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HARDTAIL HAPPENINGS

Posted By Toby Lapinski, August 26, 2019
HARDTAIL HAPPENINGS
Capt. Billy Mitchell of Seven Stripes Sportfishing put Chuck Valenza onto a bunch of hardtails this week. The lure of choice was the ½-ounce JoeBaggs resin jig.
This week pretty much saw them all caught in Southern New England with confirmed catches of bonito, false albacore, chub mackerel and even some Spanish mackerel thrown in for good measure. Bonito are probably well into the middle of their seasons for us in local waters. They’ve been poking around since June, but this week saw them really spread out from Cape Cod Bay to Long Island Sound. While this may seem like a good thing, the fact that some false albacore were finally being seen mixed-in with the bones means that they’ll only get tougher to catch in the coming weeks. I’m sure the sharpies know how to pick them out of the schools, but the average Joes like myself it’s going to be more albies than bonito going forward. That said, the first week or two of the real big albie catches are the most angler-friendly as the fish are waaaaaaaaaaaay more likely to feed on your offering than they will be in another month or so after having thousands of tins, soft plastics any other manner of lures heaved at their heads for days on end.
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