Great way to kick-start 2018
As a Florida native who has been fishing the fabulous Florida Middle Grounds and vicinity for well over forty years I can testify, first hand, that 2017 was one of the best years ever for fishing the 460 square mile underwater ridges of the gently sloping continental shelf off the west coast of Florida we call the Florida Middle Grounds. Virtually every Florida Fisherman ll, Hubbard's Marina, overnight trip brought back catches in the thousands of pounds. I know! I was on most of them. Middle Grounds fishing in the seventies & eighties was outstanding I know! I was there. It still is! With 52 Florida Fisherman overnight trips scheduled for 2018, this is going to be a year for the record books. For those who have never fished the Florida Middle Grounds you have absolutely no ideas what you are missing.
Each and every overnight trip, thanks to guest and crew, is an adventure to remember. The guest on these trips are serious fishermen/women and it shows, they are the best! In addition, the crew have been working together for years. Will, Jon, and Tammy are as serious as it gets. And, speaking of serious, The Florida's two Captains, Captain Garett Hubbard, and Captain Bryon Holland, are as good as they come. They know their business and do it well!
The first overnight trip of the year, 1/5/18, has been highly anticipated for many months, after all, for the first time in months, we can legally keep both trigger fish as well as the mighty amber jack. Unfortunately I was not able to go on this trip. Hope to have on the water pictures & video of the 1/12/18 trip. Thanks to the Florida's fishing coach, Mr. John Martin, & Captain Dylan Hubbard, for providing outstanding pictures of overnight trip number one:
And what a trip it was!
First up...Friday night:
Saturday brought more of the same:
Back at the dock:
2017 may have been 'one of the best years ever.' But look out 2018...record books are made to be shattered:
Bob Harbison Florida Outdoor Writers Association
Thanks, pictures look great
Found the prices:
39 hour trip $369.00 + tax. Meal package 48.61, pin fish, for non-regulars, are $9.00 a dozen, many bring their own. Everyone has their own personal live well. As far as I know those prices are current. Most who go on a regular basis, and they are many, belong to the 'Regular's Club.' The discounts on everything are huge. The Florida fishes the entire Middle Grounds area and beyond. Both Captains Garett & Bryon love to fish the far NW corner of the Grounds. That's a very long ways from home. Whatever it takes!
In all probability even the fuel cost to travel such distances would be much more than going there in ones own boat.
This tells you a lot about what to expect.
I keep thinking about going, I want to say it was about 500 for the overnight trip, Including a couple 20s to tip the crew. They do bust their *** out there keeping everybody fishing. Pretty long boat ride too, that thing is not a speed boat. Still, the cheapest way to get on those kind of fish.
I have done their 10 and 12 hour trips and they were good.
39 hour trip price $369.00 + tax. Meal ticket $48.61.
In addition, regular club members receive up to 30% discount, that's huge.
The 10 & 12 hour trips can be very good, however, the overnight 39, 44, and 63 hour trips are in classes by themselves.
Why do “non regulars “ pay different?
Soda Popinsi: Sounds great! Please let me know when, will feature him in my report.
He graduates 2020! so i've got time :wink