Family FUN Fishing !!!
Since 1976, Captain Van Hubbard has provided his customers with courteous, professional, fishing charters, and excellent access to the inshore and near-shore waters. He started out around Tampa Bay moving to Boca Grande in 1981 to enjoy the awesome tarpon and snook fishery. He concentrates fishing from Boca into Charlotte Harbor and North to Venice, Florida. Providing quality tackle, Captain Van has numerous rods and reels to select from. This allows you to optimize every opportunity encountered on the water. This plus his over forty years local guiding experience ensures memorable adventures for anglers of all ages, and experience levels.
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Rates:Starting at $500 4 hours, family fun fishing for whatever is biting. We fish inside or near shore, Florida state waters only, and it’s your choice if weather allows. I do need to know in advance to bring proper gear. $100 per hour for additional hours on all trips. Snook, tarpon, permit, sharks, specific target species is $800 for six hours. Trolling trips for kingfish, cobia, etc… start at $650 because the engine is always running. We do have good fishing; but we have been discovered so it may require traveling more exploring to create opportunities. Rates include all but food and drinks. I clean the fish, provide any tackle and permits required. Reservations are suggested; especially if you are on a tight schedule. Last minute can work some times. Custom and multiple boat trips can be arraigned. Make your fishing reservation when you plan your trip for busy times. Please always call your captain before 7 PM the evening before your trip. Some days you need to call before you leave home if weather is still questionable. Please communicate your desire and confirm before either of us waste our efforts. If you change your mind at the dock after I get ready and run to pick you up, you forfeit your deposit.
Deposit:50 % deposit required to hold your dates. I do not take credit cards. Deposits are refundable if the weather is unsafe; lightening or Small Craft Warnings in effect, if we can’t reschedule.
Please Be Careful:If you drop any equipment overboard, it will be your responsibility to pay for the replacement. Please wear boat shoes for your safety; No dark soles that mark the boat decks are permitted. Bare feet are fine. Light cotton is great when it’s warm. Beer and wine are fine; whiskey is risky. Sun screen,
Charter Rates – Max of 4 adults plus 2 kids under 15
There is always good fishing year-round in Southwest Florida, however, some fish are seasonal and only available certain times of the year.
Location Most charters depart from Stump Pass Marina, located on the mainland between Englewood and Boca Grande. The marina is located about an hour South of the Tampa Bay area, less than and hour South from Sarasota/ Bradenton, about, and around three hours from Orlando.
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Pick up at other sites can usually be arranged; any additional compensation depends on the time and distance.
The Captain can’t control the weather or tides so you must be willing to work around Mother Nature’s moods. Weather can create challenges. Captain Van does fish in less than perfect conditions and will make the best of what Mother Nature dishes out. If we have planed to fish outside (nearshore), and the conditions are too rough, then we’ll fish inside (inshore).
Lighting, Small Craft Warnings and unsafe conditions are beyond the Captain’s control and refunds are available for these instances, but of course, we’ll try and reschedule if possible.