Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ready to Go

Back in the water and ready to go. Just waiting on the weather....

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Florida Farewell

I headed down to the keys last week to fish for a few days with the family and get the boat. We had a blast and head great site fishing on the flats. We caught a bunch of lemon and bonnet head sharks. The fish of the week was Patty's hundred pound lemon shark she caught on 10 pound test while sight fishing. We also had lots of jacks, snappers, and a bunch of other fish. Both boats are now safely back in Sea Isle City. It has been cold but the fish I'm sure will be ready to go very shortly. Pro Tip: When casting for accuracy, over hand is best. Side arm casting typically results in many missed opportunities.

Tarpon

Fished with Mike and Mike in Islamorada last weekend. I mixed up my days and said the monster cuda was on Saturday but it was on Sunday. Mike also had a nice tarpon sight fishing on the flats on Saturday. Sunday also produced a bunch of shark releases plus a bunch of nice jacks and snappers. A great weekend over all with nice weather! Pro Tip: Let sharks discover a bait on their own. However, if they are having trouble finding the shrimp, bumping the bait slightly sometimes gets their attention and results in a bite.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tarpon

Fished with Mike and Mike in Islamorada last weekend. I mixed up my days and said the monster cuda was on Saturday but it was on Sunday. Mike also had a nice tarpon sight fishing on the flats on Saturday. Sunday also produced a bunch of shark releases plus a bunch of nice jacks and snappers. A great weekend over all with nice weather! Pro Tip: Let sharks discover a bait on their own. However, if they are having trouble finding the shrimp, bumping the bait slightly sometimes gets their attention and results in a bite.

Sharks and Cuda

Fished with Mike and Mike in Islamorada last weekend. We had great fishing. On Saturday we had amazing action on the flats and we had over fifteen lemon and bonnet head shark releases. We also had a monster cuda eat a plastic bait. That fish put in quite the show. We rounded out the day with jacks, snappers, and blue runners. Quality and quantity. Pro Tip: Tilting your head from side to side with polarized sunglasses will help you see into the water better at certain angles. Try it and you'll see the difference.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Tarpon Pics

These are some pics that I took from last weekend's tarpon. We hooked three and released two boatside. Fishing in the keys has been good.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tarpon

We headed out on Sunday and the fish continued to bite well. We had constant action with jacks, snappers, mackerels, and blue runners. The highlight of the day was a 60 pound, 50" plus tarpon that hit my jig. After a bunch of jumps we brought her boatside for a quick release. Pro Tip: When fighting big fish, the line should always be going out or coming in. A bent rod with no line movement allows the fish to rest and prolongs the fight.

Islamorada

Headed to Islamorada last weekend with Patty, Mom, and Dad for a fun weekend. We started off on Saturday catching nonstop snappers, jacks, mackerels, and blue runners. Fun fishing at its finest. Pro Tip: Keeping your jig moving, even if it's slow, minimizes snags.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jacks

Fished last weekend with Mike in Islamorada. We fished for three days. Mike is primarily a fly fisherman do that was our focus. We jumped three tarpon, one each day, but unfortunately all three came unbuttoned. We eased our pain with good sized jacks and snappers. We had a bunch of shots at sharks on the flats but they were not interested in the fly. I'm sure at least a few would have chewed on bait. But that's the chance you take to catch them on the fly. Pro Tip: Shark takes on the fly are very subtle. Rarely do you "feel" a strike. Watch the fly and the line. If the line moves and the fly disappears, it's time to strike.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

More Wind

Fished with the Mikes for a third day. Still windy. Still good. We caught fish on almost every cast. Snappers and jacks filled the bill and kept us entertained. Pro Tip: Learn to use a hook remover. If you are still grabbing a fish with a rag and using pliers, you are doing something wrong. Follow me on instagram. @captainjoehughes

More Islamorada

Fished with the Mikes again in Islamorada. I'm a bit behind in my posts so please forgive me. The wind blew and we dealt. The fish bit anyway. We hooked and broke off another Tarpon. Also we caught a bunch of jacks, snappers, yellowtail, and others. We had great action all day. Pro Tip: The faster the current, the slower the retrieve. Follow me on Instagram. @captainjoehughes

Monday, January 15, 2018

Islamorada

Fished with the Mike's on Saturday. We started out sight fishing on the flats. We caught and released five lemon sharks and a bonnet head shark. The big shorts up to about 70 pounds. We had quite a few shots. We also caught snappers, jacks, grouper, look downs, and even a bluefish. We had a lot of action all day. Pro Tip: The higher in the water column fish are on the flats the more likely they are to eat. Hi and happy is what we call it. When the fish are along the bottom there are less likely to eat. Who knows why this is but their body language and desire to eat is completely different.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

More Islamorada Pictures

The family and I fished for a few more days down in the keys over Christmas break. The fishing seems just fine. We got lots of stuff including snappers, jacks, tarpon, bluefish, grouper, and several other species. Whilel there has been a lot of damage and you can definitely tell that the hurricane has passed through, overall there has been a lot of progress. Things look much better and even during the week that we were there it was noticeable improvement every day. A lot of the Oceanside properties really took a beating, but the Bayside properties fared much better. Everything that I utilize from lodging to fuel to marinas are up and running 100 percent. I'm looking forward to a fun winter season in the keys.