Fished with Tom and Frank on Tuesday in the ocean for sharks. The bite was on and we had around 15 releases to about sixty pounds. Spinners, browns, and duskies all are our baits. Sharking numbers have been great. Pro Tip: The Weather Channel's hourly forecast is very reliable for wind speed and direction. It helps a great deal with trip planning.
Fished with Ron,Santino, Joey, John Sr. and John Jr for sharks in the ocean. Fishing was hot and we caught and released 18 spinner, dusky, sandbar, and brown sharks up to around 70 pounds. Fishing has been very good. Pro Tip: Avoid thumbing the reel when setting the hook. This can prevent any give in the system and break the fish off. Set your drag correctly and rely on that pressure to set the hook.
Fished with Mike and Ryan on Friday in the ocean. Are goal was to catch fish on the flyrod. The mahi action was nonexistent so we switched over to sharks. The action was really good and we had nine shark releases on the flyrod up to about 60 pounds. Pro Tip: You rarely feel a shark biting your fly. Watch for your fly line to move to indicate the shark has your fly. Then a slow strip strike seals the deal and it's off to the races.
Fished with Scott and crew on Thursday in the ocean. We started out sharking and it was great. We had over a dozen releases and we caught spinner sharks and duskys to about 60 pounds. After that we moved on to catch a few fluke. We had a six pound and a four pound fluke plus a bunch of shorts. We also had a few sea bass. Pro Tip: Reversing your drift immediately after snagging the bottom will frequently dislodge the snag. Reverse and let a little line out. Then gently apply pressure in the opposite direction. This usually gets back all or most of your rig.
Fished with Joe, Carmen, and crew today in the ocean for fluke. We caught a bunch of flounder and had two keepers. The biggest fish was about four pounds. We also had some sea bass as well. We also caught and released four spinner sharks that surprised us and ate our flounder rigs. It was a great way to end our day. Pro Tip: Fishing around wrecks for flounder can be very productive. It can also be expensive due to snags. Keeping your jig as vertical as possible minimizes snags. The more angle the more snag prone your jig is.
Fished with Grant, Rick, and crew on Tuesday in the ocean for sharks. We had 15 shark releases up to about 50 pounds. We had spinner and dusky sharks. There were lots of smaller sharks around. Pro Tip: Adjusting how much your chum bag dips in and out of the water affects how much chum is dispensed. The more it "tea bags" in and out of the water the more chum is dispensed. Less chum flows when the bag floats in the water. Adjust the bag to suit the conditions at hand. Sometimes more is better. Sometimes less.
Fished with Tom and friends on Sunday for sharks in the ocean. We had about a dozen shark releases. We had spinner and dusky sharks. Sharking continues to be good. Pro Tip: Birds sometimes get tangled in lines. Cover their head with a towel. This calms them down. They usually relax enough to get them untangled without harm.
Fished with Tom and family yesterday in the ocean for sharks. We had a good day with around 8 releases. We had brown, spinner, sandbar, and dusky sharks. Pro Tip: When a big fish takes you into the engine or under the boat, don't be afraid to back off the drag temporarily. After you are out of danger reapply the drag and continue fighting the fish.
Fished with Paul, Jeff, Tori, and Nate Thursday afternoon. We had a bunch of fluke with one six pound fluke. Fishing has been good. Pro Tip: Avoid pumping and winding flounder; it tends to shake them off. A steady rod does a better job keeping them on.
Fished with Tim and family on Thursday morning. We hit the ocean for some flounder fishing. We had four keeper fluke to 4.5 pounds plus a bunch of throwbacks. We also had some sea bass and a weakfish. Fishing was good. Pro Tip: Sometimes a brief hesitation or drop back helps when hooking fluke.
Fished this afternoon with Rob and family. It was a bit bumpy and we caught one dusky shark and broke off another before calling it a day. Pro Tip: You need a breeze for productive sharking. Sometimes leaving a little later in the day makes for a better drift.
Fished this morning with Mike and family in the ocean for sharks. We had four shark releases. We had two duskies, one spinner, and one brown shark. Pro Tip: True brown sharks are slender and have irregular white splotches on their side.
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.