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Johns Pass

Inshore– Blake Duncan from St Petersburg was fishing the beach behind Hubbard’s Marina and under the Johns Pass Bridge with his buddy and they were nailing big mangrove snapper and nice mackerel using live greenbacks. The snook bite has been hot in the early morning hours. Joey Drew and Dylan Hubbard caught ten or more snook in a few minutes before loading our half day the other day using live pigfish on hand lines. Michael Thomas from St Petersburg was fishing around the dock using a D.O.A. shrimp and caught a monster bull redfish that was over 45 inches! Many anglers fishing the beach behind the marina were also catching red fish during the day on the outgoing tide using live shrimp. Keegan Hughes from Kentucky was fishing under the bridge with his brothers using greenbacks catching ladyfish and flounder. The flounder were biting right along the sandy drop off as the tide pulled his shrimp into the strike zone. The whitebait seems to be the thickest at first light then moves out into the gulf as the sun rises. Few tarpon are left in the bay but they are thinning out as more head into the gulf and south for the winter.


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Photo: Kingfish are starting to get closer and closer. –

Near shore– The kingfish are starting to get closer and closer were hooking up with big ones just a mile from shore now while trolling out on the half day trips. The mackerel are being caught often even while bottom fishing. The grey snapper bite has been really hot the past few days on hard bottom. Hogfish are still biting occasionally on the live shrimp we got some big ones on the all day this past Tuesday. The gags are slowly coming in but we expect them to get much more concentrated after the first few hard cold fronts and once the stone crab traps are set out in force. These stone crab traps are a great bait holder for trolling too. You can troll easily down the crab pot lines just be careful not to hook them, but they hold white bait on the lines and that holds the mackerel and kings too. Also, during stone crab season check each buoy for triple tail since we will see more of them closer to shore with more places to hide.

Offshore– The recent 39 hour at Hubbard’s Marina did very well in the offshore waters. The kingfish were thick on our trolling gear on the way out and between spots. We even had a few blackfin tuna caught while trolling too. The tuna are loving the x-rap diving lures in the blue water. The gag grouper bite went very well for us too on this recent trip. We lost some huge gags to the bottom but we boated quite a few nice ones along with plenty of scamp grouper too. The big yellowtail snapper came up in force on this recent trip we caught many in the 3-6lb range and the largest was nearly 7lbs. Mangrove snapper cooperated well for us too on this recent trip typically they slow down when the water cools but they have been steady for now. The HUB did a few long range private charters this past week and they have been doing great. We had a monster wahoo hooked up on the HUB but it bit through the wire leader meant for kingfish before we got him on board. The HUB did catch some big mangroves, fat gags, blackfin tuna, and tons more great fish!

Written by: Capt. Mark and Dylan Hubbard

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