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.
Near 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
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.
“If your too busy to go fishing, Your just too busy!”
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