I have made the transition from Montauk back to fishing Sea Isle full time. The back bay fishing for stripers is really good right now. The flats are producing fish on jigs, flies, and poppers. In the ocean, the wreck fishing has been a blast and there are good numbers of tog and sea bass around with a few triggers mixed in. Also, we are beginning to see some schools of blues and the stripers are not far behind. Once November is officially here, we can see blitzes any day. Book your striper trips now, because once "they're here" I may not have any openings left. And remember, the striper bite continues well into December.
Patty and I fished in Montauk for my final weekend up there. There was a bit of a swell on from the hurricane that hit Bermuda but it was very fishable and the fishing was good. The albie bite was hot and we released about sixteen albies. Ten on the fly and six on spinning rods. We also had a few bluefish. No stripers. The albie bite was excellent this year.
Fished with Darryl, Matt, Dave, and Bill in Montauk. After a weather intermission, the bite continued and the albies and blues were on the feed. We also had one bass. The bite was very good but a shade slower than epic. Morning was better than the afternoon.
Fished with Darryl, Matt, Bill, and Dave this weekend in Montauk. We were spin fishing. The albie bite was very good, approaching epic at times. We had several triple header albie hookups. If I gave you a number of total releases you would probably not believe me so I won't. We had a bunch of blues to over ten pounds. The focus was on albies but we scratched out three bass to 26" the first day.
Fished with Tim, Tiffany, and Zeph today at Montauk. It was rough and rainy. We killed them anyway. We had close to twenty albies and a bunch of big blues on the fly and on the spinning rod. No bass today. In the afternoon, I had the entire Montauk Point to myself. Just us. Not another boat. On a Saturday in prime time. It was very good.
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.