Stripers, Bluefish, Bonito, False Albacore
In September the fishery breaks wide open. Stripers that passed through in June, on their way north to feed for the summer, now pass through again on their way south; bigger and stronger and hungry from the trip. A regular stop is right here in Westport, where they can gorge on the conveyor belt of bait being flushed from the river. Bluefish and Bonito join in. But it’s the albie that often consumes our days and sleepless nights. False Albacore are (undoubtedly) the hardest and (arguably) most exciting fish to catch in our fishery. One might say they’re like Bonito on steroids. Harder-hitting, faster-running, longer- fighting, and more difficult to hook in the first place. In September, albies are out there – somewhere – dawn to dusk. Often, so are we.