Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 8/19/16

Inshore- The night bite is definitely best right now for the snook inside Johns Pass. Angelo Rivera, our friend from Seminole, is tearing up the big snook on his new Glad Snooker Jigs catching a handful of way over slot fish a night on the strong full moon tides. The red fish bite is great inside the intercostal right now especially around the mouths of our local estuaries and inside upper Tampa bay right now, Adam Melton, from Clearwater is tearing up the big bull red fish using hard jerk baits and also soft plastics. The sharks inside Johns Pass are biting well too with many local jetty anglers catching juvenile bonnet heads, blacktips and spinner sharks alike. The beaches are holding large schools of white bait that are luring in mackerel, jack crevalle, and even some big snook. While testing out our new beach bikes along Treasure Island the other morning we were able to spot a few large gatherings of monster breeder sized snook pouring out of the passes to cruise the beaches.


Near shore- The mackerel are starting to reappear in greater numbers, allowing some hope for a strong fall kingfish run to follow soon! The tarpon are starting to migrate out of the area allowing them to be spotted along the beaches and nearshore wrecks more often. This is a great time of year to sight fish permit along the near shore wrecks as well using live crabs for bait much like the way you would target tarpon in the passes and along the beaches. Shark fishing is easy and fun this time of year along any structure especially the wrecks. The red grouper bite is doing much better in the offshore waters but they are starting to bite better along the nearshore deeper waters as the water is cooling a bit finally after being abnormally hot for an extended period. The snapper bite has been great this past week thankfully!


Offshore- The latest offshore fishing trip at Hubbard’s Marina was our 63 hour deep drop pelagic trip. We did well on this long range extended trip, but the current was definitely on our enemy as the moon was coming to full. We combated the stronger current by positioning our anglers on the boat and allowing Captain Mark a chance to keep the bow of the boat intro the current while motoring forward on the bite. We caught some nice snowy grouper, big yellowedge, nice snapper, and some big tuna, wahoo and kingfish too! The big story was the plentiful tilefish we did very well on during this long range extended trip. Plus, while fishing the shallower 300-400 foot areas we got some monster gag grouper including a nearly 30lb rusty bellied gag grouper! 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


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:


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:

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:


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:


Egmont key is a beautiful island paradise and is a great place for the whole family to enjoy some fun in the sun while on the island! Plus, the island has a working lighthouse, large fort to explore, and tons of native wildlife like gopher tortoise. Egmont key also has tons of great shelling opportunities too, and we offer a snorkeling cruise while on the island too! Our boat has a clean and modern restroom, full snack bar, and a great seating for any sized group! To learn more, check out the Egmont key ferry page on our site:

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina


The Flying HUB 2 has some special 12 hour trips during the Dry dock period for the Florida. We will offer these special 12 hours Wednesday and Saturday at $250 they will run out to the 39 hour fishing areas like the middle grounds and elbow for 6-8 hours fishing time in 120-250 foot of water. This boat will get you 60-100 miles in two hours or less even with the 12 people we plan to take out with us, for more info check out the specialty trip schedule they start September 10th and end November 2nd!


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.


Want to join Hubbard’s Marina for some fishing seminar fun? Next Bass pro shops seminar is being held August 28th at 1pm discussing Offshore fishing basics. 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:


The NEW schedule is HERE! Check out the schedule at this link below and let’s get you all set up for some fishing fun! We have Flying HUB 2 twelve hour day trips to the 39 hour area while the 39hr fishing boat is in dry dock. Also during dry dock the HUB is running 10hr all day trips. Plus, we added the 39 and 44 hour trips in to the end of the year when the Florida returns from dry dock. These trips will fill up fast, make sure to reserve your spot asap! Keep in mind you can book online under the reservations tab instead of waiting to talk with us on the phone. Here’s the schedule link:


To book trips on our site, check out this link:


We have some bad news to announce, unfortunately NOAA’s national marine fisheries has announced with very little notice that amberjack will NOT be reopening August first as they had promised and planned for. This means Jacks will not be open for harvest until January 2017. This is very sad news, but luckily grouper and snapper are still open and there’s plenty of fish to be caught out there still despite Jacks being closed down. Keep in mind that we have no control over these closures we just have to adjust to them as we are told. Due to the closure we have canceled the August 2nd 39 hour and changed the 12 hours on August 2nd and August 4th to 10 hours for grouper and snapper. Please, get involved and stand up for your rights to fish by joining the Fishing rights alliance (FRA) or the Coastal conservation association of Florida (CCA).


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 more August 26th plus one earlier September. Then the Florida goes to dry dock before offering a few more 39 hours at the end of the year in November and December. To see a full list of our specialty trips, including the BRAND NEW trips we just added 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


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.

Dylan Hubbard

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



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