Had a fun long Thanksgiving weekend, hanging and fly fishing with my longtime good friend Wanda Taylor, here in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. We had beautiful, warm, sunny, weather, with calm seas, great food, and some really fun fly fishing. The Albies were scarce, however we did manage to find some, and of course Wanda did a great job at placing the fly in the correct location. These fish are really fun and put up a great fight, there were lots of smiles going on!
On Sunday we decided to try some Spec fly fishing with our fellow TFO pro, Gary Dubiel,we met Gary at the ramp in Oriental and headed out into Pamlico Sound. On our way over to meet Gary we saw a beautiful sunrise which was awesome.
Gary took us to some beautiful spots where we proceeded to catch and release at least 50 Speckled trout before noon. At times during the morning we were winding in double header trout on every cast. Again lots of fun and many smiles, Thank you Gary, for a wonderful Sunday fly fishing your home area.
Wanda headed back home today, we had lots of fun and many smiles, had a "Wandarful" Thanksgiving weekend, I have lots to be thankful for, I love my job, more pictures and reports later.
Wanda Hair Taylor with Gary Dubiel, releasing one of a hundred trout caught in Gary's home waters.
Albie Report Nov. 21 & 22, 2015
Greetings from Albie Season!
On Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, my friend Eddie Matuzak from Pittsburgh PA, joined me for a couple of make-up days from earlier this season. Ed flew in on Friday evening, we had a nice dinner and he played with my fly reel collection, while we planed our Albie fishing for this weekend
On Saturday morning we headed out the inlet, turned right and headed west down the beaches keeping America on our starboard side. We went down to Bogue inlet and fished in that area for most of the day. A few Albies showed up and some were caught way down to the west.
In Sunday morning it was raining when we came out of Beaufort inlet, it was cold with a strong north wind. I decided to head west after talking with Warren Marshall, "Outcast Charters" who found some Albies, down near the Sheraton. We found some fish there but it dried up quickly, so we began heading to the west. We found some fish down past the big condo, and kept heading west. After a few fish for Ed, we started back to the east. Warren called on the radio with a positive report to the west, so we ran to a big feeding school of hungry Albies which were feeding into a gale force wind in sideways rain.
Eddie began catching one after another, as the wind and rain increased, while I watched Warren and his angler catch doubles fro hours. We had to go in by 3:00 to get Eddie to the airport for his flight home, so we left them biting. As we headed back to the east, there were Albies feeding right up to the beach all along the coast. Seems like Albie season is here, don't know about tomorrow, it will be very cold tonight, I think they will be biting.
I would guess that there were several dozen Albies caught down there between the two boats. I love my job, can't wait for more Albie fly fishing. More reports to follow.
Eddie Matuzak releasing one of many Albies he caught on fly aboard "Fly Reel" November 2015
Albies, Blitzing on Bait Ball, late November 2015
Albie Report November 20, 2015
Morning from Albie World:
Fishing for Albies has been really good for 10 days until Wednesday, then the wind and rain made it un-fish able. Today the wind has gone north, the sun is out, and it is cool again, looks like North wind for the immediate future, which should spell good fishing. Start up again tomorrow and will put out some reports as soon as I find them.
Last Sunday through Tuesday I fished with Lee Smith from WV, we had a great couple of days with double digit days, and all types of big Albie fly fishing. Finally on Lee's last day the "Bay Anchovies" (Brown Bait) showed up inside of Beaufort inlet, "Game On"! Sight casting "Surf Candy" to Albies eating bait balls, is awesome. I think with the late warm water, that this fishery can keep going up into December, I plan to fish until it is over. I love my job, more reports to follow.
My really good friend Judy Charlton has retired from Mako Reels Inc. her partner Mark Vorobik is now the owner operator. I have known Mark for years and he is working hard to keep up the quality and service that we all expect from a Jack Charlton company. Below is the announcement from the Mako Website, I am happy to remain involved with this fine product, contact me if you have any questions.
"Mako Reels Inc. began in 2005, as Jack and Judy Charlton along with business partner Mark Vorobik, and technical advisor Jake Jordan began to build the finest salt water fly fishing reel ever produced.
In 2011, after Jack passed away, Judy decided to continue building Mako Reels to carry on their dream. In early 2015, Judy retired from the business, and now Mark Vorobik carries on production & development. Captain Jake Jordan remains technical and fishing consultant to Mako Reels Inc.
Thank you for your past support, we will be here to continue producing the finest salt water fly fishing reels for many years to come."
Lee Smith releasing one of many big Albies caught on Fly aboard "Fly Reel" Captain Jake Jordan Photo
Albie Report, November 12, 2015
Greetings from Albie World
Today Paul McGarvie and I left the dock at 7:30 and headed to where we had found the fish the day before, the Albies where there and ready for us to bring "Albie Food". When we arrived it took a couple minutes to locate the marks, then a well placed cast by Paul, and we were "hooked up" to our first of eight fat "Little Tunny". Seas were relatively calm in the morning with 68 degree water temp when we started, by noon it was blowing at 20+ from the south and getting "sporty". We left to limp in through rough seas at 1:00 PM, it was now blowing over 25 knots. We released 8 nice 12 to 20 pound Albies today, to top off Paul's best trip here ever. I love my Job, start Lee Smith tomorrow, hope the seas subside and the water gets calmer, and cooler with lots of fish.
Albie Report November 11 2015
Greetings from Albie World:
The water temperature was 69 1/2 today, the albies ate it up, Pail McGarvie and I caught and released 26 Albies from 30 bites. They were eating 6 inch, white, half & half flies, tied on 2/0 hooks. Paul was using a TFO light duty Blue Water fly Rod, with a 550 grain fast sinking fly line and 15 pound class tippet. All albies were between 12 and 18 pounds.
Today's catch was my best of the season, and as I said, I think my Albie season is just beginning. The wind will switch to South West tomorrow, and we will have small craft advisories on Thursday afternoon, Paul and I begin at 7:00 AM tomorrow. I love my job, wish you were here (You know who I mean), More reports and pictures tomorrow.
Paul McGarvie releasing 19 Pound Albie, vessel "Fly Reel" Nov 11, 2015, Jake Jordan Photo
Albie Report November 10 2016
Greetings from Albie Season:
Tuesday, November 10, Marines Birthday and the beginning of Paul McGarvie's Albie season. We fished aboard "Fly Reel" from 8 AM to 4 PM in fairly choppy (some would say rough) seas, with hard rain during part of the day. We found Albies right away, thanks to Sarah and Brian, and caught seven fat albies from nine fly bites.
Paul and I have two more days, of Albie fly fishing, today looks like the best weather, water temp still above 70, sunny today, stay tuned for report tonight. I love my job!
Paul McGarvie Albie on Fly
Albie Report, November 4, 2015
Greetings from Havelock NC:
Today I decided to go out with my friend Albert Bruno to check out the Albie fly fishing, as it was a few days ago, the water temperature was between 71 and 73 degrees, the air temperature was up to 82 degrees. Albert and I met up at my marina on Radio Island, at 7:00 AM, we then headed out in the ocean through Beaufort inlet, to calm wind and calm seas. After a 30 minute run we arrived at a location where I had heard a report of Albies from the day before. The report was correct, and we began seeing a few up and down Albies, as time went by the fish stayed up a little longer. At 8:00 AM Albert made a good cast and caught a nice, red hot 10 pound plus Albie, then shortly after he caught another one a little bigger. By 9:00 I had caught a nice fish and we were seeing more fish feeding on the surface.
By 10:30 Albert had caught several more and bigger Albies, both of his fish were over 15 pounds. So far this has been the best day of fly fishing fro Albies that I have seen this year, Seems to me like that if the wind goes north, blows hard, and the temperature drops dramatically, we will probably have a really great, late, Albie season, Maybe to Christmas?
It felt really good to find and catch some red hot Albies today, I did see several of my friends also catch some really big Albies today. Hope this keeps up, I am planning to fish here as long as the fish are around. I love my job, wish you were here. Tomorrow evening is the annual Banquet for the "Cape Lookout Fly Fishers" club, I look forward to seeing many of you at this awesome event. I also hope to see many of you at the Harkers Island Pig Pickin on Saturday Night.
My Doctor finally released me to go back to work on October 20, after being off of the water since I came home from Costa Rica, on August first. The first day I fished I went out with my neighbor on Tuesday, October 20, we fished between Beaufort inlet and the shoal, caught several albies in 74 degree water, with lots of sun shine and calm seas. The next day John Langdon fished with me on a beautiful sunny day, we caught a couple of Albies, even in the hot weather.
Between October 22 and 25 I fished every day during the Albie festival, fishing was slow, and no Albies were caught in this awesome event. We did manage to take out lots of wonderful vets, and raised quite a bit of money for the local "Project Healing Waters group". The people who put this festival on did a great job, I was proud to be part of it.
From October 26 until today, I fished four more days, my clients caught two Albies and two Sharks on Fly, during that time period. As of yesterday the water temperature in the ocean was still above 70 degrees, and the fishing has been really slow, at least for me. As of today, I will not be working until at least Saturday, however if the weather cools down, and the water temperature drops to the mid 60's, I think that the Albie fly fishing will turn on quickly. I hope so, If that happens, it is possible that we will have great Albie fly fishing up until late December, "I hope so"!
This weekend is the CLFF annual Banquet on Friday night, and then on Saturday night is the "Pig Picking" at Tom's house on Harkers Island, Hope to see you there, and that you all catch lots of Albies this weekend. I will get more reports coming your way as soon as the fishing picks up. Starting to think about my Sailfish Season in Guatemala, Tarpon Season in the Keys, along with Blue Marlin season in Costa Rica. I love my job
October 18 2016 Albie Report
Tomorrow,October 18, 2015, will be six weeks since my Cervical, Spinal, Fusion Surgery, and the day of my six week check up with my Surgeon.If all goes as expected, I will begin my Albie fly fishing season here in the Cape Lookout region of North Carolina. I still have a couple of prime dates available for this fishery. October 29 and 30, November 1, 5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. Feel great and can't wait to get back out on the water, I love my Job!
John Langdon Albie on fly, October 21, 2015 aboard "Fly Reel"
Available Dates during our 2016 Albie, and Drum Season: Please call me to reserve your Prime time dates to enjoy this Awesome fly fishery. 252-444-3308
Contact: Captain Jake Jordan Jake Jordan's Fishing Adventures P O Box 309 Havelock, NC 28532 305-872-6060