Sun-Sat: 6:00a - 7:00p
Open Year Round
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)
Fare: $399 + tax for trip
$25 +tax for rod and reel rental
70-100 miles offshore, 2 day bag limit
120 – 250 ft of water.
39 hr. Overnight Trip Meal Package:
$38.50 + $3.18 (tax) + $6.93 (gratuity) = $48.61 each
Includes: 2 dinners, 4 sandwiches (breakfast & lunch), 4 bags of chips, 4 candy or granola bars, 8 sodas, unlimited water with $2.25 Happy Hour Beer prices with the package
Times for meals: Lite dinner at 5pm, lite sandwich at 12am, breakfast at 6am, and dinner at 6pm
Since 1954 – The first and ONLY party boat to withstand the test of time running to the Florida Middle Grounds 100 mi. NW of Tampa Bay.
Hubbard’s Overnight Middlegrounds trips catch more fish than ANY other party boat on the West Coast of Florida!
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.
Distance: Cruising out up to 100 miles to the Florida Middle Grounds elbow, and surrounding areas , home to pristine coral ledges, hard bottom, potholes and natural springs that hold large numbers of hard fighting , quality game fish.
What To Bring: 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). 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.
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 ($9 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
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”.
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Catch: Gag grouper, Red grouper, Scamp grouper, Amberjack, Red snapper, Mangrove snapper, Mutton snapper, Cubera snapper, Hogfish, King mackerel, Mahi, wahoo and even blackfin tuna. Keep in mind there are seasons on some of these species so check out the [fishing regulations] page to see whats open.
Before you go fishing deeper than 70-90 foot of water you MUST know how to properly vent a fish you release!
here’s a great place to learn proper do’s and don’ts of venting a fish: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/how-to-vent-fish/
All trips subject to availability. Minimum # of fares required on all trips.