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Hubbard’s Marina Fishing News (4/7)

Inshore: The sheepshead bite has been great the past few days with the dirty water, they love cut pieces of shrimp and small pieces of oyster. The snook bite has been a little tougher since the muddy water blew in with the recent bad weather but they are still moving through the passes on their way to the beaches. The best bite continues to be at night when the tide is moving through our passes. Redfish are starting to be more active as were seeing the big bulls come in on the oyster bars of the back bays. Our favorite baits for them are super light tackle and a gold casting spoon, or a soft plastic with a super light jig head. They are a bit spookier this time of year so sight casting to them is necessary that’s why lighter tackle is important so you won’t spook them as you cast close to their holes.

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Nearshore: The weather has stopped us from fishing the past few days but before the weather went bad on us the fishing was great in the early part of the week. The hogfish bite is still steady, but has slowed a little as the water warms they tend to spread out on us. However, we got some new Super Shrimps chum from Aquatic Nutrition that has helped us keep them biting. The kingfish are still around and this recent cold front should keep them around since the water temps are staying in the right range, but it will slow their movement onto the beaches. Red grouper starting to move in still, we hope this recent cold front won’t stop their progress into shallower waters.

Offshore: The latest 39 hour at Hubbard’s Marina did very well on the grouper we had plenty of big scamp and fat red grouper since the deep water closure has ended. This allows us to go out to any depth and fish for those deeper water scamp and still be able to keep them. We’re finding extra big red grouper in that same deep water as well. Besides the grouper, the snapper bite went very well too with some monster mangroves coming up. We even caught one mangrove near the 12lb mark towards the end of this recent 39 hour long range overnight trip! Unfortunately weather has made us cancel today’s 44 hour but we have a super light 39 hour leaving Tuesday that should do very well on some big grouper, fat mangroves and plenty of the other great eating species still open.

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Captain Charlie Conner
Fish Tales Charter
Johns Pass
Email: [email protected]