by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
We have been having some good weather of late. Last week brought us more wind and rain. Fall signs are obvious: the seals are back and a handful of scoters has moved. There are a few ospreys still using the bay. They are finding plenty of food as the bay is full of flounder, both adults and peanuts.
The alligators are coming into the bay. Bluefish from 12 to 16 pounds are being caught at Jessups and the ferry. Snappers are still being caught but are on the move. A few bass are showing up in local waters. Fish up to 30 pounds have been caught from the ferry. More bass will be available on the moon over the weekend. Try the night tides at the Gut. The Gut seems to be loaded with blues in the daylight too.
There has been less interest in bottom fishing in the local bays. There are still plenty of short seabass, mixed in with porgies and blowfish. Bigger porgies are north of Plum Island.
Fishermen are waiting for the opening of blackfish season tomorrow, October 5. There are good signs that the fish will cooperate for the opening. Surf fishermen have been making the trek to Montauk. Some have been great with fish at Turtle Cove and under the light. Both bass and bluefish have been caught on top of the water. Boat fishermen are catching bass and the bottom fishing boats are finding good numbers of seabass.