Life has been busy but we have enjoyed some great fishing.
We have had some Spanish and king mackerel drop in finally up around Venice. We even had a few tarpon pass thru and could have more down in Boca Grande. Pompano are in and out but when they are here action is good. Snook, redfish, and trout are still available and usually cooperative. All are open this month. We have some windy conditions as I take time to put this together but it will settle fast and offer us some slightly cooler temps and good fishing action.
Baitfish schools have started to drop into our Venice area. The schools have been large but not holding overnight. It’s been a new game everyday. We have even had different types of baitfish every few days. Go figure; fishing keeps you guessing and that’s part of the challenge.
The Spanish have been large, mostly two to three pounds. I’m sure there are smaller fish around, but the ones we taken were while king fishing with very large minnows. The kings have been from ten to twenty pounds, no big ones yet. This action has been great up off of Venice so far. I expect to see a hot bite this week as waters settle and clear up on the East winds the next few days. I’m hoping we still have a few of those Boca Grande tarpon to play with awhile longer.
Pompano have not been predictable but we have enjoyed hot action when we can get on the fish. These can be elusive but are fun and tasty delights when we get locked in on them. I’m guessing it will pick up again next week also.
The inside waters should clear up now that the heavy rains have subsided. I was pleased to observe much clearer waters prior to this big blow. Runoff will linger but at a lesser flow; the heavy rains should be over now?
Snook, redfish, and trout are ready to play most of the time. It’s nice to be able to keep anything in the slots for now anyway. We will enjoy some hot bites and some times need to look around more because everything did move during the dark water times when it was hard to see them.
It’s time to get out and enjoy the milder temps and hotter fishing. I have the 12 thru 15th open right now; then the 22, 24,25th and 28, 29th; and I’m out of here for awhile. So set up something soon or I’ll catch up in December after it cools off. Thank you. Let’s go fishin’ now! Captain Van Hubbard www.captvan.com cell 941-740-4665
Venice to Boca Grande fishing will peak in October.
If you want in on the good catching Fall action get your reservations lined up and go fishing soon. Our waters begin to cool off this month and super fish migrations will plunge south and illuminate our near shore Gulf catching. Mackerel, both kings and Spanish are due now. Sharks, tarpon, jacks, and every other migratory species will be working south ahead of the harsh weather. Some time in November the Winter fronts will run our abundant bait off; the game fish follow the food. Snook, reds, and trout are going to hang around but no more easy minnow fishing in November. It’s now or next Spring.
Of course, we will enjoy good trout and red fishing throughout the colder periods but not like now. Some pompano and mackerel will hang with us till it freezes us off the water. I fished Tuesday and tore up the pompano but only got one on Wednesday. That’s just how dramatic things change from one day to the next. I’m guessing something weird is up with our weather this fall because the animals are acting strange. It could be a big blow or early cold winter but Mother Nature says she is up to something?
I’m going to take some time to reflect and enjoy my time here in November; I’ve worked hard most of my life on this planet and am ready to explore some of my dreams. I’m heading to the North Country to try my luck and explore any skill I may have looking for a big whitetail. I’m very excited about testing my self and growing back closer to the earth. I have been blessed to spend a huge portion of my days on our beautiful Gulf Coast waters I need some dirt under my feet. Thank you for your encouragement and support. I am very serious about how good I expect our fishing to be in October but I’m out of Florida by the First of November!
Time is flying by and I want to share more with you as time allows but right now this is what it is; let’s go fishin’ soon or see ya later. Captain Van Hubbard, the Salty Dog is looking forward to some woods time, so go fishing in October if you want to go with me. I’ll be working on my website as I make the time; it’s past time for changes and updates. I am very happy with my Evinrude E-Tec outboard motor, it’s dependable, efficient and powerful; what more could I ask for? I am totally excited about the family trips. I’ll promote this more and will also push fun trips ready for action with whatever we encounter. My experience will make sure we are prepared and maybe lady luck will smile on us if we listen close enough? Let’s go Fishin’ now! <www.captvan.com>
Florida Outdoor Writer’s Association conference last week was great.
I got out snook fishing with a wonderful German family last Wednesday; the fish were biting well. While the kids had trouble with our language they had no trouble with our fish. It took a few minutes to get the bite stirred up but snapper helped us stay busy waiting for snook to get hungry. It’s great to see kids smiling faces. Yes, it’s hot but most days have a cooling breeze and we start out early to beat the heat.
Redfish and trout are available from Venice to Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor. Most recent trips have been family fishing and we concentrate on Lemon Bay with only four hours to play. I’m hearing about pompano but have not had folks that wanted to look for some yet. Mackerel are around and available if the Gulf waters are calm off Manasota Beach up toward Venice.
Fishing is fine and the big news is that snook opens up Sunday for the first time in years. We have enjoyed excellent snook catching recently so I expect it to continue. October should be even better for everything inside and near shore migrations are due too.
We held our annual Florida Outdoor Writers Association, FOWA, at River Ranch and I got to fish some fresh water again. It was fun, educational, lots of good industry contacts, and great networking with other outdoor writers. It’s wonderful to get into central Florida and enjoy Lake Kissimmee and some woods. The cow country was fun we even attended a Rodeo; it’s inspirational to see the younger folks singing our national anthem, waving flags, doing family events etc…
Monte Goodman to a couple of us bass fishing Friday, it was great, I even caught four bass. We had so much fun together that we went back Sunday morning he caught nice 3 and 6 pound bass on top water. Then we caught a nice mess of Speckled Perch for me. It had been a life time since I got to speck fish; it’s still fun. Monte can be contacted at 863-661-7226 if you want to enjoy a day on sweet water; he is easy to share the boat with and very knowledgeable.
Please enjoy the Labor Day weekend and share time with family and friends; you might even go fishing? Thank you and like Capt. Wilson used to say; “If you’re too busy to go fishing you are just too busy!” Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>
8-6-2013 Fishing blog by Captain Van Hubbard
Venice to Boca Grande fishing still offers several options.
Many of our kids are starting back to school soon, so it’s back to weekends for the kids. Most recent trips have been for the younger anglers and its fun for all. I try to make it entertaining for the kids while teaching them about our waters and wildlife. Their enthusiasm is a blessing to share and experience. Their energy and awareness also inspire me; we motivate each other. These adventures have been a blessing for families to share.
The trick to successful trips is for parents or grandparents to sit back and let me take over. Keep the camera ready and let them play. If they want to enjoy the minnows in my Dorado’s big live well, let them. I get them to help me throw minnows to chum gamefish. The more involved the better. We take time to check out the dolphin, birds, and manatees. If things get slow we crank up the Evinrude E-Tec and ride around exploring, we can even stop and look for sharks teeth if they like. It’s all about the kids and if they are smiling we are doing our jobs. PS it’s a hundred dollars less for kid’s trips; they are easier to entertain.
Fish has been productive most trips. We have caught numbers some days and a few quality snook to show off and brag about too. The tides are more important now than usual because of the significant rain and downstream runoff. It’s harder to see thru the darker tannin stained waters. The fish are even more colorful but finding them can be challenging.
Snook, snapper, and few mackerel are the best bets right now. They are running around all of our areas passes. The minnows are small but abundant and easy to catch if you have a tiny mesh castnet. Redfish are around but require more patience and effort. Trout are down in Charlotte Harbor around Boca Grande. Mackerel should be dropping in around the Venice pier any time. We are fishing early around the heat and showers.
I’m expecting some good action in September when snook season opens up. The mackerel are improving everyday and should peak in late October or early November depending upon our weather. Kings will improve soon and few available now just farter out around the artificial reefs. Fish will begin to bunch up for fall soon. Line up reservations as soon as you can.
Thank you for your support and business. Captain Van Hubbard. <www.captvan.com
Captain Van Hubbard’s report and observations for 7-25-13
Crazy weather keeps this years fishing challenging.
It is a beautiful day to wake up and I’m thankful; but this fresh west wind makes things difficult. Its eighty degrees and the suns not up yet. Welcome to summertime life around here. The overcast last week was actually a blessing if you missed the rains. We still have fish and fun if the heat doesn’t bother you. This is when my big T-Top really helps. I find we all tend to migrate to the shade as it heats up. The breezes are wonderful if not too strong. The freshwater runoff is still an issue but fish are always here and still need to eat. I’m just spoiled and used to seeing our targets. This year has been wonderful and even with weird weather very productive. Business has been great even though it’s slowed down now but I needed time to catch up on chores and relax a little. Not as young as I was but not as old as I will be tomorrow! It’s nice to take some time to reflect and remember the many blessings and special folks and fishing we have enjoyed.
The kid’s trips are perfect fit for me and the families. I enjoyed a nice cook out with a friend and his family at Boca Grande last evening. We talked, shared fish stories and watched the girls play. I couldn’t think of a better way to end a day.
Snook and snapper seem to be the best bet right now. They are abundant and close. The minnows are growing but still small so it’s a good fit. Trout are around and we do have some redfish if you want to but in the time and effort. Spanish mackerel are due anytime and I think we could find a few tasty pompano if we went looking for them. If the winds allowed we have kings and a variety of fish in the nearby Gulf if weather permitting. Tarpon are scatted but available if you put in the time! No sitting ducks right now but plenty of fish scattered from Boca grande to Venice and up into Charlotte Harbor too; we can play with depending upon conditions.
If you are planning to eat a Venice snook when it opens for harvest it’s past time to lock up some dates! The season opens September First and should peak in October sometime. Fishing will remain good until the cold weather comes south sometime in November. Everything else is biting then too so don’t miss out. The mackerel migration will be hot off of Venice Beaches in October too with lots of action and liberal bag limits to bring home some fish.
Watch the weather next week it’s that time of the year. Thank you, Let’s Go Fishin’ soon. Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>