Inshore– John Campbell, from Seminole, caught a huge snook this past week free lining a live mullet
off the jetty at Pass a Grille. The snook are also biting well at Johns Pass, but mostly in the early morning
or at Night. Thursday we had around 3 dozen snook hanging around the end of the Hubbard’s Marina
main dock around 3am you can cast to them easily from the beach behind our office. Also, the sheepshead
bite is going well on cut oysters. We have plenty inside our bait shop, and the bite has been going really well.
Mangrove snapper bite around the docks and bridge is going very well as well as the water warms.
Pompano still being caught off the beaches too and the green ½ ounce Nekid ball jig has been the
best lure lately for those picky pompano.
Near shore- The red grouper bite is finally starting to pick up a little this past week we had a few nice red grouper
catches aboard our half day private charters and the 10 hour all days are starting to get more of them as well.
As the water warms they should be easier and easier to get near shore. Also, the snapper bite is really heating
up too as they gear up for their summer time spawn. Were even seeing the Mahi Mahi again, we have
caught a few on our half days this past week at Hubbard’s Marina.
Offshore- Our red snapper opener 39 hour trip is offshore right now expected to return tomorrow around 6am
but we have heard from the boat already and they are doing great. Before the sun rose they already has some
really nice gags, plenty of mangroves and some nice red snapper. Once the sun rose the red snapper bite was
really on fire and they had nearly a full limit of red snapper when we talked to them via sat phone only half way
through their fishing time! We also had the first 12 hour extreme leave the dock today for the red snapper and
gag grouper opener and they should be home late today. We’re hoping both trips come in with plenty of the red
snapper and gag grouper. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates and photos! For more red snapper
tips and tricks check out our latest video with Salt Strong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guVZi0H6iUg
Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news
We are about to launch our summertime special for the Tampa bay ferry and water taxi
allowing you a chance to buy one day get the second day FREE!
The old salts Bone slam tournament and BBQ contest is coming up next weekend!
We will have plenty of water taxi options for this great special event if you want
to catch a boat ride to the event instead of battling traffic.
It’s a great time of year to start using the water taxi, avoid the summer crowds on the beach
roadways and enjoy your ride to Johns Pass on our boat!
The Madeira Beach Water taxi is a great way to see the area and get around while enjoying
some drinks or sightseeing. Grab a cooler and some friends and come
join the Madeira beach water taxi for a pub crawl!
Keep in mind you have free parking at the Madeira beach municipal marina and at the Jungle Prada stop
as well. This allows you to park for free and skip the chaos of beach traffic and high prices of parking on the beach as well.
The water taxi is a great way to get your pets around the area with you, we do allow friendly pets on
board along with your coolers and even bicycles! We want to ensure you’re able to take what you want
or need with you while exploring our beautiful local waters.
The Madeira beach water taxi is still running five days (weather permitting) a week
Wednesday until Sunday 10am-10pm and we have updated our website,
check out the new look: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/
There’s tons of stuff to do while catching a ride with the Madeira beach water taxi,
check out all the things to do: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/
Captain Jack’s dolphin corner
The largest female dolphin is Boca Ceiga bay is named Jay, she is always spotted when a newborn dolphin is on its way.
Last time we saw her there was a newborn dolphin about two months ago, so were expecting to see another baby dolphin anytime now.
Manatees are being spotted during our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour quite a bit lately and we hope to
keep up the trend during this summer. Please be careful if you’re boating in our back bay waters
as they are full of the manatees eating on the plentiful seagrass.
The baby birds at dog leg key are starting to leave their nests, but there’s still some fledglings hoping around the
island so it’s a great time to go bird watching on our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour before they are all grown up.
The dolphins around our area are staying in their large groups. Several pods have joined up making it a little more
tough to find them but when we do there’s tons of dolphins to watch and lots of action along the back bay waters.
Sea turtle nesting season is in full effect right now we currently have eight loggerhead sea turtle nests on Egmont
key and three nests on Shell key. It’s a great time of year to spot these turtles along our waterways plus, you have
a shot to spot some nests too on our Egmont key ferry or 3 hour shell key shelling trip.
If you have considered doing our snorkeling cruise at Hubbard’s Marina now is the time. The waters are crystal
clear and the water temps are optimal. This is a great time to see the area’s local
sea life at the sunken ruins around Egmont Key state park.
Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our
Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
Red snapper and gag grouper have opened up! Book your spots now as remaining spots will fill quickly on
our 12, 39 and 44 hour fishing trips during this short season. For more red snapper tips and tricks check
out our latest video with Salt Strong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guVZi0H6iUg
Red snapper is open June first until July 19th since we have a few more days than expected we maybe
adding some trips towards the end of season were trying to add a 39 hour and maybe some 12 hours too!
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and email newsletters for new trip announcements.
Also, if you’re interested in the issues surrounding our federal fishery and red snapper specifically check
out this recent long video and post from Salt Strong and Captain Dylan Hubbard: https://www.saltstrong.com/red-snapper-season/
Gag grouper also open up June first and remain open until the end of 2017 so get ready for
some big grouper fishing action with us at Hubbard’s Marina.
If you have not renewed yet for 2017, please do so before booking your 2017 trips and you definitely
want to get it done before January first. If you do not, we will be changing you to the FREE Johns
Pass club which does not give you benefits you’re used to. Once in this club, you can always upgrade
again to a paid club but if you book using your number while it’s a FREE Johns Pass membership you
will not have your discount tied properly to your trips so get renewed before you book!
Captains Mark and Dylan Hubbard
Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306
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