We are experiencing a cold front going through this area as I type this E-mail, the wind is from the South east at over 30 knots and will switch to north west this evening. The temperature will drop from the mid 70s to the low 40s tonight. I fished 7 days between November 17th and 29th with several days of decent fishing.
From my experience I don't think that the real good Albie fishing ever got going where they were predictable. It seems that they would show up on bait balls for a few hours then disappear. Many days we landed several Albies by finding bait on the bottom machine, then casting fast sinking lines into the fish which were down at least 10 foot below the surface.
Several days we did find good bait balls, during the time that this happened I was able to catch fish every day. Most days you would see birds diving but when you got to them the fish disappeared. All in all the fishing was good for me as this was my first year running a boat here, but the professionals like Sarah Gardner and Brian Horsley did good almost every day.
I will be heading to Guatemala on Thursday of this coming week where I will conduct my first several Sailfish Schools at the Fins 'n Feathers Casa Vieja Lodge. You will be receiving fishing reports as the schools progress, then I plan to return home on December 16th. My friend Austin Hepburn purchased a Sailfish School for 3 people to take place December 12, 13, 14, 2006. He had a cancellation and needs to find a replacement student, (Angler) at this late date. Should you have the desire to catch a Sailfish on fly, this is a great opportunity for some prime time fishing. If you want to join in please contact Me or Austin Hepburn at 610-585-2783 Cell or 610-688-4335.
I also have January and March Dates still available for several Sailfish School trips to Guatemala. These spots are filling quickly so If you want to go please contact me soon!
I am now booking Tarpon trips in the Keys during April, May, and June. I still have several dates left for daytime fly fishing for tarpon during each of those months. I have 5 night time dates available during April, Two nights during May, and 8 night trips during June, If you have any desire to fish with me this year for Tarpon you should contact me right away as these dates will be sold out before the end of this month.
I also have a few spots available at Icy Bay Lodge in Alaska, during September and October of 2007. This Lodge is extremely popular and will be sold out shortly. Let me know if you have any interest?
For those of you who want to fish for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, and Snook all in the same day, I have purchased a 5 Day fly fishing trip to Paradise Lodge. Paradise Lodge is located on the Yucatan Peninsula as far south as you can go without entering Belize. I have five spaces available for this all inclusive fly fishing trip, which will take place in March of 2007. We will fly to Cancun on March 4th, fish March 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and fly home on March 10. This is a first class operation, the all inclusive trip is priced under $3,000.00 per angler. Contact me right away if you care to join me for this Saltwater Fly fishing school?
More Reports to follow:
North Carolina Albie Report
November 7th, 2006
Greetings from Cape Lookout North Carolina:
Sorry for the lack of fishing reports during the last several weeks, however I will try to bring you up to date with this report. I picked up my new 2007 Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 2000 sport fish ing boat rigged with a new Yamaha 150 HP four stroke motor on October 6th.
I spent the next week breaking in the motor, exploring the area for good launch ramps, and good fishing areas. The Cape Fisherman 2000 is an incredible vessel which handles rough seas well, rides smooth and dry, and is very economical to operate.
During my first week I found some Redfish (Drum) in the surf, in three feet of water. They ate gray and white #2 Clouser minnows and Brown and white Clouser minnows. There are lots of Sea Trout (Speck's) here around structure near the Beach, and I found a few small Albies mixed with Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.
I traveled to Guatemala between the 14th and the 20th of October to check out the new Fins 'n Feathers fleet and Jim Turner's new Casa Vieja Lodge. The lodge is awesome and the boats are world class, we had a great time and have booked some dates for my Sailfish Schools during December, January, February, and March. If you have any desire to fish a world class fishery for Sailfish please give me a call as I am filling up quickly.
During the last ten days of October I fished every fishable day, Some of my friends and several clients joined me for my first charters in NC, we caught 21 Albies, several puppy drum, and lots of Bluefish during those 9 days of fishing. I have learned quite a bit about this fishery which is just turning on for the large Albies.
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Lamadrid from Naples, FL joined me for two days of fly fishing for Albies on November first and second. The weather was warm and relatively calm, and there were lots of birds over bait balls with Albies busting all around.
This fishery can be in cold weather with high winds and choppy seas, it requires the boat driver to approach the fish which are busting bait, under the birds, and the angler must make a quick cast to the spot where the fish is eating the bait. If the flu gets to the fish 30 seconds after the fish comes to the surface it is too late and the fish have already moved on after the fast moving bait.
Carlos and his wife both hooked several Albies but had a tough time staying connected. Carlos did manage to land one Albie of about 13 pounds and had a great time learning the North Carolina waters. On the 3rd we were supposed to fish however the wind was blowing from the North at 35 knots with a morning temperature of 34 degrees.
On the 3rd I went out in the afternoon with my neighbor and found tons of bluefish in the Beaufort inlet, they ate surface popping bugs until we ran out of flies.
we did find some birds which were on Albacore and managed to catch 3 Albies in the rough seas.
On November fifth I went fishing for a half day with my friend Don Butler in his boat in 15 to 20 knot north wind. We found lots of scattered birds with a few Albacore on each group of birds, We also found a few fish chasing bait right up in the surf, fishing was good for the surf fishermen. Don and I hooked several Albies and don landed a nice 10 pounder just off of the Cape Lookout shoals. After Don dropped me at the dock he came back out and slammed the Bluefish.
November 6 and 7 found my friend Danny Cline and I fishing with Captain Brian Horsley aboard Brian's Jones Brothers Cape Fisherman 23 "Flat Out." On the first day it was rough with a few scattered fish, the big school was on the East side of the shoal however with 25 knot winds it was not in the cards for us to cross the shoal. Brian worked his butt off but we never landed a fish.
On November 7th it was a little different, the wind laid down a little in the morning before the big storm which arrived at about noon. We crossed the shoal and caught half a dozen fish in the choppy waters of the East side. The fish over there were large with both Danny and I catching Albies of over 15 pounds, When fishing slowed we crossed back across the rough shoal and headed to one of Brian's secret spots. We found a bait ball with lots of birds and plenty of big Albies. We stopped counting fish after we had both had caught a few but the amazing thing was that these big Albies didn't quit, we caught them on the same bait ball until the weather made us leave. Danny had one fish which Brian said was well over 20 pounds, while my biggest fish was in the 19 pound range. All of the Albacore which we caught out of that school were over 14 pounds.
I am off today, I am trying to catch up on things here at home while planning my Sailfish School schedule, Tarpon season schedule, and my show schedule for winter of 2007. The Albie fishing is red hot now through the end of this month, give me a call if you want to give it a try. More reports to follow.