage the creation and success of high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida. This partnership places a particular emphasis on establishing new high school angling teams and supporting existing ones in schools with diverse student populations. 

The program will provide grants of up to $500 to assist with expenses related to fishing team or club-sponsored tournaments, team jerseys, insurance, and education for novice anglers. Supported teams and clubs will also partner with the FWC, FLW Foundation and The Bass Federation to complete a conservation project. The program not only benefits the students, but program participants and their families will receive education on conservation programs, aquatic and marine biology, and boating and angler safety.

High school can be incredibly stressful, and getting on or near the water to cast a line is a great stress reliever. Fishing encourages focusing on just one task at a time, which can give the brain the break it needs to process and store helpful information. Fishing also promotes mindfulness, because being aware of how fish habitats and changing weather and water conditions affect fish behavior improves fishing success. 

And fishing doesn’t exclude the ladies. According to a recent report released by the RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation, of the 46 million Americans who fish today, more than one-third of them are women. In fact, the 2013 Florida High School State Champions were a female and male team from Bartow High School, and Tennessee’s Bethel University became the first college to offer a female angler a scholarship in 2010. 

High school fishing teams and clubs do not have to be comprised of students from a single school. Students from several schools may come 

together to form a team or club, and fishing is one of the few sports where both male and female students can compete on the same team, at the same level. 

There are countless benefits for both male and female students competing in team sports, such as building confidence, teaching respect and contributing to better health and stronger academics. But there are added benefits for female teammates competing alongside their male counterparts, such as an enhanced image of themselves and a greater overall resiliency, according to Jeffrey Rhoades, author of “The Joy of Youth Sports: Creating the Best Youth Sports Experience for Your Child.” Plus, the team camaraderie offers benefits to both sexes, as they enhance their social skills and learn to view one another as a friend and not an intimidating person. 

High schoolers can also earn college scholarships for bass fishing. According to Bassmaster.com, there are nine colleges in Florida that have fishing teams affiliated with the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series: Daytona State College, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida, Florida State University, Indian River State College, Polk State College, Seminole State College of Florida, University of Central Florida and University of North Florida. The University of Florida even made the Fishing League Worldwide list of the “Top 25 Bass Fishing Colleges.” 

To date, there have been five high school fishing grants awarded. The first five grant award recipients are: Academy of Environmental Science, Crystal River; Lake Wales High School, Lake Wales; Pasco Middle School, Dade City; South Dade High School, Homestead; and Space Coast Junior/Senior High School, Cocoa.

There is still ample grant funding available, so interested parties are encouraged to apply soon for consideration. Online applications should be submitted at www.flwfishing.com/foundation

For more information about this program, email Amber Nabors at Amber.Nabors@MyFWC.com. For more information about the Fishing League Worldwide Foundation, go to www.flwfishing.com. For information about The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation, go to www.highschoolfishing.org. Information on the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is available at www.takemefishing.org, select “Corporate” at the bottom of the page. 

By Amber Nabors