Fished with Mike and Joe in the ocean for sharks. We were chasing them with the flyrod. We caught and released another 12 spinner, dusky, and brown sharks on the fly. That made a total of 24 plus shark releases on the fly in two days. We also caught and released a 37" cobia on a jig. It was a great day. Pro Tip: Strip striking the fish is the only way to set the hook securely. Lifting the rod does not allow the hook to penetrate fully.
Fished with Mike in the ocean. We were flyfishing for sharks. We caught and released over a dozen spinner, dusky, and brown sharks on the fly. It was a very good day. Pro Tip: You don't feel a bite when a shark eats your fly. Watch your fly line and the fish's reaction to determine when to set the hook.
John, Dick, Ryan, and I fished the Spencer canyon on Friday. We had three yellowfin tuna to about fifty pounds. Pro Tip: Spilt bill ballyhoos were the trick. Learn to rig baits a variety of ways. Sometimes a well rigged bait makes the difference between catching and not catching.
Fished with Joe and family yesterday morning. Flounder fishing keeps getting better. We had around 24 short flounder with three keepers to 21". The bite has been consistent. Pro Tip: Feel is very important in flounder fishing. Flounder bites usually fall into two categories. First is an overt bite that can't be missed. However, the second is more subtle and involves a slowly bending rodtip similar to what you would feel if you were stuck on the bottom. In this situation, slowly lift the rod tip. If you feel weight, it's time to set the hook.
Fished with Joe and friends on Sunday. We fished in the bay for fluke. We had constant action with flounder up to 25". We had five keeper Fluke. The biggest was 25" and five pounds. Flounder fishing has been improving steadily. Pro Tip: Summer flounder are referred to as fluke by many people. They are "left sided" flatfish. And yes there is a left and a right!
Fished with Tom and Michael in the bay. Conditions were extremely windy and I had to dig deep in my bag of tricks. We anchored up and caught around a dozen big sand sharks to over ten pounds. Not your typical day, but we had a blast. Pro Tip: Don't be a snob. If bad weather makes the usual target species tough, lots of fun can be had with non traditional species.
Fished with Greg in the bay for fluke. Increasing wind made things tough but we caught several fluke and some bluefish. Pro Tip: We had a rod rigged with a soft plastic ready to go and it paid off with a few nice blues.
Fished with Tomas friends in the bay. We caught a bunch of fluke up to 20". We had three keepers and a nice blue. Pro Tip: Make sure to remove Gulp products from your jigs. When they dry out, they are incredibly difficult to remove.
Fished with John and Darryl in the bay. We caught stripers almost immediately on poppers and had a consistent bite all evening. We also caught a bunch of blues on jigs as well. Lots of fish. Pro Tip: There are lots of times fish will only bite on jigs or only on poppers. Be sure to be prepared for both.
Dusty and I headed out at sunset. No big ones but lots of bass and blues on poppers. Pro Tip: The striper bite continues throughout the summer. The hotter it gets, the smaller the window that they will bite in.
Dad, Patty, and I headed out in the bay for a quick trip. Dad caught the biggest fluke of course. Patty had a double header. I just tried to keep out of their way. Pro Tip: The bucktails tend to catch fewer but bigger fish.
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.