A Guideline on EXO Jig Colors to Fool Your Next Albie!

A Guideline on EXO Jig Colors to Fool Your Next Albie!

Posted by Capt. Arek on 6th Sep 2023

False Albacore are easily the pickiest fish we have here in the North East which is one of many reasons why they are so sought after. I love a fish that鈥檚 hard to catch from the surf so when September rolls around all I can think about are these little tunas but before albie season even starts I always make sure that I am stocked up on EXO Jigs. Picking the right jigs can be a daunting task but here is a straightforward breakdown to think about before heading into your local tackle shop.

EXO Jig on the Beach

Keep in mind the conditions you are fishing! Before I even get to the water I鈥檓 checking weather to see the wind and sea state forecast as well as if there will be overcast conditions. I always start my mornings with some sort of natural color that matches the prevalent baitfish for the area and then transition into brighter, more obnoxious colors as the sun gets higher in the sky (I鈥檒l get to fishing in overcast or stormy conditions in a bit). If you don鈥檛 know what baitfish are around take a simple stroll along the beach before you start fishing, you鈥檒l most likely run into some sort of baitfish running the beach. My general rule of thumb is to change colors some time by 9am. After then I鈥檒l most likely have a bone, pink, or chartreuse colored EXO Jig tied on. My reason for this is now that there is more light in the water the albies have a far better visual on what your presentation looks like, so instead of trying to go all natural I want to trigger them with big and bright colors.

False Albacore EXO Jig

Now let鈥檚 introduce windy and or overcast conditions to the situation. The beginning of a windy front has to be my favorite conditions for albie fishing because it stirs up all the bait but hasn鈥檛 screwed up the water clarity yet. I鈥檒l tie on almost exclusively a large bone colored EXO Jig in this instance. The solid white is very visible in dirty water whereas a very natural flashy pattern won鈥檛 be seen because light won鈥檛 pass through the murky water as much. I go with a larger EXO Jig as well because it makes more commotion on the surface which will get noticed in the bigger waves. Now if it鈥檚 overcast with very little wind I鈥檒l stick with a natural pattern just as I would in the early hours of the morning.

All this gets thrown out of the window when fishing a blitz! Most of the time I鈥檓 blind casting but when a blitz occurs I鈥檒l try and match the bait but add a slight twist to the pattern. Perhaps I鈥檒l tie on an EXO Jig that is a little bit larger or has slightly brighter colors than the baitfish so that my presentation stands out ever so slightly.

Even though I follow these general guidelines pretty strictly, albies are called 鈥渇unny fish鈥 for a reason. Sometimes they want something completely different than what I would normally throw for a given situation so don鈥檛 be afraid to switch lures. But do keep in mind this general guideline next time you are out albie fishing or at the tackle shop because this has helped me keep my sanity when I鈥檓 trying to figure out what is my next play to catch the elusive false albacore!