The albie season is going strong around the Cape and Islands. After some reports of finicky albies last weekend, the albies started feeding voraciously Tuesday into Wednesday.
The epicenter of the albie activity seems to shifted from Falmouth down toward the Elizabeth Islands, says Jim at Eastman’s Sport and Tackle. There is also a good number of Spanish mackerel mixing in with the albies in that area.
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Captain Brian Coombs has relocated his Get Tight Sportfishing operations for the albie run, and has been finding good action this week. Coombs advises blind casting at first light, even when the albies aren’t showing on the surface, as this has accounted for a number of albies for his clients the past two mornings.
The albie feeds were fast and furious Wednesday morning, when Chris Megan, Adam Eldridge, Andrew Burke, and I were looking for them. The fish rarely stayed up long enough for us to get a cast into an active feed, but drifting through areas where we’d been seeing albies provided steady action until the tide slacked out around 10.
Skipping epoxy-style jigs, like the Joebaggs Resin Jig, Game On EXO jig, and Fish Snax Hard Snax has been working very well. Soft plastics, like the Albie Snax, have also been producing, and are a good choice for blind casting. Wednesday, I experimented with a casting egg and fly, and had three strikes, landing two chunky albies.
While the albie action has been steady from Hyannis to Quicks Hole, there are a few blank spots on the map.
Tyler at Larry’s Tackle Shop said the albies have been sporadic on the Vineyard, with most fishermen crossing over to the Cape side to find better albie action. Overall, the fishing on the Vineyard has been slow, Tyler said.
Buzzards Bay also is lacking in false albacore. AJ at Red Top found the absence of albies in Buzzards Bay odd, considering most years, the albies are blitzing between the west end of the Canal and West Falmouth Harbor by now. AJ theorized that the abundance of baitfish (peanut bunker and spearing) on the South Side of the Cape has kept the albies there, and they’ve had no reason to range into the bay.
There have been some big bluefish in Buzzards Bay, with fish to 12 pounds being caught by boat fishermen this week, according to Jeff at Canal Bait and Tackle. The blues have poked into the Canal a bit, but not in big numbers. It’s been a good year for big blues in Rhode Island, but only a so-so year on the Cape. September has historically been a big month for big blues, so perhaps that action will improve over the next couple weeks.
Canal action picked up, with slot size fish being caught in the West End, said Jeff.
AJ at Red Top said there were some full-blown fall-run blitzes of schoolie and slot-size stripers feasting on peanut bunker over the past week. He said the numbers of fish was impressive, and fish could be heard crashing bait along the shoreline throughout the length of the Canal.
Captain Kurt of Fishsticks Charters took advantage of the waning days of the black sea bass season to stack some fillets. He found 7 keepers one day, and managed a full boat limit the other by fishing the deep water. Black sea bass season ended Wednesday, so for bottom fishing, you’ll need to look for either blackfish, fluke, or groundfish.
Jim at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle said anyone heading east of Chatham for the great tuna bite would be wise to pack some clams and cod jigs, as the cod and haddock bite has been very good.
Fishing Forecast for Cape Cod
Tuna is likely off the table until early next week, with big seas being pushed our way from the storm offshore. This weather could fire up the albie bite, however, especially around the Vineyard, where the albie fishing has gotten stale in recent days. Striper fishing should continue to improve as we get further into September. Falling water temperatures will trigger more blitzes, in the Canal, and along all of the Cape’s beaches. Peanut bunker are thick all around the Cape, and the stripers will be keying in on these as they bulk up for their swim south.