The 39 hour mid-week trip went well this week for us at Hubbard’s Marina. They had a great nighttime bite on snapper, tuna, and some strawberry grouper along with some heads and tails like almaco jacks, porgies and some yellowtail snapper. During the day the bite was a little pickier with the pressure changing the fishing slowed down a bit on us, but we were able to pick up some more snapper, a good handful or two of grouper and a few more tuna.
We’re looking forward to the light loads we have on our 39 hour trips the last two Fridays in February to target more of these large mangrove snappers, yellowtail snapper, vermillion, porgies and almaco jacks we have been seeing with some grouper species mixed in. Plenty of the big strawberry grouper, some nice red grouper and the occasional scamp were caught despite the deep water closure. Remember, as long as your fishing inside the closure line your able to harvest the grouper. The nighttime tuna bite added plenty of excitement to the trip and they do bite best around the early morning hours before sunrise.