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Stevo 08-25-2005 12:26 PM

When do these speedsters arrive on the Cape, generally?

Adrian 08-25-2005 01:37 PM


They'll be here any time now through Spetember. :D

I've caught them second week in October in the South Monomoy rips but that might be an exception.

I'm on the Cape this w/e and will definitely be checking out Stage Harbour inlet at first light.

juro 08-25-2005 02:34 PM

Bonito around now, albies about 1-2 weeks later but each year is different and it depends on where you look.

Bonito were in the rips (Bearses, etc) two weeks ago, around Monomoy to the east but not in great numbers. West end of the Canal is due for some strong presence, Rhody is already there.

The 'green gators will be on the Cape thru August then the Albies show right after. If I could pick a week I would pick first week in Sept minimum for south cape and October for Rhody as they are all on the way back thru by then down there.

Funny incident: when I was a teen I hooked a bonito in a crowd. I hollered at the group to get out of the way I had a huge fish, but they all laughed and said I got all excited about a mackeral. I said no that little thing is not what's kicking my butt - but indeed it was, and for years I still thought it was a fat mackeral. Back then I didn't know one angler who knew what a bonito or albie was, even today most anglers can't tell the difference in a pinch. They've been around since day one but only recently discovered as a gamefish in our region.

In Florida the sailfishermen call them 'bait'.

BigDave 08-25-2005 03:24 PM

I think the Alberts have already showed up in Buzzard's. The bunker is in thick. Have at it!

Stevo 08-25-2005 03:50 PM

Guys, I knew I could rely on you for some info.
Just one more thing - Does it matter much about spring or neap tides with these fish?

jimS 08-28-2005 02:56 PM

Nope, not in my experience. Water temp and bait are more important

jfbasser 08-28-2005 05:28 PM

Clean water is the key from my experience inshore.. Heavy rains will put them down for a least around the river fed waters of Buzzards Bay..

Slinger 08-28-2005 10:32 PM

Ditto that, they do not tolerate dirty water. For the last few seasons at the WW the tide didn`t matter as long as it was early, it`s over by 9.

Stevo 08-29-2005 03:47 AM


Originally Posted by jimS
Nope, not in my experience. Water temp and bait are more important

Hey Jim, how are things and have you bumped into Jamie yet? He's out there now and struggling, I think.

Thanks for the tips guys, I might be out there again soon.

jimS 08-29-2005 07:07 AM

Stevo, fished with Jamie when he arrived. He caught a couple of bass, and did get a chance to see some big fish on the flats. Think family commitments are limiting his time on the water.

False albacore are a rush, but no guarantee they will arrive around the elbow on the cape. Last year was phenemonal, the previous year, zilch. There is a lot of bait, but the water temps are a bit low. Last week on the incoming the temp was 59 degrees. They prefer warmer water.

juro 08-29-2005 07:36 AM

Hi James,

Hope you aren't administering too many lip-piercings on the homewater buddy ;) I say this only because I am having an angling-deprived year.

Stevo -

Hardtails popped up every day I went out at the start of the ebb at the end of Nauset Beach (oversand access) in October. They also made appearances around the rockpile, in fact that's one of the places where I landed an albie from shore over the years.

Mouth of area rivers on the ebb can be amazing for bonito / albies from shore now thru October on the cape. The higher number of sightings will occur on the Nantucket Sound shoreline west being best until the season progresses.

Stevo 08-30-2005 12:25 PM

Just heard from Jamie... He had a good morning at Mecca - 15 x Stripers to 33" apparently! :whoa:

I'll be coming over from the 26th Sept for another week.

clouser UK 08-30-2005 02:07 PM

You can go off people you know ! :D

Dave :wink:

jimS 08-31-2005 07:02 AM

your timing sounds spot on for a chance at a big cow. Let me know when you arrive and I can update you on the happenings around the elbow.

Stevo 08-31-2005 04:41 PM

Thanks Jim. Where/how can I reach you though?

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