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Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass Fishing

Inshore– The sheepshead are really starting to become plentiful around Johns pass. Dylan Hubbard and his friends were fishing Johns Pass Bridge around the pilings catching big sheeps on small pieces of shrimp with 1ot hooks and split shots. At slack tide the mangrove snapper became dominant at the bridge snapping up our shrimp before it had a chance to sink to the sheepshead further down the pilings. The red fish were a little thinner this past week inside Johns pass but the trout have made a comeback into the area reports Captain John Skinner who fishes the flats inside the pass regularly from his Hobie kayak and paddleboards. Don’s dock reports that snook are still biting well at night, but have also thinned out due to the cooler weather. The full moon will also cause the fish and bait to spread out since they don’t have to group up around the dock lights. However, a new moon when it’s chilly will load up local dock lights not only for warmth but also for the bait attracting lights as well! Just keep in mind when it’s cool to work your artificial slower because the fish will be more sluggish and typically deeper in the water column.


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Near shore– The grey snapper and grouper have pushed in close recently. On our half day trips if we go past ten miles or so we notice we will pass the grey snapper and run into more scamp and porgies. The red grouper and gags have become a nuisance in most cases since they are hard to avoid due to their high numbers close to shore and even inshore in some cases! Hogfish luckily have not closed this year in federal waters and we are picking up quite a few daily as the water cools. They are loving the live shrimp, and if you use a smaller hook with fluorocarbon its even easier to get them chewing.

Offshore– Our 39 hour this past weekend tore up the big snapper! The large mangrove snapper was nearly 9lbs again and second and third place wasn’t too much behind. We also had some monster porgies and plentiful kingfish. The kings were hitting the trolling tackle mostly but we did get a large one while flat-lining as well. The beeliners were hot this trip and we brought in nearly 300 of them! Check out our Facebook page for photos and videos from this recent successful fishing trip with Hubbard’s marina!

Captain Jack’s dolphin corner

The cooler weather has brought the gopher tortoise of Egmont key out of their burrows for some relaxing time in the sun. This time of year it’s easy to spot this unique tortoise since they are typically slow moving and sprawled out in the sunny areas inland at Egmont Key. Come join our daily ferry boat from Fort De Soto’s bay pier and we will take you out to spot these unique creatures. Also, we have two bald eagles out at Egmont key for the first time in Decades and they are still waiting for them to nest.

The dolphins are still feasting on the local mullet which means they are in large groups traveling close together through the back bays where the mullet gather like around structure and fresh water springs and bayous! The dolphins will also follow the mullet out into the Gulf of Mexico so we sometimes spot large herds heading out the bridge to try and ball up the mullet on the sandbars before they can escape the pass into the safer deeper water.

The local sea birds are getting ready to roost and the mating plumage is on its way. The next few months will be a perfect time to try a dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour since you will be able to watch these birds in their courtship practices and you will get to see the ornate displays our wildlife dawns to attract their mates! Plus, our sunset cruise this time of year offers a unique perspective of dog leg key just before dusk when the seabirds are returning from their day of hunting. This is a great opportunity to watch their social interaction and their great colorful displays!

Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina

We only have one more 39 hour overnight fishing trip this year! The last 39 hour trip for 2014 will happen next Friday December 19th. Gags will be closed during this trip, 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 15th of December. Once the schedule is posted, then our online reservations will go live again and our phones will be open to take 2015 specialty trip reservations!

January 2nd we will have a 44 hour full moon snapper slam! We will leave the dock Friday January second at 10am to head out 100 miles for more than 24 hours of fishing time. Thanks to leaving early we will start fishing by around 9pm Friday night and you will get to fish until around 9pm Saturday night with a two day bag limit! This means you have an opportunity to slam the big mangrove snapper, yellow tail, porgies, and much more! Also, red grouper and amberjack will re-open January 1st 2015 so you will get to keep them again on this January 2nd 44 hour full moon snapper slam!

January 16th 2015 will be the first 39 hour fishing trip of 2015! The red grouper and jacks will be re-opened for this trip too so we will target them and the plentiful snapper! This 39 hour trip will depart Friday January 16th, 2014 at 3pm from Hubbard’s marina to head 100 miles offshore to fish 120-200 foot with a two day bag limit. We start fishing around 1-2am and fish until around 8-9pm the next night. Typically you end up with approximately 20 hours or so of fishing time!

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?


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