Like fishing for compliments, fishing for fish requires the right bait, the right line, and a friend who is willing to exaggerate. Reel it in with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a half-day fishing excursion from Hubbard’s Marina in Madeira Beach (a $55 total value). The trip includes:
- One adult admission (a $50 value)
- Rod-and-reel rental (a $5 value)
Children younger than 12 receive half-price admission.
The guides at Hubbard’s Marina lead groups of anglers 8–12 miles out onto the scenic Gulf of Mexico for a half-day of fishing. The five-hour trip—including one hour of commuting time each way—provides three full hours of bait-and-tackle time as guests attempt to reel in catches such as snapper, sea bass, porgies, and triggerfish to mount on their cubicle walls. Hubbard’s Marina furnishes its guests with cut squid bait and a rod-and-reel rental to lure in wily sea creatures. Aspiring fisherpeople can peruse Hubbard’s FAQ for safety information, disabusing themselves of the idea that flashy moonboots will attract more fish than sensible closed-toe shoes.
Looking out at the quiet, moonlit waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s impossible to know what’s on the line, other than that it’s big. Word has spread around the deep-sea-fishing boat, and now a crowd has gathered on either side of you. You pull the fishing pole back and guide whatever is snagged on the other end of the line nearer and nearer. The splashes gradually become louder. A few fellow fishermen help pull the creature onto the boat, and proudly hold the fish up for the crowd.
There are countless deep-sea-fishing tales like this one to be told at Hubbard’s Marina. During its many day or night fishing trips, its crew and guest fishermen board the US Coast Guard–certified vessels for excursions into the Gulf to reel in fish of all sizes. Not only does Hubbard's Marina offer fishing trips, but they also allow opportunities for people to visit and observe Florida wildlife in their natural habitat. Animals such as dolphins, pelicans,manatees, and bald eagles can bee seen from the boat. After cruises, visitors can go shopping along the picturesque boardwalk and enjoy the local culture and history in the quaint fishing village.
They also captain sunset cruises, dolphin-watching cruises, kayak tours, rent kayaks and paddle boards, and even take to the streets during segway tours.