Silver Tide p.28
Falling Into Place
With Chastenation p.5
Winter In Mosquito
Angler Of The Year p.21
IN THIS ISSUE...
THE RINGLING CA' D'ZAN
HUBBARDS MARINA NEWS & EVENTS
WINTER IN MOSQUITO LAGOON
Hello winter breeze, fishing in the Winter months is my favorite time of the year to fish Mosquito Lagoon. The water levels are finally dropping and the water clarity has improved tremendously and will continue with the cooler weather coming in, As cold fronts start to become more frequent Red fish will start to form into bigger schools, as well as Big Trout, and school of Black Drum already coming through. With the right timing you can have very successful day in the lagoon pulling plenty of fish to the boat!
As the water temps drop you will start to find Snook stacked up, As you all know I am a kayak angler and just paddling down the canals and up to dock lights, I have been finding schools of Snook of all sizes schooled up together, in the evening or early morning hours I find working an artifical or free lining a jumbo shrimp most effective. my go to lure for Snook is a DOA paddle-tail jig and you know Snook cant resist those top waters, as to us anglers watching a Snook blow up on a top water! A Badonkadonk or Bomber is my go to, watching your Snook smash one of these will certainly leave you feeling fulflled!
The Redfish bite has been really good! You will start to see the bigger girls coming in the Lagoon and finding them laid up in the sand spots. I haven't seen really any schools of Redfish they are still scattered around the flats and gravitating toward shorelines and mangroves in Mosquito Lagoon.
As the cold fronts start to come in more frequent Redfish will start to form into bigger schools. I find free-lining mullet has been their preferred bait of choose, But those who know me know I never hit the water with out being fully prepared and always have live and artificals on my kayak.
Soft plastic jerk baits and spoons are great producers for lure action, The Trout bite is really picking up!! Th cooler water has the big girls coming through, laying up in the sand spots for mot of the days. They are gearing up for the cooler water and bait is plentiful and they are suckers for free-lined mullet and pig fish. in between fronts big Trout can be very active as long as the water stays cooler be prepared for great action!
The water levels are dropping and the clarity in Mosquito Lagoon is improved which is great for sight casting. But this time of the year between the Fall weather and the cool fronts coming in the wind is picking up which makes it harder to use those artificails. where you will find it easier to hook up on live bait! as for myself I will take the challenge and battle the wind with artificals.
I enjoy the art of angling and find it much more fulfilling landing my fish on artifical baits. Mullet, Jumbo Shrimp, soft plastics, top waters, twitch baits, in these cooler months you will have no trouble hooking up in the Lagoon and find you will have great success. So go out there enjoy the cool breeze and give it all you got!
- Skye Burkhardt
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Florida Sportsman Expo What a huge success the final 2017 Florida Sportsman Expo was! We lost count of how many kids and adults we taught to throw the cast net. Most of the time; we had 2 or 3 nets ready to throw at one time. Thank you to all who stopped by to threw the cast net and to those who just stopped by to say hi! We appreciate your supports so much!
Falling into place…
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Bailey is 8 years old and suffers from multiple, severe medical issues. But not today!! Her only worry was fishing! After she was born; doctors diagnosed her with a diaphragmatic hernia, her diaphragm did not close all the way and her liver was in her chest cavity. At 1 and 2 months old she had major abdominal surgeries and was put on a feeding tube, which was removed when she was 5 years old. At 4 years old Bailey had open heart surgery to repair a large hole in her heart. At age 8 doctors surgically repaired her submucos palate. She has had multiple other surgeries on her eyes, ears, and throat. She is blind in her left eye. She has processing and developmental delays. The only thing she had to worry about today was which fish to catch.
Fishing with Abigail Abigail got really sick at age 7. She dropped 9 pounds in less than two months. She stopped eating and her stomach hurt all the time. It took the doctors several months to figure out that she had Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease causes a lot of stomach pain and diarrhea at times. She now has to have infusions in the Oncology unit every eight weeks. She has been hospitalized twice in the last three years from flares. One of the most difficult parts of Crohn's disease is that she looks just like all the other kids on the outside but she has pain and the embarrassment of sometimes needing to run to the bathroom. The kids at her new school never accepted her and she was bullied. She is definitely a tomboy so that makes it hard for her to connect with other girls. She loves to fish and hunt and loves to be outdoors. Home School Fishing Seminar We had an amazing time with this bunch of kids! These are local homeschooled students that joined us for a couple of hours of fishing and causeway fun! Another one of our favorite Old Salt Fishing Foundation tournaments. We want to thank Capt Nate Weissman for donating his day to take Tommy out to catch a few Kingfish in Tampa Bay.** Old Salt Is Taking Some Very Special Kids Fishing! - Chasten Whitfield
Chasten is a 17 year old angler who proves “it’s more than just fishing.” Her mission is to help kids of all ages, especially girls, become comfortable anglers while teaching positive life skills, thoughtfulness, doing whats right for the right reasons, and choosing to stay active outdoors. It’s not about what you look like or outside appearance, what matters is what’s inside. She is actively working with some local tournaments to include kid divisions as well as girls/ladies divisions, all in hopes this will encourage more kids to fish as well as families to fish as “a family.” Chasten works closely with Florida Sportsman, traveling with their expos, promoting conservation and helping to teach kids and adults fishing seminars. Join us to fish, learn, teach and give back; a reel girl can tackle anything. If you are interested in Chasten coming into your church, tackle store, or youth group, please contact us.
To Captain Pat Price and the team aboard the Alikai for winning the Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament.
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Islamorada may be the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish offshore and pursue bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water in the backcountry, all in the same day. Neighbouring Key Largo is home to tropical hardwoods, winding creeks(filled with gamefish), two state parks, Everglades National Park and a portion of a national marine sanctuary. It boasts some of the most fascinating botanical scenery in the state, not to mention the incredible fishing opportunities of legend. We invite you to join Captain Ben Trainer as you explore the rich waters called 'The Florida Keys'!
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Being a Florida native and from a family that loves the water as much as I do, I naturally was introduced into the Florida waterways at a very early age. I was blessed with the opportunity to fish from small ponds, lakes and rivers, to bays, backcountry waters to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. While growing up my true passion was the water and still is today. I have fished from a 57’ sportfish for many years. It taught me a great deal of offshore knowledge from deep dropping for sword fish, to just having fun bottom fishing and trolling for pelagic species. I have also fished many years inshore from sight fishing the Florida Keys to Saint Augustine, learning the subtle movements of fish in the water.
Southeast florida oct/nov report. fishing is on fire up and down the whole coast. Sailfish are starting to show up on smaller numbers and can be caught off the kite or flatlines using livebait pilchards or goggle eyes. Kingfish are snapping as well using the same methods. Also dolphin (mahi mahi) can be found hitting your baits while your fishing for sails or other pelagics. Snapper and grouper are being targeted as well with a consistent bite using silversides, squid, and shrimp.
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Inshore waters continue to be dirty with water temps dropping into the mid 70s shrimp boats close to the beach with black tip sharks and football size Bonita following close behind. Baird tossed behind the Boat yield good catches of both
Good size Triple Tail are showing up in Water in 30 to 70 deep on sarcasm weed beds live shrimp on small jigs seem to work the best or small live mullet. Cobia have also shown up on both inshore wrecks and weed beds as well as the inshore buoys.
Good action on king fish when weather permits using Big Nick lures “Mac A Hoos tipped with frozen cigar minnows trolled around 5 mph
When the winds of November come howling and Red Snapper Dates fall on the windiest of weekends it makes for a wild ride we were able to make it out on one morning with a party of 5 and pick up our limit of red snapper within a hour. Biggest fish weighing 22 lbs caught on chunk bait.
Offshore: good Tile Fish and sword fishing continues
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One of nature’s most grand phenomenon’s that occurs once a year from May to July along the South African coast line.A migration in epic proportion could rival East Africa’s great wildebeest migration.Billions of Sardines otherwise known as pilchards spawn in the cooler waters off the Agulhas bank in the south and move north along the eastern coast towards the warmer Natal coast.The oldest known record of the sardine run is mentioned in the Natal Mercury newspaper of 4 August 1853.
Sardines live fast and die young and reach sexual maturity by two years.They really live longer than three years of age.A female can produce many thousands of eggs.The main spawning ground is in the cooler waters off the southern cape coast.The eggs are simply released into the waters, fertilized and drift off into the open ocean.The ocean current carries the eggs westwards and northwards along the west coast.Once the eggs hatch and they become juveniles, they aggregate into dense shoals and make their way back to the spawning grounds in the south and thereby complete their life cycle. Sardines prefer water temperatures between 14 to 20 Degrees Celsius.
Each year large shoals enter the Natal waters.Shoals are as big as 7km long and 3km wide and up to 30m deep.Joined by sharks, gamefish, birds other marine mammals this event becomes a feeding frenzy. Scuba divers, film crews from around the world race to our shores to witness and partake in what they describe as the greatest shoal on earth. Fishermen line the shores eagerly awaiting a grand catch.For the pan angler there are numbers of large gully fish such as Shad, Blacktail, Karrantteen, Stone Bream, Copper Bream, Galjoen and Garrick . Word soon spreads and within second’s crowds converge on the beaches nets ready with crates lined up.
Back to when I was just a little girl, I remember arriving at the beach and looking around astounded by what I saw. Thousands of tiny fish beached, nowhere to walk, the sand shimmering with silver bodies.It continued like that for the next 10 years.In time this has slowly started to decline due to trawling and change in water temperatures.Since 2007 fishing has exceeded their population rate, enhancing the natural population decline.Despite all of this every year we all still early await their return hoping that this year will be bigger and better than the last.The Silver Tide is something not to be missed.One of nature’s greatest events.
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After many days of messaging back and forth Spencer Kenny of Reel Jedi and I made plans to spend the day on the water and do a little filming. But before I get started with that let me just tell you a little background. The beginning of this trip hat roots that were laid many years before, actually back when I was much younger. Spencer's dad and I had fished many Bass Tournaments together back when I was about the same age as Spencer, well in reality I was quite a bit younger than he is now.
Ok now that I have told on my years, much water has passed under the bridge since that time and many changes have occurred in my life since that time. My days of tournament fishing have passed by and I am now a full time Inshore Charter Captain in Steinhatchee, Florida.
I was quite excited to work with Spencer after he first contacted me and I put all of the pieces together about who he was. After much anticipation and a night with very little sleep it was time to spend the a day on the Gulf with Spencer. I arrived early at the marina as I normally do to load the tackle and prepare the boat for a day on the water. Just as things were all getting completed I looked up the dock and saw Spencer and Jackie trying to carry on a conversation with the resident Macaws on the back porch of River Haven Marina. I called out to them asking if they wanted to fish or play with the birds.
It didn't take long to make a decision and they came scurrying down the walkway where we all met for the first time and hastily loaded the boat with their belongings. It was now time to cast away the lines and head down the river towards the gulf. It was a beautiful morning as we idled out the river and watched the sun rise delivering the beginning of what would be a wonderful day. An otter made himself visible just off the shoreline and we paused for a few moments to watch as he frolickedaround in the water as if he didn't have a care in the world. By now we were to the end of the no wake zone and it was time to lay down the throttle and get to where we needed to be. The boat planed out and the cool air blew in our hair and across our faces as we headed across the shallow grassy flats.
Finally we reached our destination and it was time to begin. I readied a rod for everyone and prepared fresh fillets of cut bait for everyone's hooks. Over the next several hours we boated some nice Speckled Trout and Redfish. Many were released to fight again another day but several were placed on ice for our supper later that night.
As the day came to an end it was time to put the tackle away and head back in as all good things must come to an end. Once again the boat was up on plane and headed back to the marina. As we rode back in we all gazed around and soaked up the beauty in nature that is so plentiful in Steinhatchee. Sometimes the rides and taking in the sights can be as memorable as the fishing itself.
By the time we arrived back at the dock the noseeums were out in full force and ready to feed. If you have spent much time around the coastlines then you know all about these little creatures which some describe as nothing more than a set of flying teeth. A good spray down with some bug spray and we were ready to fillet the days catch. By this time my girlfriend Charlene had arrived, just in time to help out. She and Jackie drew the short straws and cleaned the boat while Spencer and I cleaned the catch.
The girls finished up with the boat cleaning detail just as we finished with filleting the fish. They arrived at the cleaning table just in time to take the last of the remaining scraps and feed to the Pelicans and Herons which were hanging out in wait for a meal.
Now with the day of fishing behind us it was time to enjoy the spoils of our day. We arrived at Kathis Krab Shack with our bag of fillets in hand and sent them off to the kitchen. It wasn't long before they returned from the kitchen with a platter full of golden brown fried fish fillets, hush puppies and gooey cheese grits. A fresh from the Gulf meal fit for a King !
With our bellies full of the days fresh catch and memories of the day that would last a lifetime it was time to say goodbye. Originally the plans were for Spencer to come and do some filming of our days fishing. There is a video to document some of the days events but as fate would have it film work wasn't really the the main focus of the day. It was more of a day of building friendship, sharing stories and just having a great time. Spencer spent a little more time with a rod in his hand than a camera this day. But that's OK too, it's not always about the fish, the film or anything else like that. Sometimes it's just a bout friendship and a great day on the water together and that's just what this day ended up being. Sometimes you just have to take time to lay all of the other stuff to the side and spend some time living life.
Inshore- Pompano and Sheepshead are the big news this week inside Johns pass! The clearer waters have returned thanks to the period of cooling waters and calm weather. This has allowed the pompano to feed more aggressively along the sandy pass and beautiful beaches ambushing the sand fleas along the bottom or lures made to mimic them like the Doc’s jigs or Nekid Ball Jigz. Also, the sheepshead are starting to fill the structures around the pass and the clear water makes them super obvious. However, it does make them a little bit more leader shy and picky but some light floro and pieces of shrimp or cut oysters get them feeding. I always enjoyed chipping off some barnacles to get them attracted to the area before dropping my bait down the pilings. Snook bite continues at night and seeing a few during the day but lately all the talk has been pompano and sheepshead. Trout are more active this time of year in the back bays, and as the waters continue to cool they will push further in the bays on the shallower flats to keep warm.
Near shore- Cobia and gags are thick nearshore right now around Johns Pass and Hubbard’s Marina. The private charters are doing well on fat cobia by sight casting them when we spot them swimming by us bottom fishing. The big gags are firing especially around sunrise or sunset on the nearshore ledges and rock piles. Were still picking them during the day too, but you got to be ready with big tackle, big baits, and plenty of big patience. They are very smart and in most cases very cautious before slamming your bait. Still seeing nice triple tail along the near shore crab trap buoys. Also, hogfish bite still going well near shore too while using the lighter tackle and live shrimp.
Offshore- The 12 hour extreme is doing great on huge gag grouper especially around sunrise! This past weekend we even boated one that was nearly 40lbs along with another nearly two dozen other keeper grouper. The following trip we had 30 keeper grouper with nearly 80% of the people limited out. The fishing is HOT on the 12 hour extreme and the loads are light, remember gags close at the end of December until June 2018 so book some extreme trips on Wednesday and Sunday before gag season ends! The 39 hour is doing very well on gags too and during the day the scamp and red grouper bite has been fairly steady too. At night the mangrove bite is going well too, it’s a great time of year to enjoy the great bite offshore as long as the weather is good. It can be dangerous to run offshore in small boats this time of year as weather can change very suddenly!
Want to read the past reports? Check out this link:http://hubbardsmarina.com/hubbards-marina-fishing-reports/
Tampa Bay Ferry and Taxi news
The weather is perfect this weekend for a ride on the Madeira beach water taxi with us at Hubbard’s Marina! Also, you get a chance to ride the entire second day free with a ticket purchase. Our water taxi is a great way to ride the beautiful back bay and enjoy the scenery and local hot spots without worrying about transportation or parking!
Madeira beach Water taxi is running Friday-Sunday10am-10pmright now and now that the weather has cooled down it’s a great time to enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the bay!
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
The waters around Johns pass have cleared up considerably, it’s an awesome time of year to enjoy a relaxing dolphin watching nature cruise and eco tour with us at Hubbard’s Marina! You can see the oyster beds, grass flats, dolphins and mullet schools easier than ever before.
The mullet are starting to move a little and the dolphins love to follow in large groups! They are super playful and plenty visible in the clear waters of Johns Pass.
We have been spotting the big peacocks along the park street mansions more and more often along the water’s edge making the dolphin cruises even more enjoyable.
Plenty of action and life at the bird nesting islands insides Johns Pass this time of year, and it’s a great time to join Capt Jack or Capt Dave for a relaxing dolphin tour with us at Hubbard’s Marina.
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
2018 specialty trip schedule coming live December 11that 9am! You ready to book some amberjack trips for 2018? Maybe you want some red snapper action in the coming year? Get ready to book early and often starting Monday December 11that 9am! The schedule will be posted to our website at this time, and we will turn on the online reservation system at that time, and the phone lines will be open and ready to blow up with you 2018 adventures with us at Hubbard’s Marina!
Want to get 20% off a gift card for Hubbard’s Marina? You can use this anytime from the date you buy it until the end of 2018! It will be good towards any trip or souvenir or tackle in our shop, same as cash. To get one, simply visit:https://hubbardsmarina.com/gift-certificates/and use the coupon code ‘blackfriday’ at check out to get the 20% deal! Limit is $1,000 per person, and we recommend putting it all on one card because our new system allows you to use the card multiple times unlike our old system. This deal ends next weekend so make sure to get your deal before it ends! Also, please share with your friends and let them know there’s not much time to claim this awesome deal from us at Hubbard’s Marina.
Also, we have a special seminar this weekend at Bass Pro Shops Tampa! It’s an hour long FREE seminar from2pm until 3pmand anyone who arrives on time will receive a free raffle ticket. At the end of the seminar, I will pull winners and give away a FREE 10 hour all day, FREE 5 hour half day, and a few more smaller prizes. During the seminar we will go over near shore and offshore fishing tips and tricks and bring your questions so we can chat about what you want to hear! This is again, this Saturday, December 2ndat 2pm at the Tampa bass pro. Here’s the link to the Facebook event, please click ‘going’ or ‘interested’ and SHARE with your friends even if you don’t plan to go it will help us spread the word:https://www.facebook.com/events/549248855410279/directions to bass pro are part of the event page, its only around 45 minutes from the marina door to door in south tampa/brandon.
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.
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