False albacore arrive in Martha’s Vineyard waters

Jesse Lehman from Long Branch, N.J. with his very first false albacore. "That was the most fun fish I have ever caught," he said after he landed and released it. — Phil Cronin

False albacore, better known as albies on Martha’s Vineyard, have arrived in Island waters from Menemsha to Edgartown. This is exciting news for fishermen in anticipation of the start of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby on September 14.

Pound for pound, the false albacore is the most exciting fish a person can catch from the Vineyard shore. They make long blistering runs when hooked. The challenge is to hook one.

Albies have keen eyesight and are very selective. The one drawback associated with catching albies is the general view that they are inedible.