Friday, December 31, 2010

Specks and Redfish

Jodi C. with a nice speckled trout and redfish from Flamingo.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


A nice 18 pound blackfin tuna caught just off Islamorada last winter. These fish are sometimes caught while sailfishing. This one ate a live ballyhoo.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Surgery and Recovery

The lack of posts is due to my first knee surgery which was followed up by a second emergency surgery to the same knee. Lots of fun. As a result I am not able to fish for now. That being said I'm getting better and should be fine by January hopefully. The picture is of a Florida bluefish I have caught in the past. They must follow me down there. I'm planning on posting some pictures from the past until I can post some pictures of current fish I can catch when I get better. Happy holidays.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


I will be fishing in Islamorada Florida for the winter. Weekend trips are available and accommodations can be arranged for fishing in the keys. Fly down Friday, fish Saturday and Sunday, fly home Sunday night. Great way to escape the cold.

Friday, November 26, 2010

More Turkey Day Pics

Little Harry was right. It was not like last time. It was much better!

Thanksgiving Tradition

Fished on Thanksgiving with Harry, Harry Jr. and Dusty. Headed out at daybreak to the ocean. We had a good morning jigging up over a dozen stripers to 18 pounds, two huge bluefish, and dozens of dogsharks. We were home before 11am to attend our respective holiday dinners. Great way to celebrate the day.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stripers and Blues in the Fly

Fished today with Peter G. Peter flyfished and had both bass and blues on the long rod. I had a bunch of fish on the jig. We ended up with between 12-15 fish. Equal numbers bass and blues. It was good but not as great as it has been. No bird plays today. We had a consistent pick of fish most of the morning.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Better Pictures

These are some better pictures from today.

Fall Blitz 2010

Here is the video from today.

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Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Banner Day

Fished with Mike and Mike "Ace" S. Went out in the ocean looking for stripers. We found them. We ended up with well over 25 stripers to 18 pounds, 6 blues that averaged around 15 pounds, two fluke, and one spiny dogfish. All fish were released. Bird plays and triple headers were a common occurrence today.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tough Day

Fished today with the Harrys and friends. Very windy. Tried for some bigger fish in the back with fresh bunker. Ended up with some spiny dogs for our effort. I can't wait for the fish to show out front. We had fun in spite of the fish!

Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Flyrod Stripers

Fished with Mike R. in the backbay. Mike released two stripers on the fly and I had one on a jig. The bite was not as good as yesterday. We also saw a seal on the ride home, very unusual for the fall as I usually see them in the spring.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hot Back Bay Bite

Fished today with Dave W. At the first stop on the third cast we had a strike on a popper but missed. The frustration continued as several bass crashed the lures but wouldn't commit. We moved and settled into another spot as the tide began to ebb. We had several bites and landed a couple of bass on poppers but missed a bunch. We switched over to soft plastics and the response was immediate. The fish responded much better to the soft plastics and we ended up pulling around 15 stripers from 24-27" out of the same hole. During one stretch we caught a fish on four consecutive casts. Then we hit another spot and caught a bass on our first five casts. Totals: over 30 bites and around 18-20 stripers made it to the boat before being released. A great day in the bay.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Montauk Mayhem Video

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Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Sunday, October 24, 2010

70 Plus Stripers and Blues

All on the fly. Crazy blitzes all afternoon. Video to follow. Check out my mascot that spent 20 minutes hanging out on the boat. More info to come. Montauk was nuts.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hooked Up in Montauk

Mike R. hooked up to a big blue in Montauk on the fly.

Montauk Blitz

Fished with Mike R. today in Montauk. We ended up releasing over 40 bluefish all over ten pounds. The biggest were around 15 pounds. We also had one striper. Most of the fish were on the fly. I went into the backing over 20 times today. Awesome.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Heading to Montauk

Going up for the last time this weekend. Praying for good weather. November is looking good here at home. Stripers and blues are on their way. Starting to think about Florida. The fly above will be fed to a tarpon this spring.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Getting Ready For the Fall Blitz

Had to postpone a Montauk trip this weekend due to the weather. Will go next weekend. Fished around Sea Isle this weekend in spite of the wind. Lots of bird plays on Saturday but no fish. Got out today and found a bunch of small blues under birds. There also have been reports of some weakfish and small blitzes of big blue and bass. Just gotta be in the right place. It's starting to happen. November is prime time. I still have a few open dates.

Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Monday, October 11, 2010

First Striper

Fished today with Harry and Harry F. I managed to match the size of the fish to my angler! We had three small stripers in the bay. Two of which little Harry hooked himself. One of those he cast and hooked the bass all on his own. How old were you when you caught your first striper? We also had some croakers out in the ocean.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Flyrod Bluefish

Got out and fished with Joe C. yesterday. We caught a few small blues on the flyrod out in the ocean. Sinking lines and clouser minnows fished deep were the ticket.

Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Montauk 2010 Jersey Cape Guide Service

Here is an edited video from Montauk this year. I offer weekend packages that fish all day Saturday and Sunday. I can arrange all lodging as well. I currently have October 23-24th open and that is a good weekend for experiencing the Montauk Blitz. Get an early start on the migration.

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Captain Joe Hughes
IGFA Certified
Jersey Cape Guide Service

Monday, October 4, 2010

Montauk Slam

Dusty L with his Inshore Slam fishing with me in Montauk. Striper, albie, bluefish. All caught in one day both on fly and spin. Ten albies, dozens of blues to twelve pounds, and stripers to 20 pounds.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Montauk Mayhem

Fished with Chad and Kristen S. who took advantage of my weekend packages to Montauk.  Started off the day with a lot of wind. Nothing new there. Had to go to some backup weather spots in the morning to fish in the lee of the land. Spent the morning in Gardeners Bay and moved to Orient Point. We caught several schoolie bass in jigs. Nice thing about Montauk is there is usually a place to hide no matter what the wind. Put the boat on the trailer around 2:30 and headed back to Montauk gambling the wind might drop out in the afternoon giving us a shot at the point. Very good idea. Put in at Montauk around 3:15. Upon leaving the inlet we were met with blitz after blitz. Birds everywhere. Bass and blues and albies. Fish after fish until dark. And the wind even dropped out. 

Big Blitzing Bluefish

In Montauk. Once the wind abated in the afternoon the mayhem ensued. This is Chad S. with another blue on the jig.

Speechless Adolescents

Kristen hooked up to one of dozens of bluefish in Montauk.

Montauk Striper on the Fly

A nice flyrod bass comes to the boat.

Chad's Bass Video

Chad had just picked up the flyrod a few minutes before landing this nice striper. Montauk mayhem.

Chad's Fly Rod Striper

This is Chad's striper on the fly. Kristen can be heard hooked up in the background to a big bluefish.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Montauk Quick Report

More to follow but fished with Chad and Kristen S in Montauk. Over 30 blues and 9 stripers. Blitzing action all afternoon.