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Deep Sea Fishing
If you ever find yourself at or near Madeira Beach on the Gulf Coast and you and/or your family would like to do some deep sea fishing go to Hubbard’s Marina at Madeira Beach.
Deep Sea Fishing Trips take place as follows:
Spring and Summer:
7 days a week – 2 trips a day
8am to 1pm & 1pm to 6pm
Friday and Saturday
Half Night Fishing Trips
7pm to 12pm
Autumn and Winter:
7 days a week- 1 trip a day
8am to 1pm.
The places are given out on a first come first served basis so do try to make an advance reservation as places fill up quickly. Apparently you can phone up or go online well in advance for your reservations. When you make your reservation details of your credit card will be taken but will not be charged as you pay on the day. However if you intend to pay by credit card make sure you take it with you.
It is not just ardent fishermen that go on these trips whole families can be seen on board. Prices are as follows:
$50. 00 Per Person
$5. 00 Rod/Reel Rental + tax
Children under 12 at half-price
You should arrive no later than 7. 15am for the morning trip and 12. 15pm for the afternoon trip.
When you arrive at the Marina you can park in John' s Pass parking garage which is only a few yards from the docks and costs approx $5. You will not need a separate fishing license as you will be covered under the boats recreational fishing license.
The average cruising time is one hour out and one hour back with three hours fishing time. They usually go out to a distance of eight to twelve miles and fish at a depth of twenty to forty feet.
You are allowed to bring one cooler per person on board this can contain soft drinks as well as food but all containers must be plastic. There is a zero tolerance policy to taking alcohol on board.
However as the boats have a full service cash galley and grill most passengers do not bother with their own cooler box. There is a chef on board who will provide freshly cooked food from the Breakfast and Dinner menu whilst oft drinks, beer, coffee/tea and snacks are also available.
Your fare will include your bait of cut squid although you can also take your own frozen bait if you wish. Extra live bait can be purchased at the bait and tackle store on the dock.
You are most likely to catch 2 to 4 lb. Gray Snapper, Sea Bass, Porgies and Trigger Fish.
Your fish will be stored in iced fish boxes while you are at sea and given to you on your return to the dock. The mates will be available to clean fish after the boat returns to the dock for which I believe they make a very reasonable charge.
If you do decide to go deep sea fishing I hope you have a great time but please do not forget your suncream.
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Page added on: 22 January 2010
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