It’s time to take your children fishing!

Summertime fishing is fine from Venice to Boca Grande now; come try it.
June 24, 2014
Some tarpon still around Boca Grande and snook along the Venice Beaches.
July 19, 2014
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It’s time to take your children fishing!

          We have several options available for good Summer fishing. Tarpon, the majestic silver kings, are still bunched up along our Gulf Beaches from Venice into Boca Grande Pass and up into Charlotte Harbor. We carry small live blue crabs for bait whenever we can get them. Pinfish and other bait minnows are good also. This time of year we also carry a few artificials to be sure we are always ready for action. You can actually see to cast at the giant fish you are seeking. I’ll promise you’ll never forget the mighty silver king adventure. Most grown men get buck fever and freeze up as the adrenalin jolts your reality; your brain will retain the experience but your hands are out of control. These are truly unforgettable memories. I still get excited every time your silver king soars against the blue skies above our beautiful Gulf waters. Be sure to bring a camera or videotape.

          Snook, those larger trophy tackle testers are available now also. Minnows are our first choice as baits. We can usually cast net or Sabiki a few for the trip. Pinfish and other minnows also produce and can be caught easier most days. We utilize a few lures here but prefer “lures by God” or natural baits if possible. Fly fishing can produce some hot action now if you’re looking for fun. Some tides are better but we can almost always catch a few even under challenging conditions. Forty years of snook guiding experience and quality gear enhances our odds. This fishing frequently allows us to see the trophy snook we are targeting! We even get to observe the bite often! We caught a dozen snook from thirty to over forty inches Saturday the twenty-eighth of June with Amy, Brian, and Tom.

          Children’s trips work well now with them out of school. We can find something to catch, bending their rods adding smiles to their beautiful faces. It’s hot by mid day, welcome to Southwest Florida in Summer. We just work around the heat of the day by starting out early. The 23 Dorado does have some shade, charters are family fun; we can select a quiet white sand beach to hop out and cool off in the beautiful Gulf waters if you desire. This is your trip; let me know what you want and I’ll try to please. Your recommendations are the best advertising money can’t buy. We observe dolphin, manatees, and much more besides fish; many fun family memories to cherish forever.

          I want to thank everyone for using my services and sharing time on our beautiful Venice to Boca Grande, Florida waters. It has been wonderful. Our baitfish situation has been inconsistent so far, but it’s improving. We do have abundant tiny minnows that are growing up rapidly. In the mean time threadfins have been a back up most days. So I’m left with making a tough decision; live minnow trips are on hold as minnows grow up. Reality is we can usually enjoy good tarpon action for the next month or more. If we can catch any minnows large enough to fish with then we can catch and release a few trophy snook. We can fish shrimp or tiny minnows for snapper or trout and anything else that bites for us. We can even try trolling state waters for a few gag grouper if your game, they open up the First of July. I’ll do whatever I can to help share a memorable day on our local waters. Thank you, let’s go fishin’ soon. Captain Van Hubbard. Check out web site at for more info and bookings you can call me at 941-468-4017.

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