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Bonito, False Albacore & Spanish Mackerel—Oh My
Long story short. My son and I had a great day. Before we left the dock, I told my son that I had 2 goals; 1-to catch at least one bonito, one false albacore (little tunny) and one spanish mackerel & 2-to catch at least 1 fish on each of the 3 rods I brought. Caught the spanish mackerel and bonito within the first 15 minutes. Added the false albacore (pictured) not long after. I ended the day with 8 false albacore, 3 bonito and 1 spanish mackerel. My son had 12 false albacore and 1 spanish mackerel.
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 9/28/2019 9:58:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/28/2019 9:58 AM

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Welcome to a New Season of Stockfish fishing
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fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 4/7/2019 1:38:00 PM contributed by william

Catch Date: 04/07/2019 13:38 PM

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Sir Albert
One of two false albacore (Little Tunny) from yesterdays trip. Also had 3 bonitos to go along with them. Just a side note, false albacore are not in the tuna family but in the mackerel family.
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Skolmann
I took this Albie home to try and see if I will like it, and now I can finally say...Nope! They have a very strong taste that is beyond my pallet. I didn't take the time to prepare it like most told me to but I could see not even those steps will help. So I'm done with keeping False Albacore, and will just enjoy catching them...Stay Bent!
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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JimmyStronger taste than larger blue?
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Shaka AntoineWay stronger!
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JimmyHave you had Spanish mackerel? Sort of looks like one, may taste like one too.
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Shaka AntoineYes Mackeral, and smoked herring come really close...but False Albacore taste even stronger!
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TdawgThanks for the advice, should i ever land one it's a photo op only then back to sea!
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Fishin DudeYou're a brave fisherman. I've tried almost all of our local fish, but never had the nerve to try Fat Alberts. Again, another story about how they are terrible, thanks for the reminder, with photos to confirm.
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Shaka Antoine @fishing Dude I eat what I catch, and feel it's important to know what I'm catching taste like. It's all a part of the "process" of From Catch to the dinner table for me.
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This Albie is by far one the most beautiful, and controversial fish I've caught. When you see why you will get it...got it?
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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TdawgBeautiful fish! Do you eat them or released them?
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JimmyGorgeous fish, what's the controversy with them?
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CanuckVery nice fish! Is the controversy the greenish-yellow color of it?
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CanuckCongratulations on taking the lead! Well done!
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Shaka Antoine @tdawg I took one to try for the first time. Many say don't eat them, some say they are fine to eat...I'm going to try it myself and see if I like it. @jimmy yes they are. I'm not a hard core albie fishermen. I'm just a fishermen that has always wanted to catch them, and now finally has. The hard core Albie fishermen will see what's odd, and controversial about this catch...and "hard core" Albie fishermen on Stackfish.com? @canucks no this is a classic, and beautiful specimen of False Albacore at its best. The lead? If you mean the leader boards thanks I didn't realize that occurred. I'm not the competitive type so I don't watch that. But now that we're on that topic congrats on Ranking up to Cuda...that I watch!
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This was the largest Albie of the day that I was able to "land". I landes 8 and lost 5 on this trip. This little Tuna almost pulled me off the rock I was standing on with my Korkers on. The other one that did the same Lou mentioned that was a bigger one looking at the bend in my rod...but he came off winning that battle...Stay Bent!
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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CanuckLipless Crankster says you are headed this way! It would be great fish with you if you do. Let me know when you are coming to the D.C. area.
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Shaka Antoine @liplesscrankster and I need to talk soon because I never said that lol
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Shaka Antoine @liplesscrankster and I need to talk soon because I never said that lol
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Shaka Antoine @liplesscrankster and I need to talk soon because I never said that lol
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CanuckIf you ever change your mind you are welcome to fish with me.
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I'm a sentimental guy so my first False Albacore holds a lot of value to me. After many seasons (close to three) I can now say I have caught my first Albie! I was able to gather vital in tel...perks of the network to be in the right place at the right time. I feel like that is 98% of the work required to catch the elusive, and fast swimming little Tunas...the rest is all about your set up and what you use to hook them.

My preference is a 11'Penn Battalion rod, Penn Clash 6000 reel, 30lbs braid, a barrel swivel, green 20lbs mono, I do not tie direct. I use a (175lbs)TA Clip, and tins in the 1.5-4 oz. Range.

I pick a spot that has bait in abundance, a realy good vantage point, wait until I see them busting/rolling on the surface, and cast in that direction. I don't mind if I don't reach them. There eyesight just might allow them to see it anyway. I let my jigs sink to the bottom first before I begin my retrieve. I feel like it gives them a longer look at the lure if it's moving from the bottom to the top back to me at and diagonal angel VS skipping across the surface...covers more ground. I hold my tip as far down as possible sometimes leaning forward at the same time. Fast retrieve works if the lure require but some tins need a slightly slower retrieve to keep its action...trust me albies will hit a slower moving tin or fly. Lou and I watched them gracefully take one of the fly fishermen fly right next to us banging away on them VS the aggressive hits on our tins.

My final thought is NEVER ask another fishermen "where" was his/her fish was caught. Most of us went through great lengths to find fish for it to just be given away freely...unless we have that type of relationship. I feel like any serious surf fishermen should be a really good spy, and know how to find out "where" without asking...Stay Bent!
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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JimmyCongratulations on scoring your first albacore!
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TdawgGreat fish and excellent details and advice on surf fishing, Thanks!
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Shaka Antoine @jimmy thanks! @tdawg thank you...surf fishing in the NE is a bit different.
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Shaka Antoine @jimmy thanks! @tdawg thank you...surf fishing in the NE is a bit different.
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Shaka Antoine @jimmy thanks! @tdawg thank you...surf fishing in the NE is a bit different.
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(Check out the GoPro footage by clicking the blue camera above. Best viewed in FULL Screen) I started out this trip fishing for Stripers during the late hours of the night when most are sleeping…except the “night shift crew” The air temps dipped into 47 degrees at one point. All I could say was Brrr fall time fishing is upon us, and let the fall run begin! When I drove up I found about three or four guys directly in the spot I had in mind to fish once again…this is a case where those that know knows. No worries I had plenty of other areas I could fish so on I went. This was my first time here so this became an exploring session more than catching at this point. The small crew finally went to sleep/left so I went to see what’s going on at my first intended target. I found there was an eddy close to the rocks, and knew if any bait was around they would take shelter in the eddy. I could hear the sound of bass slurping bait on the surface as I walked up. I could tell by the sound of the slurps that these were sub keeper fish with one or two nice sized stripers here feeding…I couldn’t get them to hit anything. It’s always harder to get game fish to hit lures when they are on the small stuff. When the sky just took on the hint of first light ALL the slurps stopped as if someone hit a switch…Skunked on the striper session. But I was not too mad because I often spend the dark hours of night hunting for stripers, and sunrises looking to catch Blue fish…but in this case, False Albacore was my primary target, and would be pretty nice if I caught a few blues as well.
The sun had risen well enough, and Lou was just arriving. We got ourselves set up nicely after a small run in with the female mall cop that patrols the area. I was using my 11’ Penn Battalion/Clash 6000 spooled with 30lbs Spider wire stealth, a barrel swivel tied to 20lbs green MONO…yes mono not Fluorocarbon as a leader, and I did not tie direct I used a 175lbs TA clip…I don’t purposely go against the norm. I just use what I have to catch the fish I fish for. I was first to the water’s edge to see fish rolling, and busting on the surface. My third cast got the attention of a 30” bluefish, and a fly fisherman as he took a killer photo of me fighting the fish. The guy next to us was hooked up on an Albie for sure by the rapid pulsations of his rod tip…Albies and blues running together are Nice! Lou and I saw fish busting up the beach, down the beach, and just about all over the jetty tip…that became our focus! I for one can’t get enough of fishing the tip of any jetty. They seem to call me, keep me calm, and at peace.

Once Lou and I got ourselves positioned on the jetty we didn’t even make it to the tip at this point the action was so hot. I caught my first False Albacore in no time. Lou went back to the truck to get his GoPro because the action was too good not to get on video. Albies were smashing bait far out, close to the jetty, and even the beach lip. Lou mentioned this looks like it will continue all day…boy was Lou right. We even had time to take lunch, and visit a tackle shop to change up Lou’s set up (30lbs line, 25lbs Fluorocarbon) to one similar to mine. As Lou predicted Albies, and Blues were busting until we lost daylight. I lost count of how many Lou caught and dropped because I was having trouble keeping up with my own. That is one of the many reasons why I take photos of every fish I catch…unless I’m wet suiting…I need a GoPro badly. My final count was eight Albies landed, five came off, and three bluefish. This was an Atomic day of fishing with Lou at the start of the fall run…Stay bent!
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Shaka Antoine
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JimmyThanks for the video:)
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CanuckShaka, You don't need a GOPRO. You can get just as high quality video with an SJCAM5000+ like mine. The camera, waterproof case, three batteries, a charger and a pile of mounting accessories for $173, shipped to my house for free. Just make sure you are buying an SJCAM - not one its knock-offs. As far as I can tell the main advantage the GOPRO has over the SJCAM is battery life. SJCAM batteries last about 75 minutes when recording, I have heard that GOPROS last longer.
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JimmyYou should check out shots @canuck is getting with that camera, really nice. Maybe one day we'll talk him into doing a review on it for Stack since he's now sporting the crew cap.
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Shaka Antoine @jimmy you're welcome...we shall talk soon? @canucks thanks for that info but short battery life will not work for me. However it might serve another purpose.
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JimmyYes we need to hook up on the phone soon. Sorry been super busy with trying to finally get the apps out. P.S Check out the new LS cotton shirts on the store, we should have those available in a week or so. Let me know what you like.
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One of my son's first false albacore (little tunny)-also referred to as a bonita in Florida.
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 9/25/2010 11:25:00 AM contributed by Skolmann

Catch Date: 09/25/2010 11:25 AM

These "Fat Albert's" hit Tsunami 4" swimbaits from a head boat on a fall trip. They are fun speedsters to catch, but not great table fare. These made it to my bait freezer to be used as cut bait.
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishin Dude
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A nice speedster, a False Albacore.
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Fishing B
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caught these guys while bluefishing, little torpedoes these guys are, you can see schools of them flying around the blues taking the spinners!
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 9/13/2012 4:01:00 PM contributed by John M

Catch Date: 09/13/2012 16:01 PM

Fishing at Great Point in September was good for false albacore. This specie is a small rocket ship that takes off when hooked. It always surprises me when I finally land one of these muscle boys because they are always smaller than they feel. This fish was about 8 pounds - what would a 20 pounder feel like?
fishing report photo of Tuna, False Albacore photo taken on 9/24/2014 5:31:00 PM contributed by John Bleh

Catch Date: 09/24/2014 17:31 PM

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