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“Behind The Scenes” | Albie Fishing on My Fishing Cape Cod TV

Ryan Collins

Hope you enjoyed today's TV episode! If you missed it, then be sure to tune to NBC SportsBOSTON tomorrow (Sunday) at 9:30am for an episode replay.

Albies can be hot and heavy one day, and gone the next. Fishing wasn't easy during this episode, but we made the most of it! 

Regardless it's fun to be dreaming of fish and warmer weather while New England is getting blasted by an arctic polar vortex.


I always try to go on at lease one scouting mission before we try to film an episode of My Fishing Cape Cod TV. In the week leading up to the filming of the albie episode, I went on two exploratory scouting trips in an effort to locate the albies. 

Ideally I wanted to find albies in a scenic area of the Cape where there would be few boats around. Catching false albacore is always fun, but I find it much more enjoyable when surrounded by gorgeous scenery and little boat traffic. 

The spot in the photo above is where we filmed the majority of of the albie fishing episode. During my exploratory scouting missions in the days leading up to the filming, I caught 18 albies in this spot.

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod who are logged-in to the website can view a map of this area below. If you are not a member, then you can signup here and gain instant access to the location.

Unfortunately when we returned to film, the albies were not present in large numbers. We really had to work hard for the fish during the filming. The huge concentration of albies had pretty much moved on.

However when the going gets tough, you can sometimes find albies setup in rip lines, and pick away at them by drifting and blind casting. This is exactly how Dave Steeves and I managed to pluck a couple albies during the episode.

Later in the episode I met up with MFCC member Hayden Gallagher. Once again the albie fishing was difficult! We dealt with dense fog and finicky fish, yet Hayden was eventually able to connect.

We started off a few miles to the northeast of where Dave Steeves and I had plucked a couple albies from that nearshore rip. If you are interested in learning more about the area where Hayden and I were fishing, then just make sure you are logged-in to MFCC to view the map below. 

  1. So wish we could see this shows! Out here on the West Coast it would help marked the days until I get back to the Cape…..

    1. Tell me about it Rick! Someday I hope to be able to put these episodes online for members to watch. 🙏🏻

  2. I need to get on to these fish One of the few I haven’t caught yet Loved the show

    1. They are not easy to get on! Albies are here one day and gone the next. But the hunt is fun, that is for sure! Keep tabs on the forum once September arrives, as our members often share updates on where the albies are.

  3. Hi Ryan:

    It was 32 years ago when the Crippled Herring was first marketed in the Pacific NW. At the time, my main focus was on salmon and halibut. However, it did not take long before I was receiving mail from the Atlantic Coast. Most were from striper and cod skippers. But it was the message I received from the bonita anglers, stretching from your area all the way to the Florida Keys, that caught my curiosity. It was one lure…a 1/2 oz bright chrome Crippled Herring!!! The same three reasons were offered…1) “Casts like a bullet”; 2) “Albies prefer a short lure”; 3) “Great action”. Tip: Casting this lure, and letting it fall on a tight line (braid is superior to mono) especially drives fork-tailed fish crazy because of its darting, fluttering and vibrating actions. The tight line misses few strikes, increases the lure’s action and telegraphs light strikes.

    Happy day,


    1. Great tips Pete! Thanks for sharing that information.

      Believe it or not one of our MFCC members (John D. Silva) was down here in Costa Rica with me last week, and he had numerous crippled herrings and a kandlefish!

      I told John that you and I had recently been emailing back and forth. John said that you two had corresponded in the past. Small world!!!

  4. Hey Ryan, Mike and I enjoyed the show! Beautiful scenery and always fun watching the fishing! We look forward to the show each week! Great job! We were wondering why you grab the tails when landing Albies? Is it because of their strength? and being so feisty?

    1. Pumped you and Mike enjoy the show!

      Grabbing the tails of albies is just the easiest way to land them. The forked tail is naturally a good spot to grab.

      Same goes for small tunas, bonitos, jacks etc.


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