Fished with Jay, Jake, and Brian in the bay on Sunday. We caught and released two stripers and one fluke. We had one bass on a spot and the rest of the fish on jigs. Pro Tip: Keep your baits clean and free of seaweed. Even a little piece will deter fish from biting. In addition, weed begets weed. A little weed seems to attract more weed. Keep it clean for the most bites.
Fished Saturday with Jim, Peter, and Andrew in the back. We caught and released about seven bass and missed a few others. The fish continue to chew and this should continue for a few more weeks in the back. All the fish were caught on jigs. Pro Tip: Vary your retrieve. Deeper water usually means a slow jigging retrieve. In shallow water, a slow steady retrieve can be very productive. When you get a bite, be sure to stick with what worked.
Fished today with John, Kevin, Jack, and Mason in the bay. The action continues to be good and we had around 15 stripers to 29" that we caught and released. All the fish were caught on jigs. We even had a triple header at one point. Pro Tip: Make sure your jig is clean. The smallest piece of seaweed or grass on your jig will eliminate any fish's desire to bite it.
Fished with Doug in the bay on Saturday. We had a great day catching and releasing 25 stripers. We had no keepers and all the fish were schoolies. The action was consistent all day. Pro Tip: As water temperatures cool, jigs become more effective than poppers. Subsurface lures become increasingly more effective.
Ryan and I fished sunset. At his urging we headed out to the ocean in search of albies. We only had a limited time, but we found them chewing and we hooked up immediately. In about a half hour we landed seven albies and pulled the hook on two others. They are still here. Not sure for how long... Pro Tip: Our local albies have been acting very different than the Montauk albies. They only surface briefly and casts must be quick and accurate to produce.
The albies have followed me home from Montauk and they are here in my home waters of Sea Isle. It has been good and is reminiscent of Montauk fishing. Also, sea bass season opened and fishing has been great. I have a few openings this weekend and next weekend. Call me at (609) 827-3442 if you are interested.
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.