Fished with Darryl, Bill, Matt, and Dave in Montauk last weekend. The conditions started out rough but improved throughout the day. We caught and released 13 albies, one striper, and a bunch of blues. The albie bite has been great this year but has been slowing lately. Pro Tip: Learn to fish and rig unweighted soft plastics. There were times when metal wasn't working but the fish chewed really well on the plastics. Unweighted slugos and albie snax produced when things got tough.
Fished with Jim, Jim, and Tom in Montauk on Saturday. We ended up with three albie releases, one striper, and around twenty blues from 3-8 pounds. All on the spinning rod. We did quite a bit of running around but we made it happen. Pro Tip: Being quick on your feet is important when fighting fast moving fish like albies. You need to move your feet as they are likely to drag you around the boat. Be extra careful around the back of the boat as the propeller and trim tabs will quickly cut your fun and your line short if they touch.
Fished with Tim, Tiffany, and Zeph in Montauk on Sunday. The weather was way better than forecasted. We started off our morning with an albie in the first five minutes. We caught and released a total of four or five albies on the fly. Then we went looking around for other action and came across a school of bunker being harassed by big blues. We caught four blues from 13-16 pounds. Two were on the fly and two were on spinning rods. We had a few more shots at albies but they wouldn't cooperate and we headed home. Pro Tip: Bait behavior can tell you a lot. The bunker we saw were being pushed by the big blues. There were no birds. However, careful observation told me that there were bigger fish around. We rerigged and quickly caught fish others may have overlooked.
Fished with Tim, Tiffany, and Zeph in Montauk on Saturday. The weather wasn't great but it was way better than the initial forecast. In fact, it was almost nice most of the day. The albies were a bit fickle but good casts produced cooperative fish. We caught around a dozen albies on the fly and some on the spinning rods. The bite slowed midday and we switched gears and targeted some structure to catch stripers. We caught and released eight schoolie stripers. It was a fun day. Pro Tip: Always approach surface blitzes from upwind. This makes for a stealthier approach and makes for easier casting.
Fished with Peter and Ray last Sunday in Montauk. Fishing was good despite bumpy conditions. We found the fish right outside of the inlet. We caught and released around a dozen Albies and some bluefish. The albie bite has been extremely good. Pro Tip: Casting accuracy is important to success with albies. Even when the are going crazy a good cast will always produce better than one a few feet off the mark. Cast in line with and past the school.
Fished with Peter, Ray, and Ryan in Montauk this weekend. The weather was a bit bumpy at times but the fishing was excellent. We had over 35 false albacore on Saturday. Plus we caught a bunch of bluefish to about 4 pounds. The bite was incredible in the morning and we had a steady pick all day with a flurry of action in the evening. We were spin fishing but the fish would've also chewed well on the flyrod. Pro Tip: We were using metal such as Deadly Dick's for most of the morning. However, when the bike got tough we had to switch over to weightless soft plastics to get bites. Be prepared to make adjustments when the bite changes.
Captain Joe Hughes -USCG Licensed 100 Ton Master-IGFA Certified
Joe Hughes has been working in the fishing business since he was eleven years old. Starting at Gibson's Tackle at that age, Joe's passion for the sport of fishing has steadily increased. Joe is a versatile angler who is comfortable poling a flats skiff as well as at the helm of a
sportfisherman competing in big game tournaments. During his years as a professional fisherman Joe has been featured in books and
magazines. His main passion is for salt-water fly-fishing. A teacher by trade, he enjoys sharing his knowledge about fly-fishing, fly-tying, and
fly-casting with his clients.