Fished yesterday in Islamorada with the Mikes. We had more wind and things were not perfect but we still caught fish. We had mutton snappers, jacks, blue runners, and a nice gag grouper. The fish of the day was Big Mikes grouper that was about five pounds. We also had a shark on the flats and broke another off. Pro Tip: Don't overfill reels with braided line. Fill them less than you did with mono. This lessens wind knots and other tangles. You need less than you think!
Fished with the Mikes in Islamorada today. We had the usual wind to deal with but we found fish anyway. Big Mike caught his first permit today. It was a beauty and weighed 17 pounds. We also had jacks, cero mackerel, mangrove snappers, and mutton snappers. The flats fishing was slow today due to very murky water. Pro Tip: It helps to fight fish close, especially with light tackle. We had to chase the permit today and staying with the fish prevented us from surely being broken off on structure.
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.