What a difference a week makes. Last week - in busting albies for 3 hours, couldn't get a bite if my life depended on it.
Yesterday, a lot of things worked. This day would develop into my best albie day ever (including 3 years worth of trips to Cape Lookout).
Here's the set up. Launched at o dark. Took me about an hour to find fish. Started throwing flies at them on a sinking line. Spent about 45 minutes with repeated shots into major action with no love (tried 4 different flies, retrieves, etc.).
Couldn't take it any more, so I switched to spinning (metal). Well, these albies went nuts on it. For the next 3 hours, I honestly don't know how many I caught, but would guess in excess of 20. They wanted the metal so bad, I didn't even need to set up on a blitz, blind casting with nothing going on worked! At one point I counted 8 casts, 8 albies landed.
After feeling pretty good about life, decided that no matter what I was going to catch some on the fly. Decided to try something radical - switched to a dry line with an Albie slider fly. Well, let me say that they loved that just as much as the metal. In a melee, one strip and I would be on. No melee, just cast out and strip fast and bang! What a rush to see these fish bust on a dry fly! A first for me. Must have caught 15 plus using this method.
All in all, 11 of the best hours albie fishing I ever had.