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Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass Fishing

Inshore– Eli Gardner, from St. Petersburg, reported catching some flounder with his buddies from the north jetty of Johns Pass. They were using shrimp on the bottom with small split shots and 3ot hooks. Rebecca Nester, from St. Louis, and her husband were fishing from the jetty as well and reported catching some beautiful Pompano, bonnet head shark, and a hammer head shark from the beach just north of the jetty using whitebait and live shrimp with bobbers between the first and second sandbars. Wilmer Rosado, from Wesley Chapel also report catching some nice pompano using shrimp. Rafael Miranda, from Ocala, and his family were fishing from the tip of the jetty using white bait and were catching nice mackerel before the last front.


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Near shore– The snapper and grouper are biting well near shore. The gags have really pushed in close. Captain Anthony aboard our private charter boat, the Hub, has been catching a half dozen gags or more each half day charter. When they have more time they are nearing their daily limits! Our half day boat is doing great with the grey snapper and a few hogfish when the weather cooperates. It’s all about cold front timing this time of year.

Offshore– Our 63 hour returned this past Sunday with a full limit of grouper! We brought in 140 big grouper to be exact. They were large gags, yellowedge, kitty mitchells, scamp, and snowies. We also brought in a good amount of Blackfin tuna as well. Plus, large porgies were brought in, long tailed bass, blue tilefish, and plenty of other unique deep-water fish! We have one more 39 hour before the gags close that leaves today, check in on our Facebook Sunday to see how they do!

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

The cooler weather that our cold fronts have brought into our area have started a serious migration of seabirds and shore birds. The most unique and spectacular species that move into our local area are the large white pelicans. They will spend the winter months here enjoying the beautiful Florida weather with us till early spring marks their return back north. We also have some unique shorebirds here as well that Captain Jack and Lani would happily point out on your next Dolphin watching Nature cruise and Eco tour with Hubbard’s Marina!

The cooler weather also brings lower tides making our inshore waters very frigid. This makes the local manatees heard up and move north into the temperate springs for the remained of the winter. We still spot a few but it’s rare during the cooler months.

Captain Sean and Captain Jack noticed a unique occurrence the past few days. The smaller pods of dolphins seem to be coming together to make larger herds of 10-15 for some reason. We have reached out to our local dolphin guru to try and find the reason for next week’s dolphin corner. However, this unique gathering has really made our tours fun since they seem to be extra playful and easier to spot and follow in higher numbers.

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

We only have two more 39 hour overnight fishing trips this year! The first is December 5th and the second is on the 19th of December. Gags will be closed during these trips, but we still have mangrove snapper, porgies, vermillion, scamp, strawberries and many other fish to go after, plus the crowds are gone!

Want to try a specialty trip in 2015? Our specialty trip schedule will be posted to our website by the first or second week of December. 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.

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!

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!

We also have TWO offshore kayak trips coming up spring 2015! Think you could handle kayak fishing in 100 plus foot of water?

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.


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727-393-1947 or Toll Free 1-800-755-0677
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