Merry Christmas from warm sunny Southwest Florida.

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 from warm South West Florida.

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

It’s time to enjoy the mack attack offf of Venice.

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. cell 941-740-4665 evenings after I get off the water.

It’s mackerel time if it’s calm or snook if it’s not.

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  cell 941-740-4665

It’s time to enjoy the Fall foishing around Venice.

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! <>

Captain Van Hubbard

P.O. Box 146
Placida, FL 33946



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