Inshore- The inshore fishing this week has been hit and miss, the recent rain has the intercostal pretty brown with fresh water mixing with the saltwater especially with the outbound tides. Due to this sudden low salinity level it makes the fish get a little shocked, but they were feeding well on the incoming saltier tides. Also, during the brown water tides on the outgoing the sheepshead seemed a bit more active and many nice sheeps were caught. The weather also got the water temperatures a little lower as the fresh rainwater was cooler than the hot saltwater along the beaches.
Near shore- The near shore snapper bite has been going very well, were catching nice boat loads of grey snapper, porgies and seabass on our half day trips. Hogfish are a little picky this past week but were still catching a handful here and there. Red grouper are biting well now, but you have to search for them in the deeper near shore waters still. Seems they are hard to come by in large groups shallower than 100 foot of water. Cobia are still around the area and were seeing some nice ones cruising the surface near shore, don’t forget your pitch rods. They love a tail hooked pinfish on 50lb floro and a 3ot circle.
Offshore- The water is hot offshore right now, still a few wahoo around and some kings here and there but the tuna are becoming harder and harder to find. Grouper action is going well but we are finding them deeper than 150 foot of water. The snapper bite is still going well, but they are a little picky lately especially when the water isn’t moving well. It takes a good soak to get the fish moving out of the ledge and ready to feed. If you want more offshore fishing tips and tricks, join Capt. Dylan Hubbard at Bass pro shops Saturday August 19th at 2pm! For more on his upcoming seminar check out the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/135230313740565
Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news
How would you like to be picked up by a friendly captain, on a comfortable boat, right in your own backyard? With Tampa Bay Ferry, you can hop on board, go out to eat, explore a historical site, enjoy John’s pass, or just cruise around the bay.
Every week from Wednesday to Sunday, you or your guests can experience the best of our community, all from the comfort of our waterways. We pick up right behind your properties and drop off at attractions in Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, and St. Petersburg.
And you can’t beat the price. Eat, explore, shop, or cruise, all for one low price! Don’t miss the most affordable boat ride in town.
The Madeira beach water taxi service is running strong and is ready to take you and your family and friends around town by water! If you haven’t tried this fantastic mode of transportation yet you are missing out. Plus, it’s less than $20 to ride a boat for 12hrs straight TWO DAYS IN A ROW! That’s 24hrs of boating for less than a dollar an hour… what a deal! Plus, if you’re a Madeira beach resident you get half off that already rock bottom price since the City of Madeira beach has worked so hard to provide this great option to its citizens.
We are very pet friendly on the Madeira beach water taxi, plus you can pack your cooler with your favorite drinks too! It’s always a relaxing ride, and you can enjoy it how you see fit with as few or as many of your friends as you want the boat can hold up to 49 passengers. In addition, we even offer private party taxi service for your next dinner party we can come to the house or hotel and pick up your entire group to take you to the after party or on the water for a relaxing cruise.
The Madeira beach water taxi is still running five days (weather permitting) a week Wednesday until Sunday 10am-10pm and we have updated our website, check out the new look: http://www.tampabayferry.com/madeira-beach-taxi-route/
There’s tons of stuff to do while catching a ride with the Madeira beach water taxi, check out all the things to do: http://www.tampabayferry.com/things-to-do/
Captain Jack’s dolphin corner
Lots of baby dolphins in the area right now, nearly a half dozen babies! Come join us at Hubbard’s Marina for a fun filled dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour with guaranteed dolphin sightings.
Manatees have also made the occasional visit to our dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour boat. It’s awesome time of year to visit our relaxing cruises.
On a recent shell island shelling trip we found a half dozen baby sea turtle hatchlings that were floundering on the beach at shell key. We ended up collecting the hatchlings to bring them to the sea turtle experts at Clearwater marine aquarium for rehabilitation and release.
Sea turtle action around Egmont key is very prolific, were seeing lots of loggerhead sea turtles moving to and from Egmont key and fort de Soto areas. Also, there’s a ton of sea turtle nests along the gulf beaches and our local islands so be sure to be weary while walking the beach.
Want to learn more about dolphins this winter? Check out the new great Johns Pass dolphin facts series on our Hubbard’s Marina YouTube channel to check out to see them all watch our dolphin playlist here: https://goo.gl/2mYjX2
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
We have a super light 39 hour leaving at 3pm on August 11th, this is 20 hours of fishing time 70-100 miles from shore plus you get a two day bag limit! Right now we have less than 20 anglers going fishing so it’s a great trip to join if you want a chance to have some elbow room on one of our long range specialty fishing trips.
The 12 hour extreme trips aboard the Flying HUB 2 are running Wednesday, Friday and Sunday through August and were currently running very light on those trips too! It’s a great trip offering 7-8hrs fishing time in the 39 and 44 hour fishing areas. For more info on this special trip check out this page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/12-hour-extreme-aboard-flying-hub-2/
Want a chance to win a FREE 10hr all day trip? Join Captain Dylan Hubbard at the Tampa Bass pro shops for a chance to win a FREE 10hr all day after his FREE seminar on offshore fishing tips and tricks! This upcoming seminar is going to be held Saturday August 19th at 2pm, here’s more info please SHARE with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/135230313740565
Want a Chance to win a FREE 39 hour or 12hr extreme? Join the Tampa Bay Fishing club meet and greet at EG Simmons County Park Sunday August 6th. This event is open to the public, and the raffle they are holding will have tons of prizes and is benefiting charity! Plus, they will have free food, fun, games, and drinks too! Check out more info at the Tampa bay fishing club Facebook page or check out their event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1273701912749413
We have changed around a lot of stuff on our website, you should check out the added material on our FAQs page to further explain bait options, best spots on the boat, rod rental options and lots more helpful information to hopefully help first time anglers with us have a more quality experience. To see the changes, check out the FAQs: https://hubbardsmarina.com/faqs/
Gag grouper also open up June first and remain open until the end of 2017 so get ready for some big grouper fishing action with us at Hubbard’s Marina.
If you have not renewed yet for 2017, please do so before booking your 2017 trips and you definitely want to get it done before January first. If you do not, we will be changing you to the FREE Johns Pass club which does not give you benefits you’re used to. Once in this club, you can always upgrade again to a paid club but if you book using your number while it’s a FREE Johns Pass membership you will not have your discount tied properly to your trips so get renewed before you book!
Captains Mark and Dylan Hubbard
Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306