Fishing ReportsWest-Central

Johns Pass

Inshore– Angelo Rivera, from Largo, caught a monster redfish under the Johns Pass bridge using a four inch power bait pogie at night. Scott Watkins was fishing under the Johns Pass Bridge as well with his family and friends using live green backs and he was catching plenty of Flounder, Mackerel and Jack crevalle. Dave Morgan, from Ontario, was using live whitebait fishing the north Jetty of Johns Pass when he caught a 30 inch snook and lots of big mackerel. Owen and Jill peoples from Seminole were catching pompano and ladyfish from the north jetty of Johns Pass using live shrimp for bait. Mark Crawford, a local of Pinellas County was catching flounder, redfish and mackerel on an outgoing tide from the western tip of the north jetty of Johns Pass. Mark Crawford as reported he was having some of the best fishing he’s seen in years around this time of year he was very happy about the action and said the redfish were the most fun to catch.


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Photo: Redfish caught on a Hubbard's Marina boat. –

Near shore– The mackerel bite on the beaches and near shore is really hot right now but especially hot in the early to mid morning time. Once the sea breeze picks up it seems to shut down the mackerel feeding. The whitebait schools are thick near shore and were finding big balls of bait all over the near shore waters and on the near shore wrecks. Triple tails are back in the area hiding under the crab trap buoys and they love to take live shrimp or chunks of sardines. Bonito are thick near shore right now and even pushing into Tampa bay waters. Big mangrove snapper are biting well right now near shore in the thirty to sixty foot range and they love to eat sardine plugs or live shrimp. Gags are starting to move in closer but as the water cools they will even get thicker and more aggressive. Also, once the crab traps are set out for stone crabs starting on the 15th of October they act as huge chum blocks attracting these aggressive grouper even closer to our shores.

Offshore– Our recent 39 hour trip at Hubbard’s Marina had some rough weather to deal with but this didn’t stop Captain Bryon Holland from filling the boxes with nice fish. We got around thirty or so nice big red grouper before they closed. Also got some nice fat gags even one in the nearly 20lb range and tons more that weren’t landed due to break offs. Scamp bit well for us too and we got around two dozen of them as well. The mangrove snapper bite was steady for us and we got some big boys in the 120 foot range. The porgies were also biting well during this past weekend and we got some monster porgies one was even as large as 10lbs. We also got kingfish and tuna for our pelagic species while trolling and on flat lines.

Written by: Capt. Mark and Dylan Hubbard

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