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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report (May 12)

Inshore: Mark Tanner, from St. Pete, is tearing up the pompano from the jetties of Johns Pass. He’s using live or dead shrimp on a knocker style rig and casting straight west in the early to midmorning catch great numbers of nice pompano. His largest so far is nearly 20 inches! Mr. Tanner also caught some nice flounder using this same technique as well. He was not the only one who reported catching pompano from the Johns Pass Jetties. Bryan Phillips, from Zephyrhills, was also catching nice pompano late morning using live shrimp on a sabiki style rig. Christian Saxe, from Seminole, not only caught pompano and sea trout he also caught a 43 inch snook just north of the jetty from Madeira Beach just before sunset. He was using a six inch live blue runner for bait when that monster snook nailed his live bait and went for a monster run into the surf! Harrison “Pops” Whyte was fishing with his wife Dorothy from the jetty of Johns Pass fishing into the pass catching plenty of nice whiting on shrimp or squid. Elmer turner, Sue Mongan, and Bredon Dwan were also all catching plenty of whiting inside the pass on shrimp. The water is clear, the white bait was scarce, but the bite has improved quite a bit reports Sue Mongan and her friends that fish with her from St. Pete beach and North Reddington beach!


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Photo: Beautiful hogfish from the 5 hour half day at Hubbard's Marina

Near shore: The hogfish bite has slowed a bit as of late, but were still getting nice mangroves using shrimp near shore on the 5 hour half day and 10 hour all day. The occasional hogfish is still coming up on the party boat, but the private charters have been the main ones getting nice hog catches. The kingfish bite is doing well nearshore they seem to be more prolific and aggressive in the 12-15 mile or further areas, but mackerel seem to be everywhere. The near shore artificial wrecks and reefs are loaded with the whitebait recently. Blackfin tuna are pushing into the near shore waters as the loop current creeps further and further near shore. We have caught two nice blackfin tuna on recent 10 hour all day fishing trips aboard the party boats while flat lining for kingfish!

Offshore: Last weekend’s 39 hour did very well on the mangrove snapper, it’s definitely mangrove snapper peak season. They are coming in large and often in the deeper waters offshore. The amberjack bite was steady but it was tough wading through the more aggressive small jacks to get to the true monsters unless you were using the correct set up and bait. When it comes to amberjack, bigger is always better! This means 2-5lb bait and at least a 9ot reel or two speed 80 wide with 80-150lb test paired with a very heavy 150-200lb leader and 12-14ot hook. This type of set up guarantees a larger jack will bite and you may have a shot to land him using this appropriate tackle!

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Captain Jack’s dolphin corner: The rays are starting to show up in the area, if you visit us for an Egmont key ferry ride you have a great chance to spot large schools of these rays traveling in and out of Tampa bay! Also, be careful on our shelling trip or Egmont key trips to do the stingray shuffle to be sure to avoid these guys while wading our beautiful gulf beaches!

The water is so clear right now inside Johns Pass, Boca Ceiga bay and out around Fort de Soto and Egmont key it’s been a great time to enjoy our beautiful local waters! Come join us for a fun filled relaxing cruise on our crystal clear local waters around Johns pass, Madeira Beach!

Manatees are prolific right now we’re seeing plenty of them in our local waters, just this week one day we saw manatees on every dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour which is very unique for any time of year. This is a great sign to see such large numbers of these docile creatures. We have even had a handful come cruising by Hubbard’s Marina to visit us at the dock.

The recent newborn dolphin to our area were spotted playing in a herd together recently during the Hubbard’s Marina dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour! So awesome to see these young dolphin learning how to hunt and socialize in large groups of beautiful dolphin.

Just this past week we saw the dolphins playing with a monster snook, and by playing we mean they were playing catch with this trophy gamefish. No one must have told our local dolphins that the FWC closed snook season.

We just recently witnessed a beautiful brood of roseate spoonbills at dog leg key. Most years their nests are tucked so far into the mangroves they are hard to spot but this year there’s two nest with juvenile spoonbills right on the edge of the mangroves making spotting these light pink juveniles very easy!

We had quite the unique and rare sight this week on the way to Egmont key from Fort Desoto, we witnessed a green sea turtle making its way out to Egmont key which is so awesome and special. These turtles have become so rare it was quite a pleasure to witness a healthy one in the wild heading to the island to lay eggs.

Our sunset cruise with free beer and wine is now a daily cruise once again as the weather gets nicer! Join us sometime soon for a fun filled trip and a beautiful view of the sunset. It’s the best bar on the water guaranteed! For more info on the sunset cruise, visit this link:

Upcoming at Hubbard’s Marina

Wanted to tell you all more about our special event were holding this Saturday. Check this out, Hubbard’s Marina is teaming up with some local charity organizations for a fun filled feel good event. Fit4Truth is a veteran-founded, non-profit youth outreach organization dedicated to providing personal development workshops and exciting retreats for foster children. Fit4Truth is proud to partner with Hubbard’s Marina and Post 911Veterns to offer 60 foster kids a unique, motivational day on the water and on Shell Key Preserve (just off the coast near Fort Desoto). The goal of the event is to teach leadership skills, effective communication, healthy competition, physical fitness, goal setting, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution and environmental education in one fun afternoon on the island. The children will learn these skills from current and former Military members while Fishing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, embarking on a Scavenger hunt and participating in Teambuilding exercises. “We’ve created a safe environment to playfully challenge our children. These kids have a reservoir of strength inside of them. We are fortunate enough to create an environment to watch it unfold,” says Beau Blouin, Founder of Fit4Truth.

Saturday May 21st at 1pm Captain Mark Hubbard and Dylan Hubbard will be offering a FREE seminar on red snapper fishing at the Tampa Bass Pro shops! Join them at 1pm to learn the best techniques to ensure you come home with a limit of these great eating and limited time snapper. They will not only be covering red snapper techniques but also much more, and if you would like to come with questions they will cater their seminar to what you want to hear! Plus, they will be doing a FREE raffle and if you attend the entire seminar you will have the chance to win a free 10 hour all day fishing trip if you win the raffle! Don’t forget to check out the Tampa Bass pro shops Facebook page and give them a like from all of us at Hubbard’s Marina since they were nice enough to add us to their pro staff team!

RED SNAPPER SEASON IS ALMOST HERE AND HUBBARD’S MARINA HAS 46 DAYS! You read that right red snapper season starts June first and runs until July 17th at 12:01am. This means you have 46 days to join us for a 12 hour day trip, 39 hour or the special 44 hour to target red snapper! We also have TONS of private charter options and the Flying HUB 1 will be ready for action! Don’t forget the Flying HUB 2 is on its way expected early June. Also, the HUB can do red snapper too at the lowest price but it just takes more time to get out there leaving you with less fishing time than if you were to book the Flying HUB 1. Also, we always have the Mrs. HUB if you wanted to fish for red snapper in high class! All our boats have special federal permits allowing us this longer 46 day season!

Check out our UPDATED specialty schedule to see the BRAND NEW 12 and 39 hour trips we have added to make more room for more interested guests to fish for red snapper:

Don’t forget that Hubbard’s Marina offers a very wide variety of private charters along with our party boat options. Many people don’t realize how many different boats and options we offer for these private excursions. At Hubbard’s Marina we have 4 smaller fishing vessels for charter than can take 1-6, 7-14 or 14-24 plus we have two large party boats that can allow 17-110 so no matter what your groups size and no matter where or how they want to fish or cruise we have the perfect charter options for you and your group no matter your size! Check out the options at this link, and fill out the form to get your very own detailed quote based on exactly what you’d like included and what you’d like to target:

We have one last 39 hour overnight trip in the month of May and this will be the FIRST trip for red snapper and gags, don’t miss your shot at 20 hours of bottom fishing time a 100 miles from shore! May 31st we have these special long range party boat trips they are very fun and unique hope you get a shot to get ‘hooked’ on deep water fishing at Hubbard’s Marina! To learn more about the trip, check out the updated site:

Want to try out our unique 44 hour full moon trip? This trip offers a full night of fishing on a full moon rather than the partial night of fishing time the 39 hour offers. The next 44 hour is coming up is going out fishing on May 20th at 10am. This trip gives you around 25-26 hours bottom fishing time and tons of daytime trolling on the way out to the bottom fishing areas. Here’s the link to learn more about the trip before you call to book it up!

The next 63 hour deep drop pelagic trip at Hubbard’s Marina is coming up on August 11th, if you want a shot to join us book now. We are going to be heading out 150 miles from Johns Pass but never more than 100 miles from shore. The targeted depth to start is 300 foot for mutton snapper, mangroves, red grouper and black grouper. Then we will be working out to around 700-800 foot for snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, tilefish, deep water snapper and more unique deep water species before trolling back north to hit more deep water wrecks. To see more about these trips, check out the video on our new 63 hour deep drop pelagic trip page on the brand new website here’s the link:

Captain Charlie Conner
Fish Tales Charter
Johns Pass