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Are you looking for a fishing charter with lots of excitement, screaming reels, giant jumping fish? Call Capt. Van Hubbard and Let’s Go Fishin’. Capt. Van Hubbard is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable inshore fishing guides on Florida’s Gulf Coast. He has been a professional, USCG licensed year round guide since 1976, and has been fishing Venice FL and Englewood FL, including Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande since 1981.
Capt. Van is an International Game Fish Association (IGFA) certified captain offering Venice FL fishing charters for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish and other seasonal species. Capt Van’s extensive local knowledge makes him a great choice for other “non-fishing” eco-boat tours offered, like: shelling, bird watching, photography, remote island trips and lunch or dinner cruises.
Captain Van offer fishing charters for angler of all skill levels, and has fishing trips designed specifically for kids.. CLICK HERE for more information on kids fishing in Venice and Sarasota Florida.
Here is what Frank Sargeant – outdoor editor Tampa Tribune, editor Florida Sportsman magazine, and award winning outdoor writer – had to say about Capt. Van:
Captain Van Hubbard is one of the best-known and most successful fishing charter guides in Florida. I’ve had the pleasure of fishing with Van both inshore and off, and he has never failed to put me in the fish. And, he may hold the unofficial record for most Snook caught and released in a day—his grand total of 158 marks him as one of the best in the business.
I’m also impressed by the fact that Van pays his dues as a conservationist — he has been a leading voice for habitat preservation and fish conservation for more than a decade.
I’m proud to number him among my friends and fishing partners.
Web post for 2-9-14
It’s great to get back on the water enjoying our great Venice to Boca Grande fishing.
The boat is looking much better with shiny exterior and our weather has even cooperated most of the last week. I was able to find some nice trout and pompano for our dinner table plus plenty of ladyfish and jacks for fun. The Spanish mackerel are already showing up but most are small so far. Waters are warming fast inside up to as much as 75 degrees some afternoons last week. The Gulf will require a little longer warm periods because it is a much lager body of water to heat up. We saw several spoonbills and plenty of dolphins as we rode between spots. Life is good you need to give it a try ASAP!
The phone and emails are starting to show many of you are feeling like fishing soon. Please consider planning your fishing adventures as soon as you can to lock in the dates. We both want you to share time on our beautiful waters together. Remember we are just now hitting prime winter visitor season! Spring break for northern kids is coming at us soon. Make you plans and show them our fine fishing.
Snook opens next month and I do expect to enjoy good action. We may have to work for a slot fish but catching snook is always exciting. Redfish and trout will help ensure your fresh fish dinners. Pompano and sheepshead are also around now if you want to try them? The mackerel migration can start up any time if it stays warm. I found a larger school of smaller sharks moving around last Sunday and Monday. Cobia and tripletails cruise the near shore Gulf if you don’t mind the ride looking for them. King mackerel are big fun fish and great on the grill too. We have tons of fun playing with kings from ten to forty pounds on twenty pound gear. The mackerel action can be every cast, it gets thrilling.
Tarpon will be here sometime in late April and peak from May through June. We will have silver kings through the summer but the big concentrations are May/June. Don’t miss the chance to fulfill a bucket list dream with your trophy tarpon this summer.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to sharing a fabulous fishing adventure with you soon. I fish from Venice Beach south to Boca Grande.
Captain Van Hubbard www.captvan.com ph 941-468-4017
I’m almost ready to get back on the water.
It was time to freshen up the Dorado so she’ll have a shiny new exterior finish tomorrow. I’ll be back on the water Wednesday ready to catch fish along our beautiful Venice to Boca Grande shorelines. Of course the weather may be a complication, just like it’s been while trying to paint. It’s winter around here; we don’t have the freezing temps but it is cooler. Our fish react to the weather changes just like we do. Remember they are cold blooded and have to duck out of the colder water when fronts blow down upon us.
Right now the fronts are coming in every few days. This makes it hard to guess in advance when will be a fair weather fishing date. So my suggestion for this time of the year is call ASAP when you arrive and let’s see what day might work for our fishing. Remember that what’s cold to me, may be balmy to you. I’m cold at fifty while you may find that a heat wave. I can dress up and make the trip work but you need to communicate as to what is fun weather for your group.
Trout and sheepshead are abundant and available for eating fish. They are fun to catch and usually not to hard to find. They both are flaky white meat and can be prepared any way you like. The trick is not to over cook any fish! We usually fish live shrimp under a popping cork if we can purchase them. Soft plastics are also perfect for trout.
Sheepshead can be tricky nibblers and challenging for some to hook. The trick is awareness. You have to feel the bite and set the hook promptly. They are tasty and pull hard. We frequently stop at Stump Pass Grille for a fresh catch lunch; with your fish.
We do have redfish and some days they bite well. Redfish require more patience and can be a gamble some days. We had some tasty pompano around before I started sanding and painting; I’m looking forward to checking up on them soon. Ladyfish are fun just not as tatsty.
Snook are cold right now but the season opens in March and I expect good fishing then. It gets busy around here by mid-February so reservations are recommended; especially from April on thru June. I suggest setting up a date early in your trip and then we may be able to adjust to catch better weather if space is available. Reservations are first deposit in, holds that date. We can sometimes get in more than one trip as it warms up some. Please let me know if you prefer mornings or afternoons? Longer trips are fine just let me know.
Mackerel will be back before you know it and tarpon by late April if it warms normally. January actually started out warm but changed quickly to colder temps mid month. It’s impossible to guess what we can expect next month but the weekend forecast is for beautiful warm weather. So let’s go fishin’ soon.
I’ll be at the Boca Grande Community Center, Saturday to help out Save the Tarpon’s, first Kids and Parents Beginning Fishing Seminar. This is to educate parents so they can share the fishing experience with their kids. We are even providing them with rods and reels, plus starter gear. We are excited that it filled up promptly and the guide instructors are looking forward to sharing our experience with the families. Then I’ll be at the Boca Grande Fishing Club for lunch and sharing fish stories with them. So many seasonal residents miss out on our great summer tarpon and snook fishing. So I’m going to try and convince some of them to come back and see what they are missing. Our sight casting to big fish makes awesome fishing adventures.
I’m optimistic that this will be a much better tarpon season since we got that weighted hook “jig” outlawed in the Boca Grande Pass. Everything is shaping up for a busy and productive fishing season. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon. Captain Van Hubbard. <www.captvan.com>
Wishing you great family fishing and a Merry Christmas from Captain Van Hubbard.
Enjoy this special time with family and friends. Make time to share some outdoor time with them; life is short. Walk in the woods or try some of our Venice to Boca Grande fishing. Our weather has been warm and wonderful waters have been calm most of the time and fish are waiting for your presentation.
Weather does control our options; so we work with what we get. We have redfish and trout now along the back country mangrove edges and flats. We can cast lures, soak natural baits, or mix it up; just let me know beforehand so I can accommodate your desires. Both are great eating and fun to catch. Snook are closed but we still stumble into a few.
We also have a mixture of flounder, sheepshead, bluefish, Spanish mackerel, and a shot at pompano if you like? We usually jig for these but sometimes shrimp work well here also. Water clarity helps with the mackerel and pompano. The variety is always exciting and with ladyfish and assorted unusual species you never know what we’ll pull in. The action is frequent and fun for less patient anglers.
If the weather holds as beautiful as it has been we could even have a shot at Spanish or king mackerel, sharks, and more outside in the near shore Gulf. Calm, clear conditions are required here. It has been warm so far.
What ever you decide to do, find time to enjoy our great outdoors with the folks that are special to you. We have an abundance of bird life for observation also, if that tickles your fancy? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, from sunny Southwest Florida. Captain Van Hubbard
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.It’s been awhile since I’ve posted because I took some time to enjoy the woods for a change. I went to the North Country to enjoy your hospitality and explore that part of our beautiful country. Farm country is a lot different than South West Florida and we are much warmer. I had some adjustment to the colder temps and even saw some snow. It was fun and educational but now it’s back to work.
Right now the winds are racking my house so I’m not rushing out on the water. From my fishing friends I’m told all was well and I think it will settle down a a couple of days and be fine; INSIDE. It will take some time to settle the Gulf waves are at ten feet right now!
Redfish and trout should be better now that waters have chilled some. Whitebait will not be dependable but pinfish, shrimp, and lures will be fine. Snook are going to move to protected waters but we still have a shot. We had some flounder around before this storm and I expect to see more soon.
Everything will be fine and I excited to be back home in Venice and Englewood, I’m ready to fish. Will be out with a trip Saturday afternoon and see what’s going on for myself Friday. It’s hard to guess what’s going to happen when the Gulf does settle it mainly depends on how long it calms down between fronts. It’s off to a rough start but extreme has been the norm recently. Thank you. Let’s go fishin’ before it really gets cold. Now I do understand why Northerners feel our Winter cold is a chill to them.
Captain Van Hubbard
2013-10-11 web report by Captain Van Hubbard
Finally everything comes together; fish and weather.
This is it the bite is on. Wednesday the weather started to settle and bait was hard to find at first but we finally found minnows down by Boca Grande. We caught some trout down around Charlotte Harbor but they were small so we cruised back up to Lemon Bay. We caught a few slot trout and almost big enough snook on our way North and got some fish in the box. We finally got a redfish bite just before low water and landed four, twenty-five in redfish to send my guests home with a nice mess of fish. They enjoyed a great redfish lunch at the Grille before heading home.
Thursday I joined some friends on their beautiful new thirty-five Ray Hunt. Beautiful boat! We found a big school of striking redfish in front of Boca Grande; they we too big, over slot but an awesome site. It was so colorful with the brilliant bronze redfish running on the surface right by our boat. We finally got some minnows and went kingfishing. We found sharks, Spanish and king mackerel and a few tarpon up by Venice. The bite was not red hot but we constantly saw feeding fish and action. I believe we could do well targeting the tarpon.
It’s time to get ready for today’s trip and it’s inside today. This is the action we have waited for and we have great weather forecast for almost a week at least. Let’s go Fishing. I have Sunday thru Wednesday AM open. Don’t miss this action. Captain Van Hubbard. www.captvan.com cell 941-740-4665 evenings after I get off the water.