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...
Fished last Saturday with Ron and Ron. Albies took center stage and we had our first one hooked up after about five minutes. The bite was consistent all day and we ended up with about thirty albie releases. The day started out very rough but ended up becoming beautiful. Pro Tip: Reel as fast as you can for albies. Then reel faster. New anglers sometimes think the fish can't catch the lure if they reel too fast. They are wrong!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.