Welcome to our FAQ (Frequently
Here you will find answers to the most
popular questions we receive regarding our trips
and events. Please take a moment to read through
this entire page as you will find it to be very
helpful in the planning of your excursion with
HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD I MAKE A RESERVATION?
The further ahead of time the better. On our 5
hour ½ day trips, spots are first come first
served as we board,
but please make a reservation as we do fill up
On our 10 hour all day/ 12 hour extended / and
34 hour overnight trips, our fishing spots are
assigned at the time you make your reservation.
The further ahead you reserve, the better choice
of remaining spots you will have.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
You may now book reservations for all of our
famous trips through our state of the art
Online Reservations system
on our Web Site. We’ve made it quick, easy and
secure to book your trip with us 24 hours a day!
Please note that online reservations are payable
at the time of booking with a Visa or
MasterCard, and are NON REFUNDABLE, unless we
cancel due to weather, mechanical, or lack of
minimal fare requirements.
Reservations by Phone,
simply call our reservation center at (727)
393-1947 or 1-800-755-0677. Let us know which
trip you would like to fish on, and what date
you would like to go. One of our reservation
specialists will request several pieces of
information from you and enter your reservation
into our computerized reservations system. You
will need a Visa or MasterCard to hold your
reservation. Your card WILL NOT be charged at
the time of phone reservation. We urge you to
pay with cash or travelers checks, If you
wish to pay with your credit card on the day of
your trip, please have it with you when you
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
½ day trip / 10-hour or 12-hour trips. No later
than 24 hours prior to the scheduled date and
Reservations made through are website may not be
34 hour overnight trips. No later than 48 hours
prior to the scheduled date and departure time.
If you cancel any time after the allotted time
period, you will be charged a late cancellation
penalty per person, as follows:
½ Day - $25.00 per person
10-hour or 12 hour all day- $40.00 per person
34 - hour overnight - $100.00 per person
WHAT KIND OF FISH CAN I CATCH ON YOUR TRIPS?
The following are the Fish Species that are
frequently caught on our trips...
½ day- Grey Snapper, Porgies, Sea Bass, and
All day 10-hour Gag grouper, Red grouper,
Mangrove Snapper, Grey Snapper, Sea Bass,
Porgies, and more
12 Hour Extended Gag grouper, Red grouper, Big
Amberjack, Mangrove Snapper, Grey Snapper,
Yellowtail Snapper, Sea Bass, Porgies and
several other mixed species.
34 Hour Overnight Middlegrounds trip. Big Gag
grouper, Big red grouper, Big Amberjack, Big
Mangrove Snapper, Scamp, Strawberry Grouper,
Graysbys, Cobia, Porgies, Lane Snapper,
occasional Kingfish , Sharks and Blackfin Tuna.
WHERE DO I PARK WHEN I ARRIVE AT HUBBARD’S
When you arrive at Hubbard's Marina, you will
want to park in the new John's Pass parking
garage. This state of the art 5 level parking
facility is lit, secure, and only a few short
steps away from the docks and our restaurant.
The cost of parking is only $5.00.
IS FOOD & DRINK AVAILABLE ON THE BOATS?
YES. Our boats offer a full service cash galley
and grill with a complete Breakfast & Lunch
menu, very reasonably priced. Your on-board cook
will prepare your food fresh to order. Soft
drinks, beer, coffee/tea, candy, snacks are also
available through the galley. Most passengers
prefer to eat and drink from our galley as it
eliminates the need to have to pack a cooler.
DOES MY FARE INCLUDE BAIT?
YES. On our ½ day trips, we provide cut squid as
On our 10-hour, 12-hour, and 34 hour overnight
trips, we provide you with Cut Squid & Sardines
with your ticket. We also sell optional live
bait (Pinfish) at our full service bait & tackle
store on the dock. Live bait is $9.00 per dozen.
We suggest 1-2 dozen per person on the all day
and 12 hour trips, and 2-3 dozen per person on
the 34 hour overnight trip. Live bait must be
reserved no later than 48 hours prior to
departure. We suggest reserving live bait at the
same time you book your trip.
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DO I NEED TO BRING ANY DEAD BAIT OF MY OWN?
NO. We will provide you with Spanish Sardines
and Squid. You may bring other types of frozen
bait if you choose, but you really don't have
to. Spanish Sardines, Squid, and Live Bait work
the best out there, where we fish.
DO I NEED A FISHING LICENSE TO FISH ON YOUR
NO. You are covered under our boats recreational
CAN I BRING A COOLER WITH FOOD AND DRINK?
Yes. You may bring up to 1 cooler per person up
to 48-50 quarts in size. No larger. NO glass
containers of any kind. ( Soft drinks,
condiments, etc.) must be in plastic containers.
CAN I BRING MY OWN BEER OR ALCOHOLIC
NO. There is NO CARRY ON alcoholic beverages
permitted on board. The State of Florida has
required us to carry a Beer & Wine license on
board our vessels. We are able to sell beer
under this license, however just like a bar, we
can not allow you to bring your own in. We
apologize for this as it is a State regulation,
and certainly not a Hubbard's one.
To avoid an uncomfortable situation at the dock
for both of us, please do not attempt to sneak
any alcoholic beverages aboard. All coolers and
gear are thoroughly searched prior to boarding.
We've seen all the tricks, so again, please
cooperate with this policy.
The same holds true for any type of narcotics,
controlled substances, contraband, or illegal
drugs. We are a "ZERO TOLERANCE" vessel in
U.S.C.G. regulations. Again, please DO
NOT attempt to board our vessels with any of
these items. Thanks
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FISH I CATCH DURING THE
When you catch your first fish, the mates will
assign you a stringer number. Throughout the
trip, your fish will go on that stringer number
and held in our Iced Fish Boxes.
At the end of the trip, the mates will unload
the fish boxes onto the deck. They will then
call out stringer numbers at which time you will
claim your fish when you hear your number
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CAN I GET MY FISH FILLETED AT THE END OF THE
YES. The mates will be available to clean fish
after the boat returns to the dock. They
generally charge per fish, based on the size of
each fish. Fish cleaning is very reasonably
priced. This is a side business for the mates,
and is separate from any gratuity given on
You can have your filleted fish cooked in our
Famous Friendly Fisherman Waterfront restaurant.
They charge only $4.95 per person (parties of 4
or less) and include in a bunch of delicious
side items. For parties of 5 or more, additional
charge will apply.
FOR THE 34-hour OVERNIGHT TRIP WHAT TYPE OF
GEAR/TACKLE/ LINE/ SHOULD I BRING?
Each person may bring up to 3 Rod/Reel outfits.
Following are what have proven to work the best
out in the areas of the Middle Grounds that we
fish. While we know most of you are very
experienced anglers and have all caught fish
using your own techniques, and variations of
tackle, you will do much better on this trip by
following these guidelines.
For Mangrove Snapper: ROD-A 6 1/2 to 7 foot
medium action rod. REEL: Daiwa Sealine 50H, Penn
320GT,Penn 555 HS, Penn 113h, or any brand in
that size class. Strung with 40-50 lb. Mono,
either Grey, Pink, Blue, or green. WEIGHT- 5 or
6 ounce barrel slide weight. HOOKS-5/0 or 6/0
offset hooks. Bronze Mustads (model # 92671-
5/0) are the hook of choice. Owner, Gamagatsu,
or other brands will work too.
For Grouper: ROD-> Medium to Heavy action.
Flexible tip with plenty of backbone. REEL-
Daiwa Sealine 300/350H, Penn 4/0 113-H, or any
brand in that size class. Strung with 60 or
80lb. Mono either Grey, Pink, Blue, or green.
SINKER- 6 ounce barrel slide sinker. HOOKS- 7/0
hooks. Bronze Mustads (model #92671- 7/0) are
the hook of choice. Owner, Gamagatsu, or other
brands will work too.
For AmberJack: ROD- Heavy Action, firm tip.
REEL- Daiwa Sealine 400H,Penn 4/0 or 6/0, or any
brand in that size class. Strung with 80-100lb.
Mono. Line color does not matter (Mono). WEIGHT-
6 ounce barrel slide weight. HOOKS- 7/0 or 8/0
hooks. Bronze Mustads are the hook of choice.
Owner, Gamagatsu, or other brands will work too.
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THINGS TO LEAVE BEHIND: Synthetic line!
i.e.; Spiderwire, Power Pro, Dacron, etc..
Several Reasons... 1 - It has little give.
When you get hung on the bottom, you will lose
your rigs 90% of the time, costing you valuable
fishing time. 2 - A screaming Amberjack that
runs you down the side of the boat, will cause
you to cut a lot of fellow anglers lines with
synthetic line. 3 - It is very difficult to
untangle from Monofilament should you get
tangled with another angler.
If you are out shopping for this trip, and are
uncertain, please remember that we have a Full
Service Bait & Tackle shop rite here at the
dock. They carry all the tackle you could need
for our trips.
HOW DO I GET TO HUBBARD'S MARINA?
Click Here for a map and driving
directions from wherever you are.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AT HUBBARD'S MARINA
FOR MY TRIP?
Please arrive no later than the times shown
below for your trip.
½ day -
AM trip be here by 7:15am
PM trip be here by 12:15pm
10 hour or 12 hour All day - Be here
34 hour Overnight trip - Be here by
Please note the above cancellation fees/policies
are applicable to Telephone & Walk up
Should Hubbard's Marina cancel any trip due to
weather or mechanical reasons, no penalty will
Please remember the
following guidelines & policies are strictly
enforced. Thank you for your cooperation.
NO self-carry on alcohol on any trips
NO glass bottles or containers on board.
NO back-less Sandals or Flip-Flop shoes.
NO refunds after boat has left the dock.
NO foul language or disruptive behavior on
NO children under 24 months on any trip.
NO children under 12 permitted on the
12-hour or 34 hour trip
Children Under 12 on other trips must be
accompanied by adult.
NO Rod/ Reel rentals for children under 6.
OK to share adults.
NO GPS or Loran type navigational devices,
Cell Phones, Laptops, I-POD or MP3 players
may be carried on boats.
NO Illegal drugs or narcotics permitted on
NO Firearms may be carried aboard,
regardless of any permit you may possess.
All trips subject to availability. Minimum #
of fares required on all trips.
NO equipment, gear, or coolers on Dock area
until Dockmaster announces to do so.
Thank you for complying with these
guidelines in an effort to keep our trips
enjoyable for everyone!