No doubt the best albie fishing as of Thursday was down around Stage Harbor; Capt. Warren Marshall told me that fellow members of the Cape Cod Flyrodders fished there yesterday and instead of large numbers of picky, pretty much impossible to catch fish, the size of the schools remained large and they were eating. One angler told Warren that he and his fishing buddy hooked up 18 times and landed 12. Most reports have these fish concentrating on schools of peanut bunker.
Otherwise, albie fishing in the sounds has been catch as catch can, with no rhyme or reason to what you will find.
On Monday, a shore angler told Jim Young at Eastman’s Sport & Tackle on Main Street in Falmouth that he caught an albie fishing from shore at Nobska at first light; he had numerous shots into decent sized schools before he hooked up. Overall, however, Nobska has been spotty.
Jim only saw few boats poking around Waquoit on his trips into the shop this week and from Popponesset to Hyannis, including Osterville and Craigville, the funny fishing has been a matter of luck and patience if you happen upon a few scattered schools.
There is still plenty of small bait around and the water is certainly well within the range that albies like, so shore anglers still might get their shots at spots such as the jetties at Great Pond, Waquoit Bay, West Bay, Dowses, and Hyannis, as well as along Craigville Beach. That means getting out there now, as it takes only a few days of a cold snap or storm to kick the funnies into their trip from the southside of the Cape over to the Vineyard and down the Elizabeths, where they were caught into November last year.
Another angler managed to pick up an albie trolling at Hedge Fence earlier this week, but none of the shoals that typically are associated with albies and bonito between the southside of the Cape and the Vineyard or Nantucket have been fishing well, if at all. In fact, a few folks have confided in me that there have been fish in larger numbers in spots well off the normal mile and in locations that the boat crew visits.
Mac at Riverview Bait & Tackle in Yarmouth has heard of albie being caught from pretty much every jetty along the southside, with the structures fronting the entrance to Bass River probably the most popular down his way. The mouths of Harwich rivers are other areas that are popular among shore folks.
It is really common to have bluefish mixed in with the albies in any location where you find the latter, mainly because they are feeding on the same schools of bait. With practice, you can begin to tell whether you are casting at albies or blues, thereby saving you from the frustration of having your favorite Epoxy Jig or fly lopped off.
That said, the blues make for some fun fishing, no matter what size they are, if you match your equipment to what you are catching.
The same is true when fishing for bass in the sounds from boat or beach; they are generally on the smaller side, but there are good numbers of them that are perfect for light tackle and the fly rod. Early mornings and evenings are great times to target schoolies, but cloudy, rainy days as we had earlier this week are perfect for finding happy fish, including a swath or two of busting, bouncing bass.