Ryan, John, Dusty, and I fished yesterday for mahi. We had a great bite. We caught five big mahi to about 17 pounds. All were over 12 pounds. The bite has been fantastic. And close to home. We also had a really nice sized false albacore. Pro Tip: Learn to rig ballyhoo several different ways. Different rigging methods produce better at different times.
Fished Wednesday with Richard, Richard, and Nick in the ocean. We trolled for mahi in the ocean and were rewarded with four gaffer mahi to 17 pounds. The mahi bite has been awesome with bluewater fishing close to home! Pro Tip: Want a good picture? Take it as soon as possible after boating the fish. Make sure the sun is behind the photographer. Most fish, especially mahi, lose their color quickly after leaving the water. So act fast!
Fished yesterday with Lori and Luke in the ocean for mahi. We had a great bite. We landed three mahi and released three others and had a ton of bites. The biggest fish was around 15 pounds. All on the troll. On the way home we saw a humpback whale (video and pictures to follow.). In addition we stumbled upon a massive shark blitz with hundreds of sharks in a feeding frenzy. (Again, pictures and video to follow.). It was quite the National Geographic Day. Pro Tip: Keep a sharp eye out when running from place to place. The observant angler will see things that are even cooler than the angling action.
Fished with Kevin, Chris, Ben, and Zack in the ocean. We had the weather and the optimism and it paid off. We caught four mahi from 5-14 pounds trolling. It was a close ride and we headed in when we caught our fill. The inshore mahi bite has been wonderful. Pro Tip: Natural baits work much better than lures for mahi. Learn to rig ballyhoo in different ways for greatest success.
Patty and I headed headed out on Saturday morning in the ocean. We were chasing mahi and we found them. I had a 14 pound mahi on the flyrod and Patty had a similar sized on on live bait. Lots of fun. The mahi bite has been great and close to home. Pro Tip: Learn to throw a cast net. Live bait opens up lots of warm water opportunities and makes open ocean fly fishing much more productive.
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.