April it’s time for your Spring fling fishing adventures.



April is time for your Spring fling fishing adventures.

If you want action it’s time to get out on our beautiful Venice to Boca Grande waters. Our Spanish and king mackerel are passing by on their northern migration. Sharks, barracuda, cobia, and many other species all follow the schools of baitfish along our Gulf Beaches. Snapper and grouper are offshore, also snook and trout are available inside this month.  This is prime time and some tarpon will be around any day too.

Waters are warming and Sprig is here the impressive fish migration is underway now. Spanish mackerel are abundant around the passes and into the Gulf waters.  The larger king mackerel are already visiting and will just improve this month. All their buddies; like sharks, cudas, cobia and even permit are due to cruise in with them. Look for bird activity and surface striking fish activity. All sizes of sharks and various varieties are here now.

Snook are in and as waters reach into the 80s expect them to turn on. We have a lot of undersized fish and some big ones expect to work for slot snook. Live minnows are your best bet but lures do produce fish also. Trout are the best bet for dinner inside. They are active and spawning now so you can find schools of hungry fish. Soft plastics under a popping cork are the easy way to cover water to locate hungry fish. Some mackerel and other species are available to entertain the kids too.

It is comfortable for us now and fish are active. Silver kings/tarpon have already teased us and I expect some to drop in for Easter. It’s a busy time so reservations are recommended for accommodations and fishing charters. Don’t miss this we will have good action for the next few months but this is Spring fishing at its best. Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>

What are you waiting for; it won’t last, pack your bags and call now. Let’s go fishin’ soon. Captain Van Hubbard

Spring time has arrived with great fishing.

Spring fishing is blossoming now around Venice and Boca Grande. Weather has been beautiful on our sunny beaches. Our Englewood Beach Gulf waters are warming up and the Mackerel migration is starting already. Minnows have been hard to find; so snook fishing will come to live when minnows appear locally, any day. My snook indicator is my jasmine bush by the front door and it is ready to bloom in the next couple of nights.
Business is great and reservations are advised I do have a few days open from the 12 – 15 and then the 25 of April; there are dates available in May and June for tarpon, C&R snook, whatever’s biting, or family fun trips.
Spanish and king mackerel are abundant, exciting, speedy fish that will help you literally understand how reels scream when they race off your line. Multiple hook up are common. Spanish run smaller and they are fun on matching lighter gear. The kings are much bigger, from 15 to even 50 pounds, and will grab your attention when they eat your baitfish; then scream off a couple hundred yards of line! Both are good eating and have liberal bag limits. Bring a cooler to carry fish home, or grill some for lunch at our Stump Pass Grille.
Speckled trout have provided most of our action on the windy days. It is nice to get outside into the near shore Gulf when conditions allow, but the protected waters allow us to get out even if it blows.
Tarpon have already teased us and will come on strong very soon. We can anticipate some good catch and release snook action this Summer. With minnows scarce so far fish should be hot when they show up.
Let’s go fishin’ soon. Captain Van Hubbard

Revised Fishing Focus for 2016

My revised website… you will notice many changes and adjustments.

My direction is to focus on Family Fun Fishing from Boca Grande to Venice Florida inside and near shore fishing.

I’m excited about the new opportunities the larger 25 feet rig offers with Spanish and king mackerel, and all the migratory friends that accompany them. This is exciting action packed fishing with liberal bag limits for take home fish.

  • I still do Tarpon and snook fishing but just full-day trips for 6-8 hours and new rate is $850 but can now carry up to six passengers max, still two fishing at a time. We can start at dawn and pursue fish near and far. May and June are prime times for sight fishing either tarpon or trophy snook. Both are catch and release!

Our fishing has improved dramatically since the weather warmed up and will just get better as we enter Spring. Spring Break, Family Fun Trips are already booking up so please don’t drag your feet for best selections. I can usually help locate another qualified captain if I’m booked.

Thank you for your business and friendship for almost 40 years, May of 1976 I became a Captain.
Remember that, “you can’t catch fish if you don’t go fishin”

Let’s go fishin’ soon!
Captain Van Hubbard

2015 was awesome; but it’s 2016 Happy New Year.

We have enjoyed the best year and it ended with unbelievable weather. Record high temps in the mid eighties for the last week. it’s due to change tomorrow and I’m ready for a few days off after a busy holiday run.  The wind is supposed to chill us down into the frigid sixties for our lows. We are bad spoiled.

Snook, trout, and a few redfish, blessed our Christmas catches. We ended the year of 2015 with a fat pompano today.  I had the pleasure of sharing most days with families showing them our local area and all it’s water wonders. Snapper have been  biting outside when winds allow us out. I’m looking forward to good action when it calms down.

Thank everyone for your support and encouragement. Management and conservation are challenges we have to stay involved with if we expect to have an active voice. Get involved from the beginning or it’s not effective.

It’s time to lock in Spring break and Summer tarpon dates. Reservations are first come first served and dates are already booking. Enjoy and be safe. It’s paradise fishing from Boca Grande to Venice Beaches. You can’t catch fish if you don’t go fishin’! Happy New Year. Captain Van

Merry Christmas, enjoy fun family fishing.


We have enjoyed a wonderful year. Fishing, weather, and business are great. Our area is experiencing record visitors and they are enjoying our waters and hospitality. Many of my clients are becoming friends and we have fun catching what ever fish are biting.

We had a good tarpon season. The aggressive tournament mess is history; also they folded their law suit when it came time to face the judge. Our tarpon fishing future is bright and most are figuring out happy fish feed and scared fish are not going to play with us.

Snook are plentiful even though most were smaller last year. The future is bright. we still enjoyed great action this past week. We had twenty fish per day two days last week.

My emphasis on family fun fishing is working great. It is much easier to target whatever is around than target a specific species most of the time. We do have opportunities to pick our target and enjoy good action; just not all the time. Ask about specific species but settle for the best action.

I want to thank everyone for your support  and looking forward to seeing everyone this year. Please find time to share with family and friends; it’s important. Merry Christmas. Van

Captain Van Hubbard

P.O. Box 146
Placida, FL 33946



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