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
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
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.
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.
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.