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Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass

Inshore– Tom McDowell, a Madeira beach local, reported catching and seeing tons of sheepshead around the Johns pass bridge. He was using small pieces of shrimp with a 2ot hook and a small split-shot to hold his bait closer to the stricter in the bite zone of these crustacean eaters. Joe Haze, from St. Pete, was catching mackerel and jack crevalle on a silver spoon with a one ounce weight in front. Larry Johnson, from Pinellas Park, reported catching a monster snook from the north jetty of Johns Pass at sunrise with a buck tail Jig. He says they were feeding heavily on the white bait just on the inside of the fast moving water. Joe Matte, from Buffalo New York, was catching nice sized flounder inside the pass while fishing with dead whitebait on the bottom. Don’s Dock reported that anglers from their docks were catching gags, mangrove snapper and red fish on live green backs and shrimp! The whitebait is thick in our area now making the lure bite weak but the fish are hitting the white bait in seconds whether it’s alive or dead.


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Near shore– The red grouper are still feeding aggressively so they are getting hard to avoid. However, now that we have had a few fronts the gags are really coming in for us quickly and pushing some of those red grouper off the ledges. We are getting most of our gags in the 50-90 foot range but were seeing them shallower daily, and this trend will continue while the water cools. November is Captain Mark’s favorite month for gag fishing, but any month ending in ‘ER’ is best for gag grouper. The snapper bite recently has been hot partially in anticipation of the coming front that will have passed the day before you read this report. Remember, fish feed well up until the front but then shut down till barometer stabilizes again.

Offshore– The last long-range fishing trip at Hubbard’s Marina brought in lots of mangrove snapper. The grouper bite was soft due to the aggressive snapper, but it worked out well with some 10lb mangroves! The kingfish, cobia and blackfin tuna have been coming up while trolling and flat-lining offshore, so don’t forget the pelagic gear and a pitch pole. We are still running into the occasional mahi school offshore but that will end with the barrage of cold fronts until late this coming spring.

By Hubbard’s Marina
Dylan and Captain Mark Hubbard

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
Do you have your Christmas shopping completed? Don’t know what to get the fisherman or Dolphin enthusiast in your life? Hubbard’s Marina has the answer to your problems! We are offering $25 back for every $100 you spend on Gift certificates. Purchased gift certificates are good for anything in our shop and any trip with us including rentals. The free $25 certificates you get for every hundred spent are good for fare only. For example, spend $400 to get someone in your life tons of fun in the sun with us at Hubbard’s Marina and you get $100 for FREE good toward any trip. The 400$ certificate however is good for ANYTHING at Hubbard’s Marina including souvenirs in our shop, tackle, rods, reels, trips, rentals or anything else!

Want to try a specialty trip in 2015? Our specialty trip schedule will be posted to our website by the end of November sometime. When this happens, then you will be able to book any of our 12 hour night trips, 12 hour day trips, 39 hours, 44 hour full moon snapper trips, or 63 hour deep drop/pelagic trips! To see the 2014 specialty schedule, or to see where the 2015 schedule will be posted simply visit the specialty trips section of our website and then click Specialty trips schedule the green button on the top right hand side! Also, make sure all your fishing buddies are signed up for this weekly email so all your friends will hear about our specialty trips as well! You also have the option to forward this message to friends to ensure no one misses out on the important announcements.

We only have four more 39 hour overnight fishing trips this year! Two of them in the coming month of November on the 7th and 21st. These are both Friday trips that depart at 3pm and return at 6pm, and the December trips are the same. The December trips are on the 5th and the 19th. Gags close down December 3rd so hopefully you can join us this coming month! We still have mangrove snapper, porgies, vermillion, scamp, strawberries and many other fish to go after, plus the crowds are gone! Also, don’t forget that November is Captain Mark’s favorite month for gag grouper fishing, and it typically brings in some big grouper!

Hubbard’s marina is excited to announce we plan to offer some unique kayaking trips next year. We want to offer nature cruises, sightseeing, meditation, and island trips all from kayak and paddle boards with our experienced guides. Would you enjoy something like this? Give our kayak rentals a call to inquire about information and bookings. We can always schedule you privately or you can wait till a regularly scheduled trip!

If you plan to fish with us sometime soon, make sure to bring trolling and flat-lining tackle! The kingfish and mackerel are now rolling into the area and were picking them up on all our trips.

Reservations become imperative this time of year! If you do not have a reservation we cannot forecast our trips appropriately and we may end up canceling a trip you plan to do if you do not make your reservations. Also, once you have reservations if we have to cancel due to the cold fronts that will be starting soon we will be able to call and let you know or warn you of the adverse weather.

Contact Info:
727-393-1947 or Toll Free 1-800-755-0677
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