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John Hubartt

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D.O.B.: 02/07/73
Home Port: Lighthouse Point, FL
Tournament Experience: 22 years
Chica y Chicitas: Leslie, Brooklyn, & Victoria
Occupation: Project Management of Offshore Subsea Construction
Hobbies: The Four “F”s – Family, Fishing Free Diving, & Drinking

I started my fishing career in the neighborhood canals at age 7.  At age 12, I bought my first boat, an 11’ Boston Whaler; this is when I broke out of the canals and start fishing in the ocean.  Mostly fished kingfish and caught sailfish every once in a while.  Then I upgraded to a 15’ Whaler, which I had a few different ones.  This is when I started kite fishing in the winter months, and wreck fishing & running offshore for dolphin in the summer months.

Once in my 15’ Whaler, Tim and I tried (yes I said tried) to fish the Ft Lauderdale Semi-Annual Sailfish Tourney and it was the October tourney……..big mistake…….it was so rough and had so much water in the boat that the Whaler was like sitting in a bathtub!  We had to call it quits when the waterproof VHF got waterlogged!!  I think this was the first tourney that we had ever fished and did not even complete it………we’ve come a long way and learned many things since then (mostly what not to do)!

I also mated on sportfishing charter boats starting at age 16; I worked charter boats on weekends at the Cove Marina and Hillsboro Inlet Marina.  I also worked on privately owned sportfishing boats fishing local tournaments, blue marlin tournaments in the Bahamas, blue marlin in St Thomas, and sailfish in Mexico, etc.

I started to sell the extra fish that I caught, when fun fishing, to make a little extra money.  Once I started college I needed a lot of extra money (beer can be expensive..…right!), so I upgraded my boat to a 26’ Goldline and started commercial fishing on days that I did not have class (and class days if the fish were biting!).  I stopped commercial fishing once I was out of college and got a “real” job, which a “real” job is not all that it’s cracked up to be; I would much rather be back fishing!!

So that is what I am doing, back fishing tourneys with the team and the fun fishing in between; and yes, I also have to make time for that four letter word…….WORK!

What else is there to say!!

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