The fall of 2023 had a little bit of everything, from summerlike sunny days to powerful storms and wind-driven waves. While it wasn’t the best albie season we’ve ever seen in New England, it was a good one with widespread action that seemed to survive every obstacle until the water temps plummeted in early November. Togging was exceptional, with two over 20 pounds reported and at least three others from 17 to 19 pounds. One of the greatest trends we’re seeing though, is the careful release of these dinosaurs, even the 21-pound giant from eastern Connecticut was released after an official weigh-in. It’s been a good fall season, which will hopefully be followed by a swift winter with plenty of angling opportunities.