Terry Atamian False Albacore – Cape Cod Sportfishing
The Summer has been fantastic for sportfishing on Cape Cod. Terry Atamian recently caught False Albacore!
It’s been said that this season may be one of the best in history for catching the albies. The False Albacore species is known for its thunderous runs and overwhelming power. These albies are the smallest member of the Scombridae family, the false albacore is not a “true” tuna, it’s actually more closely related to the mackerel. The streamlined body, very powerful tail make it pound-for-pound one of the most powerful game fish to hook.
Catching these albies is always a challenge, they have been having one of their most memorable runs this summer on Cape Cod.
New England Boating offers some tips for catching these tough albies.
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Go where the bait is: You won’t find albies if you don’t find their food. In other words, don’t expect them to hang around if there’s nothing to eat. When scouting for fish, focus on areas where small baitfish—e.g., bay anchovies, peanut bunker, silversides, or baby butterfish—are abundant.
Dawn and dusk patrol: It is, of course, possible to find albies feeding at any time of day, but I have generally had the best luck in the early morning and late afternoon. Similar to other members of the tuna tribe, albies feed closest to the surface at these times, and seem most willing to take a fly or lure.
Slow it down: Somewhere in albie-fishing lore, a myth developed that a lure or fly must be retrieved at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour. Truth is, a slowly retrieved lure, or even one that’s dead-drifted or twitched now and then, is more likely to get eaten. That’s because albies, and indeed all predators, usually prefer to chase after injured baitfish, since they are more easily separated from the school and easier to catch.
Keep it tight: Albies have a very crafty trick of ripping off line and suddenly doubling back toward the boat. The sudden slackening of the line causes many anglers to assume that the fish has broken off or the hook has fallen out. No so! When an albie breaks the leader or the hook pulls free, you’ll usually feel a distinct and sudden “pop”. If you don’t feel the pop, reel like crazy to take up slack line and come tight to the fish. Otherwise, the resistance of the line being pulled sideways through the water may cause a parting of the ways, or the hook may simply fall out. This is why large-arbor fly reels are preferred in albie fishing, as they let you gather slack line very rapidly.
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