Fished with Chase and Chris yesterday. The winds howled and conditions were tough but we caught weakfish to 22" and fluke. Most were caught on jigs and we lost a nice fish on the flyrod. I also fished today and we had more weakfish and fluke today as well.
Drove to the keys to pick up the skiff this weekend. Due to time constraints we could only fish one day. We went sight fishing for sharks with the fly rods. It was a blast fishing in the crystal clear water and watch the sharks react to the fly. We released four or five bonnet head and lemon sharks. We also pulled the hook on a couple more.
Ryan, Brady, Patty, and I headed out yesterday. The fluke bit early and Ryan landed the first fluke of the year on his third cast. We caught three more fluke. Then the weakfish started to chew. We ended up with seven big weakfish after that. Just like that, they are here!
Here are some pictures from this time last year. We caught our first striper and fluke on April 9 and the first weakfish on April 13. It was a much colder winter and water temps are down. So we are a little behind schedule. That being said, the boat is in the water and we are ready to go here at home. Even though most of us haven't been thinking spring because of the cold, it will be here before we know it. Keep in mind that the latter half of April is usually epic and the fishing heats up before most people are even thinking fishing. Stripers, blues, weakfish, and fluke will be here in force in a few short weeks. Book now for April and May. Get in on the early bite. I'll keep you posted.
Fished with John and Steve in the keys. Despite challenging weather we still had a productive time. Big jacks were the headliners. We also caught speckled trout, pompano, and mangrove snappers. We also pulled the hook on a tarpon. It's been a long winter and March has been tough but I'm still alive. For those of you that were worried, I'm still here and pumped for spring.
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.