by Al ‘Big Time’ Daniels
We were treated to some cool and nasty weather over the holiday weekend. Temps were in the 40′s with plenty of wind and rain. The water temps were 59 degrees and it definitely affected the fishing. The reports were non-existent over the weekend as everyone just stayed in. There were a few blowfish around with anglers catching some from Long Beach on clams and squid. It looks like the numbers are down from last year.
Prior to the storm, porgies were still biting in the Peconics west of Jessups. The bite was not as ferocious as the week before. Fluking is good from the Greenport and Greenlawns areas. There are some fish in the Mashomuck area too. There has been a lot of talk about how well green gulp is catching fluke. Both the porgy and fluke fishermen are catching the occasional weakfish. Striped bass are still biting but the main push has gone by and they should settle in on the regular spots. Fish up to 36″ are at South Ferry snapping wire.
Bluefish have made their appearance known. Mixed sized fish up to ten pounds are abundant at Jessups. Casting, trolling and jigging are catching fish. Bluefish have been showing up during the day at Long Beach for casters. Casters have been finding fish at Northwest Creek.
The first blueclaw crabs have been caught. Prior to the storm there was a cinder worm hatch with plenty of bass working on it. We do need some warm weather.