Cases of albie fever have been spreading at an alarming clip as albies mount a hostile takeover of Nantucket Sound and make a strong strategic push into the waters of eastern Rhode Island. The only known remedy is the smell of melted drag washers. Another big thing right now is the “nearshore” yellowfin bite that has cropped up in many hotspots traditionally known for small and medium bluefin; places like Tuna Ridge and The Gully are holding a mix of these tuna species, providing blue and yellow double-header opportunities for the center console crowd. Fluking has suddenly caught fire south of Block Island while the striper bite has rapidly improved in the Canal and in the waters off of Newport. It’s September now and that means the pedal should be pressed to the metal.