Inshore- Flounder are still hot inside the Pass, This past week John Coger and his daughters were fishing off the beach behind our shop catching monster flounder on live shrimp. Snook are biting well when the water is moving they are loving the live free lined pigfish. The white bait is still very thick around the pass and inside the bay and also on the beaches and they have gotten big starting to be the perfect size for live bait fishing. Redfish action inside the back bays really heated up too it’s just been a great time to get out on the water. The weather has been steady allowing the fishing to remain steady but the breeze has made casting difficult and sight fishing tough.
Near shore- Mackerel and kingfish are dominating the near shore fishing news right now. The mackerel are big right now and the kingfish are starting to be plentiful. They were all school sized kings but now were seeing the bigger 20-40lb models show up just in time for tournament season. Hogfish bite has been very good this past week today’s all day trip brought in some monster 3 and 5lb hogfish biting on live shrimp the largest was even randomly caught on a squid cube. Grouper bite nearshore got a little picky during this past week’s high pressure but in deeper waters it has held steady if we had people able to make it out there through the breezy more bumpy conditions we have seen this past week.
Offshore- The 12 hour extreme Flying HUB two trips have been doing very well offshore still unfortunately we haven’t been able to get out there this week due to the breezy and bumpy high pressure conditions we have seen this past week. The East winds have allowed us to fish nearshore but it’s been more than 3-5 or 4-6 foot this entire week offshore beyond 30-40 miles. Due to this our last long range trip was at the end of last week before the storm but the fishing was great showing us big gag grouper, monster fat red grouper, plentiful scamp, steady big mangroves and the occasionally yellowtail with big kingfish biting at our flat lines. We are hoping this trend will be waiting for us when the weather finally lays down offshore.
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: https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Captain Jack’s dolphin corner
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
We are spotting two very unique sea birds right now during the dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour at Hubbard’s Marina. We have the roseate spoonbills hanging around the rookery right now with their pink feathers and unique bills. Also, we have the dancing reddish egrets that can be spotted prowling the shallows with their wings spread doing a jig to attract their prey into the shadow lines. They dance slowly to mimic the leaves or branches blowing in the wind and when unsuspecting bait ventures to close to their shadow they pounce on it making it a quick meal.
The local dolphins are very close together lately in large pods playing, socializing and feeding. They are in larger numbers this time of year thanks to the mullet run. These large mullet travel in huge numbers and it takes large numbers of dolphins to get these huge schools of fish balled up for easy corralling and predatory attacks.
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
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
Nothing beats a relaxing cruise through the back protected bay waters, join Hubbard’s Marina today for a relaxing and fun dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour inside Johns Pass Madeira beach. We guarantee dolphin sightings, plus you have a great opportunity to view million dollar homes, bird nesting island, and even a commercial fishing village! These cruises are fun for the whole family and offer great way to view our local wildlife up close and in their natural habitat, to see more about the cruises check out this video: https://goo.gl/T7Fvgm
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
October 22nd at 2pm we are going to have a special fishing seminar here at Hubbard’s Marina in our waiting area. Dylan Hubbard and many of the captains and crew at Hubbard’s Marina will be talking fishing secrets, tips and tricks for near shore and offshore fishing. Plus, we will have great sales going on in the shop for this special event and offering FREE beer during the seminar too. Come join us at Hubbard’s Marina to meet and greet the captains, crew and the Hubbard’s Marina vice president Dylan Hubbard as we go over some of our favorite fishing techniques to be more successful nearshore and offshore.
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://www.hubbardsmarina.com/flying-hub-2/
Tampa bay ferry and taxi service by Hubbard’s Marina will resume tomorrow and Saturday. There’s plenty to do and see at each ferry stop location along our route in Northern Boca Ceiga bay. The boat will take guests from St. Pete, Treasure Island and Madeira beach and it’s a great way to get around without worrying about traffic or parking on the beach. This ferry system runs Friday and Saturday for now but offers 4 trips per day. For more info, maps, schedule and pricing check out our brand new site: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/
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://www.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
If you are interested in learning more about our loyalty program called the regular’s club, please email Dylan Hubbard. He can tell you more about this great program to make fishing more affordable if you plan to fish more than 5, 10 or 15 times a year with us at Hubbard’s Marina. Plus, you get other great benefits to all to thank you for being a valued guest. However, at Hubbard’s Marina everyone who walks in our doors are valuable to us, but the regular’s club is a great way to become more familiar with us and be able to come even more often than before.
Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306