Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Johns Pass

Inshore– The Flounder and sheepshead are starting to get more prolific and aggressive thanks to the cooling waters, but the mackerel are still holding out not wanting to leave the local area. The Snook bite remains steady as plenty of live bait has been pouring in our local passes and cuts we see the most action at night but throughout the day as long as the water is moving we are hooking up. Erick Soto from Tampa was fishing with his girlfriend Tara Jimenez from the north Jetty of Johns Pass on the tail end of the incoming tide catching Flounder and sharks on dead shrimp weighted to bottom. Sam Park and Emilee Leisten both from Tampa as well were fishing the western tip of the north jetty on the stronger outgoing tide catching Mackerel, flounder, trout and even a redfish using live green backs free lined or with small split shots. Jim Miller from Largo was fishing under the Johns Pass Bridge casting west into the pass catching plenty of flounder, speckled trout and even some mackerel using live greenies free lined into the current. Will McClure and Tyson Angel both from Pinellas park were fishing the Hubbard’s Marina dock using pieces of shrimp to nail the mangroves and sheepshead close to the pilings. The winter time bite is here, the flounder and sheepshead will only get thicker and more aggressive in the coming weeks!

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Allen Miller from Orlando showing off a big hogfish. hubbardsmarina.com

Near shore– The kingfish are typically making their way south by the time the water is hitting the low seventies, but this year they seem to be hanging around our near shore waters a bit longer even though the water temp has been as low as seventy degrees most of the time now near shore. We did catch a few nice ones this past few weeks, but they are few and far between for sure mostly in the 50-80 foot range around the artificial reefs or bait schools holding to the hard bottom or other super structures. The cobia are also being spotted often near shore were getting them more frequently on the HUB since it’s more of a stealthy fishing vessel. They are easily sight fished with a free lined live bait or sardine chunk, but they will not bite wire. The hogfish bite is still going really well in the 30-70 foot range on live shrimp or fiddler crabs. Triple tail are thick along the near shore flotsam or crab buoys they love live shrimp or pieces of sardines flipped to them but it takes 15-20lb floro since they are leader shy and skittish fish. The grey snapper bite is still going strong when the weather is nice they are non-stop but the cold fronts do take their effect so you want to be sure you’re watching those weather patterns, or contacting us through our Facebook or email to let us help you keep your eye on the best weather and fishing days!

Offshore– We have not been offshore lately at Hubbard’s Marina since our recent 39 hour had to be canceled due to weather. The strong east breeze has been okay for near shore fishing but out past the 40-60 mile mark the weather has been a bit nuts with 10-12 foot waves for nearly a week’s time! Even the local commercial fleet came back to shore for cover which is a true sign the weather is getting bad offshore. However, during 2016 we plan to have a more thorough and detailed and updated offshore report thanks to the two new go fast charter boats. These boats will allow us to do 70-100 mile charters in a single day’s time so we can continue to conquer our local offshore fishery! Stay tuned for more details and photos, 2016 looks like another to be a bad year to be a fish at Hubbard’s Marina.

Written by: Captain Mark and Dylan Hubbard

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