Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Montauk Day Two

Patty and I fished Sunday in Montauk. We had steady action all day. We ended up with around 18 stripers, jumbo sea bass, porgies, and all the 3-7 pound blues you wanted. Fishing was good and the fall season is off to a great start. Pro Tip: Even though fish may be showing on top, many more lurk below. The deeper fish are frequently more eager to bite.

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Patty and I headed up to Montauk this weekend to begin our Montauk season and get the boat up there. We were not disappointed. Saturday we found the jumbo stripers and we had around 8-10 stripers up to 44". We had two fish in the 44" range. We also had sea bass up to 19". There were also some porgies and even a tog. All the fish were caught on jigs. It was a great way to start the season.

Back Bay Bass

Ryan and I headed out in the bay earlier this week. We found some stripers at sunset on poppers. Great bite despite the 80 degree water temperatures. Pro Tip: While stripers prefer cooler water they have the ability to feed and live in a variety of temperatures. I have caught stripers in water temperatures ranging from 38-85 degrees.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mahi and Albies

Fished with Joanna and Mike last Monday for mahi. We ended up with four small mahi and an albie. We had a touch of bad luck and hooked and lost two gaffer mahi and another albie. Lots of bites. That may be my last mahi trip as the weather and Montauk are coming. Pro Tip: Keep the rod bent. A bent rod is the cushion that keeps a fish from throwing the hook.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Albies and Mahi

Ryan, Jay, Patty, Luc, and I headed out to catch some mahi yesterday. We caught two mahi and we lost a few more bigger fish. We also caught a few nice sized allbies. Pro Tip: When trolling, keep your baits in the clean water in the wake. Baits in the white water are hidden from the fish's view.


Fished with Patrick and Kirsten in the bay on Wednesday. We had a fun day catching short fluke, lots of sea bass, and some sea robins. A fun day in the bay. Pro Tip: Action is key to getting kids hooked on fishing. Forget about keepers, focus on numbers.


Fished with Peter and friends for mahi in the ocean last Monday. We caught two mahi and jumped off a third. Pro Tip: Do not pull back on fish when they jump. It is a sure way to break them off.

Mahi on the Fly

Fished with Tom, John, and Zach on Sunday for mahi. We caught a few on the troll and then switched over to the fly rod. We hooked two mahi on the fly and landed one. Pro Tip: Using live bait to chum greatly increases your odds on the fly rod. Remember to keep the fly moving at all times.

Inshore Mahi

Fished with Jason and family last Saturday for mahi. We had another great day landing several mahi on the troll. It's been a great summer! Pro Tip: Trolling down sea usually presents the best spread to the fish.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flyrod Stripers

Fished with Chase and Jim in the bay for stripers on the fly. We had a good tide and had several bites. We only got one to the boat but it was a very pleasant evening. Pro Tip: Keep a straight line connection from your fly rod to your fly when you retrieve the fly. Any slack will ruin the action of the fly.

More Mahi

Fished with Dan and friends last Friday in the ocean for mahi. We had a great morning and caught several mahi to around fifteen pounds. The bite has been hot. Pro Tip: Keep the boat in gear while attempting to gaff fish. The forward momentum keeps the fish lined up for the gaff shot.


Fished with Kevin and Zach last Thursday for mahi. We had a great day and caught eight mahi up to 16 pounds. Fantastic fishing without driving to the canyons. Pro Tip: Be ready for multiple hookups after the initial strike. Drop back other lines to pick up straggler fish.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Fished with Bill and Mike in the backbay today. We caught a bunch of short fluke, sea bass, sea robins, and sandsharks. Pro Tip: Spring tides have nothing to do with the season. They occur twice a month on the new and full moon. The result is higher high tides and lower low tides. In addition, the tidal current is stronger. Check us out on Instagram @captainjoehughes for additional pictures and videos.

Backbay Stripers

Tom, Patty, and I headed out last night at sunset for stripers. We had six or seven stripers on top water. We have good tides the next few weeks. Pro Tip: Summer stripers feed best on high tides near sunset.

Big Sharks

Fished with Mike and sons in the ocean for sharks on Saturday. We had five shark releases. We had two brown sharks, two sandbar sharks, and a dusky shark. We had three sharks well over 100 pounds. The sharking continues to be good. Pro Tip: Sandbar sharks have proportionally larger fins than a dusky of similar size. And sandbar sharks are not sandsharks.

Monday, August 20, 2018


Fished with Dan, Patty, Ryan, and John in the ocean for mahi. We Jada nice morning and boated four mahi and two amberjacks. Pro Tip: Light drags are key for landing mahi. Too tight and you will pull the hook every time.