What a mess. All the boats are okay as far as I know. My house is fine I think. I left the island and I won't know 100% until they let me back on. Whenever that will be. Here is a picture of the street in front of the tackle shop at one point during the storm.
Fished last night with Rich and Fred in the bay. Sunset stripers were on the menu. We had fish right away and caught several on plastics. When that petered out we moved and found a few more bass on poppers. We ended up the night releasing around ten bass in a little under three hours. Also, I had stripers on my own that ate the fly two nights ago as well.
Fished with Dave and Trish in the bay tonight. We released four stripers to 26 inches. We started out throwing plastics and caught fish right away. When sunset approached we switched over to poppers and caught a few more. We also missed a few fish as well.
Fished with Darryl and Matt again on Sunday in Montauk. The wind was howling close to 30 knots. We went anyway. We found blitzing fish close to the inlet at had a fish on more often than not throughout the morning. The wind was coming off the land just enough to allow us to fish. We released over 50 blues from 3-6 pounds in the morning before it ended and the weather chased us back to the dock. Note the birds in the picture. The boat picture of us was taken by my buddy from his boat.
Fished today with Darryl and Matt in Montauk. We were spin fishing and headed to the point first thing. We started off with an albie right off the bat. The rest of the day we had a few more albies, broke a few off, and had a bunch of mid sized blues. At sunset, we scored with a bunch of bigger blues over ten pounds. Great way to end the day.
Fished with Dave and Trish last night. The fishing was less than stellar, but we caught two small stripers. It was Trish's first ever striper. Regardless of size, it is always worth celebrating first ever bass.
Fished again with Mike on Monday at Montauk. Finally, the fish started to chew like they usually do there. We started off the day with good albie action and we released around ten on the fly. We slid down the beach and came across striper blitzes the rest of the day and Mike caught a bunch of bass on the fly. He also caught some blues to round out his northeast slam on the fly. It wasn't epic like it can be and we had to work at it but it was very good. We finally were able to put up numbers like we normally do this time of year up there.
Fished again with Mike at Montauk on Sunday. Our struggles continued as the fish were not being cooperative. We ended up with blues, albies, and some stripers, but the fishing was off by Montauk standards. All the fish were on the fly.
Fished with Mike on Saturday at Montauk. Things started out well and we caught an albie right off the bat. We ran into a few blitzes but things were far from what we expect up here. Mike ended up with a few stripers to twelve pounds and some bluefish. There were tons of albies but they were far from cooperative.
Fished with Nick and Bob on Wednesday evening. We headed out into the ocean and caught a bunch of blues, amberjacks, sea bass, and even a blue runner. I think we set some kind of record for most fish on one fly. We literally wore the hair off of it. All of the fish were caught on the fly. It was fun.
Fished with Peter and Anthony again on Sunday. We crushed em. Peter again worked the Flyrod and Anthony continued with the spinning rod. We released over thirty albies, about ten stripers to 19 pounds, and several blues. We had sporadic blitzing stripers and albies all day. The 19 pound bass was caught on the fly and was the last fish of the trip. Not a bad way to finish up.
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.