Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Permit and Tarpon

Fished today with Ken and Kathy. Great day! Our first cast of the morning resulted in a big permit. We chased that fish around for a while before I could grab it. What a great fight. Next up we hooked a tarpon and chased him around and got a great photo opportunity. We also caught some big jacks and some huge mangrove snappers. We moved on to the flats where we released three bonnet head sharks. Banner day.

Snook and Tarpon

Patty and I headed to Flamingo on Tuesday. On the way we stopped on a flat and found some baby tarpon. I had three bites on the fly and hooked one. After several jumps, the tarpon gave me the fun and jumped off. We then went to Cape Sable. The water was very warm which is not great for that location. I did catch a snook and a bunch of specks and jacks.


Fished with Jim and Wyatt on Monday. We stayed close to home and caught a bunch of snappers, jacks, and blue runners around the bridges. We the hit the flats for sharks but couldn't connect.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Florida Variety

Patty and I fished yesterday in Islamorada. We fished the bridges and caught a bunch of big snappers and jacks. We hit the flats and did some sight fishing for sharks. We released a few bonnet head sharks and missed a lemon of two.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Time for Florida

There are still stripers around and the tog are biting but things are starting to get cold. The bass may still bite but now is the time to plan ahead for Florida. I fish out of Islamorada, Florida Keys from Christmas through Easter (December through April). My specialty is winter weekend fishing getaways. I will help plan and arrange your fishing weekend in Islamorada. A standard weekend involves flying down on Friday night. We fish a mega day Saturday (sunrise to sunset) and a full day Sunday (7-3). Three day weekends are two mega days and a full day. I can help with flights, car, and lodging. This is a great mini vacation you can fit around work. If mega days aren't your thing, we simply fish around your schedule. We catch fish regardless of the weather and it is always a blast. Most days involve several different types of fish and good numbers of them. It will definitely be a trip you will remember. Please call if you're interested and I will give you prices and more information. Afternoons are best to reach me at 609-827-3442

For more information, review my blog posts from last winter for more pictures and reports from last year's trips. These weekends also make a great gift. Gift certificates are available for the holidays.

Joe Hughes

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stripers on Top

Headed out yesterday with Mike and Patty. There were plenty of fish on the troll but we wanted to catch them on jigs and on the fly. We found bass and blues on the surface finning and chasing bait on top. The fish were very skittish and we would only get one or two before the school would disappear. We caught them on the fly and on the jig. The fishing was not easy but the challenge made it even more interesting.