My friend, Chuck Furimsky headed south last week with his friend, Frank Surjansky, to fish with our mutual friend, Captain Jake Jordan. What a trip it turned out to be. Chuck called to talk about it, and then Jake sent our his email report. Have a look.
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.