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The Difference Between Striper & Albie Feeds

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I filmed this video on September 14th in the evening. It was during the incoming tide in a cove in Buzzard's Bay.

You can tell by the water that this is more of a cove-type area, as opposed to say Monomoy where the water is crystal clear.

There's a few things going on in this video that I figured I would point out. The first is that we have stripers and albies feeding together, which is quite interesting. 

It's very difficult to tell what is what, but about midway through the video you'll see an arrow on the screen, which will direct you to a spot where an albie comes slashing through the water.

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Albies are much, much faster than striped bass. I had an incredibly difficult time keeping up with these fish using my drone. Another thing I would like to mention is that there are no boats in this video. I would never fly my drone over boats, and if you have a drone of your own, I recommend that you also never fly your drone over people or boats.

These fish were feeding on peanut bunker, which have been all throughout Cape Cod. Recently I've seen a lot of peanut bunker in the coves and harbors of Buzzards Bay, but I've also seen them recently in Cape Cod Bay. I'm getting reports that there are peanut bunker in Nantucket and Vineyard Sound, which is really no surprise either.

These stripers and albies in this video for the most part stayed fairly far off shore and out of casting range. I was fishing from shore during this trip, and one of my goals for this fall is to catch an albie from the beach. Shore fishing for albies is what I've been focusing on the past few days.

Another thing I want to point out are the cormorants, which are the black birds which you may see on occasion in this video. Cormorants are incredibly agile swimmers and hunters. When casting into a blitz such as this one, be sure to do everything you can to avoid getting a cormorant, tern or seagull tangled up in your line.

A lot of the splashes in this video are striped bass, but if you see more of an explosion, more of a slash, that would be an albie. Looking for explosions and slashes is a good way to tell the difference between bass, bluefish and albies. Is it more of a splash, or is it more of an explosion? If it's more of a super-fast explosion, then that is an albie.

I believe albies are capable of swimming in bursts of probably close to 30-40 miles per hour, similar to bluefin tuna. They are essentially, I believe part of the mackerel family, but they look like tuna. They have a fork-shaped tail like tuna, and they are explosive with their speed.

Best of luck if you get a chance to head out fishing this week! I hope you're able to find a surface feed like the one in this video. And I hope that I'm able to catch at least one albie from shore at some point over the next few days, or weeks. I am willing to do whatever it takes! 

Tight lines! 🎣

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

  1. Awesome Video Ryan. Do you know are Albies more active at a particular time of day or tide? Is it better to try from shore on an incoming or outgoing tide?

    Thanks,

    Steve

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    1. Hey Steve,

      These albies showed up 2 hours into the incoming tide. They did this 4 days in a row, just like clockwork, almost exactly 2 hours into the incoming. I have now made a mental note to check on this spot 2 hours into the incoming. For whatever reason that is the magical hour for this particular spot.

      At other spots it can be different. For example, at inlets I really prefer the outgoing tide. I believe there is a better chance of albies, bass and blues showing up during the outgoing because bait is being flushed out from the bay/estuary through the inlet.

      Moral of the story is that the best tide at one spot, will not be the same as the best tide at another spot.

      With regards to the time of day, I have enjoyed my best albie fishing from a little after sunrise until about 10am, and again from 3pm until about an hour before dark. Albies are definitely more prone to feeding during daylight hours than striped bass.

      I hope that makes sense. LMK. Happy to help! 🎣

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