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Hubbard's Marina: Clearwater Area Report

3/18/2017



Inshore: Before this recent from the most common catches around Johns Pass and its jetties were flounder and nice sized pompano. Behind this recent front the sheeps are frothing ready to hit just about anything you throw at them. The snook bite remains hot at night and the redfish primarily during the day. The trout are still very active on the shallower flats during the day and on the dock lights all night long. The bait is making its way closer to shore and were expecting to be inundated soon with massive schools of white bait which will get all our local fishery excited and bring the mackerel and kings right to the beaches and passes again.

Nearshore: The hogfish bite was a little soft this week but were still getting them when your targeting them specifically especially on our private fishing charters. Red grouper bite picked up a bit before this front they are finally starting to move into the nearshore waters with force and we expect a killer summertime red grouper bite. Mangrove snapper are also starting to gear up for their huge push of aggressive feeding, April/May are our favorite months for mangrove snapper action since you get the big boys ready to play. They are most prolific in June and July but in the late spring they seem to be bigger and still very aggressive. Cobia are fairly common this time of year nearshore so don't forget to have a pitch rod ready to sight cast a tail hooked pinfish, or a white buck tail with a plastic eel on it.

Offshore: We caught a yellowfin tuna on this recent 44 hour full moon trip here at Hubbard's Marina it was a beautiful tuna caught while trolling a rapala X-rap magnum 20 between spots during the day. We also caught plenty of nice blackfin tuna, kings and even hooked a wahoo all while trolling during this recent long range trip. The Amberjack were hard to find for us, but we were able to pick up a handful of keepers. The mangrove snapper, yellowtail, vermillions, red grouper and many other species made up for the lack of greater amberjack. We also had tons of banded rudderfish and almaco jacks that helped fill the gap as well. All in all it was a stellar trip with some epic fish like that yellowfin and a 10lb mangrove snapper.

You should really see the latest videos on Facebook as we have been doing video updates after each long range trip returns: https://www.facebook.com/hubbardsmarina/videos

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