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John's Pass Fishing Report: And the Bite Goes On...

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On: Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 1:48PM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard

Captain Bryon Holland showing off a fat Snowy Grouper

Inshore- William Richards, from Palm Harbor, reported the Sheepsheads were biting well underneath the John’s Pass bridge. He was fishing with his aunt Bridgett using live shrimp weighted to the bottom. This happy young angler was also glad to report he was catching plenty of lady fish too! Victor Vizaro, from Pinellas Park, reported the Snook bites at night are on fire along the beaches and they are stacked inside the passes. He said the best bites were happening at the tail end of incoming tide before it slacked off. Victor also commented that the lights from piers or bridges help to congregate the Snook for the free-lined pinfish, grunts or threadfins. Christina Rastom, from Wesley Chapel, caught Pompano, Whiting, Mangroves and a Shovelnose Shark from the north jetty of John’s Pass. She was fishing early morning on the outgoing tide with live shrimp weighted at the bottom.

Near shore- The Hogfish bite has turned on recently at Hubbard’s Marina. We’re catching more live shrimp daily than any of the past weeks, thanks to the green slime easing off a bit, but we still have to dodge it occasionally. The Grey Snapper have been a bit tougher but we're still catching them steadily daily. The Kingfish have been no-shows recently in the near shore waters, but we are still picking them offshore. Cobias have been the pelagic fish spotted most often recently in the near shore waters. The Red Grouper bite is improving in the clearer water pockets but the slime has still been plaguing us, but seems to have eased off a bit allowing us to find clear water more easily as of late.

Offshore- On our recent 39-hour we did really well on the Scamp Grouper, Red Grouper, Mangrove Snapper, Amberjack, and more! The Kingfish bit well for us while trolling offshore along with some Mackerel and Bonita that we used for bait later in the trip. While night fishing at the beginning of the trip we caught a Blackfin Tuna on our flat line using a free-lined pinfish. We also caught tons of Mangrove Snapper, Porgies, Lane Snapper, Vermillion Snapper, and some Yellow Tails. During the day the Red Grouper and Scamp Grouper were biting well and we hit a wreck to load up on big amberjack before they close down June first. The scamps were biting really well and allowed many to get their limits of Scamp. We're pumped for the upcoming Red Snapper season, hope you can join us for one of the remaining days in this Red Snapper season through July 14th! 

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner
The newborn baby dolphin is now two weeks old! It has been named Kai, and it’s just too cute. It is still sporting its fetal folds which are the stripes visible on the newborn baby dolphins.

Lots of manatees were recently sighted around Boca Ceiga Bay! Even some small baby manatees mixed in with the juvenile manatees. Egmont key has tons of manatees too, we’re spotting them almost daily!

Snorkeling right now is incredible at Egmont Key. Water visibility is a 9 out of 10 and we can see about 15 feet down! The ruins have lots of fish around them currently too.

The dolphins are playful around Egmont Key; even though we don’t guarantee dolphin sightings aboard the ferry we are seeing them often. There was even a baby dolphin seen around Egmont Key too!

There's still some time to see baby birds nesting on Dog Leg Key via our dolphin-watching nature cruise and eco-tour! Baby pelicans are the most plentiful currently as nesting season comes to a close.

We have also started our 11am dolphin trips on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. These are unique early dolphin-watching nature cruises and eco-tours that guarantee dolphin sightings. However, advanced reservations become more important for these trips to ensure they are not cancelled the night before you arrive.

We now offer a 9am Shell Key shelling trip from our main location inside John’s Pass. This trip is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays until noon. Enjoy an hour on the island shelling, an hour long ride down to the island in the back bays looking for dolphins, and a forty-five minute ride back to Johns Pass along the beautiful beaches.

We now offer a 2pm ferry ride on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays in addition to the daily ferry rides at 10 or 11am. The 2pm ferry offers a second snorkeling trip which allows even more guests to enjoy this unique option.

Remember, “If you’re too busy to go fishing, you’re just too busy!”

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