I'm finished in Montauk this year but I realized I didn't post some pictures from a previous trip. Fished with Darryl, Bill, Matt, and Dave in Montauk a few weeks ago. We had three albies, one striper, and a bunch of blues. We also had a bunch of sea bass up to 20". Pro Tip: Approach breaking fish from upwind. This improves casting distance and your presentation.
Fished with Doug today in bay behind Sea Isle. We had fish immediately. Doug caught a nice fluke on his first cast. We ended up catching over a dozen stripers on jigs up to 24". It was really a great afternoon. Pro Tip: As the waters cool, jigs tend to be more productive than poppers.
Fished with Darryl, Bill, Matt, and Dave in Montauk last weekend. The conditions started out rough but improved throughout the day. We caught and released 13 albies, one striper, and a bunch of blues. The albie bite has been great this year but has been slowing lately. Pro Tip: Learn to fish and rig unweighted soft plastics. There were times when metal wasn't working but the fish chewed really well on the plastics. Unweighted slugos and albie snax produced when things got tough.
Fished with Jim, Jim, and Tom in Montauk on Saturday. We ended up with three albie releases, one striper, and around twenty blues from 3-8 pounds. All on the spinning rod. We did quite a bit of running around but we made it happen. Pro Tip: Being quick on your feet is important when fighting fast moving fish like albies. You need to move your feet as they are likely to drag you around the boat. Be extra careful around the back of the boat as the propeller and trim tabs will quickly cut your fun and your line short if they touch.
Fished with Tim, Tiffany, and Zeph in Montauk on Sunday. The weather was way better than forecasted. We started off our morning with an albie in the first five minutes. We caught and released a total of four or five albies on the fly. Then we went looking around for other action and came across a school of bunker being harassed by big blues. We caught four blues from 13-16 pounds. Two were on the fly and two were on spinning rods. We had a few more shots at albies but they wouldn't cooperate and we headed home. Pro Tip: Bait behavior can tell you a lot. The bunker we saw were being pushed by the big blues. There were no birds. However, careful observation told me that there were bigger fish around. We rerigged and quickly caught fish others may have overlooked.
Fished with Tim, Tiffany, and Zeph in Montauk on Saturday. The weather wasn't great but it was way better than the initial forecast. In fact, it was almost nice most of the day. The albies were a bit fickle but good casts produced cooperative fish. We caught around a dozen albies on the fly and some on the spinning rods. The bite slowed midday and we switched gears and targeted some structure to catch stripers. We caught and released eight schoolie stripers. It was a fun day. Pro Tip: Always approach surface blitzes from upwind. This makes for a stealthier approach and makes for easier casting.
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.