by Al “Big Time” Daniels
We have been enjoying the January thaw. It has been a mild winter as it was last year as well. There are even folks riding around with their convertible tops down. It is great weather for beach walks or walks in the woods. There were some good tides for the last several days. Clamming has been good with quite a few folks taking advantage of the tides. Good numbers of oysters are mixing in with the hard clams. Soft clams remain scarce.
I received a call this week that there were several dead fish on both the outside and inside of Otter Pond. Upon investigation these were bunkers in the nine-inch range. I assume the cold water and ice became too much to handle. There was even a report of an eagle taking a fish off the ice. It is probably the immature bald eagle. There have been several sightings of these birds.
A couple of boats were still on the bay chasing scallops. Better fishing reports have been coming from Montauk. Since the seabass season has opened, the offshore boats have been doing well. Codfish and ling have been mixing in. Codfishing should improve if the dogfish stay away. Plenty of seals are on the rocks off of Sag Harbor and a good number of foxes are on the prowl. Make sure to get out and take a walk while this nice weather continues.