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Date posted September 3, 2009 10:40 AM
Posted by striperman55
Report location New York > North Fork > Yaking the north fork
Fishing method Boat
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I decided to try out farther east in my yak for big blues. Got out east in the southold area and did a quick launch. The water was glass like and birds were working out there a ways. I tryed to get to the birds but as soon as they popped up they were gone, and like 200 yards somewere else. So for 2 hours i tryed to reach birds, and the fish were breaking everywere. I trolled, and casted poppers, and diamond jigs, then deadly dicks. For the 2 hours i was out there, i had no hits or hookups, and later figured out and even was told by some locals, the fish i was chasing were false abacore. I've never hooked up with one yet, but tonight ill be out again tying...

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Joined: 05/23/2007
Posts: 802
 09/03/2009 11:18 AM  

Good luck. Haven't caught any tuna from the yak, but I'll bet it's a blast.

Joined: 07/04/2003
Posts: 668
Location: Cutchogue/Rego Park
 09/03/2009 01:21 PM  

Is it possible that they were spanish mackeral?

Joined: 03/29/2009
Posts: 1213
 09/03/2009 02:21 PM  

Striperman, they are frustrating enough when fishing from shore, but equally so when fishing from a yak because there is no way you can keep up with them, they are just too fast. You get a shot at them here and there. The best you can hope for is a few minutes where the bait is very concentrated, and they will zig zag back through it.

I think you did the right thing. Instead of chasing them try to position yourself where the bait is thickest, and they may eventually come to you.

Some other things you may want to try are small teasers in front of the metal, and taking a pencil popper or small wooden needlefish, taking the hooks off, and trailing a spearing sized teaser behind the popper/needlefish, using the wood to make the splash to attract them to the teaser. Good luck, don't give up, they're a blast to catch.

For enyone else who is just getting into albies, remember that ya can't eat them (I have, but there's a reason people tell you not to eat them Wink). So if you want them to live, take that quick pic and put them back in the water in 30 to 60 secs or they will die.

And emuelhlbuaer, they possibly could have been spanish or bonito as well, which ARE good eating fish.

The way I try to tell is to look at them when they jump out of the water, albies are usually bigger.

WTG man, nice report. up

Joined: 09/21/2008
Posts: 2575
Location: North Fork
 09/03/2009 03:16 PM  

emuehlbauer wrote:

Is it possible that they were spanish mackeral?

maybe but the locals said that area had abacore there all day

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Location: Raritan Bay NY
 09/03/2009 04:37 PM  

sounds like fun......up
those albies are a blast on light tackle.......Smile
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