Captain Van Hubbard still has a PASSION for fishing! He grew up fishing the Tampa Bay area. Capt. Van is a US Navy veteran. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1970, he moved home.
Fishing is in his blood. He worked at Hubbard’s Marina on Fish Famous John’s Pass in 1976 expanding his education. Then earned his captain’s license and started chartering. Capt. Van was fishing almost 300 days a year and learned a lot about fish. He’s takes some time off in the outdoors or writing about it, during the off-season. He started tarpon guiding at Boca Grande in 1981. After this remarkable season of sizzling tarpon catching, Boca Grande became home port. Our fishing has changed, but the Venice and Charlotte Harbor areas are paradise. Captain Van Hubbard has spent tens of thousands of days (40 years) mastering snook, tarpon, and back country fishing around the Charlotte Harbor/Boca Grande area. His extensive family fishing experience will help you enjoy your time on the water with him. Boca Grande, Charlotte Harbor, Venice, Englewood and Captain Van are famous for family fun catching fish.
Van understands “giving back,” a concept practiced and shared by both his Grandfather and old friend Bill Mote. He works with Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida Marine Research Institute, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other conservation and research groups.
Over the years, from 1986-96, Van expanded into the television business. He hosted and co-produced a well know and award winning TV series called, LET’S GO FISHIN’. He is an active outdoor writer contributing monthly columns in the Marine Times, Woods ‘n Water, and Saltwater Angler magazines. Van’s was featured February 2015 Florida Sportsman issue about pompano. With almost forty years of professional experience; Captain Van Hubbard knows Venice to Boca Grande fishing.
Associations and Awards
- Member, Southeastern Outdoor Press Assoc.
- Active Member and Past President of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association
- Writes a weekly column for WaterLine.
- Guest lecturer at boat shows, radio/TV shows, civic groups and fishing clubs for decades
- William R. Mote Sport Fishing Guide of the year 1999
- Frank Philpott Conservation Award 2001, from Florida Outdoor Writers Association