Fished Sunday with John, Luke, and Dusty in Montauk. We started out day off with an albie blitz right outside of the inlet. We caught several right off the bat. Then we moved on after it petered out. We quickly found more blitzing albies and we had them to ourselves the rest of the day. We ended up with over twenty albie releases plus a bunch of blues and we called it a day by about 12:30. It was great. Pro Tip: Even in blitzing situations, casting accuracy is still important. If you were a few feet left or right you didn't get a bite. If you landed on target it was a sure thing. Take that extra second to make it count.
Fished with Dusty, John, and Luc in Montauk this weekend. We began Saturday morning by looking around for some false albacore. The tide wasn't right so we moved to some deepwater places where I know there are seabass in large numbers. The seabass have been running exceptionally large the last couple of years. We caught many that were over 20 inches long. That is a big seabass. Some were close to 23 inches or bigger. After catching our fill of those the tide was right to catch false albacore so we went looking for them. We found many false albacore that were uncooperative before we found some schools that would eat. When we did it was game on. We ended up catching and releasing over 15 false albacore and several bluefish before calling it a day on Saturday. We caught the false albacore on metal and on the fly. Pro Tip: People usually think of cut bait for fishing for sea bass. However, jigs and metal are extremely productive and tend to catch the larger specimens. We had an unbelievably epic bottom fishing morning and we used absolutely no natural bait.
Finished last Monday with Rob in the bay. We went flounder fishing and caught several but no keepers. We made the transition to the flats and through poppers for stripers but came up empty. Pro Tip: Late in the season there can be very large numbers of juvenile seabass in the bay. If this is the case it is imperative to move to an area where they are not abundant. Otherwise, you have little to no chance of catching a flounder.
Fished with Chris and Jim yesterday in the ocean. We caught blues to three pounds on jigs. We also had one good shot at Albies and we made the most of it and Chris caught one on a jig. Pro Tip: Learn to cast while keeping the lure outside of the boat. Overhead casting is a recipe for disaster for people, equipment, and the boat itself. With a bit of practice you can cast just as far underhand or sidearm. This eliminates any danger to anything or anyone on the boat.
Fished with Chase and Katie on Saturday. The wind was blowing and it was a bit rough but we got out. We trolled a bit and caught some blues and a Spanish Mackerel. We moved into the bay and caught a bunch of small sea bass. Pro Tip: Spanish mackerel and cero mackerel are very similar. Spanish mackerel have yellow dots only on their sides. Cero mackerel have dots AND dashes along their sides. Other than that they look the same. Note the dots in the picture.
Fished with Doug and Greg in the ocean on Friday. We had a few blues to about three pounds. We also caught a small weakfish. Pro Tip: Soft plastics need to be put on the hook so they lie straight. If not they will spin and become much less effective.
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.