Danny and I headed out in the rain this evening. Luckily, the fish were already wet and they didn't care. We caught some nice trout, a bunch of blues, and some nice fluke. No one else was around and the wind was light.
Fished today with DJ, Kevin, and Don in the bay. We caught weakfish, blues, fluke, and a striper. Fishing had slowed with the blow we had earlier in the week. The northeast had dropped water temperatures and the fishing suffered. However, things got better as the week progressed and they were just about normal today. We had fish in a variety of places and picked away at them at almost every place we stopped.
Patty and I headed out this morning for an hour or so. We had three nice trout and a few fluke on jigs. It was super windy but it didn't matter. The first picture is a better one from the other day and the bottom two are from this morning.
Patty and I went out for the afternoon in the bay. The weakfishing continues to be outstanding. Better than it has been in years. We had a bunch of really nice fish up to around eight pounds. We also caught a bunch of fluke. We released all the fish. The weakfish in the second picture looks like it had been bitten by a bluefish. Despite its ugly wound, it was full of life and it was feeding well. It swam away as healthy as can be.
Snuck out with Patty in the bay this afternoon. It was very windy. We caught a striper, a five pound weakfish, and a few fluke on jigs. The water temp is climbing every day. Bluefish should show up any day. Fishing has been good.
Fished today with Reeves and Chris in the bay. We had a good day releasing seven stripers, three or four weakfish, and about seven fluke. All on jigs. The weakfish were big and the largest was around seven pounds. We also caught a huge sea robin, unusual for the spring. With each passing day the water continues to warm and the fishing will get better and better.
Fished with Tom, Bill, and John today. We hit the backbay looking to see how the fishing was heating up. We were rewarded with three weakfish to six pounds. That's right...weakfish. We also caught two fluke and one windowpane (last pic). All were released. Blues should be here any day.
Fished this afternoon with Rob. I had just splashed the boat yesterday and he volunteered to go on the first trip back in New Jersey. The warm weather brought some hope the fish would be moving. We saw signs of life and caught one fluke and two stripers on jigs. Nothing huge but it was nice to bend the rod back at home for a change. This warm weather should jump start things. Late April and May are usually awesome in the bay. Bring it on...
I will be adding to the fleet this year. I am in the process of having a 24' custom center console built by Eastern Boats. This boat will be specifically designed to fish the inshore waters in our area. Here are the first pics in the process. It's going to be cool. I'll keep you posted.
Jay and I finished up the last day of fishing by chasing sharks, reds, cudas, and jacks on the flats. We caught a bunch on the fly but also caught a bunch on bait as well. It was a great winter and the snook fishing was excellent. We had many snook over ten pounds throughout the winter. We also averaged one tarpon to the boat every weekend on bait. Numbers and variety were the keys words this winter. I hate leaving but I'm pumped up to start fishing again in New Jersey.
I wrapped up fishing in the keys yesterday. I spent the last few days fishing with Jay and Dave. Dave jumped a huge tarpon earlier in the week on the fly. We caught redfish, jacks, specks, and cudas on the fly. Luc caught a nice snook on a jig in the Everglades. We also fly fished for lemon and bonnethead sharks. We hooked and broke off a couple of them. Bad luck. The weather also got cold and the tarpon got moody. We saw a bunch but they weren't interested. Then I got moody. But how moody can I get in the tropics? We still caught a bunch.
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.