Sunday, June 25, 2017

Striper Tides

Roy, Brady, and I headed out at sunset for some stripers last night. We had one nice striper right a dark.

Back Bay Fluke

Brady, Ryan, Roy, and I hit the back bay for some fluke. Fishing was good despite the wind.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Sharks are Here

Ryan and I headed out today to scout for some inshore sharks. We found them in their usual haunts. It was a quick trip and we released a few before heading in.

Keeper Fluke

Fished yesterday with Bob, Kathy, Reed, and Heath in the bay. We caught two keeper fluke to 21" and released a bunch of shorts. We had a bunch of fun. Thankfully the wind finally slowed down. Pro Tip: Braid has much less stretch than mono and is a much better choice for bottom fishing. This allows for much better feel.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Fished with Rick, Danielle, Chase, and Mia in the bay on Saturday. We started out catching fluke. By special request, we changed gears and caught Chase a big sand shark. After that we went back to catching flounder. We ended up with one keeper fluke. Pro Tip: In windy conditions, look for places where the wind is perpendicular to the current. Then use your engine in reverse to negate the wind. This will give you the best possible drift.

Four Keeper Fluke

Fished Thursday with Steve and Tim in the bay. We caught a bunch of fluke. We had four keeper fluke to 21" and a bunch of throwbacks. Pro Tip: Sometimes fluke want an actively moving jig and sometimes they want a still rod tip. Experiment with both techniques to see which one works better on a given day.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Back Bay Mixed Bag

Fished today with Jim and Dave. We started out catching some sand sharks. They weren't as big as the other day so we quickly changed gears. We hit the flats and found some blues and stripers. We caught them on jigs and Jim caught a few on the flyrod. We switched gears again and chased the fluke around. We had three keeper fluke to 21" plus several shorts. The weather was beautiful and it was a great day. Pro Tip: When throwing jigs in shallow water, keep your rod tip high when you retrieve. This allows the jig to run higher in the water column and makes it less likely to foul on seaweed.

Big Sand Sharks

Fished with Kevin and Zack yesterday in the bay. The wind had really come up and the fluke bite was off for us so we switched gears. The guys wanted to catch some of the big sand sharks that are in the bay this time of year so that's what we did. The biggest ones were over twenty pounds. Pro Tip: The less glamorous species can be great day savers and lots of fun. In addition, they can provide a low risk practice session for important skills. We practiced using circle hooks with these fish. The skills we used are the same ones that we use hooking while marlin in the canyons. Just a lot less pressure.

Back Bay Fluke

Fished last Thursday afternoon with Tanner, Gab, Derek, Kaden, George, and John in the bay. We caught fluke to twenty inches and had one keeper. Pro Tip:  Raise the rod tip slowly when you suspect a fluke bite. Many times they inhale the bait without you realizing it.  If the rod stays loaded there is usually a fish on. Just because the rod is bent doesn't mean he's hooked. Set the hook anyway. 

Joe Hughes

Thursday, June 8, 2017


John, Dick, and I headed offshore last Saturday. We were looking for some early season tuna. We did catch two micro bluefin tuna. We also jumped off a large mahi and landed a smaller one. Pro Tip: Preset your drags with a scale when pursuing large pelagic fish like tuna or marlin. A general guideline should be a strike drag setting of 20 percent of the line breaking strength. As an example, for 50 pound line the strike drag should be about ten pounds. This is just a guideline and sometimes you may want more drag (such as for large tuna) or less drag (such as for white marlin.)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Blues and Fluke

Fished with Dave and Tom on Friday afternoon. We had immediate action with bluefish on almost every cast for quite a while. We released well over twenty before it quit. We moved on to catch some fluke and we caught two keeper fluke to 20" and released a few shorts. Fishing continued to be good. Pro Tip: When netting fish, only net the fish. Avoid netting other parts of the rig or the weight. Tangling the net wastes time and can cost a fish if you hook a monster while the net is tangled.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Stripers, Blues, and Fluke

Fished Monday with Jeff, Jim, Paula, and Jen in the bay. Fluke fishing started off slow but things really picked up when we came across some blues. We quickly changed gears and started throwing jigs. We caught around 10-12 blues, four stripers to almost 28", and a 21" fluke all on jigs. When that quit, we went back to fluking and caught two more keeper fluke and some shorts. Flexibility is the key to capitalizing on opportunities. You have to be ready to switch gears. Pro Tip: Always net fish head first. Never chase them by the tail. That way they swim into the net.

More Keeper Fluke

Dad, Chris, and I headed back out Saturday afternoon. We had two keeper fluke plus some shorts in a quick trip.

Keeper Fluke

Fished with Mike and Colin on Saturday morning. We headed out to catch some keeper fluke and we did. We had four keeper fluke to 22" plus a nice sized bluefish. The fluke fishing seems like it will be good. Pro Tip: Use Gulp in the bay for tipping your jigs. Gulp stays cleaner than squid or strip baits along the muddy bottom.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sea Bass Limit

Fished today with Doug and Ryan. We headed out in the ocean to catch some sea bass. The sea bass season opened this week and it closes later in June. The action was fast and furious. It was drop and reel them in all day. We easily caught over 100 sea bass and kept our limit. It was flat calm and beautiful. A great day to be on the water. Pro Tip: The best sea bass fishing occurs when the boat is as stationary as possible. This means anchoring or using the engine. It is possible to hold the boat stationary by manipulating the engine in and out of gear. This saves time and allows you to hit many different places in less time.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fluke and Blues

Fished last Saturday with Terry, Ed, Steve, Bill, and John.  We fished the back bay. Despite the windy conditions we caught fish. We had several blues and some fluke that were around 20" that we released. All signs point to a good fluke season. The first day of fluke season is this Thursday May 25. The regulations allow for three fish 18 inches or over per person.  Pro Tip:  Lower your rod tip during windy conditions when jigging. Less line above water lessens the effect of the wind on the line. Wind of the line create slack which makes feel difficult when the bites are subtle. 

Joe Hughes

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blues in the Bay

Fished Friday evening with Kevin and Zack. We headed out in the bay and started catching blues from 2-6 pounds. We also caught and released some fluke. Blue fishing continued to be great in the bay though the overall size has gotten smaller. Pro Tip: Cold cloudy days usually mean that a deep and slow retrieve works best. Pay attention for subtle bites when the temperature drops. The fish will be less aggressive but should still bite.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Non Stop Blues

Fished with Darryl, Sean, and Jenna in the bay on Sunday. It was nonstop all afternoon despite the incessant wind. We had blues from 4-10 pounds. We also caught a few fluke. Epic. Pro Tip: Buy and learn to use a dehooker. It is easier on you and in the fish.

Blues and Fluke

Fished with Grant, Rick, Nick, and Matt. The bite was nonstop in the bay and we caught blues and fluke the entire trip. The blues were from 3-9 pounds. All the fish were released. Pro Tip: When bringing the fish to the boat stay at the rail when landing it. People have the tendency to back up. Stay at the rail and swing the rod to the person landing the fish. You need to see what is going on to react.