Fishing forecast for 24 March 2014, by Capt Van Hubbard.
We are enjoying some good fishing when winds allow us to go where we want. Business is amazing so get your reservation request in ASAP if you want to fish with me. Our recent catching has been directly correlated to the wind speed and direction; good weather has allowed us good catching. We have been able to catch a mess usually on the windy days. We should be getting into April weather soon and I’m expecting the bite to light up very soon when ever it calms down and warms up slightly.
My family trips are so much fun and Spring Break is into full swing. It is great to share time with the children, parents and even grandparents. The smiles, memories created, and family time are truly priceless. The manatees and dolphin keep us occupied when fish tease us.
The mackerel have come up to us in the Gulf but winds only allow us the get to them some days. We have enjoyed several tasty lunches of grilled mackerel for lunch after our trips recently at the Stump Pass Grille. A few larger ones add to our bay trips. Trout are active and tasty dinners for the fish hungry folks.
The larger kingfish should be here whenever this wind backs down to let us get to them. Several captains have caught a few in the deeper Gulf. Water temps are right for mackerel and almost warm enough for snook to get more active. Minnows are not available yet but any day this could change. I keep my castnet handy and got my Captain Van’s Magic Chum in a month ago.
Everything is shaping up for the best year in a long time what a blessing for all of us. Thank you, Captain Van Hubbard www.captvan.com.
Full Moon and a fast weather system blew though to restart our fishing cycle.
Getting a late start today allowing the wind to back down and temps warm up a little this weekend is expected to be beautiful. We caught some tasty trout, plump pompano, and speedy mackerel the last few days. Jacks and ladyfish helped keep the poles bent and anglers smiling. Was blessed to enjoy several family trips and the children are so much fun. They are happy catching a little bit of everything plus plenty of dolphin and manatees viewing.
I heard there were a couple of big king mackerel caught last week down at Boca Grande Pass. The Spanish and king mackerel are due to come ashore by Venice Beach as soon as the waters clear up after our west winds settle.
With the cold weather and spring break vacations up North business is great. If you want to set up a trip I have the 16th 28th, 29, 30th open right now so don’t procrastinate. I do have other captains I can help set you up with so please email me and we’ll hook you up ASAP! About half of April is still available and we can expect snook and red fishing to improve inside. While the near shore Gulf of Mexico is ready to light up with the baitfish and mackerel migration due to move into town any time.
This is prime time so make time to enjoy some family time and catch a mess of fresh fish for dinner. Thank you for your support and Let’s go Fishin’ Captain Van Hubbard <www.captvan.com>
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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