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Al “Big Time” Daniels: Slow Go for Scallops

Posted on 11 November 2013

Here we are in November. Weather hasn’t been bad except for some frosty mornings and a few cool days. It still remains dry and it’s been that way most of the fall. We can just keep enjoying this great weather for as long as it lasts!

The big news is that the much awaited scallop season has finally arrived. Rumors had circulated that here were many scallops while other predictions were not as positive. Monday, November 4 dawned to a miserable windy day. The northeast wind kept many ashore. For those of us who braved the elements, scallops weren’t plentiful. And on the south shore, reports were about the same. Most scallopers found a few with no reports of limits being caught. The second day was beautiful with the same results. Four or five bushels per boat seemed to be the norm. The scallops won’t last and the price will remain up there. I have received no reports from the north side as of yet.

The other good news is that the surfcasters have been having good luck on the beaches. Bridgehampton to Shinnecock and west beaches are all seeing fish. Keepers and shorts are taking metal lures. With the bait moving up the beach, this should continue.

Blackfishing is improving. Plum and Fishers’ Islands are all producing. Locally anglers are blackfishing at the Greenlawns and Brickyard. Scoters and long-tailed ducks are in the bay but I haven’t seen the first mergansers that usually arrive around election Day.

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