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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 8/5/16

Inshore– The snook bite inside Johns Pass has been stellar this past month with big pigfish getting hit consistently and often. Also, the big tarpon are still around but getting fewer and further between as season begins to wind down. The shark action along the jetties has been picking up as this warm waters bring in the spawning females to give birth to their pups inside our back bays. While the females come in to give birth, the big males hang along the beaches waiting to clean up the pups that escape the jaws of their mothers after the birthing process. Big red fish being caught along the oyster bars and grass beds inside johns pass, especially around the points, pockets and passes or the 3 p’s of inshore fishing.


Near shore– The snapper bite is going well near shore despite the super-hot waters. Luckily this rain is helping to ease off the surface temps. However, since it’s not windy or rough that cooler rain water will not mix in and cool down bottom temps before it’s evaporated away. We expect warmer than normal waters to remain in area keeping the bigger red grouper and gags in that deeper offshore waters. Mangroves hanging around that 110-160 foot range and grouper seem deeper than 120ft or more. The cobia bite nearshore is hot however, along with triple tail as well.


Offshore– The latest 39 hour did very well at Hubbard’s Marina with some of the biggest mangrove snapper of the year! The big mangrove from this recent 39 hour tipped the scales at 10.3lbs! Along with the mangrove snapper, we caught some nice gag, red and scamp grouper. The kingfish bite was slower than recent on the way out but we still got some nice ones offshore while flat lining. The tuna bite was steady just like it’s been through the summer with the best bite an hour before sunrise. Porgies were thick again on this recent trip with some true monster margates too. 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


Ever wanted to try a Paddleboard fitness class? Hubbard’s Marina is working with a company called ‘sea strength’ to offer these awesome classes. You can check out Sea strength on Facebook, Instagram or their website. They offer reservations to their classes at 9am Saturday and Sunday and if it becomes popular we plan to add weekday classes as well! Hope you get a chance to try it out, here’s their page:


Egmont key’s wildfire was quickly contained and under control. It did get a fairly large section of the island but it has since reopened to guests and we expect the island to make a full recovery soon.


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:


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 manatees are still being spotted often around Johns Pass and Boca Ceiga bay, join Hubbard’s Marina for a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour for a chance to spot these beautiful creatures with us on a relaxing cruise through the back protected bay waters.

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:


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

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).


Saturday August 6th the City of Madeira beach is holding a special Kid’s fishing event put on by Angler Armory. Hubbard’s Marina will have a booth set up for this event, plus we will be doing kid’s fishing seminars at the event as well. Every kid who attends will be entered into a drawing and they will be raffling off great prizes including Hubbard’s Marina 5 or 10 hour fishing trips! Plus, there will be a kid’s fishing tournament held that day as well from the seawall of the Madeira beach rec center. This special kid’s fishing event will be from 8am until 4pm Saturday August 6th we hope to see you there!


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:


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 more August 9th and August 26th plus one more early September. Then the Florida goes to dry dock before offering a few more 39 hours at the end of the year. 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


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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