Africaster

Albies are easy to catch ...

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Step 1. Finding them.

Look for birds going ballistic, they'll usually spot the surfacing Albies long before you do ... then peddle/paddle like a maniac until you're 20 yards from the now placid birds, then slowly look back to where you were 3 minutes ago and that's where they'll be busting all over the surface.

Step 2. Tempting them.

Take every single small metal that you have, and rotate them in 7 cast sequences. Retrieve using various speeds whilst keeping a close watch on what strategy everyone around is following ... try not to direct evil thoughts at the (very) few guys with bent rods.

Step 3. Change your leader ... often

After your 3rd unsuccessful hookup, change your leader and/or check your knots ... if you don't, you'll see pinwheeling colour on the forth hookup, but will lose your only holographically touched fly that was producing, as the Albie heads to Hades from whence he was spawned.

Step 4. Vent

Maintain your sanity by screaming and wailing like a little bitch when they're busting all around you and ignoring everything you're tossing infront of them.

Step 5. Change it up.

Try every single plug, bucktail, jig head tipped with every version of plastic you possess at least three times, all the while howling in frustration and fantasizing about that holographically tipped fly that was producing.

Step 6. Sooth the ego.

Give up and go catch blue's on a popper.

 

Landed one (SP, silver, sinking) and had 4 unsuccessful hookups ... oh yes, and a cheeky blackseabass which took a plastic tipped jig head whilst I was peeing.

 

Almost had a disasterous launch in pretty much ideal conditions ... had just mentioned to Ken to watch out for the abrupt drop off at knee height when I found myself having to do a rather ignominious mount in chin deep water.

 

All in all, a great outing. Must have been close to a dozen yaks out there and the power boats were all rather well mannered.

 

 

 

 

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Great fishing with you guys today. Awesome conditions. I never saw so many false albacore. It was a shame I could not catch one. Nice day for a paddle. Tough day to be Irish.

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You wouldn't have to peaddle too far if you launched from there. Nate will probably force them off, so don't leave it too long if you want a bash at them this season.

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29 minutes ago, atv223 said:

Where in general terms were you?

 

i had toyed with Monmouth Beach today but didn't think the conditions would be good for a surf launch.

 

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18 minutes ago, clambellies said:

Boat or kayak albies don't count......

 

 

And neither should the electoral vote but the fact is that it does :howdy:

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On 10/7/2017 at 4:21 PM, rick smithtown said:

Only one for me today.

I just wait for them to come back unless a hundred yards or so.

I agree with Rick sit tight and wait.  You can go nuts chasing them.  You have just as good a chance as waiting for them and being prepared to cast when they appear.

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Some days they won't touch a thing. Got them vertically jigging FF marks on Friday. First time in my life ever noticing what they look like on the machine. All those times I passed over those squiggly marks thinking it was cocktail blues. I just always assumed they were too fast to pick up on the machine...guess not.

 

Not a single fish popped all morning. Very different fight jigging them out of deeper water as well.

 

I'm really liking the Cabelas real image jigging spoons 1/2 oz in glow, started tying those on since I couldn't stomach feeding more jigs to bluefish and these things ran $3 each, the albies absolutely love them. Blind jigging them with those things builds a whole new set of confidence. Guys trying to hook up on epoxy jigs in the mix.

 

 

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