Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report 9/24/16


Inshore- The bait is here, live baits from fry bait to green backs have moved into the area by force. This has got all the local predators excited but lately the snook and mackerel seem to be most actively feeding inside Johns Pass. Just this morning, while loading the half day fishing trip Smokey dropped a live pigfish into a big school of spooked bait and no sooner did it hit the water, a big slot snook came up from the depths to explode on his live bait he was hand lining. The mackerel are thick inside the pass and along the jetties during the day. A gentleman from California named Joe Simmonds stopped by the shop to rent a rod and grab some lures, we showed him the Nekid ball jigs and off he went. In less than an hour he came back with half a dozen mackerel in two between him and his wife and he came back for more lures. The trout bite continues to be active at night around the lights and the beaches are holding pompano. It’s a great time to get a line in the water and the kingfish won’t be too far behind the invading mackerel on the beaches.


Near shore- The half day trip had the best catch of the decade this past week, we caught a monster sailfish! They caught this beautiful fish on a free lined dead threadfin after spotting a pair of sailfish tailing behind the boat. We are also doing very well on the grey snapper while drifting. Plus, the hogfish bite seems to be heating up as we caught three today at Hubbard’s Marina. You know they are biting well when Bob Skrivanek caught one aboard the half day party boat trip, he’s been fishing for them for over a year now!


Offshore- The grouper bite is hot offshore, the flying HUB 2 has been filling up the boxes on red grouper, gag grouper and scamp too. The most commonly caught grouper are the fat red grouper due to the hoter water temps right now. However, this past week on a 12 hour trip they not only limited out on red grouper, they caught nearly ten gag grouper and over a dozen big scamp. The mangrove bite is a little weak still but still steady. Also, we caught and released a beautiful sailfish in the offshore waters too so not only are we getting sailfish near shore but also offshore too! We actually caught two of them in two days this past week at Hubbard’s Marina. 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


Sea turtles are being spotted right now on the ride to and from Egmont key aboard the Tampa bay ferry and taxi route from Fort De Soto out to Egmont Key state park! This is a great added value to the relaxing cruise to this pristine island paradise and nature preserve.


We are still seeing our local baby bald eagle inside upper Boca Ceiga bay, he’s getting bigger now but still spotted often cruising the back bay watching for mullet to prey on.


The dolphins are loving the mullet run right now as they group up into larger than normal herds to help each other school up the fish into tight groups before charging into the ball of mullet to load up on the fat local mullet.


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:


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:


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:


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:


Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Want to join Hubbard’s Marina for some fishing seminar fun? Next Bass pro shops seminar is being held September 24th at 3:00pm discussing Fall 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 has announced its new Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi that will service the City of Madeira beach! Check out the upcoming ferry route on our BRAND NEW site:


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:


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.


To book trips on our site, check out 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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