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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 7/8/16

Fishing report

Steven Cantrell  monster snook

Inshore– The dock fishing has been out of this world lately! The snook are up on top early morning looking for anything and everything to slurp up. They have been taking live baits, dead baits, and artificials and just about anything anglers have been throwing to them.  Jacob Gehlson, from Riverview, came down for a half day and on his first pitch of a DOA shrimp under the dock a monster snook came out and smashed the shrimp on its first twitch. Smokey, our half day first mate, has been tearing the snook up on heavy hand lines using live pigfish for bait any time of day and night. Steven Cantrell, a Pinellas Park local, was using live shrimp and slamming the big dog snook too showing you that any technique and bait will work right now to get the snook chewing. The sharks are also biting well too inside the pass and on the beaches taking any type of large dead bait either suspended by a balloon or held to the bottom.

Allen Miller monster red grouper

Near shore– The red grouper bite is popping near shore! The recent half day and all day near shore charters on the HUB have been catching limits or near limits of big red grouper. They are loving the cut squid wings to mimic octopus tentacles. The mangrove snapper bite has also improved back to the super great aggressive bite we had back in spring. They are slamming the sardine plugs and live shrimp on the light tackle knocker set ups. The mackerel are still thick near shore and the kings around but more spread out and were finding them most often in the deeper near shore waters around 15-20 miles and beyond. Shark fishing is great right now our last private charter for sharks caught over 10 big sharks with 3 over the ten foot mark. Big bull sharks, big lemons and even a few tigers are most commonly caught right now in the near shore waters.

60lb wahoo

Offshore– The mangrove snapper action is super thick right now. The last two thirty nine our overnight fishing trips at Hubbard’s Marina nearly limited out on big mangrove snapper. The big mangroves right now are easily 9-10lbs and the cubera snapper are also coming up! In this past week we have caught two big cubera snapper over 50lbs. The wahoo bite is also hot we caught a 60lb wahoo on the 12 hour and some other nice ones on our thirty nine hour long range party boat trips too! The grouper are biting well too but hard to get off the bottom right now. The reason for this is that the water is clear so you got to use lighter tackle for them to bite, then because the water is so warm and clear they are hanging closer to structure so when they bite your light line close to structure it doesn’t leave you much room to be able to horse them out of the rocks before they are able to pop your leaders. 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


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’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 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:

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!


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:

Flying HUB 2 coming REALLY soon! In the water, passed stability testing being picked up early next week!  (1)

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 one July 15th and July 29th these are the last two for this month, 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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