Oh where art thou albacore?

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  1. Abaco

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    So, I'm thinking (which is usually dangerous) - anybody else hoping the albies show up this year? What has it been, about 5 or 6 years since we saw them in good numbers in the south? My first trip, about 7 years ago on the R.P. we got into them and I had never seen one before. But, I got to see plenty on that trip and really loved fishing for them. Here's hoping mother nature sends them our way. I'll have to dig up a photo from that first trip with me proudly holding one up...
     
  2. speyman

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    get on MsMagoo in Westport WA, if you can find an open date. You will get all you want jul-oct
     
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  3. Gil Marlin

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    Don't hold your breath this year...
     
  4. MJB

    MJB I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Not this year but maybe next
     
  5. Fishybuzz

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    JMO but I would rather have the fishing that Southern California enjoyed last year for yellowfin, dorado, wahoo, bluefin and yellowtail over having albacore return.
     
  6. Bill W

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    Albacore have two branches of migration... The Northern migration travel up. Westport Is by far the best place for commercial and sport catches.
     
  7. larry dickson

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    Its all about conditions, hasn't been right for the last few years or so, the only thing I am pretty sure of, every year will be different from the last, pursue what is available and biting, get out there and catch em and have fun!
     
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  8. Lake

    Lake I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    We had them disappear in the 80's for awhile. The rumor spread at that time was that the drift gill nets found their migration path and wiped them out. I think now we just chalk it up to cyclic variations in population and migration routes. In the early 2000's they were thick. We'd limit out on them in the morning en route to the rocks. The last trip I caught them they were all slugs. My 15 fish limit had none under 35 pounds.
     
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  9. speyman

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    35# is a bragging size longfin!:720icon:
     
  10. jiggyn

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    If it were a true El Niño
    In past it and if it holds true would be followed by cooler temps in which we would see the albies
    Been lucky enough to experience the late 80s 90s and early 2000s El Niño
    So not really holding for them bring on the yellowfin and bluefin with a few hoo mixed in
     
  11. reel man

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    This will make the 9th year that the albacore don't show. They are the best tablefare of the tuna family, plus they are great home canned.

    I agree the BFT and YFT are a much better fighting tuna, and we've had a couple excellent years catching them in our local waters, but the question remains what happened to the Southern migration?

    Saw this happen in 1986, and it was as if someone threw the switch, and no long fins came into our area. It was found some offending countries had strung nylon drift nets for thousands of yards killing everything that swam into them.

    The offending countries were forced to remove these killing machines, but it was still another 5-6 years before we finally saw the return of the albacore which was 1996 or 97.

    The bite continued till 2007 when, again, the switch was thrown, so no albacore for, thru last year, 8 years of absence.
     
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  12. bparker1225

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    Tomorrow 2/11 NOAA is scheduled it update on the current ENSO-EL Nino cycle. If we are continuing in a strong El Nino I am thinking that we will see few if any albacore. Typically the albacore have shown in SoCal in the seasons following an El Nino when there is a shift to ENSO neutral or even moving to La Nina conditions. The last two seasons have been great with the amazing and consistent fishing of exotics. But when the albacore are in a frenzey nothing bites as wide- open or is more fun.
     
  13. Fishybuzz

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  14. $norkle

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    Agree wholeheartedly. Much rather have these other fish than albacore. And I say that even though I can catch them most of the summer here in Oregon where they've been very abundant and consistent all those years they've been absent down south. And don't want to start a shitstorm over their table quality; I love canned albacore, and trade in a bunch of YFT with Fisherman's Canning, but you'll be hard-pressed to get me to eat one rather than YFT, YT, BFT, Wahoo................. Work as second deckhand on a charter out of Depoe Bay and have access to albacore all summer: they're fun to catch on light tackle, but I never keep any-----I'd just rather eat those others that I think are better.
     
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  15. Gil Marlin

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    That year they were cookie cutter big fish...
     
  16. mullet

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    When they bite at morro bay 35 is the average
     
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  17. FishinMcNuggets

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    Eureka had them this past year. Morro saw some not this year, but last. Maybe they'll hit Central Cal this year.
     
  18. Aggro

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    Oily chickens...rather have Dorado.
     
  19. makairaa

    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    The offshore water temps are still above normal for this time of year and unless we suddenly get a whole row of northerly storms it does not look to change. El nino or not. So I doubt any numbers of albies to the south this year. La Ninas do typically follow El Ninos so 2017 might be a good albie year. Water needs time to cool off.
     
  20. jiggyn

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    I say "F" the albacore let's stop talking about when where they will show. Let's get out there on the water this summer drop a line in and hope to yell "HOOOOOK UP!!!"
     
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