Hubbard's 44 Hour Full Moon Snapper trip

Mangrove, vermilion, and yellowtail snapper tend to go a little 'crazy' during full moon periods; particularly on Friday the thirteenth. In addition, they get very hungry. The January 2017 full moon is 1/13/17 at 6:35 A.M. We will be fishing the day after the full of the moon. This should be a good one. Join us as we find out together how good full moon fishing really is. We will be fishing all night Friday, and late into Saturday evening. Hubbard's Florida Fisherman ll is ready and so are we. One thing about folks who love to fish, we tend to get very hungry. 44 hours on the water will make anyone hungry. No problem! Chef Tammy has loaded enough of the finest eats and drinks to supply a small army. Fine food, comfortable bunks, and the best of people; who could ask for anything more? Well! How about fish? Want a little preview of our catch? This should be enough to excite anyone:
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Ready! Chef Tammy welcomes us on board:
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Captain Bryon Holland, one of the best of the best, leads the charge:
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Captain Bryon has been fishing our local waters for decades.
Soon beautiful Madeira Beach, Florida will be just a distant memory:
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Mangrove snapper are tricky, hard to fool, hard to catch, little bait thieves. They take pride in eat and run. That is, until Will shows how to make them pay for their meals. When Will talks, we listen:
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Is fishing or eating more important? Chef Tammy adds her own special touch to everything she cooks, and it shows. What a way to start our great adventure; grilled to order steak dinner with all the trimmings is hard to beat:
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But so is snapper fishing. Late Friday evening...Look at the size of that deep water, delicious eating, vermilion snapper Captain Bryan is so proud of; who wouldn't be?
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No 'eat and run' when Mr. Larry Miller is around:
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Looks like yellow tail snapper are hungry also:
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Not to be forgotten, the mighty, deep water, king fish:
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Finally! Late Friday evening. This is looking good:
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Mr David Burton:
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Mr. Larry Miller:
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Mr. Omar Castillo:
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This is looking very good:
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Mr. Felipe Pereira, Fort Myers, Florida, is so proud. Really! That's a mango to be proud of:
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The mangrove snapper are on fire:
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And they are huge and ready for a fight:
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One of the Florida's monster fish boxes is almost full, and it's not even ten o'clock yet:
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Omar, and many others, are close to limiting-out on mangrove snapper, and we are talking about a federal two day limit of 20:
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Look at the size of that mangrove snapper Mr. Eugene Sawyer just caught:
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Looks like the tuna are hungry also:
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Two of Florida's three huge fish boxes are filling up fast. We are talking about fish boxes that hold multi-hundreds of pounds. Looks like Friday the thirteenth is good luck after all:
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Looks like Mr. Doug Dallier, fellow Jesuit High School & University of Tampa alumni, is well on his way to an outstanding catch. Every time I take a look at fishing spot number 12, Dough has a fish on:
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Even the mutton snapper are hungry:
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Mr. John Chung will never forget this battle:
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Now this stuff is getting serious:
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Saturday morning brings more of the same:
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Omar, is there anything you can't catch?
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Talk about excellent eating:
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Look at the color on that red grouper:
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Mr. Ian Keith:
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Omar, hope you have a truck big enough to carry all of your fish:
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Captain John is so proud of his grouper. It's a good one:
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Look at the size of that dreaded lion fish:
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Sundown! Let's top off the boxes and see what Chef Tammy has for dinner. Catching all those fish has made us hungry; I mean really hungry:
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Talk about a major adventure in paradise...Snapper, grouper, kings, and even tuna, This is Our Florida, our Tropical Wonderland:
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Well! The Florida's three huge fish boxes are stuffed to the 'gill!' We have been in fish all night Friday, and all day Saturday. Let's catch one more and see what Tammy has special for us tonight:
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Guys & gals, we started out trip with a tender, flavorful, chicken breast on hot Tampa Bay's best Cuban bread; then a steak dinner that would put the finest restaurant to shame. Breakfast Saturday morning was eggs, bacon, sausage, and Country sausage gravy over hot biscuits. And never forget lunch...The best Italian sausage smothered in grilled onions & peppers on, once again, hot Cuban bread. Can it get any better than this? Well! Just imagine a huge center cut pork chop swimming in Chef Tammy's own very special gravy, cooked to perfection white rice, and the best steamed mixed vegetables. Heck with the fish...Let's EAT!
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Fish boxes #'s 1 & 3 have long been iced down and sealed. Just enough room left in box number 2 for ice:
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Captain John, take us home. We sure know what to do on the long ride home:
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Sunday morning all ready? It can't be:
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Will and Jon have been unloading fish for over half an hour. Get those pictures:
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Mr. Dallier, you represented Jesuit High School and the University of Tampa well:
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Mr. Willis Ellis's jack pot winning amberjack hit the scales at 68.5 pounds:
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Snapper jack pot winner...8.7 pounds; red grouper 8.2:
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Unfortunately the larger snapper & grouper were not in the jack pot.
OK! One last thing before we do it all over again next weekend. Name the mystery fish. This is a tough one!
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Check out the short, action packed, video of our trip:
(click on the Youtube link)


https://youtu.be/0uYW8n7cXUg

Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association

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  • NACl H2O LuvrNACl H2O Luvr Posts: 12,124 AG
    Cool report! Your "mystery fish" is a rainbow runner.

    Was this a middle grounds trip?
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Several rainbow runners were caught. We went to the Elbow and got there before sundown and the bite was on! The Elbow can be either really good or really bad. We caught it on a good day and the weather was fantastic too.
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,102 AG
    Your "mystery fish" is a rainbow runner.
    Bingo.

    But your one Mango isn't a Mango. ;)




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  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    Mango Man we miss seeing you out there. Somebody caught a 10.2 lb mango but wasn't in the jackpot. I bet you would have caught one over 12lbs!
  • MF32YFMF32YF Palm Harbor, FLPosts: 26 Greenhorn
    Looks like a great trip - thank you for a photos & detailed report! Always a pleasure to read when you can be there in person.

    Didn't see any ARS pics as I would think you had to cull through based on all the reports inside the Elbow. Any update on them is appreciated.

    Thanks again for a great report
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    After Friday night at the Elbow we started to move North (I don't know how far), and at one of the day spots all we brought up were 2-3lb ARS. We didn't stay at that spot long. Other than that we only had 1 or 2, if that, come up at all the others spots. So they didn't bother us much at all (which was nice). Maybe they have moved further in now.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,721 Captain
    Thanks guys! What an honor sharing our great sport with the real sportsmen/women of F/S.
    We did not go to the Grounds on this trip. We fished in & around the Elbow. Most of the time we fished around 160 feet.
    Saw a few smaller American reds on a couple of stops. We try to stay away from them.
    Rainbow runner is 100% correct.
    Mangrove snapper. Please point our which snapper is not a mango; most were. We caught over 500 mangos. The only other snappers I saw were vermilion, yellowtail, and one mutton.
  • Mango ManMango Man Posts: 11,102 AG
    Mango Man we miss seeing you out there. Somebody caught a 10.2 lb mango but wasn't in the jackpot. I bet you would have caught one over 12lbs!
    Thanks Dave! My days on head boats are pretty much done.

    It was great to see Larry and Ian are still fishing.

    There is a Dog Snapper in there. ;)

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  • clarosaclarosa Posts: 586 Officer
    Mango Man wrote: »
    Thanks Dave! My days on head boats are pretty much done.

    It was great to see Larry and Ian are still fishing.

    There is a Dog Snapper in there. ;)

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    Where is the dog snapper? I looked through the pics and didn't see one anywhere.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,721 Captain
    As far as I know we caught NO dog snappers. Not even sure what they are. Would like to know more about them.
    Larry fishes on the Florida often. When not in Canada he is fishing on the Florida Fisherman. First time I have seen Ian in a long time. Both are gentleman. It's a real honor knowing them. The fishing on the Florida is fantastic. But it's people like Larry & Ian that make the trip what it is.
  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 312 Deckhand
    I took home four Lionfish and ate them Sunday. They are the best tasting fish out there. I wonder why more people don't eat them?
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 5,209 Admiral
    I didn't see the Dog either. They have a line of blue dots near their eyes, somewhat like a Mutton. They also have a yellowish tint on their fins.

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  • Reel-LuckyReel-Lucky Oldsmar, FLPosts: 3,170 Moderator
    Nice to see you back at it, Bob. Some goozer mangs and some beast AJs, 68.5 is impressive. Great report.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,721 Captain
    Thanks so much. I put everything I have into these reports. To me it's pay-back for what our great state, our great sport, have provided to me and so many like me. Sharing has become a way of life to me. When the forum moderator says, "Great report" that makes the many hours it takes to finalize these on the water detailed reports time well spent.
    Thanks for the information on dog snapper. Not sure I have ever seen one.
    Take a look at this action shot I pulled from the video.
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    Best to one & all Bob H.
  • boanroboanro Posts: 201 Officer
    Love reading your reports Bob. Makes me really wish I could be out there. Just think it might be a little more than I can handle. I keep trying to get out on their other boat, Flying Hub 2. So far 2 for 2 in trips being cancelled. I decided to just put it off for now and signed up for June 2nd. A trip like this must be something to remember. One of these days...... Anyway, for now, I'll keep reading and enjoying your reports. Thanks for doing that.
  • harbisonharbison Posts: 3,721 Captain
    :wink bonaro, Sir, it's you & people like you that makes me want to keep going as long as I can. Thank you!
    The Flying Hub ll is one heck of a fishing machine. Well worth the wait!
    As far as "a little more than I can handle" goes, to me these overnight trips are the easiest to 'handle.' Sir, I am 75 years old & 1/2 crippled. If I can do it just about anyone can. First of all the Florida Fisherman ll is a real fishing machine. That 72' long, 25' wide cat takes even the roughest waters very well:
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    And then there is Tammy. She takes her cooking very serious, and it shows:
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    Hot meals & all the snacks, coldest of drinks, and real spring bottled water we want make for an adventure never to be forgotten.
    I almost 'forgot' another very important benefit:
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    But here is the BIGGEST difference, 'benefit' of them all...the bunks. Our bunks are 4 inch thick foam and extremely comfortable. The Florida's huge AC systems keeps it very cool inside even during July & August. My bunk is my number one partner:
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    When we reach Madeira Beach early...
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    We are well rested.
    Guys, would love to feature fellow F/S forum sportsmen/women in my report. When you see the old man with the camera let me know you are a forum member & we will do just that. Hope you are not camera shy!
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