Well, it's definitely fall and its definitely Albie season, and I am definitely loving it. It's got me so incredibly busy that I can barely get enough sleep and barely keep my head above water. Therefore, I'll make this report short and sweet for y'all.
The False Albacore are here, and the amount that show and how well they bite has just depended on the weather and the bait. We've had a tropical storm to start us off and a few days of weather that did not help the bite. Even on those tougher days we had fun and made it happen one way or the other. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have also had some really special days when everything came together. They may not have been the best days I've ever seen in 20 years of doing this, but they were definitely an 8 or 9 out of 10. Simply put, I am having a blast and so are my anglers.
Here are some images from the last 2 weeks of fishing. We've got another 5 or 6 weeks of fishing to go, so be expecting a lot more info and images coming your way. By the way, I post pics almost daily on Instagram, so give me a follow @tailingtide if you aren't already. Anyways, I'll let the pics do the talking....
A little pre-season Albie action...actually a Redfish trip that morphed into an Albie trip.
I'm kind of a gear whore and I can't resist the bling. Love my Hatch Iconics.
Lot's of early season Bluefish around, which is why we always keep a 6wt onboard.
Get them started early!
Smiles all around!
I can hear the drag burning off that Florida Fishing Products reel right now.
And there's the guilty party for the drag burning.
Crank fast, he's making a run for the boat!
Back after them.
Big or small, they all fight like crazy.
Someone ate the wrong silverside.
God sure did design a beautiful fish, when he created the False Albacore.
We've been putting the Mauser Waterman 890 and 1090 rods along with the Hatch Iconic 7+ and 9+ reels to work this fall.
The TFO Inshore rods and Florida Fishing Products have been doing work too. I am the polar opposite of a shill, and I'm not getting paid to say nice things about the products I use. I just use gear that works day in and day out all year long, and if I find something that works, then I'm going to share it with y'all.
Hi Pam, this is Albie. Albie, meet Pam.
Jim getting in on the action.
Check out my drip...
If you don't get it, it's okay.
Pink candy for the win.
Love it when Bud comes to visit. He always puts together some great videos from our trips!
Designed for speed!
Nice fish Bud!
Bud brought his friend Mark. Great fishing with you Mark.
Shewwww... Redfish, what Redfish?
Oh hey Spanish Mack, thanks for coming to play!
If I had to describe the Bluefish we've been seeing in two words,
they would be QUALITY and PLENTIFUL.
Oh hey, who dis?
Oh hey there my copper friend! Good to see you. Did you bring your buddies to play?
6ft sharks on giant poppers? Okay, I'll play this game!
Oh hey, my copper friend did bring his buddies to come play!
I don't think I could look at this fish without my sunglasses on, wow! I actually had to de-saturate these images because they almost looked fake.
McFlyfishing and his crew getting in on the action.
Shawn comes Striped Bass fishing with me every year and every year he manages to catch a Carp. Well I take him Albie fishing and dang if he didn't try to catch the closest thing to a Carp that he could. LOL.
Look at this BEAST!
Drop it like it's hotttt.
That glorious golden paddle!
I told Brian that it was going to rain all day. He said screw it, lets go.
Good choice Brian, it was a great trip.
Flexing some muscle on a mini tuna.
We are wet, the fish are wet, we are all in the same boat. ;)
Cast to a school of busting Albacore in 30ft of water and catch a Sea Robin! The only thing that's crazier than that, is that the exact same thing happened last year also.
Dreary weather and happy Albies.
Love the collage of patterns and colors on these fish!
Acres of Bluefish.
Lead member of the Razor Gang.
If you play this game, you better bring lots of flies. :)