November 19, 2011: today I fished with my good friend Don Butler aboard "Fly Reel" hoping that the Albies would show back up after a slow week. We left the marina at 8:00 AM, headed out Beaufort inlet, and turned right, keeping America on the right side of the vessel. We were greeted by calm seas, north wind at 5 knots, sunny skies, water temperature of 63 degrees, along with lots of birds looking for bait. Several miles to the west we began seeing a few Albies, chasing spearing up into the surf with a few birds overhead. Don hooked a nice Albie on his first cast, fought it to the boat , and pulled the hook as I reached fro that fish to make the release. We had great action, for the next 5 hours, hard fish to get on, but they ate my 'tuti fruti" surf candy flies when they were presented properly. Don wound up hooking 5 Albies up to 15 pounds, he landed one, pulled the hooks on 3 and broke one off when his knot broke. Overall we had a great day of fly fishing for Albies in paradise.
November 20, 2011: Don and I left the dock this morning at 8:00 AM and then headed to the same spot where we fished the day before. The weather was awesome, just like yesterday except the 5-10 knot wind was from the south west (blowing toward the beach from the ocean), which caused 3 to 4 foot breaking surf up on the beach. We didn't find any Albies so we headed west down the beach toward Bogue inlet. At Bogue inlet we found lots of bait, lots of small bluefish, but no sign of Albies.
Later we headed back up the beach and about halfway back we found our first Albie chasing bait up into the surf. We chased them fro several hours but it was hard as the waves would grab the "Fly reel" as I got too close to the surf, the bait was jumping onto the beach to escape the ferocious feeding Albies. That lasted several hours, and then it was over. On the way back to Beaufort inlet, we saw this Wright Whale in 18 foot of water just off of Atlantic Beach NC, the Whale put on a great show for us.
November, 21, 2011: I got a call from my friend Albert Bruno last night, inviting me to fish in the morning for a couple of hours in the Neuse River. I drove over and met up with Albert at 7:00 AM and we were fishing by 7:30, it was partly cloudy with a west wind of 10-15 knots, meaning the water had dropped several foot over night. Between the two of us we caught close to two dozen striped bass up to about 25 inches. I had a great morning, and was home by noon. Seems like our Rock Fish are just getting good and should improve as it gets colder. Thanks Albert, that was fun!
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you who receive my fly fishing reports, to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, I plan to spend my Thanksgiving holiday with my 101 year old Mother, my sister and brother in law in Virginia. I will be back home next Monday evening when I hope to catch a few more fish before heading to Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala for my first Sailfish School trip of the season on December 4. I still have a few spots left available for Sailfish Schools in Guatemala during the first few months in 2012, so please contact me if you have any interest in the best fly fishing for Billfish in the world?
I am also now accepting bookings for April, May, and June of 2012 for my Florida Keys Tarpon season, book early or get shut out we jumped 309 and caught 119 Tarpon on fly during the forty nine charters that I fished. This season I will be fishing about 75 charters during the 3 months, should be a big season. Stay tuned for more fly fishing reports, I love my Job, wish you were here!
Albie on Fly Report
November 3, 2011
Greetings from Albie World:
Today Helen and Jim Truchen fly fished for Albies with me aboard "Fly Reel" for the first of their three day charter. Blue skies, sunshine, low wind, 70 degree air temperature, 64 degree water temperature, greeted us for the nicest weather day of this season. We fished near Cape Lookout most of the day, there were plenty of Albies around, eating spearing bait, but it was hard to get close to them with all of the boats in the area. We found a small bait ball and watched Brian Horsley's client hook a nice fish, we then watched as the pod of fish moved toward our boat, Helen made a great cast with a 3 inch tuti fruti Mush Mouth fly, and hooked up right away, it was a big fish, close to 21 pounds.
Jim made many good casts however we never caught another Albie even though we had lots of shots, it was hard to get a bite. Later in the day we headed down to Beaufort inlet and found thousands of, what appeared to be spawning "Moon Jellies" jelly fish. I have never seen so many jelly fish packed so closely packed together? I love my job, wish you were here, stay tuned fro more fishing reports.
Albie and Drum Fly Fishing Report
October 17 through 27, 2011
Greetings from Albie World:
October 17, 2011: Since yesterday had, red hot fly fishing for big Albies, and a few big Drum where caught, I assumed that the fishing would be red hot. Today I was joined by Ric Cox, from North Carolina, Lawrence (LC) Cross, from Texas, and a friend of Ric's from Greenville NC. We left the Dock aboard "FLY REEL" at 7:30 AM and headed for Beaufort inlet, the wind was blowing from the South West at 20 to 25 knots and the seas were rough at 4 to 6 foot. We made it out about a 1/2 mile into the ocean and then turned around and went back to the dock, no one fished today.
October 18, 2011: Today I didn't fish due to very windy weather, a group of anglers (close to 40, from all over the country) from an internet fly fishing site arrived for a get together in Atlantic Beach for a few days of Albie fly fishing and comradery.
October 19, 2011: Today I was supposed to fish with Brian Carson (Clear Cure Goo) from Texas, the seas were too rough.
October 20, 2011 the wind blew Gale Force, no one fished! This evening was the Cape Lookout regional Banquet for the CCA, it was a very nice event.
October 21, and 22, 2011: During these two days, for the second year in a row, several of my favorite fly anglers, Alex Colonna, & Chris Thompson, came down from Virginia to fly fish with me. This time they brought their fellow retired Marine, Paul Norman from Wisconsin along for the fun. We fished hard from sun up to 5 PM both days with strong northeast winds, both days we found lots of these but had a hard time getting hooked up.
Finally, after traveling 23 miles off shore in rough seas, we found a good school of Albies. Chris hooked a couple but could not keep them on, Alex got 2 to the boat, one pulled the hook, next to the Boat and I took these pictures of the other one.
We had a great time, and I am sure that after catching some Tarpon on fly with me this coming spring, that Alex, Chris, & Paul will be back here in Albie world, next October when the Albie fly fishing is are Red Hot .
October 19, 2011: Today I fished with Brian Carson (Clear Cure Goo) from Texas along with his friend Josh from Arizona. The seas were choppy but we fished most of the dayand found some birds, a few Albies, made a couple of casts, and got no bites. 20 knot wind with 72 degree water. Last year on these same dates Brian caught a bunch of Albies and some of these!
October 24, I didn't fish due to weather.
October 25, 2011: Today I fished with Mike Werner from NC, we left the dock at 7:00 AM and headed west. The wind was light from the north when we started and built to 15 knots as the day wore on. Mike had never fly fished in Salt Water so I gave him some casting lessons early in the morning and then headed all of the way down to Bogue inlet. We got a call from my friend Captain Joe Shute, who had found some feeding Albies, when we got there they were on the surface eating, however Mike could not get the fly into them. After putting 80 miles on "Fly Reel" we found a few small Albies just outside of the Beaufort inlet, I helped Mike make a good cast, and he caught his first ocean fish on fly. While mike was fighting his Albie, I hooked and released two small Albies. Mike and I had a great time and he is coming back in two weeks.
October 26, 2011: I traveled to Wilson on business and did not fish, some of my friends fished and a few fish were caught.
October 27, 2011: Gale force south west wind, no fishing! So far the fly fishing for Albies and Drum has been very hard, with just a few good days this month. Tonight a very cold front is supposed to pass through and it will be cold and windy until Sunday. The water temperature is still 5 to 10 degrees warmer than it should be this time of the year, we think the Albies and Drum will get real good as soon as the water temperature drops. We may have good fishing here through November and half way through December. Stay tuned for more exciting fly fishing reports, coming soon. I love my Job, wish you were here.
Cape Lookout area Albie Report
October 13, 14, 15, 16, 2011
Greetings from Albie Season:
October 13, 2011, Today I took Doctor Tom Stout from West Virginia for 1/2 day of fly fishing fro Albies. The wind was blowing 20 knots from the west when we left the inlet, we steamed 8 miles down the beach, in 74 degree water with 3 to 5 foot seas. We headed off shore about 4 miles as the wind increased to 25 knots and swung to the south west. We surfed the 6 foot waves back to the inlet and called it a day without ever seeing a fish or any bait.
October 14, 2011: Chuck Furimsky (The Fly Fishing Show), and his friend Frank Surjansky from Pa, came to town for 3 days of fly fishing for Albies. Today we had a nice day off as there was a small craft warning with SW 20 to 30 knot wind.
October 15, 2011: Today Frank, Chuck, and I fished a half day in windy rough conditions with warm water temperature 74.4 degrees, we got no fish and saw no Albies.
October 16, 2011; North wind at 15, cold over night, water cleared up, and we found bait and Albies 2 miles out in the buoy chain at 7:30 AM. They were showing but hard to get on as they were up and down. It was pretty choppy so we ran in close to the beach and then headed down along the beach. About 10:00 AM we began to see a few Albies, some birds working, and an occasional bait ball.
Between 11:00 AM and 3:30 PM we hit the mother load, "Welcome to Albie Season"! In 50 foot of water we found lots of birds diving on 3 inch bay anchovy bait balls with the largest class of Albies that I have seen in the last 2 years.
When we headed in at 3:30, Frank and chuck had released over a dozen of these awesome fish, (17 to 21 pound class of fish) it took a while to convince these fly anglers to take it easy, they broke off more than we landed. These big fish require a stiff 9 or 10 weight rod with a reel with a strong and smooth drag, and a 15 pound class tippet helps to keep them connected. The fly of the day was a 3 1/2 inch tan and white surf candy on a #2 hook. Stay tuned for more Albie reports to be published shortly, I love my Job, wish you were here.
On Wednesday October 5 after my morning re-hab work out, I met up with my friend Don Butler at 10 AM, at the dock, where we boarded "Fly Reel" and headed out to fly fish for Albies. We found some birds working on bait in 40 foot of water on a color change, there were some Albies feeding under those birds. Don and I each caught a fish from one of those pods and followed them until they dried up. The wind was from the north at 15 and the water temperature was 73.8 degrees with sunny skies. We never saw any more fish, so at 2:00 PM we headed in and called it a day.
On Thursday, October 6, I met up with Albert Bruno at my dock after my re-hab therapy. At 9:30 AM we headed out of Beaufort inlet , turned right and looked for birds on the horizon. We hunted for Albies for 5 hours, in choppy water with sunny skies and 72 degree water temperature. We found clear water, bait balls, Spanish Mackerel, and blue fish, but the few Albies that we saw were up and down quickly and we never hooked any. The wind picked up and we headed in early.
I didn't fish on Friday and Saturday during the small craft advisory, however this morning, Sunday, October 9, Don and I headed out at 8:30 AM. We turned right after clearing Beaufort inlet and headed west, in 40 foot of water we found birds feeding over pods of Albies in 15 to 20 knot east wind. After several tries, I managed to position the "Fly Reel" in a good position for Don to make an excellent cast and he did. He hooked a ten pound plus Albie and 10 minutes later I released that fish after a picture. When those Albies find all of this bait we are in fro an excellent few weeks of fly fishing for false Albacore.
Shortly after catching that fish the wind came up to 25 + and swung to just south of east, the swells got big, and the seas became rough. Don and I were at the dock by 12 noon, and we were eating a great lunch at the "Beaufort Grocery" restaurant. Small craft warnings through Wednesday but I will make the fishing decision each morning. Stay Tuned for more fly fishing reports, I love this Job!
Saturday, October 1, 2011, My friend Cas Cader invited me to fly fish aboard his boat "Doc's Holiday" for my first day of Albie fishing this season. We headed out of Beaufort inlet, turned toward the Albies and found them 20 minutes later in 44 feet of water. The wind was blowing at 15 to 20 knots from the Northwest, the water temperature was 77.6 degrees and the air temperature was 70 degrees with sunny blue skies.
There were lots of groups of birds with big splashes under them, the albacore, were feeding on small bait, however if you presented a "Surf Candy" fly in chartreuse over pink tied on a #6 hook, you got bit every time that you threw the fly in front of a fish. Cas and I fished for 7 hours and released at least 3 dozen Albies between 5 and 8 pounds. My hip worked well as I was able to stand up on the casting deck in a 3 foot chop with no problem, what a great day. I watched CLFF members, Joe Shute, Chuck Laughridge, John Snipes, and Ken Eiler all catch a bunch of these awesome fish, Albie fly fishing like it should be!
Sunday, October 2, 2011, Cas and I went out again today from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM, the wind had swung to the west, it got rougher, and the air temperature never got above 65 degrees. Today we fished from my boat "Fly Reel" and we started in the same place where the fish were yesterday, no fish. I ran down the beach in water depth between 20 and 60 foot, we saw scattered birds, an occasional single fish eat a single bait, and a few Spanish flipping on the surface. I spoke with several other club members and when we came in, no one had caught any Albies for the day. It was fun for me to spend the time on the water with my friend Cas, and it is awesome that my new hip worked out so well. I am a happy guy, I love this JOB! Tomorrow the wind may drop down so I am heading back out with Albert Bruno, stay tuned for more Albie reports coming soon.