Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass Fishing report 4/10/14

Kingfish caught by Charley McNulty one of our regular's club members on the 10 hour all dayInshoreSteve Pollier, and his son, were fishing around Hubbard’s Marinas main dock the past few days and they have been doing great! Steve’s son landed an almost 30 inch snook, and Steve himself caught two nice redfish! They also caught a few jack crevalle, and everything was caught with live shrimp weighted to bottom.  Marty Jensen, a St. Petersburg local who fishes the jetty regularly, caught a beautiful Tarpon early last week from the tip of the North Jetty! He sight casted to a pod of fish feeding on greenbacks with a Bomber Magnum long A with a dark green back. It was a large seven inch lipped lure that they inhaled instantly he reported.  Paul Carver, from Grand RapidsMichigan, was fishing from the beach behind our shop inside of Johns pass catching some nice Flounder and bonnet head sharks between the plentiful catfish that were also taking his live shrimp.  Ashley Messier, from Saskatchewan Canada, was fishing with her father from the north jetty and she was showing him how to do it! She not only caught a nice flounder, she also caught a beautiful sheepshead! No Mackerel were reported being caught but that was most likely due to the cold front that made fishing impossible two days, and then the following days after the front the water in the pass was so muddy it was making the bait impossible to find, thus the mackerel probably moved off the beaches a few miles in search of clearer water and more plentiful bait populations, but we expect them back as the water lays down and clears up.

red grouper and grey snapper caught by Ike and Barbie from OcalaNear shore- The red grouper were picky the past week due to the looming stalled front early last week, and then we had a strong front actually hit us a few days following this. This caused the grouper bite to be timid, but we are hoping it will be turning around soon as the barometer stabilizes. The grey snapper on the other hand, however, didn’t seem to be affected or care about the unstable barometric pressures this past week. They have been chewing the bottom out of our boats! The kingfish and mackerel have been fired up around the near shore wrecks! We have been catching a handful of these nice fish on almost every half day.  

Offshore- We have not had a 39 hour since our last report, but by the time your reading this we will have a 39 hour trip coming back so if you want a full report check in on our Facebook page! However, we did have a 12 hour long-range amberjack trip on April 3rd. That trip was much slower than our first two 12 hr day long-range trips, coming back with only a handful of trophy fish but we hope the next one will be back to normal since we’re trying a different area and were hoping for much better results!

By Hubbard’s Marina - Dylan and Capt Mark Hubbard

 

What’s coming up at Hubbard’s marina

Remember our Kayak fishing trips? We plan to start these again twice monthly starting now in April! If you have ever wondered how to successfully fish from a kayak join our experienced guide for some kayak fishing fun! The first trip will be Tuesday April 15th. Call us for reservations or for more information. May through October we will offer this twice a month, but in April we may only offer one so call us today to reserve a spot, space is limited!

 Also, we have added a beer cooler to our shop! Now you can get all your tackle, bait and beer in the same place for shore fishing! Or you can pick up a case on the way home from a successful fishing day! This beer will still not be allowed on our boats, however, due to the stringent alcohol licensing rules.

Our Last 39 hour trip in April is Friday the 25th on the new moon! This trip offers 20 hours of fishing time 70-100 miles from shore, PLUS a two-day bag limit!

During April we have 2 remaining twelve hour specialty trips. One of these will be 12 hour long-range day trip. The day trips are Thursdays only, and we will be going 40-60 miles out to target large amberjack and red grouper. The next long range 12 hour day trip is April 17th! The last 12 hour trip will be 12 hour night snapper trip. The night snapper 12 hours are Friday nights only, and we go 20-30 miles out for mangrove snapper. The final night snapper trip of this month is a new moon trip on Friday, April 25th!

We have another shark trip Friday night April 18th from 7pm till midnight. On our first shark trip we did really well! The big shark we caught was a 7ft black tip. The shark trips have changed drastically from last year. We don’t offer shark trips on the party boats anymore. This year these trips are aboard our private charter boat, the Hub. We only allow 8 passengers, and we only supply the best possible shark tackle. We have also perfected the chum, and on the smaller quieter fiberglass private charter boat with no running generator were attracting the big boys. Join us for some night shark fishing fun!

Our FULL 2014 specialty trips schedule has been posted to our website! Not only are the 39 hours showing now, but ALL our 12 hours are also listed. (Could you link the words “specialty trip schedule” to the following link:http://hubbardsmarina.com/assets/specialty_schedule.pdf)

If you ever have been interested in our regular’s clubs, E-mail Dylan at: Info@hubbardsmarina.com and he can send you all the pertinent information.  There are tons of discounts available and many different club options, there are four clubs in total this year and one is even FREE to join!

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FREE 6” Rapala Fillet knife with any online group reservation! Comes with sheath and knife sharpener (21$ value!)
 

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Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass Fishing report 04/02/14

hogfish and red grouper on hubbard's marina 5 hour half day fishing tripAround the pass- Marty Jensen, from Seminole, caught a nice whiting from John’s Pass north jetty on live shrimp weighted to the bottom. Whiting will be around awhile off the beaches, and if you get a few they make a great meal! Lou Di, from New York State, caught a nice pompano also on a live shrimp weighted on the bottom. Lou said he has better luck in the morning for pompano before the sea breeze kicks in. Hunter Brice, from Pinellas Park, was doing well on the sheepshead from the jetty too. He said that the muddy water helped the bite. The water will get muddy after any bad weather, and it helps the sheepshead get frisky. They are less likely to see the leader and hook, and tend to be more aggressive when it’s murky. Hunter ended up with four nice sheepshead in a matter of two hours or less he reported. Rick Siegel was also doing well on the sheepshead from the jetty but he was using frozen shrimp instead of the live ones. Personally, when fishing for sheepshead I prefer a smaller chunk of bait so you don’t miss a bite. When the bait is smaller there is less meat for the fish to grab and rip off the hook without getting a proper hook set.

Near shore- The hogfish have started biting again! We were catching tons early march, but then they seemed to dwindle down to nothing, but this warming trend has them chewing again. Yesterday’s half day was fishing only 9 miles from shore and they loaded up on grey snapper plus they brought home two hogfish and a nice keeper red grouper! The kingfish are still biting well, but have slacked a bit due to that recent bad weather. However, with the nice weather ahead were hoping they will be back on fire by early this week! Mackerel are getting bigger too. We also have been picking up a few cobias on our ten hour trips around 17 miles from shore. The red grouper have turned back on really well too! We have been averaging over 20 keeper grouper on each ten hour. Our private charter boat, the Hub, caught its limit of red grouper and had to come in early! The fishing is hot and the weather is beautiful at Hubbard’s Marina. 

African Pompano caught by Danny Sepiol from Valparaiso indiana on our 12 hour long range trip at Hubbard's MarinaOffshore- Our last 39 hour was super successful on the east side of the Middle grounds. Our boat found the Amberjack bite was on strong, and we landed over 40 of them! The grouper bite was also very good. We not only caught the red grouper, but also scamp and strawberry grouper too! We got over 55 grouper in total, and the bite is only picking up it seems. The snapper bite was a bit more finicky. We only landed around 100 mangroves. However we did get plenty of lane snapper, vermillion, and porgies to fill in the holes in the fish boxes.  They also landed two cobias and one was a very nice. We also brought home half a dozen kings. We got most of them trolling on the way out, but we lost some monsters on the flat-lines while bottom fishing. The pelagic are definitely heating up in the gulf!

Fishing report from: Hubbard’s marina, written by: Capt. Mark and Dylan Hubbard

What’s Coming up at Hubbard’s Marina

Remember our Kayak fishing trips? We plan to start these again twice monthly starting now in April! If you have ever wondered how to successfully fish from a kayak join our experienced guide for some kayak fishing fun! The first trip will be mid April, and we are building it now. Call us for reservations or for more information. May through October we will offer this twice a month, but in April we may only offer one… so call us today to reserve a spot, space is limited!

We have gotten a new bait freezer in our shop at Hubbard’s Marina! With the new room we have seriously increased our frozen bait selection. We now carry five lb boxes of cigar minnows, three lb bags of baby octopus, rock shrimp, clam strips, sand fleas, shrimp and squid. Were working to secure frozen oysters and fiddler crabs as well! 

Also, we have added a beer cooler to our shop! Now you can get all your tackle, bait and beer in the same place for shore fishing! Or you can pick up a case on the way home from a successful fishing day! This beer will still not be allowed on our boats, however, due to the stringent alcohol licensing rules.

During the Month of April we are going to offer two 39 hour long-range deep sea fishing trips! The first is a full moon trip on Friday April 11th. The second 39 hour is a new moon trip on April 25th!

Also during April, we will have 4 twelve hour specialty trips. Two of these will be 12 hour long-range day trips. The day trips are Thursdays only, and we will be going 40-60 miles out to target large amberjack and red grouper. The first long range 12 hour day trip is April 3rd and the second is April 17th! The other two 12 hour trips will be 12 hour night snapper trips. The night snapper 12 hours are Friday nights only, and we go 20-30 miles out for mangrove snapper. The first night snapper is a full moon trip on April 11th, and the second is a new moon trip on Friday, April 25th! 

We offer two shark trips a month on Fridays. In April, our two trips are April 4th and April 18th. On our first shark trip we did really well! The big shark we caught was a 7ft black tip. The shark trips have changed drastically from last year. We don’t offer shark trips on the party boats anymore. This year these trips are aboard our private charter boat, the Hub. We only allow 8 passengers, and we only supply the best possible shark tackle. We have also perfected the chum, and on the smaller quieter fiberglass private charter boat with no running generator were attracting the big boys. Join us for some night shark fishing fun!

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Hubbard’s Marina Johns Pass Fishing Report 3/26/14

Inshore- Cas Hans, from Delaware, has been fishing from the beach behind our shop a lot this past week. He was picking off some large sheepshead from underneath our main dock on dead shrimp with a 2ot hook. The weight he needed depended on the tide, but he was fishing flat on the bottom the whole time with great success. Tom McDowell, a St. Petersburg local, was fishing under Johns Pass bridge with a gulp jig catching nice flounder. He was working it slow along the bottom when he hooked the nice ones. Marty Jensen, from Homestead Florida, and Sam Cunningham from Indiana were both fishing from the North jetty of Johns pass with live shrimp on the bottom and were both catching nice flounder. Marty’s biggest one was over 18 inches! Jamie Charlton, another St. Petersburg local, was fishing further down the jetty with live shrimp catching speckled trout on a bobber and sheepshead off the bottom. Mike Miller, from Seminole, and Rick Jones, from St. Pete were both fishing from the beach north of the jetty catching nice whiting in the surf. Mike was using live shrimp on the bottom and Rick was using squid. The mackerel are thicker now, but when we took catch information the bite was weak due to the cooler water following last week’s cold front. It took 4 days or so for the temperature to make a come-back.

half day kingfish Hubbard's Marina 2Near shore- THE KINGFISH BITE IS ON! Our five hour Am half day today brought home fourteen keeper kings! They were skyrocketing left and right. Last Sunday the water temp hit 72 degrees and it was like someone turned on the kingfish bite switch. We brought in 6 Sunday between our two half days and the all day. Monday’s double half days brought in a total of seven. Today’s half day got 14, who knows how many the all day will bring in, but were expecting a ton! The mackerel are around too, but now our focused has shifted to kingfish. Our first shark trip did well bringing home a 7ft black tip shark! We are starting to see more of these toothy critters coming up as the water warms.

Offshore- We haven’t had an overnight trip since our last report, but we did run a long-range 12 hour trip last Thursday. We were super successful too! Not only did we haul in 25 or more, nice keeper sized jacks. We also brought home 6 really nice sized African pompano. Check out our Facebook for the great photos from this trip. We also caught two really nice cobias out there as well. Plus, we had mangrove snapper, vermilions, lanes and some yellowtail!

What’s Coming up at Hubbard’s Marina

half day kingfish 1

We have gotten a new bait freezer in our shop at Hubbard’s Marina! With the new room we have seriously increased our frozen bait selection. We now carry five lb boxes of cigar minnows, three lb bags of baby octopus, rock shrimp, clam strips, sand fleas, shrimp and squid. Were working to secure frozen oysters and fiddler crabs as well!

Also, we have added a beer cooler to our shop! Now you can get all your tackle, bait and beer in the same place for shore fishing! Or you can pick up a case on the way home from a successful fishing day! This beer will still not be allowed on our boats, however, due to the stringent alcohol licensing rules. 

During the Month of April we are going to offer two 39 hour long-range deep sea fishing trips! The first is a full moon trip on Friday April 11th. The second 39 hour is a new moon trip on April 25th!

Also during April, we will have 4 twelve hour specialty trips. Two of these will be 12 hour long-range day trips. The day trips are Thursdays only, and we will be going 40-60 miles out to target large amberjack and red grouper. The first long range 12 hour day trip is April 3rd and the second is April 17th! The other two 12 hour trips will be 12 hour night snapper trips. The night snapper 12 hours are Friday nights only, and we go 20-30 miles out for mangrove snapper. The first night snapper is a full moon trip on April 11th, and the second is a new moon trip on Friday, April 25th!

We offer two shark trips a month on Fridays. In April, our two trips are April 4th and April 18th. On our first shark trip we did really well! The big shark we caught was a 7ft black tip. The shark trips have changed drastically from last year. We don’t offer shark trips on the party boats anymore. This year these trips are aboard our private charter boat, the Hub. We only allow 8 passengers, and we only supply the best possible shark tackle. We have also perfected the chum, and on the smaller quieter fiberglass private charter boat with no running generator were attracting the big boys. Join us for some night shark fishing fun! 

Our FULL 2014 specialty trips schedule has been posted to our website! Not only are the 39 hours showing now, but ALL our 12 hours are also listed.

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