If you are looking to stuff the freezer with fish, this is the trip for you!
If you or your group are looking to target HUGE Gags, Monster Red Snapper or Giant Amberjacks then this trip is for you. The 39 hour overnight trip departs Hubbard’s Marina from John’s pass located inside Madeira Beach FL and travels 100-150 miles offshore to the Middle Grounds, Elbow and surrounding Gulf of Mexico locations.
With a two day bag limit and fishing a depth from 120-250 feet of water, we are targeting a large variety of quality fish such as: Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Scamp Grouper, Red Snapper, Amberjacks and more!
If you are looking to stuff the freezer with fish and possibly your neighbors as well, then look no further for the largest and longest running 39 hour overnight fishing trip in the Tampa Bay.
- We HIGHLY recommend that you reserve your tickets in advance.
- Plan to arrive 90 – 120 minutes in advance for check-in and boarding.
- This trip depart from the dock at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach FL.
(click here for directions)
Average running time 8-9 hrs. out – 8-9 hours back. Approximately 20 Hours Fishing Time with 2 day bag limit or twice the fish you can catch on a day trip.
Friday – Departs 3:00 PM returns Sunday 6:00 AM
Tuesday – Departs 3:00 PM returns Thursday 6:00 AM (Tuesday trips are scheduled as special trips only)
Sunday – Departs 3:00 PM returns Tuesday at 6:00 AM (during red snapper and beginning of gag season)
Cancellation Policy: 1 weeks notice or more required.
No Call / No Shows – 100% of trip fare.
Cancellations within 1 week – 50% of trip fare.
Recommended for Experienced Anglers Only
For all your tackle needs, visit our online store. All orders can be set for pick up on the day of your trip, or shipping available on select products.
You want to bring 3-5 rods:
For mangrove snapper, porgies, vermillion and yellowtails we would recommend a high speed reel or two speed reel with 40-50lb test, 4oz lead, and 6ot double snelled hooks. If you don’t know how to tie a double snell knot, check out this video: [How to tie double snell rig](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiaOiD1Bcvs)
For red grouper, red snapper and average gags a 6ot reel with 60-80lb test, 6-8oz leads and 7-8ot hooks.
For big gags and Amberjack we recommend a bigger 9ot reel with 100lb test and maybe even 125lb leader with 8oz lead and 10ot hooks would be great
If you want to troll on the way out, we recommend using at least a 9ot reel or a two speed 50-80 wide and for more info on trolling recommendation check out the [FAQs](https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/faqs/) page.
Spinning rods are not recommended for bottom fishing, but you can use them for knocker rig fishing, flat line fishing or pitch bait fishing. We would recommend 5000-8000 size reels and 50lb test line.
Notes: Fishing time begins around 12-1 a.m., lasting until about 8-9 p.m. This trip is like a two day camping trip, so don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, towel, and change of clothes. Bunks and hot showers included; meals available in the “Galley”.
This is a long range advanced angler trip. You will want to bring two to three changes of clothes for the trip. You want to pack like you’re going camping so bring a sleeping bag, pillow and maybe a sheet to sleep with on your assigned bunk. We do have a shower on board and many like to take a shower after fishing before going to sleep on the way home so make sure you have stuff to shower with like soap, towel and toothbrush and toothpaste. We do recommend some shower sandals too.
If you got one bring a small 6-12 pack cooler and a big thing of salt to brine your dead bait on the way offshore. If you’re not renting a rod make sure to bring your own tackle for the trip as well. Also, Closed toe shoes, we recommend fishing boots as the best footwear (anything else at your own risk).
We would recommend bringing a venting tool as well as a dehooker or hook remover tool. We do have said items for sale inside of the store if you do not have / forgot one.
Cash if you want to buy food or drink from galley if you don’t have meal plan and to join the jackpot for largest fish. Finally, make sure to check FAQs page below for helpful info on what NOT to bring.
39 hr. Overnight Trip Meal Package:
$54.95 – includes small meal on way out, midnight snack, breakfast, lunch, big dinner 2nd day + 4 chips, 4 candy or granola bars, 8 sodas & unlimited free water + coffee, also happy hr beer.
Times for meals: Lite dinner at 5pm, lite sandwich at 12am, breakfast at 6am, and dinner at 6pm
Cut squid and threadfins are provided on board at no extra charge. Pinfish do work well but it’s simply and extra option. You don’t NEED it, but it does work well some days better than others. Live pinfish work well for the big grouper, amberjack, red snapper and big mangroves. Live shrimp is not needed on this trip but if the bite slows using it on your light tackle sometimes does help get you mangrove snapper, yellowtail and other smaller species to bite.
Pinfish must be ordered 48 hours in advanced or more ($11 per dozen)
Live shrimp can be purchased ahead of time of the day of the trip. ($10 for two doz in a bait bucket, $20 for five doz in a bait bucket)
Each angler has their own personal live well that is the same number as their spot number.
We recommend 3-4 doz pinfish per angler if you so choose
We would recommend 2-5 doz live shrimp per angler if you so choose
- Glass – unsafe on boats
- Alcohol -Due to Florida law they will not allow alcohol on board boats with alcohol licenses ( Florida Fisherman, Friendly Fisherman, Sea Adventure 1) because our license lets us sell it and the tax man wants his cut. However, on our private charter boats like the HUB, Mrs. HUB and Flying HUB 2 DO NOT have alcohol licenses, you can bring beer or wine (no liquor and no glass) on these boats. (12 hour EXTREME aboard Flying HUB 2 – you CAN BRING YOUR OWN BEER)
- Firearms – no matter your permit you can’t bring firearms due to USCG law (just like on a plane)
- Illegal drugs – if it’s illegal on the dock leave it on the dock, or else we will have to call the USCG and have cops waiting on dock… please don’t put us in this position
- NO Bananas– They are bad luck on a fishing boat
- On Our 10, 12, 39, and 44 hour trips, we DO NOT allow ELECTRONICS – excludes basic digital camera(s) BUT IT DOES INCLUDE: cell phones, computers, ipad, kindles, ipods, or anything else that receives GPS signals – phones don’t send or receive texts or make calls once you’re offshore.
- No coolers larger than 48 quarts.
- NO PERSONAL LIVEWELLS – you are more than welcome to bring your own bait and load it into the livewells onboard our boat.