By Al “Big Time”Daniels
Mid-September is upon us and we are having a great week of weather. This came after a near miss on last Saturday as the bad weather went north and west of us. Air temps were around 50 degrees overnight. For a lot of people this was the first time this summer to bring out the long pants and sweatshirts. Even the water temps have started to drop. You can feel the weather changing but we still have a lot of great weather left this fall. Beaches were still crowded last weekend. With the heavy swells in the ocean the surfers had a good week.
Fishing has been changing. The snappers are large and chasing poppers and bait. Good reports are coming from the Cove and Long Beach. One snapper fisherman reported catching weakfish at Long Beach on metal. Noyac Bay is loaded with bunkers. It’s only a matter of time before those large bluefish find them.
There are large bluefish at Plum Gut and Gardiner’s. Casting and trolling are both producing fish. More bass are being caught both in the daylight and after dark. Three-waying diamond jigs and trolling are both working.
Very little news locally on the fluke, although the ocean bite was still going strong before the bad weather. Weakfish, although not as plentiful, are still taking squid in Noyac Bay. Hi/lo squid works fine. A few kingfish and blowfish are mixing in, too. The porgy fishing remains excellent and the size of the fish are improving. They are being caught from Robins Island to Cedar Point. There are so many six-inch bass it is hard to fish through them.