TAKE A VET FISHING - FLORIDA
"A Day of Giving Back" Event!
FREE TO ALL VETERANS!!!
Monday, April 17th, 2023
***YOU MUST BE REGISTERED ON OUR WEBSITE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT***
*NO HOTELS WILL BE PAID FOR BY TAVF AT THIS EVENT*
A manifest with names of all passengers is required! Everyone on the manifest will be required to have an emergency contact name and phone number.
Manifest's will be created the day of the event by Take A Vet Fishing Staff.
Check In for event will be from 8:30am - 9:30am @ VFW Post 4256
VFW Post 4256
12901 Gulf Blvd.
Madeira Beach, FL. 33708
Post Colors, National Anthem & Chaplin Prayer - 9:30am - 9:45am
FREE Breakfast will be served @ VFW from 9:45am - 10:30am for Veterans and their families.
Breakfast Includes: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, Coffee.
Veteran Honor Ceremony will take place from 10:30am - 11:30am @ VFW
At 11:30am - ALL Fishing Participants will be asked to drive to Hubbards Marina (approximately 2 blocks from the VFW). Veterans can park in the parking garage @ Hubbards Marina. - YOU CANNOT LEAVE YOUR CAR AT THE VFW FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!
EVERY VETERAN will need to take their parking ticket (issued when pulling into the parking garage) to have a sticker (issued by Hubbards Marina) added to your parking pass prior to exiting the parking garage. Your ticket stub MUST have the parking validation sticker from Hubbards Marina for a REDUCED PARKING RATE ($5.00/Day) - OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL DAILY RATE!
John's Pass - 170 Boardwalk
Madeira Beach, FL. 33708
We APOLOGIZE to our physically disabled Veterans, unfortunately wheel chairs cannot be on the boat unless it is a fold up chair. The walkways have to stay open and the bathroom is not wheel chair accessible, it has about a 6 inch bump to step over. - These are NOT our rules - they were handed down by Hubbards Marina.
DETAILS ABOUT FISHING:
- ALL FISHING GEAR AND FISHING LICENSES WILL BE PROVIDED.
- ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A BRIEFING AT HUBBARDS MARINA AT 12:30PM (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Duration: 5 Hours Total | 3 Hours Fishing | 1 Hour Out & Back
Link to Hubbards Marina details about their 5 Hour Fishing Trip: https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/half-day-and-night-fishing-charters/
- ALL FISHING GEAR AND FISHING LICENSES WILL BE PROVIDED
- TAVF will be providing FREE WATER on the boat
Link to Fishing Report & video's to CATCH MORE FISH! https://www.hubbardsmarina.com/catchmorefish/
- Distance: 9-12 Miles Offshore
- Depth: 30-50 feet
- Capacity: 65 Passengers
- Catch : Grey Snapper, Porgies, Black Seabass, Hogfish, Mangrove Snapper, The Grouper season is open during this time. All of these fish are good eating!
Link to video of 5 hour day of fishing on Hubbards Boats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6XuWZnqCKI&t=5s
All anglers will have a safety briefing inside the galley on the way out to fish. Items discussed are life jackets, bait and how to bait your hook, using the fishing reels. Hubbard's uses circle hooks; when you feel a bite just start reeling, do not set the hook.
Items you CANNOT bring on the boat:
- Illegal Drugs
- Glass Containers
- Bananas (They are BAD LUCK!!)
- Alcohol - They have a license to sell alcohol on the boat.
- Coolers larger than 48 quarts. NO PERSONNEL STORAGE OF FISH! - Hubbard's will clean all fish if desired at no cost to our veterans.
Link video of items that CANNOT be brought on Hubbards Boats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-8e0TaH-bY&t=2s
For TONS of information - including Fishing Rules & Regulations, Weather Reports and MUCH MORE - Visit Hubbards Marina website: (www.HubbardsMarina.com)
What you can expect your catch to be:
We primarily catch the grey snapper, porgies and seabass which are smaller but great eating fish. This is our shortest trip closest to shore we offer here at Hubbard’s Marina so you shouldn’t expect trophy sized fish. However, they provide lots of action and this trip is fun for the whole family and any level experience angler and these fish are awesome to take back and cook up fresh at the restaurant next door or at home. Plus, while offshore with us on our 5 hour half day you have a shot at a few hogs and maybe some mangroves. The right time of year we can see some nice handfuls of mackerel and a couple nice kingfish or king mackerel.
More experienced anglers have a better shot at the hogfish and catching a pile of fish, but even the most inexperience first time anglers have a great shot at a few or more of the great eating fun to catch fish listed above. A typical angler on a typical day could expect right around a half dozen smaller but great eating fish in the 1-2lb range with more fish caught and released that weren’t as good eating. Some days are better than others and some days are slower than others but we work really hard to be transparent, open and honest and communicate with you before you leave, while on board and on the way back to explain what you can do to maximize your success while on the water with us during your 5 hour half day fishing trip.
Additional Items (If you choose):
- Gloves to handle fish: $5.00 - Sold at Hubbards Marina
- Rag to clean your hands - $1.00 - Sold at Hubbards Marina
- Bait IS SUPPLIED (chopped squid), however you can buy shrimp at 2 dozen for $10.00 or 5 dozen for $20.00
- These items can be purchased as you board the boat.
6:00pm is the CONCLUSION of this event.
Veterans are welcome to go back to the VFW if they like!