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

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On: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 10:26AM | By: Captain Mark Hubbard


Hayden Jolly from Winter Haven

Inshore- Joe Drew, from Ohio, has been slamming large Snook just before sunrise while using free-lined pinfish with 60lb fluorocarbon leader. He says the tail end of outgoing or beginning of incoming was producing the best as of late. Mark Freed, from Pinellas Park, caught a beautiful large Black Drum from the beach behind Hubbard’s Marina while using a large live bait next to the tide poles. Jill Peeples, from Indian Rocks, reported catching Whiting and Jack Crevalle while fishing the north jetty of John’s Pass using live shrimp. Hector Mendez, from Brandon, reported catching Pompano, Redfish, and even some Flounder over past few days inside John’s Pass. He was wading in waist deep water on the south side of the north jetty of John’s Pass. He said that the outgoing tide mid-morning and the first part of the incoming tide in the early morning were producing the best for him.

Near shore- We are happy to report that the slime has dissipated, or at least has moved away from our area. We are no longer getting that greenish hairy slime-covered algae coming up on all our lines, hooks, swivels, and baits so that is helping the bite tremendously. The Red Grouper are chewing like crazy, we recently had a 10-hour all-day that caught nearly 30 keeper Grouper, 300 Grey Snapper and Porgies, 20 Lanes, and 20 Vermillion Snapper. The bite is hot in the near shore waters, to say the least, since the warm summertime temps have the Snapper spawning and the Red Grouper feeding on large areas of hard rock bottom. It does take some moving around to load up on the Red Grouper since we’re finding only a few on each area, but the bite is steady; if we keep picking quality areas, the fish will keep coming in the boat!

Offshore- Our recent 39-hour returned with a beautiful load of fish. The Red Snapper were biting well for us in the 150–210 foot range. We also caught plenty of Scamp and Red Grouper too. The Mangrove bite is on fire, but they weren’t as large as we have been getting used to through the spring. The Beeliners, or Vermillion Snapper, are some of the largest we have seen in many years. The best bite is during the day for the Red Snapper and Mangroves feed best at night!

Captain Jack’s Dolphin Corner
Large schools of Tarpon are rolling around Egmont Key, making a great sight while riding the ferry to the island. It’s also a great time watching the anglers land these monster fish. We offer private charter fishing trips for these guys too, if you’d rather be the one fighting instead of on the beach watching.

Egmont Key does have some sea turtles nesting on the island; currently it has 15 active nests. Due to this, be careful where you’re walking and always pay attention to signs and caution tape on the beaches.

The two new baby dolphins to Boca Ceiga Bay have been doing well and are fitting in their social groups nicely. They are learning how to hunt and socialize now and can be spotted traveling with groups of larger dolphins.

We have a new baby manatee inside Boca Ceiga Bay! This cute little guy can be spotted with either mom or dad learning how to breathe at the surface and graze on the grass beds local to our area. We have spotted its cute little head on a few different cruises. Join us for a chance to spot this little guy on a cruise!

We are spotting monster loggerhead sea turtles around Egmont Key from our ferry boat. Their heads are so large they resemble buoy ball for crab traps until you see their large black eyes and brightly colored green backs. However, when we get close for photos they quickly dive to the bottom since they have learned that boats normally carry fisherman and until the late 80s it was legal to harvest these turtles.

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


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