Great Offshore Action

Great Offshore Action


We had some great offshore action this past weekend aboard our 39 hour long range overnight fishing trip at Hubbard’s Marina. The new moon was in full effect and luckily it didn’t cause us to battle the current too badly even when we were fishing close to 250 foot of water during the trip.

The mangrove snapper bite wasn’t on fire like that first January 39 hour was on the backside of the full moon but we did find some nice ones around 160-220ft of water on the first night of fishing with some big vermillion snapper, porgies, almaco jacks and other heads and tails mixed in. However, we are seeing the occasional yellowtail and even the unicorn mutton snapper here and there right now too! Plus, we had a killer bite of black fin tuna just before sunrise on the flat lines, knocker rigs and even through the morning on the trolling set ups between spots.

Additionally, the big news this trip was the red grouper bite we had a killer day of grouper fishing bouncing around between spots hunting for some fat red grouper and sure enough we found the mother load. One area produced over two dozen fat red grouper for us and we caught some more before and after the honey hole too on the live pinfish, squid strips and even the threadfins. Finally, a few nice scamp groupers were hauled up too while bouncing around for red grouper during the day out deep. We have the deep water spawning closure of red grouper starting tomorrow so we will be changing up tactics during the next two months to accommodate this. Basically, you cannot have red grouper on your boat past the 20 fathom line or 120ft of water. What we do is simply fish for the snapper the first night past that closure line and then when the suns comes up we come inside the line to catch our red grouper and then once they are on board were limited to the shallower depths inside that line.

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snappers inshore
  • Nearshore ·

Hungry Fish Nearshore

The fish were hungry and waiting for us to return at the start of the week. Later this past week we faced rough weather Thursday due to the front and the Tuesday all day had a little slower bite than we would have liked but we still caught some great fish.
snapper fishing tampa
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing Offshore

The current on the full moon created some issues when we were in the Deepwater trying to catch our amberjacks Wednesday, but luckily with an adjustment into shallower waters we were able to continue red grouper hunting with great success.
tampa redfish
  • Inshore ·

Great Action Before Full Moon

This past week brought some great action inshore especially at the start of the week before the full moon and front that moved by yesterday.
  • Offshore ·

Triggerfish Harvest Upcoming

Triggerfish are getting ready to close for harvest starting May 2nd making end of day May first the last time to land them for 2020, unless the season gets extended due to lack of quota being landed.
flounder fishing
  • Inshore ·

Snook Action Heats Up

Snook action continues to heat up as summer approaches with lots of snook moving into the passes and onto the beaches.
mangrove snapper fishing
  • Offshore ·

Good Snapper Fishing this Time of Year

Snapper action is great this time of year offshore. Now that were past the full moon were starting to see some good day time snapper action, plus this week’s overcast conditions definitely help the daytime snapper bite.
kingfish nearshore tampa
  • Nearshore ·

Great Kingfish Action Nearshore

Kingfish action has been great near shore lately and there is plenty of mackerel around too mixed in among the kings. From the Skyway all the way out of the shipping channel is a great spot to start looking for the bait schools. However, simply trolling around the channel will work well to produce plenty of mackerel and some nice kingfish too.
redfish tampa inshore
  • Inshore ·

Great Fishing Inshore Despite COVID-19

We are unfortunately closed due to the COVID-19 issues around our area, and we will remain closed through April. Tentatively planning and hoping to Open up Friday May 1st but time will tell. However, we still have some great fishing report information from our area to share with you guys!
mangrove snapper
  • Offshore ·

Snapper Excited by Full Moon

The Snapper action offshore this week, like near shore, was excited by that full moon. The nighttime fishing around 1-2 days ahead of the full moon is my favorite followed by a few days behind the moon.
blackfin tuna
  • Nearshore ·

Tampa Nearshore Report

Hogfish are still biting near shore around 30-70ft of water. They have definitely slowed a bit from the cooler moths, but there’s still a decent chance of finding a few ready to eat near shore.