by Al “Big Time” Daniels
We have been plagued by wind for the last several days. We have a mix of cool nights and warm days. Some of the windy days have produced some great low tides. Clams are still available and it looks like there will be some soft clams for the winter. Of course the coming scallop season is on everyone’s mind. We will see in three weeks if they made it through the summer. There still have been some osprey sightings but there are more scoters in the bay.
As the fishing season winds down the bay temps have dropped to 60 degrees. Locally the bottom fishing has slowed down. Good news is that black fishing remains intact. Fish are being caught at Greenlawns and the Brickyard. Better black fishing is on the north side of Plum Island and at Fisher’s. Bass and bluefish are at South Ferry. Big bluefish have been caught on jigs at Jessups. Distant waters at Gardiner’s Island and Plum Gut have bass and bluefish. Even the surfcasters had a good week. Fish from East Hampton to Shinnecock were caught. Bass were mostly caught on poppers and swimming plugs.
Montauk has good bottom fishing with porgies and seabass. Even a few cod were caught which is a good sign for the winter.