Patty and I fished Sunday in Montauk. We had steady action all day. We ended up with around 18 stripers, jumbo sea bass, porgies, and all the 3-7 pound blues you wanted. Fishing was good and the fall season is off to a great start. Pro Tip: Even though fish may be showing on top, many more lurk below. The deeper fish are frequently more eager to bite.
Patty and I headed up to Montauk this weekend to begin our Montauk season and get the boat up there. We were not disappointed. Saturday we found the jumbo stripers and we had around 8-10 stripers up to 44". We had two fish in the 44" range. We also had sea bass up to 19". There were also some porgies and even a tog. All the fish were caught on jigs. It was a great way to start the season.
Ryan and I headed out in the bay earlier this week. We found some stripers at sunset on poppers. Great bite despite the 80 degree water temperatures. Pro Tip: While stripers prefer cooler water they have the ability to feed and live in a variety of temperatures. I have caught stripers in water temperatures ranging from 38-85 degrees.
Fished with Joanna and Mike last Monday for mahi. We ended up with four small mahi and an albie. We had a touch of bad luck and hooked and lost two gaffer mahi and another albie. Lots of bites. That may be my last mahi trip as the weather and Montauk are coming. Pro Tip: Keep the rod bent. A bent rod is the cushion that keeps a fish from throwing the hook.
Ryan, Jay, Patty, Luc, and I headed out to catch some mahi yesterday. We caught two mahi and we lost a few more bigger fish. We also caught a few nice sized allbies. Pro Tip: When trolling, keep your baits in the clean water in the wake. Baits in the white water are hidden from the fish's view.
Fished with Patrick and Kirsten in the bay on Wednesday. We had a fun day catching short fluke, lots of sea bass, and some sea robins. A fun day in the bay. Pro Tip: Action is key to getting kids hooked on fishing. Forget about keepers, focus on numbers.
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.