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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 7/15/16

Cassidy Jones

Inshore- The trout bite just won’t quit around Johns Pass dock lights at night. Also, the big snook are feisty at the dock lights edges ambushing the bait where they can no longer see the predators waiting. Redfish bite along the bottom is great as well using slow moving storm or gulp jigs reports local angler, Wade Thomas from Seminole. The white bait has been thick around the pass as well come late afternoon coming into the pass with the tide and really starting to get cast net size. We’re looking forward to a great late summer bite as the white bait heats up as the primary food source for our local inshore species. The flounder are really doing well in the deeper sandy areas off the hot grass beds the mud minnows or big select shrimp weighted to bottom is best. However, we love the DOA shrimp so we can cover larger areas of the sandy bottom.

The Flying HUB 1 grouper and snapper

Near shore– Hogfish are starting to come up often again on the half day fishing trips using live shrimp for bait. The near shore mangrove snapper bite remains very good throughout the summer and they love the light tackle live shrimp technique along with the hogs making it easy to target both species. The mackerel are still around but more spread out near shore were seeing the kingfish still as well but they seem to be hanging in the shallow offshore waters instead of the deep nearshore waters at 15 miles like they have been through late spring. Triple tail seem to be around still but were seeing them move deeper as well as our nearshore waters remain very hot.


Offshore– Our latest 39 hour trip had some decent trolling action on the way out many kingfish were caught but not until we were past the 20-25 mile mark well into the offshore waters. Kingfish and bonita continued biting well throughout the troll but the mackerel weren’t around for us this trip. Trolling between spots netted some monster blackfin tuna on Rapala x-rap magnum 30’s. The porgy bite was on fire during this trip it was hard getting the cut threadfins past them to the mangrove snapper, but boy were they big and aggressive making the fishing action packed. Live pinfish being used during this time needed a long soak but the big gags and even bigger mangroves would come slurp them up during the porgy bite chaos making the night fishing very enjoyable until the kingfish interrupted our bottom fishing. About an hour before sunrise the kingfish turned on like a light switch foaming up around the boat eating leads, swivels, bare hooks, or anything that was dropped into the water. This made anglers trying to target bottom species frustrated because they kept getting clean cut off while dropping to bottom but those who switched to wire leader and any type of bait got some beautiful kingfish and many of them, until after sunrise. Day bite was slow and steady but the big gag grouper, steady mangroves and hot end of day red snapper bite was the highlights. Overall, it was a great trip with many happy anglers and we look forward to doing it again this weekend. Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns:

Want to read the past reports? Check out this link:

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

photographer Jimmy Fashner

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:

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:

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!

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:

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Want to learn more about fishing? Check out the Hubbard’s Marina seminars at the Tampa bass pro shops. We have two seminars coming up at the new Tampa store, the first is going to be on July 16th at 1pm talking about gag grouper. The second will be July 31st at 2pm discussing amberjack fishing techniques. 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:

Hubbard’s Marina now has a total of four special private charter fishing vessels! This means we will always have tons of private fishing options for you and your group of any size. We can offer any type of fishing thanks to our latest cutting edge technology allowing us to fish anywhere we would like to for any species we would like to target. We also have all the party boat trips too, anything you want to do on the water, Hubbard’s Marina has a trip for you! To see all our different boats that we offer, check out the private charter section of our site:

The Flying HUB 2 is getting the final approval

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:

Red snapper season is winding down at Hubbard’s Marina, once it closes on July 17th at 12:01am we will go back to our regular scheduled 10 hour all day trips Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays! The red grouper will be ready for some more fishing fun like us for sure since we have been nailing them on the half day and all day near shore charters we feel the 2nd half of July will be filled with red grouper fun! The ten hour all day is totally different from our 12 hour offering 6-7 hours fishing time in 60-110 foot of water and its fun for the whole family! To find out more info on this trip, check out this link:

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 the last one for July coming up on the 29th and we have four in august and one in early September before the boat gets pulled for upgrades. 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:

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:

Regular’s club

Regular’s club signups are coming to an end. If you fish more than 5, 10, 15 times a year or know someone who does let’s talk about getting you or your friends into the club before we close the ranks until 2017 club signups. Typically we do this around May each year so if you want to get someone signed up for discounts on the trips and other great benefits for fishing multiples times throughout the year then call Dylan Hubbard or email him today!

Dylan Hubbard

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

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