Hubbard’s Marina Fishing Report:
Inshore- Snook are still feeding best at night an hr or so before the tide goes slack. The tarpon seem to be getting scarce in the inshore waters, but there’s still some around for a late season silver king fight! The flounder will be picking up as the water cools, same with the sheepshead! The pompano will be slowing down a bit but you can still get a handful on the sunrise or sunset bite around the jetties and passes. Our favorite lure for pompano is the doc’s jig with a small teaser either attached to the lure or tied to the line a few inches above it. Trout are biting well on the flats, but as the water cools they will become more sluggish. Red fish are picking up the slack though, and the kayak anglers around the flats inshore have been doing well on slot sized fish. Our favorite lure for them is the D.O.A. shrimp or the gold spoons. Mackerel have started making their return around the passes and beaches, and kingfish won’t be far behind. We like using a 7/8th ounce Gotcha plug for these toothy critters with 20lb fluorocarbon leader to ensure they won’t bite trough your line.
Near shore- Mackerel and Kingfish are back on the near shore artificial wrecks and reefs. Kingfish are still a little thin but we expect a large push of fish to follow on the next full moon. The grouper bite around 90 feet is incredible. Our ten hour trip have been limiting out on the red grouper easily around this depth. We even picked up a cobia recently, but they will be thinning out as the cold fronts become more regular. The snapper bite has been finicky lately with the low pressure system looming off the east coast of Florida. Remember the cold front fishing techniques because soon enough you will start needed that, here’s to hoping for a light winter (knock on wood)!
Offshore- We haven’t been further than 30 or so miles from shore recently due to our 39 hour boat being in Dry dock. However, we got a report from the commercial fishing fleet and they say the grouper bite is steady around the middle grounds. The mangroves have slowed a bit but are still holding steady. Porgies and vermillion have been the most active feeding heavily around structure. The kingfish have become plentiful around the structure and bait schools.
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