Sunday, July 22, 2018

Big Shark

Fished today with Jack and Kale in the ocean for sharks. It was pretty bumpy but we decided to give it a shot anyway. It paid off and we had five shark releases. The fish of the day was a monster sandbar shark that was over 150 pounds. We also had a spinner and three brown sharks. Pro Tip: Always wind right before raising the rod to strike a fish.

Tuna, Marlin, Mako

Jay, Ryan, Kate, Trev, and I headed to the canyon on Friday. We caught a yellowfin tuna and released a small mako on the troll. We also had three white marlin bites and jumped one off. Pro Tip: Tuna tend to bite better on a straight course while marlin seem to prefer more turns when trolling.

Fluke

Fished with Max, Mike, Dan, and Brady in the bay. We had a fun morning and caught a bunch of flounder. The biggest one was 22". Pro Tip: Never lift flounder out of the water. Get a net under the fish before removing it from the water if it is a keeper.

Bay Fluke

Fished with Mike and family in the bay for flounder. We had consistent action with fluke. The bite continues to be good. Pro Tip: Don't thread gulp all the way onto a bucktail. Just thread it on a little bit to give the maximum "hang" off the hook.

Sharks

Fished with Don and friends in the ocean for sharks. We had a bit of a slow day. We had three or four smaller shark releases. Pro Tip: Outboard boats tend to drift bow first. Turning the engine hard over in one direction helps the boat drifts sideways. Another trick to get the boat to drift sideways is to tilt the engine all the way up.

Mahi and Sharks

Fished with Mike and Ryah in the ocean for sharks. We had a great day and had around nine releases. We had brown, spinner, and dusky sharks. Good action. We also had a mahi eat one of our baits. You never know. Pro Tip: Net or gaff mahi boatside. They frequently will flip off if you try to just lift them in the boat.

Inshore Trolling

Fished with Grant, Rick, Nick, and Jenny. We went searching for mahi. We did hook one but lost him boatside. We did manage a few small amberjacks. Pro Tip: Be prepares to drop back trolled baits. Many times the fish is not hooked on the initial bite.

Sharks on the Fly

Fished with Mike in the ocean. We were looking for sharks on the fly. Mike has caught a bunch of sharks with me in the past but we had a tough day. We probably would have caught them on the fly but that was not our mission. Pro Tip: If you want to catch sharks on the fly, don't put bait in the water.

Joe Hughes

Sharks

Fished with Mike and Hugh in the ocean for sharks. We had nine releases. Most of them were brown sharks. Pro Tip: Use release clips of the drift is too fast for the free spool.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stripers on the Flats

Fished with Jerry last Wednesday evening for stripers on the flats. We caught four on poppers. Love those topwater bites! Pro Tip: A steady rhythm with a popper produces the most strikes.

More Sharks

Fished with Gary, Trevor, and Jack in the ocean for sharks. We had several releases and had mostly brown and dusky sharks. Pro Tip: Sharks are very tentative creatures. Never let them see you move a bait or they will be unlikely to eat it.

Sharks

Fished with Jim, Pete, and Hugh last Tuesday. We hit the ocean for sharks. We had four or five including a 125 pound sandbar shark and a spinner over 100 pounds. Pro Tip: Learn to identify the local sharks. We have several different species. They are not all "brown" sharks.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mahi

Patty and I headed out to catch some dinner yesterday afternoon. We ended up finding a few mahi not too far from home. We caught two and missed two others and called it an evening. Pro Tip: There are many ways to rig baits. Learn as many as possible. Sometimes only one of the ways will work in a situation.

More Fluke

Fished with Amon, Michael, and Shamus yesterday. We fished in the bay for fluke. We caught them and lost a nice keeper just before he was reachable with the net. Pro Tip: Never pump and wind with fluke. There is a good chance you will just shake them off.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fishing the Shallows

Fished with the Shallows today in the bay. Amon, Michael, and Tom joined me for a morning of fishing. We caught several fluke and had fun despite the breeze. Pro Tip: You should be able to feel the bottom when you pick up and lower your rod. If not you have seaweed, too much or not enough line out, or there is a fish on your line.

Take a Kid Fishing

Fished with Grant and Max in the bay. It's was Max's first fishing trip on a boat. He caught his first flounder and many more. It is always a blast watching a child catch their first fish! It never gets old. Pro Tip: Make fishing about spending time together. Not about filling a cooler. Memories last longer than dead fish.

Finding Fluke

Fished with Kevin, Zach, Chris, and Ben. Despite the wind, we caught a bunch of fluke and had one keeper. Plus, we found Nemo. Pro Tip: Casting our from a boat, even a little, tangles everyone around you on a drifting boat. Just drop it straight down, let the drift do the work.