Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ocean Stripers

Fished today with Mike and Mike for stripers in the ocean. We found them and caught several stripers up to about 28 pounds on jigs. The fish were picky but well placed casts produced fish. It was very visual and you could see the fish. Pro Tip: The type of birds feeding tells you the type of bait present. For example, terns indicate small bait like bay anchovies. Gannets feeding indicate larger bait like bunker.

Back Bay Bust

Fished yesterday in the bay with Fred, Donnie, and friends. We fished spot on the incoming tide with no luck. We may have had one on briefly but it got off. Pro Tip: The bite can be brief in the bay. The bite was good earlier in the week but only on certain parts of the tide.

Joe Hughes

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sea Bass

Fished with Doug and Dusty yesterday in the ocean. We made the long run to some deeper sea bass grounds. Fishing was great and we caught over 100 sea bass. Most were shorts but we had over twenty keepers to 18". Pro Tip: Clams are a great sea bass bait. However, they tend to catch smaller fish. Try very light line and jigs tipped with gulp to change your keeper/throwback ratio in your favor.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Back Bay Stripers

Fished with Mike in the bay yesterday. It was an absolutely beautiful day. We started our morning fishing jigs but came up empty. We switched over to live bait and started using spot. We ended up releasing three bass to around 26". We also had several other bites and pulled the hook on a few more. Pro Tip: Egg sinkers minimize snags and weed in the bay while fishing live bait. Still, check your bait often. Any weed will make the fish not bite.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Backbay Stripers

Fished with Doug last week in the bay. We had a dozen stripers to around 25". We also had a few white perch. The fish were all caught on plastics. They have been chewing on live spot as well. Pro Tip: Flip the bail by hand instead of just turning the handle. Doing this will minimize wind knots.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Montauk Finale

Fished with Doug and Patty this weekend in Montauk. The albies and bonito chewer well today. We literally left them biting. It was a great season in Montauk. The bass are on the move and will slowly make their way here. Pro Tip: Sea Isle striper season should be in full swing by late November.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Montauk Grand Slam

Fished with Doug and Patty today in Montauk. We had around 18 albies, six stripers, a few blues, and a bunch of small bonita. Doug and I both had grand slams of albies, blues, bass, and bonitas. Fishing was great despite the wind and rain. Pro Tip: In the days of sailing warships doing battle, they would maneuver to attain the "weather gauge." The weather gauge meant you were up wind and could easily maneuver down on your opponent. Having the weather gauge on fish is always preferred. Casting, maneuvering, and presenting your lures is always easier when you have the weather gauge. Think I'm kidding. Look it up.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

More Montauk

Fished with Mike and Chris last weekend in Montauk. The albie bite continues to be very good. We had lots of fish on the spinning rod as well as the fly rod. Pro Tip: Always approach breaking fish uptide and upwind. Make sure you are drifting towards them. Being upwind also aids in long casts.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

More Montauk

Fished with Mike and Chris today in Montauk. The albie bite was great on the fly as well as the spinning rod.

Montauk Pics

Here are some pictures from fishing today with the family.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Montauk is Awesome

Fished with Darryl and Dave in Montauk. It was great. We averaged over forty albies per day with some bass, blues, and sea bass mixed in. Fishing has been very very good. Pro Tip: Watch your plotter. Many times your drift is powered more by the current than the wind. Albies frequently stay in the same area but we drift away from them. Using your plotter you can return to where the fish are hanging out.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Montauk Day Two

Fished with the Rons again on Sunday. Believe it or not the bite was better. We had around forty albies in less time. We also had some bass and a few sea bass on jigs. Montauk does not disappoint. Pro Tip: I know I said reel fast for albies. However, there are times when the fish are up that a well placed slow twitching soft plastic can't be passed up by marauding albies. And by the way, there is a story surrounding the crown...