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Date posted October 30, 2017 7:45 PM
Posted by hauler
Report location New York > North Shore > Weekend Swan Song
Fishing method Boat
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Marina closes tomorrow so fished this past Saturday for the last trip on my boat this season. As I did 95% of this season targeted the present school bass on the fly rod and they didn’t disappoint. On chartreuse clousers took well over two dozen cookie cutters 14-22” in shallow backwater. Even dropped down to a five weight to enjoy these fiesty critters.



Action slowed down half way through the ebb so took a ride out to scour the sound for the Albies which I hadn’t seen in a few ventures outside. Finally spotted some lofting birds and then saw the fleeting rises of a small pod of Albies that were only staying up 2-3 seconds. After multiple casts and a ton of boat maneuvers I drifted into a pod and threw my pink DD into the action. Bam fish on! My only for the season but a first for me in a very long tIme.



Came back in after another hour of chasing and blind casting and bagged a few cocktail sized blues to round out the Grand Slam. A fine finish to the 2017 boating season.




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Matthew419


Joined: 06/10/2008
Posts: 908
Location: E. Setauket, NY
 10/30/2017 10:57 PM  

Nice! Glad you got the elusive albie.
 
ckopp

Joined: 07/29/2016
Posts: 44
Location: Port Jefferson
 10/30/2017 11:30 PM  

Cool fish!

I'm a native Long Islander and I never even heard of albies until a few years ago. Have they always been around, or are they new? Still haven't seen one in the flesh, but I hope to one day. What lure is the pink DD?

My last licks are on Thursday - will leave the marina with the boat on the trailer.


Chris


 
Jillybird

Joined: 09/03/2001
Posts: 2260
Location: Mamaroneck
 10/31/2017 01:03 AM  

Congrats on that albie. Albies are commonplace in NY waters, though they are found in the greatest quantities around Montauk Point, Breezy Point, and the North Fork. They do make forays into the Western Sound each year for a couple of weeks, though you have to be on your toes to get them. In Montauk, from mid-September to the end of October, you can find albies popping up, especially dawn and towards sunset most days. In the Western Sound, the normal hot spots are around the Norwalk Islands and the Triangle, though this year, they've been caught offLloyd Neck, Stamford, the Captain Islands, and even as far west as Larchmont.

I find searching for albies in the Western Sound to be rather frustrating and non-productive since by the time you get to the birds and fish, they are gone. Around Montauk, there are so many pods of albies that getting into the action is rarely a problem, though the mosquito fleet of fly boys can make for some expletive filled rants.

Whatever you do, don't eat albies. They make fine shark bait, but they are bloody and are among the worst tasting fish around. Enjoy them if you get into a pod, as they are an awesome sportfish.
 
rick67


Joined: 06/22/2014
Posts: 311
Location: Smithtown
 10/31/2017 04:53 AM  

ckopp wrote:

Cool fish!

I'm a native Long Islander and I never even heard of albies until a few years ago. Have they always been around, or are they new? Still haven't seen one in the flesh, but I hope to one day. What lure is the pink DD?

My last licks are on Thursday - will leave the marina with the boat on the trailer.


Chris



He's talking about Deadly Dick (DD) with a sliver of pink running down it.
Very popular now is "Hogy" epoxy jigs.


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cement154

Joined: 05/07/2007
Posts: 365
 10/31/2017 06:32 AM  

Great way to wrap up the season . Bring on 2018.
 
doug0105

Joined: 04/28/2014
Posts: 19
 10/31/2017 06:41 AM  

WTG ON THE FLY ROD
 
whistlefish

Joined: 09/24/2008
Posts: 90
 10/31/2017 07:10 AM  

Great report -- esp. the part about "lofting " birds those high flying birds can lead you to the school.
 
mishty

Joined: 10/22/2013
Posts: 41
 10/31/2017 08:20 AM  

Jillybird wrote:

Congrats on that albie. Albies are commonplace in NY waters, though they are found in the greatest quantities around Montauk Point, Breezy Point, and the North Fork. They do make forays into the Western Sound each year for a couple of weeks, though you have to be on your toes to get them. In Montauk, from mid-September to the end of October, you can find albies popping up, especially dawn and towards sunset most days. In the Western Sound, the normal hot spots are around the Norwalk Islands and the Triangle, though this year, they've been caught offLloyd Neck, Stamford, the Captain Islands, and even as far west as Larchmont.

I find searching for albies in the Western Sound to be rather frustrating and non-productive since by the time you get to the birds and fish, they are gone. Around Montauk, there are so many pods of albies that getting into the action is rarely a problem, though the mosquito fleet of fly boys can make for some expletive filled rants.

Whatever you do, don't eat albies. They make fine shark bait, but they are bloody and are among the worst tasting fish around. Enjoy them if you get into a pod, as they are an awesome sportfish.


Bleed one immediately. Brine it soon after and loin it like you would any other tuna. Cut the really dark fat off the loin and sear it with peppercorns and sesame seeds leaving the middle raw. Taste just like a blue fin.
 
tsnacks


Joined: 11/29/2001
Posts: 248
 10/31/2017 10:43 AM  

nice work, Bob! couldn't fit any tog in that day!? Great season.
 
hauler


Joined: 03/12/2002
Posts: 3788
 10/31/2017 11:46 AM  

ckopp wrote:

Cool fish!

I'm a native Long Islander and I never even heard of albies until a few years ago. Have they always been around, or are they new? Still haven't seen one in the flesh, but I hope to one day. What lure is the pink DD?

My last licks are on Thursday - will leave the marina with the boat on the trailer.


Chris




They probably have been. I can attest as according to my log and as newbie boater back in '86 Montauk, my log shows that I was "frustrated that what looked like small bluefin tuna wouldn't touch a thing". Smile Yes it's a pink Deadly Dick, actually it was Kastmaster's version of the same. Wish I could have taken it on my fly rod but for once I made the smart choice. Knocked down to a 16lb test flouro leader on my spinning as that was the easiest way to get your bait into the action before they sounded and moved 200 yards away.
 
hauler


Joined: 03/12/2002
Posts: 3788
 10/31/2017 11:53 AM  

tsnacks wrote:

nice work, Bob! couldn't fit any tog in that day!? Great season.


Smile

It was a gametime decision Tony. Fish the outgoing and take advantage of the bass that have been about or settle on top of some piece. There were only three boats off Marshall Fields and a parking lot off the Triangle. Seems like I've only been catching smalls the one time I went this year and the few last year. Plus I'm scheduled to hit Montauk with a buddy in a week or two and it's lights out in MTK and Block that time of year. So I'll get my fix.

Of all the years we've been in the marina, this year more then ever I wish it would go to mid-Nov or Thanksgiving. Water's still so warm and the weather for once has cooperated. Catch up soon.
 
ckopp

Joined: 07/29/2016
Posts: 44
Location: Port Jefferson
 10/31/2017 01:31 PM  

Thanks for all the albie info. I never saw them fishing with my dad or grandfather (and we fished in the Triangle). My dad and grandfather never spoke of them - maybe because they aren't good for the table. I'll get geared up to try for them next year.

There was an accident at my local boat ramp last night (Port Jeff). A guy's car went into the water, and he was dead by the time they pulled him out! It was weird seeing that ramp on the news - my boat was just out of view of the camera.
 
HawaiianDan


Joined: 06/11/2013
Posts: 159
Location: Central LI
 10/31/2017 04:15 PM  

Great Report Captain Bob

Way to go! Living up to Hauling em in! Must have been you I've been seeing working dat flyrod on multiple days! NICE, you may have put away dat boat but your welcome to join me and fish from da yaks, runabout or skiff anytime! Just let me know when you're ready. Oh, and nice switch ova to da spin. Way to adapt! Luv it!


Best day ever is when I realize I'm a fisherman and a fisher of men (Mt. 4:18,19)
"THINK POSITIVE - STAY POSITIVE - LIVE POSITIVE"
#TryingToMakeADifference
 
mojoe


Joined: 10/01/2001
Posts: 16887
Location: ><)))):> ~~ THE JAMAICA BAY TRIANGLE ~~ <:))))><
 10/31/2017 04:45 PM  

ShadesShadesShades up,,,,,,,,,,,,><(((:> ~~~ ><((:>


EAT FISH AND LIVE LONGER!!!
 
hauler


Joined: 03/12/2002
Posts: 3788
 11/01/2017 02:37 PM  

HawaiianDan wrote:

Way to go! Living up to Hauling em in! Must have been you I've been seeing working dat flyrod on multiple days! NICE, you may have put away dat boat but your welcome to join me and fish from da yaks, runabout or skiff anytime! Just let me know when you're ready. Oh, and nice switch ova to da spin. Way to adapt! Luv it!


That probably wasn't me you've seen with the fly rod as I don't venture past Makahma/ Callahans beach and even that's a stretch.

Thank you for your kind offer. Hope you finish your season strong!

 
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