On Saturday, Patty, Ryan, Brady and I fished in Islamorada. We hit the flats first and sight fished three lemon sharks. After releasing them we moved and caught snappers, jacks, mutton snappers, and more. It was a beautiful day. Pro Tip: When casting light baits or jigs and accuracy is important, use an overhead cast like you are throwing a ball. Side arm casts will not get the job done. Everybody thinks it will work, and everybody throws WAY left (or WAY right if you're left handed). This results in blowing the first (and possibly only) chances you may get.
Here are some more pictures from my trip with Dan and Dusty. We had fabulous weather and the finale was great. We had big snappers, a pompano, snook to about ten pounds, bonnet head sharks, barracuda, and lemon sharks. Fishing had been great in the Keys. Pro Tip: There are several good connections to use to connect your leader to braid. I typically use a double uni-knot to connect the two. Three turns on the thicker leader and six or seven turns on the finer braid.
Dan, Dusty, and I fished in Islamorada. The weather was fine and the fish were chewing well. We had snook, barracudas, tarpon, lemon sharks, bonnethead sharks, snappers, jacks, and more. The fishing has been very good. Pro Tip: When casting jigs to fish in very shallow water, begin reeling immediately with the rod Tip held high as soon as the jig hits the water. This lessens the chances of weeding up and keeps the jug near the surface.
Dusty, Dan, and I fished Islamorada. We had a great action and caught well over a dozen species of fish. We had mangrove snappers, mutton snappers, jacks, yellow jacks, bonnet head sharks, lemon sharks, moonfish, and others. We also hooked four tarpon and Dusty released a nice tarpon after dark. The weather and fishing was excellent. Pro Tip: Try and experiment with something new every trip. Try new places, techniques, and lures whenever possible. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it won't, but you will have fun trying. In addition, when it does work you will add to your repertoire and make the next experiences that much better.
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.