Inshore- The snook are still biting well inside the pass the rain didn’t slow them down a bit! During the weather the snook were hungry. Captain Joe was handling from the dock and the snook were coming to the surface as the pigfish hit the water to fight over who was going to get to slurp it up, was quite the sight but was over as quickly as it began. The big red fish were active around the flats, we had some kayak anglers launch from our beach to go fish around dog leg key’s oyster bars and they hammered some big slob bull reds on live finger mullet.
Near shore- The rainy weather seemed to have shut down the bite a little during the storm but now that it has passed the fish are foaming. Yesterday we had a 10 hour all day go out there and tore it up with red grouper, seabass, mangroves, hogfish, porgies, and tons of grey snapper. During the rain it was tough to get on the fish as the multiple storms kept the anchor heading constantly shifting and variable winds made choosing the right anchor scope difficult but now that the beautiful weather has settled back in we look forward to a great weekend offshore.
Offshore- The bite is steady offshore, even though the rainy weather the big grouper were biting well. This recent Mid-week 39 hour had a great push of gag grouper. They were thick out there some even caught their two day limits of gag grouper before the sun rose! The mangroves were a little slower than they have been through the summer but they were large. The mangrove spawn is definitely coming to a close offshore, but they will continue biting throughout the year just their aggressiveness dies down a bit in the cooler months. The big cobia are still around too we caught a monster forty plus pound model. The big kinds are still around too a big 35lb king hit a troller as we moved areas. This past weekend trip was very similar to the mid-week trip too with big grouper, picky big mangroves, tuna and the occasional kingfish. We have a 63 hour deep drop pelagic trip out now, hopefully they return Sunday morning with some epic fish stay tuned to see the catch! Check out our latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos
Want to read the past reports? Check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Captain Jack’s dolphin corner
The dolphins around Boca Ceiga bay have been playful lately, the baby dolphins are now socializing in the larger groups and enjoying jumping in the wakes, and playing catch with their food! If you would like to see the dolphins up close and personal check out the Hubbard’s Marina dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour: https://hubbardsmarina.com/dolphin-watching-cruises/
Ever wanted to try a Paddleboard fitness class? Hubbard’s Marina is working with a company called ‘sea strength’ to offer these awesome classes. You can check out Sea strength on Facebook, Instagram or their website. They offer reservations to their classes at 9am Saturday and Sunday and if it becomes popular we plan to add weekday classes as well! Hope you get a chance to try it out, here’s their page: https://www.facebook.com/SeaStrength
Egmont key’s wildfire was quickly contained and under control. It did get a fairly large section of the island but it has since reopened to guests and we expect the island to make a full recovery soon.
If you’d rather sneak up on the local wildlife while staying close to the water and really getting to enjoy the area at your own pace, check out the Hubbard’s Marina Kayaks or paddleboards. These allow you to see the sea in your own unique ways! We will point out the bird nesting islands, the mangroves, and the grass beds you can explore and view from your very own watercraft. For more information and a helpful video, check out our rentals page: https://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-rental-information/
If you love to shell, explore, and enjoy a day at the island? Join us for some shelling fun on Egmont key or Shell key! We run daily ferry rides out to Egmont key via the fort de soto ferry ride. If you don’t want to drive to fort de soto, or can’t make it that far come to Hubbard’s Marina for our special 3 hour shelling trip to shell key island! Either trip offers great shelling, exploring, beautiful views, and tons of swimming options! Here’s the cruise options we offer at Hubbard’s Marina, we recommend you try them all! https://hubbardsmarina.com/sunset-dolphin-cruises-gulf-beaches-florida/
The weather has been perfect lately for our snorkeling excursion while on the island paradise at Egmont key! The snorkeling trip happens around mid-day and anyone who rode our ferry to the island is welcome to hop on board for only $15. Once on the trip to the snorkeling area we take you 150 or so yards from the initial drop off point to snorkel in 10-15 foot of water 50 or so yards from the beach. If you need to rent gear its only $5 or your welcome to bring your own gear. We snorkel on the ruins of Fort Dade that have been washed to sea by island erosion. This is great fun for any confident swimmers, and for more info check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/snorkeling-tours-tampabay/
Upcoming up at Hubbard’s Marina
Want to join Hubbard’s Marina for some fishing seminar fun? Next Bass pro shops seminar is being held August 28th at 1pm discussing Offshore fishing basics. Plus, we will always answer questions that the fans have and tailor our seminar to what you guys want to hear. Also, we always give away a FREE 10 hour fishing trip to one lucky fan in attendance. For more information, check them out on Facebook and give them a LIKE from all of us at Hubbard’s Marina: https://www.facebook.com/BassProShopsBrandonFL
The NEW schedule is HERE! Check out the schedule at this link below and let’s get you all set up for some fishing fun! We have Flying HUB 2 twelve hour day trips to the 39 hour area while the 39hr fishing boat is in dry dock. Also during dry dock the HUB is running 10hr all day trips. Plus, we added the 39 and 44 hour trips in to the end of the year when the Florida returns from dry dock. These trips will fill up fast, make sure to reserve your spot asap! Keep in mind you can book online under the reservations tab instead of waiting to talk with us on the phone. Here’s the schedule link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/specialty-fishing-trip-schedule/
To book trips on our site, check out this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/reservations/
We have some bad news to announce, unfortunately NOAA’s national marine fisheries has announced with very little notice that amberjack will NOT be reopening August first as they had promised and planned for. This means Jacks will not be open for harvest until January 2017. This is very sad news, but luckily grouper and snapper are still open and there’s plenty of fish to be caught out there still despite Jacks being closed down. Keep in mind that we have no control over these closures we just have to adjust to them as we are told. Due to the closure we have canceled the August 2nd 39 hour and changed the 12 hours on August 2nd and August 4th to 10 hours for grouper and snapper. Please, get involved and stand up for your rights to fish by joining the Fishing rights alliance (FRA) or the Coastal conservation association of Florida (CCA).
There’s not too many 39 hour trips left this year before the big boat goes into dry dock for some major upgrades and a full makeover! We have more August 9th and August 26th plus one more early September. Then the Florida goes to dry dock before offering a few more 39 hours at the end of the year. To see a full list of our specialty trips, including the BRAND NEW trips we just added check out the specialty schedule at this link: https://hubbardsmarina.com/specialty-fishing-trip-schedule/
Want to stay up to date with the latest catches, reports and more from Hubbard’s Marina? Follow the new live video segments that Hubbard’s Marina is posting daily to Facebook! Also, more Instagram photos and videos are popping up too! Plus, were on the FishBrain app now too and they were nice enough to add Hubbard’s Marina as a fishing location so now on your future trips you can upload your catch to our location. If you have questions or want more info about all this message Dylan Hubbard on the Hubbard’s Marina Facebook page or shoot him an email: [email protected]
Regular’s club signups are coming to an end. If you fish more than 5, 10, 15 times a year or know someone who does let’s talk about getting you or your friends into the club before we close the ranks until 2017 club signups. Typically we do this around May each year so if you want to get someone signed up for discounts on the trips and other great benefits for fishing multiples times throughout the year then call Dylan Hubbard or email him today!
Vice president and Regular’s club manager Hubbard’s Marina
(727)393-1947 ext 306