Back Issue Content: 2012

Image: Dave Skok

From Maine to the Gulf of Mexico

Off the coast of New Jersey a fly angler named Ed Janiga hooked and landed a five-pound false albacore near Mantoloking. He stuck a tag from the American Littoral Society into its caudal peduncle, the thin strip of meat between the second dorsal and the tail fin. Eight months later a commercial fisherman named Wes Stevens caught Ed’s albie off the coast of Pompano Beach, Florida—reportedly to sell as marlin bait—and noticed tag number 778562 sticking out of its back. He returned it to the Littoral Society, the first time a tagged false albacore had been successfully documented.