Weather and fish cooperate for excellent fall fishing

 | By Seamus on 10/16/2021 11:03:02 PM | Views (726)

First things first: albies are still here…

I played hooky yesterday. There, I said it. Thank you Frank for covering the shop for me. Here’s why:

On Thursday morning my husband’s best friend, Tony (who has become my fishing buddy) and I went out to Craigville beach in search of stripers and/or albies. I had to open the shop at 9, so as I am walking off the beach at 8:30 the albies start breaking, although out of casting range. I say hello to a fellow angler who is just arriving as I am begrudgingly leaving the breaking fish. The smiling angler points to multiple schools of albies and questions my obvious poor judgement. “Work", I shrug. So off to the shop I go while Tony, the smiling newcomer and a couple of other shore casters bide their time. About an hour later Tony texts me a photo of the smiling newcomer with his landed albie on a gorgeous fall morning. Chris is the smiling newcomer’s name and kudos to him! So, thanks to Chris for landing his first albie and inspiring me to ask Frank if he could cover the shop for me the next day. (THANKS AGAIN FRANK!)

Tony and I planned to skip the early morning dawn mission for our next day’s fishing trip and meet at the beach with our kayaks at 8:30. Fast forward to 6 hours in the kayak, a text to my husband asking him if he can get the kids from school since I have completely lost all sense of time and any apparent logic has gone out the window at the first sign of fish, countless casts, lots of switching of lures, wondering if I can pee off the side of my kayak without falling in, several missed fish, several hooked fish spitting the hook and at the end of the day Tony and I landed 1 (ONE) albie each. IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT!

I had the GoPro, so if you feel like watching some major rod bending action and hearing that sweet sound of screaming drag here is the link to the 3 minute video.

Here’s Tony pictured with his October albie:

In other fishing…

BIG striped bass are being caught in the canal. Like too-big-to-keep size. Also BIG blues are biting as well. 36” gators, which will put a bend in any rod.

Southside schoolies and slot sized bass are being caught from sunset into the night. Paddle tail soft plastics have been very productive from the beaches and inlets.

Tautog fishing has also been good. You don’t have to go all the way to Buzzards Bay this time of year. Colliers and Bishops should produce some decent size togs with the preferred green crabs on a rig or jig. If you find a rocky area you get land some from shore as well.

Anglers are still catching scup. I did hook one on my albie excursion when I let the jig drop to the bottom.

Lizard fish? Anyone else catching these fish out in Nantucket Sound or in the southside harbors and bays? My son and I caught one several years ago in West Bay and then again a couple of weeks ago. I have talked to a couple of other customers who have said they have also found them. I don’t know much about them other than they seem to be more prevalent this season.

Here’s Mike pictured with a keeper bass at sunset:

As always, if you have any fish pics or great fish stories we love to hear them. Stop by the shop or send us an email!

Wishing you all tight lines,

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 10/16/2021 11:03:02 PM by Seamus and last updated on 10/18/2021 10:26:24 AM.


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Hyannis Port, MA US

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