Fished with Big Mike and Greg. We found the blues quickly and caught a bunch on jigs up to around ten pounds with a variety of sizes mixed in. It has been good. Pro Tip: Under fill your spinning reels with braid. This reduces the occurrence of wind knots greatly.
Fished with Cameron, Robert, Janes, and Matt in the bay. We ran up the numbers catching blues and schoolie stripers one after the other. It was very good. Pro Tip: The time to experiment is when you are catching fish, not when you're not.
Ryan and I were heading out for a quick trip and picked up Bluefish Bud on the way. We had a bunch of blues in mixed sizes. The biggest was ten pounds. Pro Tip: Be sure to set the hook on the big blues. Just because they are screaming line off doesn't mean they are hooked.
Fished with Tim and Tiff day two. Started off in a mini bass blitz. Caught a bunch of stripers in a variety of sizes. Then we changed gears and caught some blues up to about 14 pounds. Pro Tip: While I hate wire, with blues around over ten pounds it becomes a necessity. Rigged right, it won't stop the stripers from biting.
Fished with Tim and Tiffany in the bay. Despite lousy weather we headed out and made it work with a nice blue and a beautiful fly rod striper. Pro Tip: A wise man once said the worst weather can be the best weather for fishing. Not sure if that is 100 percent true but I catch a lot of fish in lousy weather so maybe there is something to it...
Fished with Matt and Ryan in the bay. We we had a banner day with blues from 4-14 pounds. We also had a few bass on poppers as well. Fishing is really heating up in the bay. Gotta love spring Pro Tip: Vary your retrieve to see what works. Shallow water usually requires a faster, steadier retrieve. Deeper water and faster current usually requires you to slow down.
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.