The flounder are kicking into high gear with their spawn in full swing. They are being found in large numbers across the sandy drop offs around structure or grass flats. They love to ambush shrimp or small white bait along the bottom. The trout are biting well on the grass flats inside JohnsPass reports Captain John Skinner of the Hobie outback pro team. Dave green, from Indiana, reported catching some beautiful snook the other night from the north jetty of JohnsPass on live free-lined pinfish. Don’s dock reports sheepshead are still being caught using oysters, but they have become finicky on pieces of shrimp.
The kingfish are still going wild in the near shore waters. We are starting to see more and more cobia as well as the water warms. The snapper are getting more aggressive and more densely populated along near shore hard bottom and structure as they approach their summer spawning seasons. Red grouper are moving in a bit closer with the warming waters getting more aggressive with the clearer waters. Hogfish are spreading out as the water warms, but were still picking a few up on our trips when using live shrimp or Nekid ball jigs.
The Blackfin tuna and kingfish are foaming offshore. The weekend 39 hour brought home a dozen or more blackfin tuna and then the mid-week 39 hour brought in nearly ten as well. The weekend 39 hour had over two dozen kings and the mid-week had only around ten due to reduced numbers of anglers trolling not that they slowed down biting. Will McClure reported the kings circling the boat they were so aggressively feeding. The big mangrove snapper were biting strong on the mid-week 39 hour in the sixty mile range but the middle grounds mangrove bite was a little soft on the weekend 39 hour. Were catching the larger and more densely populated grouper and mangroves inside the grounds right now, but the jacks are still in the grounds biting well!
By Dylan and Capt Mark Hubbard
Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner
Dog leg key is super active with baby birds right now as nesting season has hit its peak. This is a perfect time to get out and see the baby birds before they grown in their juvenile feathers.
The local baby bald eagle has finally learned to fly and can be spotted doing short trips from his high nest and back.
Egmont key’s beach restoration has been completed and the final pieces of heavy equipment are being removed from the beach before the summer season.
Hubbard’s Marina has also started up our 11am dolphin trips that are running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. These are very unique early dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tours that guarantee dolphin sightings. However, advanced reservations become more important for these trips to ensure they are not cancelled the night before you arrive.
The water clarity is perfect this time of year for snorkeling. The water is also the perfect temperature now in the high 70’s. As the summer progresses the water will get as high as the mid to high 80’s allowing the clarity to decrease as more algae builds up in the water column.
Hubbard’s Marina is now offering a 9am shell key shelling trip from our main location inside Johns Pass. This trip is offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays till noon. It offers an hour on the island shelling, an hour ride down to the island in the back bays looking for dolphins, and a forty five minute ride back to JohnsPass along the beautiful beaches.
Hubbard’s Marina is now offering a 2pm ferry ride on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in addition to the daily ferry rides at 10 or 11am. The 2pm ferry offers a 2nd snorkeling trip which allows even more guests to enjoy this unique option.
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
May 1st we have a super light 44 hour full moon snapper slam coming up at Hubbard’s Marina. This trip will offer 25 hours of fishing time during the full moon. We will leave 10am Friday morning trolling on the way offshore. Bottom fishing starts around 9pm and doesn’t stop till 9pm the following night! This trip also offers a two day bag limit allowing you to keep twice your daily limit.
Red grouper bag limits will be cut in HALF may 7th. They will change the daily limit per angler from 4 red grouper down to 2 red grouper. To take advantage before this happens, hop on a 10 hour day trip or the 44 hour on May 1st!
May 29th we have another 44 hour full moon trip at Hubbard’s Marina. These are super unique and generally much lighter long range fishing trips to the Florida middle grounds and surrounding areas!
Want to try a 12 hour night trip? We have three of these unique night fishing trips during May. These all run from 7pm till 7am and offer 6-7 hours of bottom fishing time in 70-110 foot of water. We target mangrove snapper primarily but we also get grouper, kingfish and more! The first 12 hour night trip is May 1st. The second 12 hour night trip runs May 22nd and the third is on May 29th! Hope you can join us sometime soon for a unique fishing excursion.
PRICE CHANGE: $300 all inclusive now instead of $400. If you wanted to try offshore fishing in deepwater from a Kayak we do that too at Hubbard’s Marina! The next offshore ‘Yak-attack’ will be May 20th. This trip will be heading 25-40 miles from shore to drop a group of kayakers on a large wreck. You then can kayak between the multiple wrecks fishing for jacks, mangroves, sharks and more! The past few years this trip has been quite the hit, hope you can join! Only serious kayak anglers with lots of experience fishing from kayaks will be allowed to join these special offshore trips. If you want to go but don’t have lots of experience, come join us for inshore guided tours and build up that confidence level!
Ever wanted to try kayak fishing? Hubbard’s Marina offers kayak rentals at our beach cabana location and also at our main location inside Johns Pass. When you rent a kayak or paddleboard with us you have the option to go alone or with a guide. That guide could be a fishing guide or a sightseeing guide!
The first 63 hour of the year won’t be until May. However, in May we have TWO 63 hour trips for you to choose from the first is a mutton snapper special that will not fish the super deep waters but will be targeting the fat muttons that are heading north after spawning down south in the early spring. The second 63 hour of may will be deep water trip heading out to fish 600-900 foot of water for snowy, yellow edge, scamp, gag and many more types of grouper! Plus, the pelagic, tiles and all the other unique deep water species!
Allison’s favorite fish taco recipe
I hope you all enjoyed the Kles’ family recipe! This time I thought I’d share a super easy recipe using the ever abundant, year round catch, grey snappers. Following is my favorite for fish tacos! There are three elements to this dish and following are the ingredients for each.
1 lb. grey snapper fillets
½ cup fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. chili powder
4 cups thinly shredded red cabbage
½ cup sliced scallions
½ cup chopped cilantro 1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white vinegar
Salt to taste
½ cup sour cream
1½ tsp. minced chipotle chili in adobo sauce (you can find this in a small can in the ethnic section of your grocery)
1½ tsp. honey
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
Salt to taste
Start by marinating fish for ½ hour. In the meantime mix together the sauce and the slaw. After fish is marinated, simply sauté in a frying pan just until done and assemble in a flour tortilla; fish, then slaw, then sauce. You all are going to really love this light and refreshing meal, but remember our Galley motto, “EAT MORE FISH!”
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