Albies continue to be the story and they seem to be popping up in all the usual spots. Bait has been the typical small stuff. Anchovies, peanuts, and butterfish are all on the menu. There are some reports of bonito, but most people are having more success with the ablies.
Northeast Rhody has albies too…picked up a half dozen from the usual pile of rocks, others had similar luck
I was out Sunday night/Monday morning for some bass fishing and found it slow going along the shore. I was able to get two keepers but had to work for them. The ponds had plenty of bait but not as much as I saw last week. No doubt just a timing thing though. After a quick nap I stopped at the west wall for a shot at albies. I fished for a few hours and saw one albie caught and landed. Beautiful conditions, but slow fishing.
Headed out this morning with Capt. Steve Burnett to find absolutely FAC seas under thin clouds. Ran into some small bass on top on our way to the main event. Albies weren’t showing very much, but they were definitely there!! Picked up 4-5 before things started getting crowded, so we headed off a mile or so away where there weren’t many other boats around, but plenty of fish. Ended up with 10 or so to the boat before it was time to go home for lunch ;-))) A completely outstanding day!! Oh- one of the “usual” SOCO locations, for those that were about to ask….
Cast a Fly skipper, Capt. Ray Stachelek had this to say:
Here are a few sample patterns we have been using for albies this season with some success. In Rhode Island, the bait supply has been on the small side. Albies get in a selective feeding behavior around here, much more than other places.
Size, color, and transparency are all important in fly design. Most of our baitfish consists of peanut bunker, butterfish, and bay anchovies. Surprising less sand eels and silversides but that could change as the water temps drop.
Watch Hill and Eastern LI Sound
Capt. Mike Duclos of Tiderunner Charter reports:
Well, the early arrival of Albies is no longer news, but the sizeable numbers of them and the increase in the size of the fish we are catching is worthy of news. Can’t remember catching so many of these speedsters this early, but who is complaining. There are good numbers of fish from Plum Island, the Gulls, the Race and into Watch Hill and east. Pick a spot use a SMALL, I repeat, SMALL pattern that resembles juvie bunker or anchovy and you will be rewarded with the greatest fish in the Northeast. If you haven’t been graced with a day in pursuit of them you are missing sheer joy, there is nothing like the blistering run of a false albacore, say nothing of the beauty of the fish. For those that do not have the fly rod skill going for them you can still hook up by using one or two methods, tie an 18″ piece of fluorocarbon on to the hook of the smallest Kastmaster or other hardware and add a small fly. You can also use a water bobber and do the same thing, cast into the fish reel in slow and hang on, they give a good account for themselves if the tackle is not too heavy. Have great week, I wish you all screaming reels.
Capt. Roger K. Gendron of Connecticut Island Outfitters reports:
This week provided one of the nicest stretches of weather we have had in a long time. A comfortable combination of cooler evenings and mornings, with warm days, have been a welcome reward to ubiquitous rain, intense heat, hurricanes and tropical storms that have been the progression this season.
The fishing is encouraging too as I am getting more and more bass bites in the islands and near shore. During my reconnaissance this week, stripers were taking flies readily, and can frequently be spotted by sprays of smallish minnows spraying near grassy shore lines. This week’s mantra has been “cast to the grass.” There is still a broad range of blues from pate to pole-benders as well, many close to shore and lots out a couple miles.
I have not seen any bonito or false yet. “Yet” means, as of the Labor Day week end. I took a little holiday and fished the Watch Hill, RI area over the weekend and was not here to deny any reports of Albies. Incidentally, I did not see any in RI either. So unless they showed up over the weekend, I would be suspect of reported sightings. However they are due and I will know more in a day or two.
The forecast for this week is mostly cloudy with some rain here and there, but not really all that bad for fishing. The days are noticeably shorter, and casual boaters are starting to call it a season diminishing boat traffic. The fishing should just get better!
Soccer and ice hockey are on my calendar this weekend. I’m hoping fishing is on yours. Good luck.