Fished with Matt, Mike, and crew in the ocean for stripers. We caught and released around a dozen stripers up to 33". The bite has been consistent. Pro Tip: Get a good hook remover and learn how to use it. Over handling fish boat side leads to unnecessary mortality.
Fished with Chip and crew on Friday. We caught around a dozen stripers to 33". We had fish on the troll and on the jig. Pro Tip: When reeling in a fish on a mojo or niner rig, don't pump and wind. Steady pressure does the trick. Pumping just shakes the fish off.
Fished with Brian and friends yesterday in Sea Isle. Sea bass was our primary objective but I had other ideas as well. This time of year can bring albies and lots of them. On our way to the sea bass grounds we "stumbled upon" blitzing Albies. We caught and released six or seven Albies on jigs before making our way to the sea bass grounds. We could have done that all day. After hitting the Seabass grounds it was nonstop action. We had fish on every drop and easily surpassed the hundred fish mark. Lots of shorts with lots of nice fish too. Pro Tip: I've said it before but preparation for possibilities can turn a good day into a great day. Be prepared for any possibility in the area you were planning to fish and the time of year.
Fished with Doug last Saturday in Montauk. Fishing was epic with blitzing stripers. Our final release totals were way over 60-70 fish. We also had a few big blues and sea bass. Pro Tip: different situations call for different types of retrieves. Don't be afraid to experiment and then apply a successful retrieve in a similar situation in the future.
Fished again with Ron and Mike in Montauk. The blitzing stripers continued. Lots of action. Bites and fish all morning. Pro Tip: Keep your rod tip close to horizontal while jigging so you have room to strike.
Fished with Ron and Mike in Montauk. We had a banner day Saturday and Sunday. Saturday brought bass blitz after bass blitz. It was every cast at times. Pro Tip: Most jig bites occur as the jig is falling. Make sure to maintain contact as you lower the rod.
Fished with Darryl, Bill, Dave, and Scott in Montauk. Striper blitzes, big sea bass, and albies made for a great trip. Non stop action at times. Pro Tip: When fish are following a fast retrieve but not eating, try stopping suddenly. They can't put on the brakes so they usually commit.
Fished with Joe at the end of August in Sea Isle. I guess I'm behind in my posts. We had a great day with lots of mahi on the fly and a few albies on the troll. It was a great day. Can't wait for next summer! Pro Tip: Letting a fly sink deep can trigger reluctant mahi to bite.
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.