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Kingfish, false albacore, sailfish, dolphin and blackfin tuna are almost always more active near the surface from first light till the sun gets up high.
Meanwhile, stripers were up a bit from the previous two years, but false albacore were disappointingly down by about a third.
Kingfish, false albacore, barracuda, dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna are all possibilities in this area outside the outer reef.
Albacore: Matt Sheehan, 32 pounds, 7 ounces; black sea bass, David Medeiros, 7-2; bluefish, Joseph Diodati, 14-11; bonito, Ryan King, 11-6; cusk, Steve Borgati, 20-10; false albacore, Gardiner Bridge, 14-2; fluke, Damon Bullock, 11-12; haddock, Mike Romano, 13-11; mako shark, Upton's Robert Sylvester, 411-0; pollock, Michael Wall, 22-8; porbeagle shark, Bill Murphy, 447-0; scup, Henry Logan, 3-13; Spanish mackerel, Robert Neri, 6-11; striped bass, Jacques Boisvert, 53-10; tautog, Megan Winton, 11-13; thresher shark, Robert Eldredge, 446-0; winter flounder, Brian Barda, 5-0.
Nearshore fly fishing over patch reefs and nearshore wrecks has grown in popularity, with bonito (false albacore) and school kingfish among the top targets.
Watch Hill, loaded with bay anchovies, is still producing false albacore, but the fishing has gotten much more challenging.
About midmorning, the threadfins go down and are usually replaced by glass minnows, which pull in schools of small Spanish mackerel and false albacore.
The Lower Forty on Madison Street is reporting an epic push of false albacore from Fishers to Monomoy Island.
September is hard tail time for a small coterie of maniacal anglers pursuing the "Ferraris of the Salt" - the savory bonito and the vilely inedible false albacore.
(juniors, 5-7); bluefish: Brian Pontolilo (men, 18-1), Ethan Smith (juniors, 13-3); bonito: Brian McCarthy (men, 11-8), Wyatt Jenkinson (juniors, 7-12); cod: David Ryan (men, 41-6); dolphin (fish, not mammal): Dan Balling (men, 24-15); false albacore: David Wright (men, 14-0), Nancy Canha (women, 11-14), Katherine O'Brien (juniors, 11-8); fluke: Winston Chiong (men, 12-5), Linda Wigfall (women, 9-0), Nathaniel Packer (juniors, 10-0); haddock: Robert Nuttall (men, 9-6), Daniel Walsh (juniors, 10-5); mako shark: Kitty Kania (women, 380-8).
Silvia (Newport fluke and bass fishing), Rick Bellavance (shark fishing), Sheila Hassan (flycasting for striped bass), Bob Hines (Rhode Island false albacore and stripers), Jim Barr (saltwater fly rodding) and Rick Kilborn (finding fish with a GPS).
It's dry but adequately tasty - unlike its other cousin, the false albacore, now making its annual explosive appearance in Nantucket and Long Island sounds.